1987 Ford Thunderbird User Reviews

1987 Ford Thunderbird Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality: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
  • 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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PROS
"ride" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
"build quality" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"window" 3 reviews
"in snow" 2 reviews
"oil" 2 reviews

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Mercjerry writes:
1987 Ford Thunderbird Base Review
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4

Pros

Dependable runner.
Good fuel economy.
World-class looks.

Cons

Air injection reactor pump made a rattling noise, but worked.
Rear window defroster worked only temporarily.
Transmission oil pan gasket leaked at 145,000 kilometers.

Mercjerry
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An Affordable Luxury Car With Great Style — I purchased my 1987 T-Bird in 1995 for a mere 5,000 deutschmarks and kept it through 2001. The Thunderbird was the base version, but that didn't show. All desirable options were present (automatic transmission, power brakes/steering/windows/seats/door locks/decklid relase, air conditioning, cruise control etc.) and they all worked fine. This was the most reliable American vehicle I had ever owned until then. Build quality was good and the materials used inside looked and felt classy. It was comparatively cheap to operate, got great gas mileage (25 mpg). The 3.8-liter V6 engine was not very responsive to gas pedal Input; 120 horsepower was adequate, but no more. 0-60 mph times averaged about 11-12 seconds, top speed was approx. 112 mph. Handling was typically American with low cornering power due to marked understeer. Steering was quick for an American car and the brakes worked quite well. It was not a sporty car by any stretch of the imagination, but a very nice, exceedingly comfortable cruiser and a very attractive car to boot. Had I not needed a four-door automobile back in 2001, I definitely would have kept the T-Bird. Instead, I sold it to a friend who's been getting many years of useful and dependable service out my good old '87 T-Bird since then. May the Bird fly for many more years to come.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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87wtb writes:
1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Review
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5

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Looks, Preformance

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Its white, hard to find parts

87wtb
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Good Car That If Taken Care Of Can Be One Of The Best. — Had one for three years now. have put 17,000 miles on the 64,000 it had when I got it.In that time I have spent only about 500 dollars, to rebuild the transmission(5 speed) and brake pads.The car runs a three inch exhaust, a super chip, 19 pounds of boost and a k&n air filter. Got 233 on dyno. Average 17 in city.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Robert writes:
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Gorgeous car, great performance, good fuel economy, just plain fun to drive.

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rear disk brakes were a constant maintenance issue

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1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe Economy, Luxury And Performance In One Package. — I owned my Turbo Coupe for almost ten years and have yet to find anything that comes close to as fun to drive. I rue the day I sold it and swear I will get another one some day.

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flowerhouse1952 writes:
1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Review
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5

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0-60 in less than 7 sec. quiet, smooth ride, braking good, sleek aerodynamic body, big trunk, trunk opening button inside, no paint fade, well maintained, adjustable seats up front in all directions,

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When windows are rolled down it's a bit noisy, 3 kids in back seat are fine, 3 adults in back seat is very crowded, does not do well in ice and snow, body pieces hard to find

flowerhouse1952
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One Fast Economical Ride With Room For The Small Family — Over all this car is one fine looking ride. It has get up and go even with its age has been well maintained inside and out very low mileage for age good gas mileage no leaks or paint fade great car

Primary Use: Family transportation

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AGood writes:
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5

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gotta love the way these cars handle, and the fuel economy

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parts are getting hard to find

AGood
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Keep Um Rolling. — I got my car from my grandparents who bought it new back in '87. Now it has over 200,000 miles and is needing a little TLC. But then what vehicle with over 200,000 miles doesn't? I have never got less then 25 MPG with this car, and if I did it was during the winter while i was letting it run to warm up before work.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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stratacast94 writes:
1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Review
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5

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Gorgeous, fun, reliable, classy

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No cup holders, small trunk

stratacast94
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Good Ol' Bird — My tbird is old, she's tired, needs TLC, it's hard to find special parts like headlights and stick shift knobs n such and sometimes it's easy to hate this car because when one problem is fixed, another arises. Yet, the car keeps rolling, it's the best sounding 4 cylinder I have ever heard, the turbo adds some fun for this old Pinto engine, and It is a VERY pretty car! Previous owner didn't know how to drive stick and didn't know about 5th gear...all this explains why synchros are out in the transmission and the throwout bearing is shot. I think it's leaking under the rear window (notorious for many old cars it seems), I can't find any good headlight replacements as mine are dull and interior plastics are falling apart. Despite, all of this, she's my baby, many people I know think it's a hot car (and recognize me for the one with the old Thunderbird) and there just isn't too much to say because I think this car was very well built! My review is biased, and my car needs a lot of work done so I'm not really "experiencing" the car in all it's glory, but I can't wait to drive it again!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Paul writes:
1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Review
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Stylish

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Poorly designed for weight and engine

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Stay Away From Most Fords Except Trucks — The car was okay but had it's typical share of problems Fords usually have like electrical problems. Even with the turbo the car was a little to heavy for a 4 cylinder. I found that out when it just died out coming back from a 4th of July party and we had all we could do to push it with 4 people.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Douglas writes:
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Looks - holy smokes!  Blazingly fast.  Comfortable, handled beautifully

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Couldn't keep it running

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Thunderchicken! — One of the most amazing cars I've ever driven, and one of the most horrific dealer/repair experiences I've ever had. The car that turned me off of Ford for life, well, the car for which the repair experience at Jack Roach Ford turned me off of Ford for life.

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Steve4130 writes:
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it was black?

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electrical and general build quality

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Glad They Stopped Making These — Bought it new, but now I would stick to trucks as far as Ford is concerned. This thing ate up 2 alternators within 25,000 miles. The electrical system was a nightmare. Wires would just crack and short out. The brake lights went out and the digital speedometer went dead. Turned out wherever a wire moved-it cracked. Biggest waste of money yet.

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Jared writes:
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gas mileage

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its getting hard to find parts

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I Dont Get It — Its got a 2.3 li 4 cylinder with a trubo it will run the 1/2 mile in 16.83 at like 78 miles an hour. Its great to own it gets really great gas mileage for a 87 it gets 30 highway and like 20 in town thats cuz i work a mile from home across town

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