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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=34743
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 11  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 08-17-2004
View Stats Category: Car
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Of all the "Merkur" pictures on Rice or Not, they are ALL XR4(I won't even say the rest as I don't want this showing up in the picture search for "Merkur XR4--"...)

Oh well, here's a Merkur Scorpio.


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#1
8-17-2004 @ 10:05:07 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Saw one of these in person today...in all honesty, they're damn nice looking... one of the cleanest hatchback designs from the '80s.

Here's an image I found, detailing the only real styling differences from the European Ford Scorpio and the American Merkur Scorpio: http://photo.ricecop.com/pics/scorpiotails.jpg

I actually like the American Merkur rearend better.


#2
8-17-2004 @ 10:06:56 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
I saw a clean black one for sale in an Auto Trader type publication recently for $1800, and I see this one is $1500. Why do they go for so cheap?

#3
8-17-2004 @ 11:35:03 PM
Posted By : chessboxer Reply | Edit | Del
#2, because they are foreign, and therefore crap and more expensive to work on. but in all reality, ive wondered the same thing, as most xr4's are pretty cheap as well. its a damn shame that merkur didnt do better than it did. it makes me sad inside to think of them as doing as poorly as they did with 2 really cool cars. people just werent ready for them then, and they still arent ready for them now.

#4
8-17-2004 @ 11:42:18 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
#3, Name recognition is also nil among most people, nobody knows what one is, much less is interrested in buying them. Problem was, that Merkur didn't have the capital to break into the US market on it's own, but rather, kinda like Renault in the same period, tried to inject itself into an already exsisting car line (Renault partnered w/ AMC, Merkur w/ lincoln/mercury) and it just didn't work

#5
8-18-2004 @ 01:46:23 PM
Posted By : kstagger Reply | Edit | Del
how were these for performance? in high school there was a kid with one of these who always gave me dirty looks... mebbe he had the XR4ti

#6
8-18-2004 @ 01:48:48 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#5, There were only two Merkurs ever sold in America, the Scorpio, which was basically a European Ford Scorpio...and the XR4Ti, which was the European Ford Sierra XR4Ti...

Stock, the American Merkurs were not too powerful, but they had a lot of tuning potential...

In Europe, IIRC, there were really nice performance versions of the XR4Ti that America never got.


#7
8-18-2004 @ 01:50:36 PM
Posted By : kstagger Reply | Edit | Del
ah... I see 16sec 1/4mi... 170hp... normal 80s car kinda stuff (like the MCSS, early 80s stangs, etc)

http://www.supercars.net/cars/1987@$Merkur@$XR4Tig.html

but a Ford 2.3L does have plenty of tuning potential...


#8
8-18-2004 @ 03:57:49 PM
Posted By : Jon Reply | Edit | Del
Hah! Friend of mine has an XR4Ti and a Scorpio. nice little engine in the XR4Ti, but so much turbo lag. Scorpio was WAY ahead of its time during the 80s. black on black and any option you can get on todays Audis or MB.

#9
8-19-2004 @ 12:09:10 AM
Posted By : thirtyseven Reply | Edit | Del
#8, Like air-conditioned seats? Distronic? Automatic Stability Control? I-Drive? Sat-nav? Traction control? Keyless entry and ignition? Xenon headlights? 7 Speed automatics? Wow, that's really advanced for an 80's car.

#10
11-25-2004 @ 01:46:15 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#9, Now why the hell are you mentioning stability control and traction control? You don't really want a car with those shitty electronic gadgets that make you crash do you? I use a PC and I will NEVER trust my safety to a stupid computer. Take ABS for example. When the road is bumpy or is REALLY slippery you're in big trouble. The thing "thinks" that the wheels are constantly locking (and they are) and there is almost NO braking. Bown down to technology. I won't even mention times when locking up wheels is a good thing. Traction control cuts off power and stability control shifts your cornering line to what IT "thinks" is the best. Gimme a break.

[Edited by Sensekhmet on 11-25-2004 @ 01:46:32 PM]


#11
1-02-2005 @ 07:57:26 PM
Posted By : Adambomb Reply | Edit | Del
I like these. I remember seeing one on the east side of town once.

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