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Re: No LBC... Advice needed (Capri)

To: Gerard <pixelsmith@gerardsgarage.com>
Subject: Re: No LBC... Advice needed (Capri)
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 13:23:54 -0700
Cc: spridgets@Autox.Team.Net, midgetsprite@yahoogroups.com
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Gerard wrote:
> I'm wondering if anyone has any experience/advice regarding a 1991 
> Mercury Capri. This is the first year 4 seat convertible using the 1600 
> twin-cam Miata engine. I'm not sure if the 5 speed is Miata or something 
> else. I've come across one that needs some minor work (exhaust leak). 
> This is the XR Turbo model. Is this car FWD? (haven't seen it yet)

Yes, the Capri was a FWD car. This car has much, much more in common 
with the 323 of the day than the Miata. The motor is a relative of the 
323GTX motor, though much tamer. It's true that the Mazda B6 motor found 
its way to the Miata as well, but that's about the limit of the common 

> I'm considering this car for my daughter (19). Any advice on what the 
> weaknesses may be or what to look out for would be appreciated. The car 
> has 144,000 miles (which is not much for a Miata engine), though it was 
> supposedly been rebuilt. Body is clean and straight but the top has a 
> couple patched rips.

Umm, it's FWD? Unless she needs that back seat for something (!), I'd 
recommend getting a real Miata. :)

  One LBC, Three Miatas :D

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