>Does anyone out there knows anything about Ford made Merkur XR4TI ?
>I own a 85 XR4TI with a 2.3L EFI TURBO engine. It got 85K on the original
>engine and turbo, and still runs great.
>Any openions on anything about this car?
Yep, it's a very nice car, european Ford Sierra chassis (and
suspension) mated to american Ford turbo engine. It's the
second best version of the Sierra, IMHO.
>Any recommandations of modifications?
Call Rapido Group (I can't remember their phone number, they've
had ads in Turbo Magazine), they'll sell you Sierra Cosworth
suspension (Eibach springs / Bistein shocks are better than the
stock Cossie suspension, though) and modify your engine to
even 400bhp+ if you want. There's a SuperChip available too but
I would have it professionally installed to avoid problems in
the future, a complete package or a custom engine job is a much
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I used to own a 1986 Merkur, 5 spd, leather, sunroof, heated seats, red
with gray leather. The best *options* IMHO. I bought it 1 year old, sold
it with 72K. For the money, even when bought new off the lot (usually
at a huge discount since dealers couldn't move these things), these cars
are a great buy. Good performance, handling, options, and looks.
I prefer the double rear spoiler; it makes the car stand out in this day
and age when manufacturers build Civics with spoilers. Plus it is functional.
The single wing ('88 on) made the car look too much like the European Ford
Sierra, which it was! Hopefully you have the 5 spd. The auto version is
de-tuned but still very quick.
Trouble spots: The leather interior tended to tear at the seams. There was
a recall on certain model years, '85 was included. The front rotors tended
to warp usually due to improper lug nut tightening and improper braking
techniques (hard braking then parking the car overnight). This also effected
the alloy wheels. IMO, the cooling system was suspect (noisy fans and very
strange hose routings).
Mods: Try an intercooler if you have the money. This can bring HP up to about
190-200. Also, Borla makes a free flow exhaust which can add another 5-10%.
I would. They're nice cars and quite potent, especially for the
price. Actually, I'm planning to buy one for the trip across
the US continent next summer, and sell it afterwards. (Much cheaper
than a car rental :)
Aside from the German Engineering crock o' shit, if the car is
in good cosmetic shape (it sounds like it IS in good mechanical
shape), this is an absolute STEAL!!! Buy it as soon as
possible!! FYI, that new turbo, supposing it was factory, cost
@ $2000 by itself! Snap that car up NOW! Only 50k etc., etc.,
etc., !!!!!!! JUST DO IT!!!!!
88 T-Bird Turbo Coupe (Same Motor)
Ford Motor Co
I've kept a variety of German Fords alive well after the plug was
pulled in the States (Fiesta, Capri) by relying on the local parts
department and cross-Atlantic shipping. Parts were never that
expensive, and the delay was minimal. Since the Merkur shared
engines with the T-Bird, that's one big headache out of the way.
Since there are about a zillion Sierras in Europe, I don't think
the parts supply will dry up, or get too expensive.
Just wanted to add a different, more positive perspective.
I wouldn't buy ANY Merkur, of any age, no matter what's been done. This
was one of the least reliable cars to come from Germany in recorded
history, with a history of problems in almost every area.
Since the '85 was one of the earliest imported, it is probably among the
worst in reliability, too. Really a shame, cause when they worked they
were a blast to drive.
> In article <3j5c3a$1...@newsbf02.news.aol.com>, rag...@aol.com (RAGuest)
> >>would you buy an '85 with new turbo/clutch/radiator/battery; 50k miles
> >>$3300? i too am interested in the car, mostly b/c of the german
The car is a total mixed bag. I had an '87 for almost three years. I
loved the power and handling, excellent ergonomics and interior space,
etc., but it definitely required deep pockets to deal with such items as
new clutch, starter, wheel bearings, brakes, battery, trans rebuild,
etc... I am fortunate that the turbo never went.
I drove it from Indiana to Seattle in four days and was simply astounded
at its long-ditance cruising capabilities. The last two days were both
eleven hour stints with absolutely no discomfort in my back, legs, ass,
etc. It was amazing. The whole way, I set my speed just below the point
where the turbo would spool up, trying to preserve that costly thing.
This method allowed me some sweet triple-digit speeds on the down side of
mountains in Montana and Idaho. The car was so excellent in that
situation. Rapid travel on twisty two lanes was just as cool too.
One thing to be aware of is the severe horsepower penalty imposed by the
automatic. Published figures were 175 hp with 5 speed and only 145 with
slushbox. This was apparently due to required exhaust modifications, as I
recall. (mine had the manual, by the way)
Another consideration is engine noise. The engine (which was identical to
the T-bird Turbo Coupe's of that era) was powerful, but it made an awful
racket whenever I tached it out. I mean awful. So much so that I have
made engine refinement a top priority when I buy my post grad-school
Good luck.... J.P.F
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