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1987 Ford Thunderbird Overview
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The 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe was that year's Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'. Quite an honor for a model line that had looked dead in the water at the start of the '80s! The award was certainly deserved: Ford had poured plenty of engineering know-how into their revamp of the '87 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe.
Its 2.3 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was now offered with the air-to-air intercooler also seen in the Ford Mustang SVO; this reengineering brought the Turbo Coupe's output up to a whopping 190 horsepower when combined with 5-speed manual transmission. The Turbo Coupe was also available with a new 4-speed automatic transmission, with a maximum output of 150 horsepower. In addition, the flagship Turbo Coupe came with performance extras like anti-lock disc brakes and Automatic Ride control.
The rest of the 1987 Thunderbird line got a slight shakeup in terms of its trim offerings. The Elan model was discontinued; it was replaced by new LX and Sport models. The Sport trim came standard with the 5.0 liter fuel-injected V-8 engine; the LX shipped with the Essex V-6.
A new swept-back aerodynamic redesign made the '87 Ford Thunderbird sleeker than ever. With its newly flush-mounted headlights and narrower grille, the '87 T-Bird had a sharp, forward-looking appeal. Fuel efficiency remained solid, with maximum highway mileage ranging from 24 to 30 miles per gallon.
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Ford Thunderbird Questions
87 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe Gas Gage Don't Work..
The gas gage wasn't working when I bought the car..
Transmissiom Shifts Back And Forth Back And Forth From O.d To Drive
when driving long distance on freeway tranny down shifts then up shifts to o.d then down shifts to drive from o. to drive
1987 T-bird Turbo Coupe- The Ride Control Switch "stuck" On Firm. Switch Mo...
Turbo coupe/ 5 speed. Excellent vehicle. Purchased new.. Wonder if collectors are watching; curious about any experts who may know values. Purchased new and never driven in snow. Under 80 k miles. ...
Hello....I recently purchased a Thunderbird Turbo Coupe with VERY low miles (Less than 10K). I am experiencing problems with the manual transmission when shifting into 2nd and also into 4th gears. W...
What Is Wrong Withmy 1987 Ford Thunderbird Key Cylinder%3f When I Crank Th...
When I turn the key to start my 1987 thunderbird and let go of the key after it cranks. If the key is not in an exact position the engine will go dead. Also the instrument panel gauges and lights go...