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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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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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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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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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
65

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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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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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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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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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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Will have it forever.

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Not running!

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6t5 Bird — Wish I had it running! Was purchased in 1983 by my dad. He told me if I made it through basic training the car was mine. Car is originally from Cali. He found in Florida. Has about 120K on it. Car turns over but needs a full engine overhaul. No rust. Im planning on doing a full restoration but the $ for parts for these cars are not cheap! 390c, rated @ 315hp. has the swing away steering wheel.1st year for the famous sequential taillights. Fell free to contact Chip Foose for me and tell him I could use some help!!

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everything!

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My 65 Thunderbird — I picked up this car and was really a basketcase! Since I've rebuilt the 390 motor and the tranny. Everything else under the hood has been updated and replaced. I've driven this car once, as I'm not done with it. The control, take off, braking and over-all ride is great! I love the lines on this car. It's classic yet could completely hot rod out. I've put about $11k into the car so far. I'm happy with what's gotten done. Just need to finish paint and interior.

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2004 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

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2002 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

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1997 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Great Car By Vwags

This car is a joy to drive. The style is very nice and it has the power and handling to support the style. The car gets surprisingly good gas mileage for a V8. I would think long and hard about get... Read More

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