1965 Ford Thunderbird User Reviews

1965 Ford Thunderbird Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"ride" 6 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"style" 3 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews
"paint job" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews

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Eric writes:
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if you are a gas miser

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Funky Fresh — The Ford 390 engine block is large by today's standards but can't compete with the Chevy blocks of the same vintage. Nonetheless, unmodified stock this car is a ton of fun to drive and is the safest two-door detroit steel you can be in these days!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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barneuma writes:
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Rides very smooth & has great torque

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Uses a lot of fuel & convertible is tempermental

barneuma
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I Love It — It sits very low.has smooth shift,heater is hot a/c is cold & clock works,total rebuild in 2001 & no rust at all.Brakes are good but needs a dual chamber master cylinder & porportioning valve.All electrical items work.I have a little problem of loosing vacume,I may need new hoses in doors.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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maxfli writes:
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The Thunderbird has been in our family for 45 years. I have always enjoyed driving it. The car is now over 95% restored and am looking forward to the final touches so I can be done.

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Trouble finding someone who can get the hydraulic trunk working.  Over the years it has been a problem area. Would love to fix it once and for all.

maxfli
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My Dream Car — I love this car and am looking forward to finishing the restoration and getting back to driving it..This Thunderbird has always given me smile each time I take it out. It will be passed down to my nephew so he can enjoy it for the next 45 years.

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JT_Bird writes:
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M.P.G. is good. partly due to the previous owner changing the 390ci to a 352ci engine.Good handling and Braking. Very roomy Trunk

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Non that I can think of

JT_Bird
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An "ageless Classic" — The 65` T-Bird was my Second of this model bought in 2006, after I`d bought a 76` "BIG BIRD", and although I`ve had problems with the car ALL being due to the previous owners inability to finish the work he started, I have come to appreciate the styling, design, and other additions fitted as "Standard" such as the sequential indicator lights, and movable steering wheel etc. No matter where I park there are always "LOTS" of interest in the car. Most, if not all, of those seeing the car comment on how a car made over Fourty Years ago can look so "Good or Modern" for its age. The car has had lots of work done to it, most being done prior to my buying it, and I have spent well in excess of £5,000 on her since 2006 and am at present still spending on parts needed.Was it worth it? I`d say "YES" it is, as when taking the car to shows around the country it has proved to be a good tool in getting to meet and make many new friends. I also get asked, as recently for a childrens hospice, to take the car to fund raising events for different charities and this is just one of the many reasons behind my just "LOVING" the car. I feel the car is one of those made by Ford which deserves to be saved and kept on the road, and when coming to sell her I know the new owner will get a pretty good car that he or she will not need to spend out great amounts of cash on, as I`ve done, in order to enjoy the car as much as I do.

Owner for 1 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:5,000

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oldtimer37 writes:
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Looks, Looks, Looks

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Only if you can't afford it.

oldtimer37
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I Am A Happy Old Camper — This was a real jewel when it came out in 65. Front disk brakes, sequential tail lights and more. I had one when they were new and always regretted getting rid of it. I had always collected foreign cars and lost a 67 Jaguar XKE and a 87 Jaguar XJ6 in Katrina and said I would not ever buy another classic. Well, I lied. When this came up, I couldn't resist so here it is. It is a road car, very comfortable, not real fast (0 to 60 in about 12 seconds) lousy gas mileage (7-10mpg) but gas was about 40 cents a gal in 65 and we never thought about it. I think it is one of the best body designs to come out of Detroit in the last fifty years. I have not had to do much to it but I am getting ready to re-chrome the bumpers and replace all the rubber bushings. We, (my wife and I) enjoy cruising and car shows with it.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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joed59 writes:
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A comfortable riding car. The rear seat is like seating on a couch.

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The gas mileage, but again you are not buying this car for the gas mileage.

joed59
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A Beautiful And Classy Looking Car, That Gets Better With Age. — I like the comfort, and the power of the 390 C.I. The styling is beautiful. When these cars were new and a few years after, they were basically good cars. The construction and fit of the car was better build quality than the Mustang another Ford product. It's competitor at the time was the Buick Riviera, which was a very well made car at the time. I think the Ford Thunderbird Hdtp. is under-rated and under-valued!

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T_birdman65 writes:
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Style and luxury

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High fuel consumption

T_birdman65
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The Head Turner — Got me one of the 65 "jet birds". She's beautiful. She's my first car and I got her for only $3,200 with only 62,000 original miles! Not a thing wrong with her except the need for some new heads. I love the black leather interior, the swing away steering wheel, the big backseat and trunk. I like the 390 big block under the hood but the speed and acceleration it puts out leave alot to be desired. Im sure this is due to the sheer weight of the big car though. She rides smooth with a little wiggle to the steering thanks again to the size but there's not much else to really dislike. The fuel economy aint great but that's a small price to pay for such a beautiful classic and will probably improve with some new heads. Real tight car with no rattle and a nice roar when you rev her up. Turns heads and drops jaws with her baby blue paint.

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houbrown writes:
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The car has been sold to a very happy customer.

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Put a lot of money into the mechanical part because it hadn't been driven in years.

houbrown
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Wonderful Car. — gone, but not forgotten. This was a great vehicle, although it took a lot of time and money to get it in driving condition. I think I will inspect any vehicle I purchase a bit more carefully. This was a nightmare.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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hills101803 writes:
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Classic style, new carpet, new tires, registered as a classic through 2018, street legal

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Needs paint

hills101803
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Classic T-bird, Little Tlc To Get Perfect — I like the exhaust note of the 390 V8, doesn't compare to modern cars. Easy handling, great stopping power. Wish the paint wasn't faded, it would be a great cruiser with fresh paint, or a future hot rod candidate, or rat rod.

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oldtimer37 writes:
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Car is near original.  original EmberGlo color although a repaint.  Not the best paint job but looks good.  Almost everything works except clock.  Got it in Aug 2011.

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What can you say bad about a rare 65 Bird?

oldtimer37
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65 Thunderbird Special Landau Near Original — More to follow after I drive it for a couple of hundred miles. Just got it and love it. I already have a standard but original coupe so the Special Landau is just an addition to my collection. So many cars... so little money. I only use my collector cars for cruise-ins and shows. That is not an option in the drop down list below.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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