I grew up with a 1989 Merkur XR4Ti, "Radiant Red". It was actually given to me as my first car but I sold it so I could buy a '96 Taurus GL, LOL. It had a 2.3L Turbo I4, same one that was in my parents '85 T-Bird Turbo-Coupe, sounded exactly the same with MASSIVE amounts of turbo lag and that horrible rubber band driving dynamic. But it was a good looking car and unlike anything on the road at the time. My parents actually bought the last new Merkur sold at Crissman Lincoln Mercury on St. Patrick's Day (remember vividly), massive discounts.
The thing I remember the most was the hand crank sun roof, flip out side windows, and knob adjustable seating along with console mounted window switches. It was such an alien car when I think back on it, very loud but composed road manners. I generally didn't like driving in it because it was such an irritable car, I just wanted something smooth, quite, and insulting like everything else besides that car, LOL. It had its character but HORRIBLE in snow...absolutely the worst, which is the main reason I didn't want to keep it.
The Scorpio had a really bad reputation at the time for quality issues which is why they were so short-lived, the V6 engine put most of those cars into early graves just like many 80's/90's Lincoln's with expensive failed air suspensions. Resale value on Merkur's were horrible which is why my parents kept it for so long. I sold it to the mailman for $4,000, mint condition with 70,000 miles, his son totaled it the next weekend.