1978 Ford Thunderbird User Reviews

1978 Ford Thunderbird Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 11 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"power" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"beautiful car" 2 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"wheel" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews

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No matter how impossible the task, these cars simple do the job, reliably, comfortably, and look for more.

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Haven't found ANYTHING that sucks in 21 years of owning these boats.

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All About Nora — "Nora" is the 4th of this generation of Thunderbird to grace my driveway. Obviously, ford got something VERY right all those years ago. These have to be amongst the least expensive, most reliable, comfortable and durable cars it is possible to have.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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I've owned atleast a half dozen of these small birds(1977-1979). These were considered the single businessman's luxury car. Most were loaded with options like power windows and locks, tilt wheel, etc. Some even had the power moonroof though it was an expensive option at the time and a small amount of them were built with the T-Top roof though Ford actually called theirs the T-Roof.   Any of those T-Roof Birds are very rare and hard to find.  These cars are body on frame design and floated down the road effortlessly with big V8 power. Interiors were super plush with tufted velours or supersoft leathers and thick carpets.. I worked at the Ford plant in Chicago in 1977-78 where and when these cars were built. A new T-bird came off that assembly line every 58 seconds 24 hours a day, 6 days a week. We were closed on Sunday. Ford built and sold over a million of these Birds in just those 3 years. They were Ford's best selling car at the time and everyone wanted one.   These cars were and still are a joy to drive with just 2 doors and a 5 foot long hood and short trunk, Chrome bumpers with wide chrome and vinyl trim and brightwork. Every exterior color imageable was available as was the interior colors..

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Gas mileage could have been better but when these cars were built, gasoline was less than a dollar a gallon so nobody really cared about MPG.

MrBlueOval
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A True Luxury Sportscar — The styling on the car made it look like it was going 60 mph when it was sitting still. I will definitely buy another one if I find the right color and one that's loaded with options. For the money, you can't go wrong buying one now as an antique car or one for saturday night cruising. A low mileage clean rust=free car can be had for under $6000 with excellent supernice low mileage cars going for less than 10K but shopping around is advised. Don't buy the first one you see.

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

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Gordon writes:
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Smooth riding, not-so-cheap on the gas, had lots of "pep", a sports car with luxury features.

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Says it all in the name .... FORD.

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Fun To Drive And Shows A Little More Class Then Regular American Muscule Of The Day. — When i bought this car in '87 it was to be my first legal on the road car. While my friends were driving Camaro's and Olds cutlas and what-not, I liked this one. Under the hood was a 351Clevland, RWD and power everything else.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ohiobuzzard writes:
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in the winter time it is great it dose not get stuck if you have all snow tires on it
the fuel mileage is good at  15 city and 21 highway with cats punch

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the front pads wear out in a year

ohiobuzzard
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It Looks Cool — I like the car I had about 5 since 1994 you get respect on the with road with it. It is easy to work on I take to car shows I am the only to use it as a daily driver,and drive it all year round when I go to a small town people take pictures of it

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kent writes:
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Cavernous, quiet and comfy. Looks cool with turbine mags and whitewalls.

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Poor gas mileage. Mediocre build quality. Can really only transport two people + luggage.

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Land Yacht Luxo Barge — Okay, let's face it--the late 1970's was definitely NOT considered to be the high-water mark for American automobile manufacturing and design. And the luxo-barge segment of that era was, in particular, not world-renowned for it's cutting-edge innovation and performance. But thirty years later, maybe they weren't as bad as we remember... The '78 T-Bird epitomized the phrase 'land yacht'. It was my second car and did not have a high bar to jump as my first was a '79 Buick Regal with a bad radiator and sagging headliner. I have to say that compared to the Buick, this car was simply awesome. It didn't have even 40k miles on it when I acquired it from my uncle in 1985, and the burnt-orange paint and dark brown vinyl interior looked as new as the day it rolled out of the showroom. The front seats were cavernous and luxurious, even if they were vinyl. Eight-way power seats with separate, fold-down center armrests for driver AND passenger. Cruise control. Faux wood dash with large white-on-black circular gauges. It was like sitting in a Lazy-Boy! Awesome. The back seats were really just for decoration, though, because as big as this car was there was almost no legroom at all for back seat passengers! The view out the windshield was awesome, too. You really couldn't tell where the front of the car was...it look like it just kept on going to the horizon. Which it almost did, really. Just massively huge. Staring down all that shiny sheet metal, I just couldn't help but feel like I was at the wheel of a serious piece of machinery. Of course, that's because I was. Although it had a 5.0L V-8 under the hood, it required every last one of those 302 cubic inches to motivate this monster down the road. Acceleration was not, shall we say, brisk. Steering was surprisingly light for such a big car thanks to the hugely overboosted power steering system. Handling and braking were...uh...hmmm...well, let's just say that one had to anticipate any and all inertial changes to the vehicle's trajectory will in advance. So even though in many ways this car represents all that was wrong with Detroit in the 1970's, outside of that context it really isn't so bad. In fact, in lots of ways it's downright cool. I thought so then. I think so now. And that's the truth.

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Chris writes:
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American Muscle.  Engine was easy to work on.  Felt secure behind the wheel

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Giant boat, kills the gas

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Giant Thunder Chicken — American Muscle. Engine was easy to work on. Felt secure behind the wheel. Few issues with the car. only real issue I ever had was the exhaust and the vacuum lines. Replaced both the exhaust and the lines and the head lamp covers and cruise control worked fine.

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

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jamnblues writes:
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Powerful 351 V8- good brakes, good handling, great seats, stylish cruising

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20 MPG

jamnblues
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The Popular Ford Thunderbird — Seventh Generation T-Bird was restyled, losing 1000 lbs. and 10 in. in length- new styling and performance made this 'Bird wildly popular with Americans- 350,000 sold in 1978- updated 351 V8 and 2.50 rear end gave acceptable fuel economy- my car was purchased from original California owner with 98,000 miles and is in perfect condition with original after market alloys and new tires- the car is powerful, corners flat thanks to beefy sway bars front and rear, and stops on a dime- love to cruise it and get many comments thanks to the shiny Dove Grey paint and perfect chrome and trim- #8J87H176608 shows car was built in Los Angeles factory- an affordable classic in #2 condition

Primary Use: Family transportation

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patti46219 writes:
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its a 78 thunderbird and this is when cars were made to last.

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cannot find replacement parts for the body because of the age of the car so i do not drive in the winter when idiots forget how to drive!

patti46219
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Love My 1978 Ford Thunderbird — I love my Thunderbird! She is the most dependable and reliable vehicle i have ever owned and paid a whopping $350.00 for it back in 2009. I have only put about 400 in this car and that was for new rims and tires. Mechanically she is very sound! She has dual exhaust with 3 inch chrome tips for great sound and she has a 351 w under the hood all chromed out and polished every few days. she has a helluva sound system too! I may be old but by no means am i dead! The gas milaege is this car is phenominal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brian writes:
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I have owned my 1978 Thunderbird since 1990. It had 23,000mi, and was unique due to a mistake at the factory. The car, according to Ford was one of 60 that got the Police Interceptor Pkg intended for the LTD II. now in 2012, the car has 98,000mi, mostly from carshows and cruising. This car is great, turns heads, and has decent performance from the police pkg.

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Alot of the plastic interior trim is starting to crack, mostly due to age, but partly due to cheap materials from the start.

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Police Interceptor Luxo Bird — I have done very little to this car over the years. I am the 2nd owner, and aside from routine maintenence, all I have added was the Magnum 500 wheels, and dual exhaust. It has been a very reliable car, comfortable as a lazyboy chair, with great looks.

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

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TbirdGirl writes:
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Its smooth and sexy. Lots of space.

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It loves gas, but if you love cars its a sacrifice your willing to make.

TbirdGirl
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Its Amazing. I Love It. — I adore my thunderbird. its my baby, I show it and shine it up. Its the smoothest riding vehicle I have ever driven and it is amazing! I will never give it up, its made a collector out of me.

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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