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1997 Ford Thunderbird User Reviews

1997 Ford Thunderbird Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 21 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" 13 reviews
"power" 10 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"value" 2 reviews
"comfortable car" 2 reviews
CONS
"heavy car" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"small space" 2 reviews

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exposures writes:
1997 Ford Thunderbird LX Review
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5

Pros

Great value.

Cons

They don't make them anymore.

exposures
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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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Colin writes:
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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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Chris writes:
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Power, Compfort, Options

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none

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Thunderbird Sport — The 1997 Ford Thunderbird is awesome, great power, great equipment, nothing but greatness. I will drive this car tilll the wheels fall off.If you can find one with the sport package get it, nothing better for the money. Moonroof, Leather, HP, TORQUE!!! Heavy Duty Automatic, Dual Exhaust FLOW MASTERS!!!!!!!!!!! AND MORE STUFF TO COME

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Charles writes:
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3

Pros

Fast, sporty cool

Cons

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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Brian writes:
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V8 Really fun to drive!!!!

Cons

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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David writes:
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Pros

It's a Mustang without the name.

Cons

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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Haukur writes:
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Pros

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

Cons

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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Jesse writes:
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this car is worth more than blue book price

Cons

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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Cale writes:
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Pros

good looks from the outside. runs very good for a 4500# car. for $350

Cons

air bags deployed due to deer damage but all is repaired  but the airbags

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T-bird....(thunderchicken) — good car for 350 bucks. runs good with the 4.6l v8 engine option. sets you back in your seat even with 2.73 gears in the rear end. gotta give it credit i guess for having 139,000 miles on the modular v8. it should have quite a bit left in it. ...well maybe. i need to go a little easier on it if i want it to last. my ram air hood is my favorite part of this car. it gives it the agressive looks..so much for a sleeper grandma looking car

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Brenda writes:
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It is the best one around

Cons

It has a small back seat. haha jk

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Say What?! — I bought it for a little under $6,000 with it having no more than 87k miles. Which I think that it was an amazing deal. I have had no problems with it. The Thunderbird has been on of the best cars I have drove/owned. It's performance is outstanding. The brakes and acceleration are a little touchy but I'd rather them be a little touchy then be hard as hell to push. On average I can get a good 25 mpg. I'm not going to lie I have raced a dozen and a half times and I've only lost to handle full. Those that have beat me were customized though so they had an advantage.

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2004 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

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1996 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Make This Bird Fly By cwhit1

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