1976 Ford Thunderbird User Reviews

1976 Ford Thunderbird Review Ratings

  • Review your car

Average Ratings from 5 reviews

  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 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

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"ride" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
CONS
"park" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"driver" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying all 5 1976 Ford Thunderbird reviews.

JT_Bird writes:
1976 Ford Thunderbird Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Always a "Pleasure to Drive" - Comfort ***** - Handling ***** -

Cons

Apart from those here in the UK calling it a Cadillac - An apparent lack of sources for spare parts!!!!!!!!

JT_Bird
105

My "every-day" Drive — This is my second review of the 76` "Big-Bird" as my first covered both my 65` and 76` Thunderbids. My 76` T-Bird is a "Dream" to handle, the Exterior and interior are "Superb" for a 31 year old vehicle. From the data gathered to-date I know the car came off the production line in June 1976, the "Last" one being produced on July 9th 1976. My car came from the "Los Angeles" line and has many of the accessories, available at that time, fitted. The car does handle considerably well, for its size, and the gear box is very smooth when changing up or down the gears. The Braking system has proved to be "Ample" when coming to stop the "Beast" I own at speeds of up to 70mph, our legal limit on the Motorways. Inside there are more than enough "Toys" to play with including the Auto light dimmer, plus Auto lights On, switch. The six (6) way Drivers electric seat helps to make journeys very comfortable, no matter how long the journey may be, and assists in your arriving as "Fresh" as when leaving home. Music is supplied by a Radio/8track combined system, the original, and the enjoyment from this is helped by being able to choose how many speakers you want to use. The 460ci engine provides more than enough power for the cars size and weight. I estimate the M.P.G. to be around 15-17mpg on a run along our Motorways, (USA Freeway), and around our Towns/Cities I do not know as I`ve never bothered to check this figure out. I know drivers of the 76` T-Bird in the U.S.A. will take the way in which this car handles for granted in some ways, due to their having had such lightly operated "Power Steering" for many years. Here in the UK owners of cars, other than American ones, do not really appreciate how "Easy" these cars can be steered and are literaly "Amazed" at seeing such a "Big Car" being driven, or parked, with "Ease". My 76` Thunderbird was the very First of this mark I ever bought and owned, but it will not be the last I assure you. "Happy Motoring" to all fellow T-Birders. JT_Bird (South Wales / UK)

Owner for 1 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:10,000

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
jwc191_ writes:
1976 Ford Thunderbird Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5
jwc191_
45

Comfort And Styling — i enjoy driving my 76 tbird. so comfortable, all the toys and a lot of thumbs up from people who remember when

Owner for 3 years, 4 months

Miles Driven per Year:1,500

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Bill writes:
1976 Ford Thunderbird Review
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

best car you could get when hitting the highways

Cons

parking. i live in finland where everything the size of everything car-related (parking spots etc) is measured after eighties toyota corolla. you just can't fit this monster on k-marts parkinplace. another thing is gas mileage. it's really not an issue since i get only 5000km's a year but i coulnd't afford a daily driver that guzzles 18-30 litres per 100km or 16-9mpg

20

1976 Ford Thunder Bird Review — Easy to work on and repair. big trunk space for subs :) 0-60 in about 7 seconds. interior is all plastic so everything squeaks so just turn up the music and you can't hear a thing. Great for first car.

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Tommi writes:
1976 Ford Thunderbird Review
Accessories:
Cargo Capacity:
Daily Commute:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Interior Noise:
Interior Space:
Long Trips:
Maintenance Cost:
Parking:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Ride Comfort:
Safety:
Looks/Style:
Weight:
Overall:
4

Pros

best car you could get when hitting the highways

Cons

parking. i live in finland where everything the size of everything car-related (parking spots etc) is measured after eighties toyota corolla. you just can't fit this monster on k-marts parkinplace. another thing is gas mileage. it's really not an issue since i get only 5000km's a year but i coulnd't afford a daily driver that guzzles 18-30 litres per 100km or 16-9mpg

55

Have You Driven A Ford Lately? — this is my summer car. it's got a ford bigblock 460 in it. bored to .030, kg flat top pistons, 9,5:1 compression, edel performer cam + timingset, fully balanced. heads are stock but ported. weiand stealth intake etc. makes about 300 horses and +600 newtonmeters of torque. the car itself is a classic being the last big ford ever made. the next year ford downsized all of their models and the awesome 460cid engine was replaced with 400cid small block in passenger cars. the overall quality of used materials is excellent. it's clear that these sixth gen.t-birds were no longer sportscars but rather personal luxury cars.

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Fulcrum writes:
1976 Ford Thunderbird Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

fantastic road trip car, the miles just melted away

Cons

Parking slots became much more slim, to slim for this car.

Fulcrum
45

Big!! And Beautiful — Big Brown Bird was it's name, it belonged to my roommates girl friend. A really nice driving car for the long road trip, well maintained, roomy, decent power, soooft ride.

Owner for 0 years, 0 months

Is this review helpful? Yes | No

Displaying all 5 1976 Ford Thunderbird reviews.

Review your car

Reviews From Other Years

2005 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

50 Anniversity, Limited Edition By heinem1

Drive and rides very nice. Wife's car and she loves the Cashmere color and looks. White cashmere leather interior feels soft and is better than the basic 50 Anniversity we had previously. The retro l... Read More

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

Read all 6 2005 Ford Thunderbird reviews

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

Read all 8 2004 Ford Thunderbird reviews

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

Read all 4 2003 Ford Thunderbird reviews

2002 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Luxury, Sporty And A Great Fun Driver. By Blackhawke

I love everything about this car. It is not a Corvette but then again wasn't supposed to be anything other than a boulevard cruiser. There are tons of specialty products made to customize this car ... Read More

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

Read all 6 2002 Ford Thunderbird reviews

1997 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Great Car For A Cruiser Or Commuter Car. By NIXOTIMO

I really enjoyed the comfortable ride quality when driving this car. The interior is nicley set to be user friendly and the seats you could fall asleep in. Front end is too long and pointy. Rear wh... Read More

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

Read all 22 1997 Ford Thunderbird reviews

People researching a 1976 Ford Thunderbird contacted a dealer about

1976 Ford Thunderbird, JT_Birds 76` Big Bird the day Repaired and Rechromed bumper was fitted / photo 3
Ford Thunderbird
27% of the time
Ford Mustang
6% of the time
Chevrolet Corvette
4% of the time
Ford F-150
3% of the time