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1965 Ford Thunderbird User Reviews

1965 Ford Thunderbird Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 12 reviews

  • 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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PROS
"ride" 5 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"style" 3 reviews
"big car" 2 reviews
"paint job" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews

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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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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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oldtimer37 writes:
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5

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Looks, Looks, Looks

Cons

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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JT_Bird writes:
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5

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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
85

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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hills101803 writes:
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3

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

Cons

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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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
65

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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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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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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Eric writes:
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style

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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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Eamonn writes:
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Great looking futuristic car

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MPG lol

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Ahead Of Its Time — Big block ford engine provided enough performance, but fuel economy was not good lol, but again its not the kind of car you buy for good mpg, Stunning looks, most parts still available, and a fun 60s luxury muscle car

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

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Reviews From Other Years

2005 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Love This Car! By budhennessy

Would have liked a manual trans option. Passenger power seat not available. Not a good car for a trip due to small trunk and no usable space behind seats. Still, it is a great car to drive for a night... Read More

This Car Loves To Drive! By bhfmail

This car ride wonderfully- Me, BB King, Eric Clapton & the North Georgia Mountains~heavenly! Put the top down this car ads to the scenery. The power and handling is the best. Once you drive/ride in it... Read More

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2004 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Wife's Toy By Luger

Rather cramped for tall people. Little storage and the trunk is very shallow. A car to cruise in, not for trips.Had to get custom seat covers since a black interior will cause damage in 115 degree h... Read More

Retro T-bird Ok, But No Classic By Luger

The retro-Birds are nice looking and average performers, but they miss being either a luxury car or a sports car. The trunk is so shallow that there is little storage. Ford got the retro part right,... Read More

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2003 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Excellent Ford Thunderbird! By Chrystael

The Ford Thunderbird is a weekend cruiser. Drop the top for a great canyon drive with the retro look and feel, but all the modern requirements of a nice reliable car. This vehicle is the perfect pleas... Read More

Thinking Of Getting A New One. By Kyle

not the best handeling car... but its pretty quick in a straight line.Breaks could be better. It needed the roters replaced at under 18000 mi. andk several coil packs went bad... it was under warranty... Read More

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2002 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Beautiful Classic 2002 Thunderbird By RLRose

This is a wonderful Cruiser, Top Down or with the Port Hole Top on, you're always in style and comfort. Drawing questions and looks about the T-Bird wherever you travel, while listening to the rumble... Read More

Get Lot's Of Looks. By jnhmanos

Fun to drive with top down. Handles well but not as tight as competing roadster makes and models. Only 17MPG City with small but powerful V8 engine and rear wheel drive. Had ECM replaced by dealer at ... Read More

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1997 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Chalky By Charles

I like the look and the power the vehicle has. Very fun car to drive (V8!!) but there are leaks and electrical issues that ford was aware of when the sold this make and model (check the Internet ) It'... Read More

Rocketship By exposures

Takes off like a rocket, there's a reason why they put these engines in police cars. Bought this new in 97 and the body style still looks great. The factory spoiler completes the look. Maintenance is... Read More

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