1996 Ford Thunderbird User Reviews

1996 Ford Thunderbird Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • 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

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PROS
"ride" 15 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
"big car" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"transmission" 3 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews

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27.9 mpg

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Slow.  Under powered.

cwhit1
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Make This Bird Fly — I love this car I will keep it forever I just wished it was faster however it might be because it's got a hundred forty thousand miles on it. this is a sport luxury car and handles great is God a super comfortable ride in it is really not a great family car but I love it.

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Sleek...good looks (especially after a fresh detail). Mustang 4.6 engine. Solid body. Paint holds up well....no fading etc

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Cupholders & seats

tbirdsport
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Built T-bird Tough — Loved this car ever since I saw it on the showroom floor. I bought mine used in 2000..only 4 years old with just 35,000k. Just turned over 130,000 and still going strong! Aside from the usual wear & tear maintenance issues, no serious problems with this car. Lots of compliments and quite the head turner with offers to sell. This 'Bird is pearl white with the sport package. The Super Coupes were deleted in 1995 as Ford opted for 4.6L V8 versus the supercharged V6. Engine is smooth as silk even after 17 years on the road of daily driving. Excellent highway car with exceptional gas mileage for a V8. Handling & breaking are great for such a big car. Not the best in the snow even with the traction control engaged..but then again, what RWD V8 is good in the snow? Sweet on dry roads...light up the tires with a siimple push of the Traction Control default...lots of torque. Has gage cluster (which I prefer) whereas the '97 model has the 'idiot lights'. The seats and cupholder could have been designed better for the '96. I perviously owned a 1988 Cougar XR-7 which had the most comfortable seats...lumbar and superb side support. Seats felt wrapped around you. Aside from these minor flaws, the 1996 Thunderbird is THE best car I ever owned...beautiful standing still or cruising and depenadable with the right upkeep. I owned 2 GM (Generic Motors) cars in the past and not one of them held up as well as the Thunderbird. I highly recommend this car to anyone who wants Lincoln luxury & Mustang performance rolled into one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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re-styled frontend looks cool, the bumb on the hood looks cool and the led taillights look cool :D

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ride height. but i corrected that with eibach suspension set

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Nice Bird — the facelifted mn12 bird was an awesome car. the new 4.6 modular sohc engine packs a really good punch without the cost of gas mileage. i installed an eibach suspension set and that really set the car nice and low and made it even better handling. super fun on winding roads. totally awesome car, regret that i had to sell it.

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Was a good car, good power from the V-8.

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Wish it had a manual transmission.

DBear326
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Nice Sleeper — One of the first cars I bought, Had it for a few years and enjoyed it. Loved the power from the V-8, it surprised a few people who didn't expect it to have the power it did. I wished I had kept it a few years more.

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Great style , and good power.braking and handling good.average gas milegae .very resonable price.

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not a lot of  informations available for just the t-bird /cougar cars.

ctmx6turbo
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Great Street Sleeper — overall a good reliable car.4.6 /5.0 V8 cars offer ford mustang gt type of power. with good handling and braking.4.6 V8 motor offer 300,000 miles plus life span.fuel economy is in the average range for a car this size. 16-22 mpg range

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

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Bulletproof 4.6l engine,good amount of power and great torque, great passing power, cushy suspension and very decent gas mileage for a V-8, eats up highway miles

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Typical 90's Ford interior rattles/problems, size (this is a large coupe!) outdated/crappy transmission (desperately needs a manual transmission!), reliability isn't the best if car was not maintained by previous owners

DrewsEclipseGST
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Great Cruising Vehicle — I should state right off that the car I own was definitely not maintained by the previous owner, and that is why my particular t-bird has had these reliability issues. Bought the car with around 134k. My particular car came with the 4.6L V8, which comes with 205hp and around 280lb of torque. This is the same engine used in the 94 to 98 mustang gt, and it's a great engine - torquey and eager to rev. However, the power doesn't really come on til after 3000rpm, and without a manual transmission you are unable to really wring the power out of this great engine. That being said, these cars do have great passing power and enough torque to make driving fun - it's fairly easy to light up the rear tires from a stop. The car really shines at highway speeds with a nice sweet spot from about 50 to 90mph. Pretty fun to drive as well, even with the archaic 4 speed auto that loves to gear hunt. As it's RWD, it handles surprisingly well for such a big coupe, and does well in the turns. As I stated above, since my car was NOT maintained well at all by the previous owner, I did have a good amount of problems. The power steering cuts out at low speed, but that doesn't really bother me. I've had to replace the radiator grille, and the transmission as well, and currently the catalytic converter is on its way out. However, as it's a Ford, repair costs are pretty low which is great. Resale value, however, is also dirt cheap. The interior is classic 90's rattlebox Ford - the cupholders are crap, things are falling apart and loose. To be expected from a 15 year old vehicle. The seats aren't the most comfortable for long drives and lack lower back support, but they are cushy. Pretty basic amenities, but this wasn't really a super luxury car even when new. Good gas mileage for a heavy V8 coupe - I get around 22mpg. This thing will eat up highway miles as well, and is great to cruise long distance in. Overall, I like this car even with its problems. Its fun to drive, looks decent, and is fairly unique. They are built solidly as well, sans interior. If my particular car had been better maintained by the previous owner, I would give it higher ratings.

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the body style

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nothing

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Great Car To Drive — performance is pretty well average for this car coming out of a 3.8L v6 fun factor about this is that it is a very fun care to drive once u have the right parts and time its the nicest car to cruise around in

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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You get a little bit of everything with this car

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gas

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Your Looking For A Classic Car That Is Becoming Very Rare On The Road.....great To Drive — This car is just a perfect blend of everything, sport, class, luxery. very comfortable to drive long distances. the only downside is the gas mileage where i get 300 miles on 18 gallons. No matter love driving this car. totaly reccomend it

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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FUN

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got me a few good tickets

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I Loved My T-bird Hated To See It Go — design was ahead of it time at the time it was made the mn12 platform cars (tbird andcougar) were the only rear wheel drive sports cars mmade in america besides the vette that had a 4 wheel independent suspension. the gas mileage was pretty good since it was a v6 but it definetly had enough muscle to burn the back tires

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Has good handling for such a large car

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It is a coupé, so rear seat space is a bit tight

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If You Like Big Cars, And Don't Need To Carry A Bunch Of Stuff Or People, It's Worth A Look. — It's got a torquey 4.6 litre V8, and is one of the few affordable RWD V8 powered cars that you can drive without feeling like you've borrowed your son's car. A gentlemen's sport coupé that surprises more than a few people on a winding road.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1997 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Great Car By Vwags

This car is a joy to drive. The style is very nice and it has the power and handling to support the style. The car gets surprisingly good gas mileage for a V8. I would think long and hard about get... Read More

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