Definately. It’s still a head turner, even with the flaws. I still have DSM friends that I made 20+ yrs ago. Of course now that I’m driving it I’m noticing the issues my trans has in 1st and 2nd gear. It’s disappointing no one is making new synchros or gears to replace the discontinued ones. Cograts on finding a replacement for yours.Looking good. I agree with all your points. The 90 awd is especially troubling to find many parts, most of them obsolete. My list has been long, and at times disheartening, but I persist and prevail. I have a rebuilt 5 speed on the way as I write this.
Definitely do drive it and enjoy it, even if there are still a few flaws to work through. Most of my miles were driving the car back from FLA where I bought it, and got lots of looks, compliments, stories from strangers at the gas pump about their memories of these cars. You don’t get that from a new WRX.
What made it worse is they lowered the boost on the auto merkurs to make the C3 last longer so it made it even slower than the auto. I had a friend who went through two trannies on his merkur but that was because he had a bad radiator contaminanting the tranny fluid.Nice pics. My car has the same grey leather interior as your first dsm. I like this car in red, as well (though not those wipers...). I would actually prefer the color of your 92 over the Maui Blue of my 90. The lines really pop, and with the black pillars and roof, very sleek. I'll probably keep mine in the original color when it comes to a repaint. To do it right in my mind would require removing literally every piece that is fastened on to the body; the proverbial "frame-off" restoration, or whatever the equivalent for a unibody car is ("frame-on"??).
I was also a fan of the Merkur back in the day. Why they just didn't call it the Ford Sierra (which sounds good to me) is a mystery. Automatics, especially until relatively recently, were good for traffic and dedicated muscle drag cars. Not nimble cars based on rally racing.
Wow ,thats vintagePreviously I had installed a 180 thermostat since I’ve been battling some overheating at idle. I recently noticed on the mmcd the fuel trims werent moving off of 100% so I put back in the 195 deg thermostat I was using since we are in the middle of winter. The fuel trims went back to self-adjusting as they should.You must be logged in to view this image or video.