1997 Ford Thunderbird User Reviews

1997 Ford Thunderbird Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 22 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" 14 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"suspension" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"heavy car" 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.

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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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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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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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Zach writes:
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Mustang 4.6L V8, Sport Suspension Package, Leather, Roomy for a 2 Door

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Gas, Ignition problems, Not so great condition i.e. rust,dents,scratches!!

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1997 Ford Thunderbird Lx Sport V8....my First Car — This car means alot to me and i plan on restoring it one day. I have rode in this car since i was 10 years old and i never thought i would actually own it one day!! It was my aunts car and she passed away from cancer in 2005. I was 14 and 2 years away from my license!! I remember being so excited that i might actually get to drive it!! My dad used it as a commuter car for those 2 years and put just over 25,000 miles on it.(when he got it it had about 75,000 miles) So after i got my license it was mine and i have been loving those Mustang V8 ponies ever since. The car isnt perfect with a big rust spot on the wheel well and the rocker panels are rusting as well. There are multiple dents and scratches. (NONE CAUSED BY ME) Both bumpers (front and back) arent in good shape. One of the cruise switches is broken off but it still works!! Overall the car has been reliable besides an ignition problem, roll bar problem (CAUSED BY ME DOING PWERSLIDES IN MY MIDDLE SCHOOL PARKING LOT...LOL) and a possible valve problem. This is a car i will hang on to forever and someday restore it to what it once was but for now nothing is planned. It is fast thanks to the Mustang V8 and coners well thanks to the Sport Tuned Suspension but its less than appealing from the outside, in the condition it is now!!! FUN CAR TO DRIVE AND PAMPERS YOU LIKE A BABY!!! DID I MENTION ITS REAR WEEL DRIVE....HAHAHAHA GREAT CAR!!

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NIXOTIMO writes:
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4

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

Cons

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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Charles writes:
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3

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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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Brian writes:
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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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John writes:
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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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Haukur writes:
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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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Drive and rides very nice. Wife's car and she loves the Cashmere color and looks. White cashmere leather interior feels soft and is better than the basic 50 Anniversity we had previously. The retro l... Read More

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2004 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

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2003 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

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1996 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Make This Bird Fly By cwhit1

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 supe... Read More

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