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1983 Ford ThunderbirdReview

This Car Is A 10 In My Book. — This was my first car 10 years ago, and I still have it. In highschool I built a carberated 302, and got rid of the 3.8. This small change really woke my car up. Then I added a limited slip rear end, and BF Goodrich 275/60/R15's out back. That gave it a muscle car stance. I still think Its cool, and most people tell me they think the same.

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

Pros: This car is super easy to work on

Cons: They didn't come with enough power

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1983 Ford ThunderbirdReview

I Like It — it handles great and his it own personality looks good and soundspretty cool and it is very soft seats inside but not alot of room in the back seat but who cares your driveing !!! and fun to drive

Pros: handleing

Cons: performince sometimes

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1983 Ford ThunderbirdReview

Loved This Car — Car was a Turbo Coupe with the Koni suspension. Comfortable, fast, nimble, great on gas, very reliable.

Pros: Performance and fuel mileage

Cons: not a lot of room in car

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1983 Ford ThunderbirdReview

One Of Ford's Better Cars For 1983 —

I have a 1983 Thunderbird with the 3.8 liter V6 and C5 automatic. It has alot the regular options commonly found on T-Birds: Cruise Control, AC, Tilt Wheel, Power Windows, Power Mirrors, Power Driver Seat, Rear Defroster, map lights. The interior trim is identical to the 'Heritage' edition Thunderbirds but without the decal trim. I believe 1983 was the only year for the vent windows, as I have seen many thunderbirds in the wrecking yards but rarely ever see the vent window that my Bird has. Also, after 1983 ford went to Central Fuel Injection on the 3.8 V6, so finding some parts for my 3.8 carbureted V6 are hard to come by. My T-Bird also came equipped with a vacuum assisted parking brake. I haven't seen it on any other thunderbird, so I think it is also a 1983 only item. Another perculiar item on my Bird is the intake manifold. It is an open plenum (single plane) manifold, not the standard dual plenum manifold found on so many Vee type engines. Because of this, my factory cold start idle is set to 2200 rpms according to the emissions sticker. I have never owned a car that revved so high at startup, and can take up to 10 minutes before the choke relaxes the engine down to 600 rpms. I own a mustang with the CFI equipped 3.8 and recommend the CFI setup over the carbureted version. However, aside from the quirky engine parts, the T-Bird rides so much nicer and is quieter than my mustang. They both share the same FOX body frame and parts, but you can tell Ford spent more time refining the Thunderbird than they did the mustang. The quality of the interior trim, seating, ride quality, and noise reduction make the Thunderbird a much nicer car to drive around in.

Owner for 3 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:20,000

Pros: Quiet, comfortable ride, nice body lines, good interior features

Cons: Carbureted setup for this year is quirky. Central Fuel Injection is so much nicer.

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1983 Ford Thunderbird Heritage Review
love the sport luxurary,verry relaxing
vs1971 Dodge Charger
1983 Ford Thunderbird Heritage winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Front Seats Ranked 1971 Dodge Charger worse.
"deeper cushen"
Would Buy Ranked 1971 Dodge Charger better.
" too close to make a choice"
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Reviews From Other Years

2005 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

Beautiful Steel-blue Ford Thunderbird By MaricelaHoward

As posted on Hagerty, unforgettable is simply not a big enough word to describe Ford’s Thunderbird, built with two seats only, even people who couldn’t care less about cars will more often than not st... Read More

50 Anniversity, Limited Edition By heinem1

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

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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