1997 Ford Thunderbird User Reviews

1997 Ford Thunderbird Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 24 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • 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: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
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 16 reviews
"power" 13 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"suspension" 3 reviews
"rwd" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"heavy car" 4 reviews
"small space" 2 reviews
"seat" 2 reviews

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1997 Ford Thunderbird LX Review
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These cars drive great, plenty of power, reasonable gas mileage and very sporty.

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The back seat is tight to get in and out of.

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Great Car — 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 getting it if you have to get in the back seat on a regular basis.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Smooth ride, strong acceleration, reliable, and low repair cost.

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Rear wheel drive, long pointy front end.

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Great Car For A Cruiser Or Commuter Car. — 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 wheeldrive tough in snow.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Fast, sporty cool

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Ford issues

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Chalky — 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's still one of my favorite Cars when it works

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Great value.

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They don't make them anymore.

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Rocketship — Takes off like a rocket, there's a reason why they put these engines in police cars. Bought this new in 97 and the body style still looks great. The factory spoiler completes the look. Maintenance is more than reasonable. Put the best speed rated tires on this and in your rear view mirror watch whoever tries to keep up with you on the turns slide off the roadway. Comfortable Leather seats make long rides a joy. Reliable, easy on gas 23mpg overall and a trunk that can hold a boatload of stuff. This car is still going strong at over 200,000 miles. I think I'll keep it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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V8 Really fun to drive!!!!

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18 MPG

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Really Good First Car — Easy to work on and repair. big trunk space for subs :) 0-60 in about 7 seconds. interior is all plastic so everything squeaks so just turn up the music and you cant heard a thing. Great for first car

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It's a Mustang without the name.

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Very little bottom-end torque.

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A Great Car For First Time Drivers Wanting A Little Speed Out Of Their Machine. — It's a solid car. Under the hood, it packs a 4.6L fuel-injected V8 that, when it was made, put out around 205hp and 290tq. Luckily for me, it's not stock. The best estimate is that it's churning out close to 210hp and 300+ tq, thanks to a cold-air intake, true-dual Flowmasters exhaust, and Superchips Performance programming. It cost me about $2300 when I got it, and has since cost me over a grand in performance parts and maintenance. It sucks gas if your foot is in it.

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

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Looks, handling, ride, roominess

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really there was nothing I didn't like about this car. I shoulda kept it

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97 T-bird — Plenty quick, for the late 90s not-so-impressive 2v 4.6 V8 20mpg if you keep your foot out of it 14mpg if you don't Lots of room front and back I think they're totally sweet looking would have liked a stick excellent ride excellent handling stereo sucks (get an aftermarket one) great engine note

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

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The last year of the Thunderbird

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Weight

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The Last Of The Great Thunderbirds — Performance - Same engine as a Mustang GT of the same year but since it is a heavier car and the engine is detuned some it does not accelerate as quickly. Build Quality - Car has the standard suspension rattles of a 130,000 mile car. Appearance - One of Fords sleekest designs that has aged well. Cost of Ownership - 17-19 MPG city/24-26 MPG highway. Relatively low maintenance costs. Fun Factor -I love driving this car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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It has an exhaust modifaction that gets that v8 sounds clear through

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the little space in the backseats

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Ford T-bird 1997 Lx Review — Acceleration is fun, often or not with some wheel spin, atleast not yet any repairs, little squeake in the interior but seats are comfy and ride comfort fantastic, though a 4.6 liter engine should have more bhp but it is enough i suppose.

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

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this car is worth more than blue book price

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ford has issues

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Worth Everything Put In — powerful enough and it has a nice look. its also a little overweight for a sports car. it is semi simple to do work on but being a ford it has issues. it gets about 20+mpg and is very fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1996 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Make This Bird Fly By cwhit1

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