Product Type: Ford cars
Newest Review: ... 3 month warranty too.Beat that,only Ford eh? He had the car about three years and decided that the Capri had to go,he had started to g... more
Ford Capri 2.0 S remember Minder
Member Name: Petrolheadguru
Advantages: Cool car cheap to run easy to find parts becomming collectable
Disadvantages: Getting expensive to buy a good one
The car you always Promised yourself? The British Mustang,maybe no but what a great fun car! I helped my brother find one of these when he was just finishing Uni and starting work.He needed wheels with street cred,had about £1000 and wanted do let his faithful Talbot Horizon 1.5 GL go.
I suggested the Capri,his eyes lit up! Don't worry trust me I know what I am doing,I had had alot of success finding cars for friends,family and myself with very few mistakes even my sceptical old Dad believed in me now rather than himself when it came to cars.
I found two good prospects,a 1985 metallic red 1.6 Laser and a superb 1982 white 2.0 S the one with the black go faster stripes down the sides with the all imortant "S" for sport just like the TV cops,"The Professionals" it even had Recaro trim with fishnet head rests,black with red horizontal stripes,so cool,so it was a no brainer really.It had only 2 owners from new and had just gone over the 100,000 miles but who cares,it drove ace and sounded right to me.
The Laser was fine had 60K on the clock,bog standard interior,a well cared for car but that 1.6 engine was just not up to the job of hauling such a heavy car around,I never drove a 1.3,that would have been hopeless so best avoid.I knew my brother deserved the best for his grand and a lesser model would have disappointed and tarnished my big brother knows best image.
The 2.0 S had more than enough power to smoke the tyres and do Banzai starts at the Traffic lights! OK the 3.0S 6 pot or 2.8i would be even better but he was under 25 and the insurance for the 2.0 S was £1000,as much as the car cost,ouch!Petrol costs as ever was a consideration and the 2.0 S managed an average mid 20s mpg,not too bad really.
He managed a year trouble free putting 10,000 more miles on before in concked out big time but a replacement engine,a recon was fitted at a nominal cost around £350 only and included 3 month warranty too.Beat that,only Ford eh?
He had the car about three years and decided that the Capri had to go,he had started to get a problem about its bad boy image and wanted something sensible.It was looking a bit sad too,knackered tyres,poor alloys,rusty arches starting to show,he had kept it outside and neglected it,naughty boy.
It was so good mechanically ,a good solid car that I bought it from him,my first classic car purchase? It was a 1982 Y reg car and this was back in the late 1990s now,it was a 3rd even a 4th car at the time for me,but he let me have it for £400 probably the cheapest car I ever bought!
I took it to a mate who owned a body/spray shop and he cut out the rusty bits around the rear arches and gave it a part respray.I refurbished the wheels and bought brand new Dunlops all round.It looked the business now,my brother could not believe it! Well worth rescuing,I couldn't stop looking at it,how sad is that! I owned some serious other metal back then,Twinturbo Supras,GTOs and the like that were miles ahead in performance and everything else but it had Character.
My girlfriend was shocked when I turned up for a date in it,what have you got that for??
I got out rolled over the bonnet just like one of the Professionals and she thought I flipped my lid.She did laugh about it,thats what it was all about really,a bit of fun.
Driving one is fun but remember they are pretty basic no frills cars,no power steering,poor headlights,no ABS,wind up yourself windows,that sort of thing but this is part of the classic car charm.Bits for these are cheap and plentiful and easy to work on,no reason why you could not use it every day.Rust is probably the major issue,wings,arches,floor etc etc so finding a solid one will be a challenge.The engines very basic,reliable,easy to fix or replace and should not cause major problems.Buy the best you can afford,avoid rusty wrecks,check it over carefully.
If you have never owned one then what are you doing,buy one now! They are becomming very popular,all old fast Fords in nice condition are fetching a premium and I feel like crying when I realise how cheap I sold mine for,but hey thats the breaks.
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Summary: Great car loads of fun