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1965 Ford Thunderbird Review
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Had one when they were new and always regretted getting rid of it. Great cruiser. Comfortable, roomy, and maintenance is not too bad. Parts readily available in most cases.
vs1965 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
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Family Car Ranked 1965 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class worse.
"As I said, it is roomy with a VERY large trunk for family luggage."
Would Buy Ranked 1965 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class worse.
"Much easier to get parts and service for the Thunderbird."
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My Dream Car — I love this car and am looking forward to finishing the restoration and getting back to driving it..My Thunderbird has always given me smile each time I take it out for a spin. I have been using the Thunderbird again on a regular basis and as long as the sun is shining and no chance of rain I can be spotted in Sunset Beach.

Pros: The Thunderbird has been in our family for 48 years. I have always enjoyed driving it. The car is now over 95% restored and am looking forward to the final touches so I can be done.

Cons: Trouble finding someone who can get the hydraulic trunk working.  Over the years it has been a problem area. Would love to fix it once and for all.

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I Love It — It sits very low.has smooth shift,heater is hot a/c is cold & clock works,total rebuild in 2001 & no rust at all.Brakes are good but needs a dual chamber master cylinder & porportioning valve.All electrical items work.I have a little problem of loosing vacume,I may need new hoses in doors.

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

Pros: Rides very smooth & has great torque

Cons: Uses a lot of fuel & convertible is tempermental

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Classic T-bird, Little Tlc To Get Perfect — I like the exhaust note of the 390 V8, doesn't compare to modern cars. Easy handling, great stopping power. Wish the paint wasn't faded, it would be a great cruiser with fresh paint, or a future hot rod candidate, or rat rod.

Pros: Classic style, new carpet, new tires, registered as a classic through 2018, street legal

Cons: Needs paint

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A Beautiful And Classy Looking Car, That Gets Better With Age. — I like the comfort, and the power of the 390 C.I. The styling is beautiful. When these cars were new and a few years after, they were basically good cars. The construction and fit of the car was better build quality than the Mustang another Ford product. It's competitor at the time was the Buick Riviera, which was a very well made car at the time. I think the Ford Thunderbird Hdtp. is under-rated and under-valued!

Pros: A comfortable riding car. The rear seat is like seating on a couch.

Cons: The gas mileage, but again you are not buying this car for the gas mileage.

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I Am A Happy Old Camper — This was a real jewel when it came out in 65. Front disk brakes, sequential tail lights and more. I had one when they were new and always regretted getting rid of it. I had always collected foreign cars and lost a 67 Jaguar XKE and a 87 Jaguar XJ6 in Katrina and said I would not ever buy another classic. Well, I lied. When this came up, I couldn't resist so here it is. It is a road car, very comfortable, not real fast (0 to 60 in about 12 seconds) lousy gas mileage (7-10mpg) but gas was about 40 cents a gal in 65 and we never thought about it. I think it is one of the best body designs to come out of Detroit in the last fifty years. I have not had to do much to it but I am getting ready to re-chrome the bumpers and replace all the rubber bushings. We, (my wife and I) enjoy cruising and car shows with it.

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

Pros: Looks, Looks, Looks

Cons: Only if you can't afford it.

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The Head Turner — Got me one of the 65 "jet birds". She's beautiful. She's my first car and I got her for only $3,200 with only 62,000 original miles! Not a thing wrong with her except the need for some new heads. I love the black leather interior, the swing away steering wheel, the big backseat and trunk. I like the 390 big block under the hood but the speed and acceleration it puts out leave alot to be desired. Im sure this is due to the sheer weight of the big car though. She rides smooth with a little wiggle to the steering thanks again to the size but there's not much else to really dislike. The fuel economy aint great but that's a small price to pay for such a beautiful classic and will probably improve with some new heads. Real tight car with no rattle and a nice roar when you rev her up. Turns heads and drops jaws with her baby blue paint.

Pros: Style and luxury

Cons: High fuel consumption

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Funky Fresh — The Ford 390 engine block is large by today's standards but can't compete with the Chevy blocks of the same vintage. Nonetheless, unmodified stock this car is a ton of fun to drive and is the safest two-door detroit steel you can be in these days!

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

Pros: style

Cons: if you are a gas miser

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Ahead Of Its Time — Big block ford engine provided enough performance, but fuel economy was not good lol, but again its not the kind of car you buy for good mpg, Stunning looks, most parts still available, and a fun 60s luxury muscle car

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

Pros: Great looking futuristic car

Cons: MPG lol

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6t5 Bird — Wish I had it running! Was purchased in 1983 by my dad. He told me if I made it through basic training the car was mine. Car is originally from Cali. He found in Florida. Has about 120K on it. Car turns over but needs a full engine overhaul. No rust. Im planning on doing a full restoration but the $ for parts for these cars are not cheap! 390c, rated @ 315hp. has the swing away steering wheel.1st year for the famous sequential taillights. Fell free to contact Chip Foose for me and tell him I could use some help!!

Pros: Will have it forever.

Cons: Not running!

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2005 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

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2004 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Wife's Toy By Luger

Rather cramped for tall people. Little storage and the trunk is very shallow. A car to cruise in, not for trips.Had to get custom seat covers since a black interior will cause damage in 115 degree h... Read More

Retro T-bird Ok, But No Classic By Luger

The retro-Birds are nice looking and average performers, but they miss being either a luxury car or a sports car. The trunk is so shallow that there is little storage. Ford got the retro part right,... Read More

2003 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Red Hot 2003 Thunderbird By Michelewoodward5

I like that she has 3 personalities: Hard top-for those snuggly days, Soft top-for those days that are a little to hot to go topless, Convertible-for the topless, flirty days. Thunderbird drives great... Read More

Excellent Ford Thunderbird! By Chrystael

The Ford Thunderbird is a weekend cruiser. Drop the top for a great canyon drive with the retro look and feel, but all the modern requirements of a nice reliable car. This vehicle is the perfect pleas... Read More

2002 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Classic By MrFeher

Performance surpassed my expectation. Quality Leather and interior sound. Better road view than anticipated with the top on. Cons, Need a bit more space behind the seats. Ne... Read More

Luxury, Sporty And A Great Fun Driver. By Blackhawke

I love everything about this car. It is not a Corvette but then again wasn't supposed to be anything other than a boulevard cruiser. There are tons of specialty products made to customize this car ... Read More

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

Impressive By 97TBirdOwner

The Ford Thunderbird in this generation is a very nice mix of performance, luxury, and style. They can be relatively inexpensive if you look around and get lucky. I drive this one daily, and as mentio... Read More

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