Sarkie's Parking Space

Sarkie's Parking Space


Capri Mk3 Buyers Guide


Buyers Guide - What to look out for
The Mk3 Capri inherited its running gear from the Mk2. This is generally solid and dependable with parts being cheap and are easy to replace.

Gearbox
The 4 speed boxes are tough and last pretty well. Regular oil changes help, but you'll be lucky if it's ever been done! Capri's from 1983 on have the type 9, 5 speed boxes. These are often retro fitted to earlier models. It's design can leave 5th gear being starved of oil so make sure it's properly topped up.

With both worn synchromesh on 2nd gear is common if it's done a few miles

Type 9 5 speed gearbox

Differential
Not a problem, but the casing can rust leading to leaks leaving the diff running dry. New ones are available from CCI

If you're buying a 2.8i Special make sure it's still got its LSD - they go for a fortune on eBay!


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Suspension
TCA bushes wear and cause a vibration in the steering between 50-60mph. The best option is to replace with heavy duty rubber versions or poly bushes of a decent make (like Superflex). There are lots of reports of people using cheap poly bushes that crumble/split in no time.

Look out for DIY lowering springs which have been cut. If your going down this route buy proper shortened springs for around 25 each.

lowered Capri

Rear leaf springs often sag with age.

saggy rear leaf springs

Front ball joints and track rod ends can wear causing heavy steering but replacements are cheap.