1986 Ford Thunderbird User Reviews

1986 Ford Thunderbird Review Ratings

  • Review your car

Average Ratings from 12 reviews

  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 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

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"shape" 3 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews
"style" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying 1 - 10 of 12 1986 Ford Thunderbird reviews.

Todd writes:
1986 Ford Thunderbird Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

Fast and Fun

Cons

no weight slides around all over on the snow

105

Tbird — All I can Remember about this car was it was fast..I got to drive while I had my learners permit and coming back from Niagara Falls Cruisin at 120+ while my Mom, sister and brother were all asleep and a bad accident on the 401 was gruesome......

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Cooly writes:
1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

I love the body style and its fun to drive.

Cons

Having a hard time finding parts

Cooly
25

Great Daily Driver — I'm having trouble finding weather stripping, and some body and trim parts. Front grill and hood got beat up sitting in a parking lot. Plus the upper trim above the windshield. I really want to get her fixed back up, the car came from Florida and is in very good shape otherwise. 91k orignal miles.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
br4ndonn4bors writes:
1986 Ford Thunderbird Review
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Comfortable, sporty, fast, made of something

Cons

There weren't enough of them made

br4ndonn4bors
25

T-bird Til The Day I Die — If you take care of your '86 thunderbird, and put a little work into it, it can evolve into the best car you'll ever own. I split the exhaust from the manifold and turned it into dual exhaust--along with servicing the engine regularly and keeping the tires in good shape, I get 20 mpg in the city and 25mpg on the highway. My car has 167,000 miles and still going strong. It was my first car, and I plan to restore it and treat it as well as it has treated me.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Tom writes:
1986 Ford Thunderbird Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

fuel efficient, sleak and powerful

Cons

None

25

One Of A Kind — I like everything about this car except that it didn't come equipped with an intercooler. The car has the perfect size and shape for someone wanting a sporty "family" car. the turbo powered five speed has the feel that makes you want to go faster-and it will.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Alex writes:
1986 Ford Thunderbird Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

originality, fun

Cons

large, hard to control at high speeds

25

Respect The Car And Your Good — well i have had this car for about a year now, i love the power the 302 puts out without the everyday sight of a mustang. the handleing on this car is a little tough to get used to, but as far as the size and wight goes its the best its gona get. ive pushed my thunderbird to 135 without any performence upgrades. overall its a fun car with no lack of power or appearance.

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Gordon writes:
1986 Ford Thunderbird Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
1

Pros

For style and pep this was a great car.

Cons

Lived up to the name, Fix Or Repair Daily!!!

385

Worst Car I Had Ever Had To Deal With. Sorry Ford Motor-car This One Sucked. — Again borrowed pic.I had regular steel rims on mine, but the colour is right.The first couple of months I had this car were great.Barely 7 years old. Then came the 4 starter change-outs. then the air pump went. Then the mini cats on the Y-pipe exhaust clogged up. Then the cat itself got clogged. Then one day, **POOF** white smoke out the tail pipe. The head gasket blew out. Every other month there was always something with this car. I did like the looks of the car, course that just about as far as it went.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Jason writes:
1986 Ford Thunderbird Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
2

Pros

colllege mobile

Cons

electrical issues

35

T'bird — My first car...5.0 ltr V8 had decent torque from down low but became very anemic once it wound up past 4k rpm...got me through LSU with no mechanical woes, but electrical issues seemed to pop up every other day

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Jay writes:
1986 Ford Thunderbird Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

Fast, Quiet, comfortable, burnouts......

Cons

Gas pig, rust easy, hard to park

95

1986 Ford Thunderbird 5.0 — A big comfy car that felt like a smaller sports car. 100+foot burnout with the 5.0 V-8 and only 60000K on it, 4 speed auto/overdrive, fully loaded. Gas pig if you are hard on the gas, but good on the hwy. Good reliability, but bad for rust

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
David writes:
1986 Ford Thunderbird Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

All

Cons

None. I don't buy cars that have negatives.

45

1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe — I used to own this car. It was a while back, but I still remember it clearly. VERY FAST!. I remember once my tires chirped in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gear. It was a 4 cylinder turbo charged engine. It was just as fast as the V8 version. It was nice and roomy on the inside and muscular looking on the outside.

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
blockbustedblonde writes:
1986 Ford Thunderbird Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Good gas mileage, great handling, great pickup

Cons

I've had some starter problems and it ate up batteries until they figured it out. That's it.

blockbustedblonde
25

I Love This Car!!!!!! — I got my T'bird in 1990 for 5K and it was in showroom condition. It has about 42K miles on it and I haven't had to do any major repairs on it other than the usual kinds (breaks, ect.) It still performs great and the pick-up is tremendous, this car literally runs out of the gate. Great handling, comfortable, and good on gas, even with the prices today. I've gotten it banged up a bit, and she isn't as pretty as she was, but neither am I, so who cares? Only lately she developed an oil leak that I found out is the main seal and I was told it 's a design flaw and I'll have trouble finding someone to fix it, but as long as it holds I could get another 30K miles. Not bad for a 22 year old car.

Owner for 18 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:5,000

Is this review helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 1 - 10 of 12 1986 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 1986 Ford Thunderbird contacted a dealer about

1986 Ford Thunderbird picture, exterior
Ford Thunderbird
26% of the time
Ford Mustang
6% of the time
Chevrolet Corvette
4% of the time
Ford F-150
3% of the time
Thunderbird
Looking for a Used Thunderbird in your area?
CarGurus has 907 nationwide Thunderbird listings starting at $8,450.
ZIP: