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1985 Ford Thunderbird Review
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They Don't Make Car's Like This!!! — Bought this car new. It is the Elan with the 5.0 engine. Lot's of power. Original motor at 167,000 miles and 2 years ago I replaced the transmission after 25 years.. Not bad. I always use it as a back up these days. It's always ready to go. I wish it had the abs brakes and the air went. But when you start it the motor and the steering wheel is steady and smooth.. I love, Love this car. I will never get rid of it. All though my 12 year old thinks it is so "old". Getting ready to clear coat. Afraid I won't find parts for it in the future. But Besty is doing well..

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: I Loved this car for 27years!!!  Handles perfect on corners and nice and tight to the road.

Cons: Nothing...

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This Car Is . . . — Honestly, I knew what I was buying when I bought it. A well engineered, top of the line, fully loaded, Ford Thunderbird Elan. I got what I expected when I bought it andI knew I would have it for at least twenty years . . . barring any accidents, right? This car will make a great car for an enthusiast or serious collector.

Pros: I am the original owner of the car.  It has been 100% maintained throughout it's life.  The brakes and shocks are gtd for the life of the car through Midas. It has never been in snow or on salted roads. It has always been garaged. New highend Hankook tires. New Ford remanufactured engine installed @125,000 miles.  Exterior & Interior is in excellent condition.  This car is impeccable!  Driven, Babied & Maintained!  See it believe it.

Cons: There are no cons to this car.  It has power, looks, and amenities that are still in use today. The electronic guage package was cutting edge and was used into the ninety's in Lincoln Town Cars.

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1 Would Give This Car A 9 Out Of 10 — 302 w/rv cam dual exhaust out of the side in front of rear wheels custom rims tinted windows performance is great has awesome acceleration great car to drive did many long distant trips in this car get 21 mpg

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: smooth ride great acceleration and performance

Cons: nothing

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Good On The Inside But Not The Outside — I like the acceleration of this car but the gas pedal doesn't always catch. It handles great. I like that the interior and exterior colors match, but to tell you the truth i think it looks like a grandma car. It only gets around 12 mpg so it is very expensive to drive. All in all it is pretty fun to drive though.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: acceleration and speed

Cons: gas and looks

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Fast, Fun To Drive And Not Another Mustang — This is a great car. My first was an 84 and I loved it. This one is an anniversary edition with a 5.0L HO 5-speed. Fun to drive and turns heads. Only thing I did not like about these cars was the rust which always forms at the bottom of the doors.

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

Pros: Fun to drive

Cons: Rust prone

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First Car — It was a fun car while I had it and I miss it, but I know its in good hands. It was a beauty for an older car and I got allot of comments for it even though it was not in mint condition.

Pros: It was built like a tank.  Comfortable ride during the summer.  Good party car for a coupe.

Cons: bad gas mileage even for the smaller engine.  When racing it was not kind on turns.

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My First Car.. — You know at the time I sort of complained about it... it smoked when you started it.. and made noises (it had 120K on it when we bought it) but in retrospect it was a fun car and I wish we'd fixed it and restored it. *note* the picture is actually an -86 model.. mine didn't have the hood vents and was smoke blue. HOT! Oh.. and a manual transmission

Pros: Roomy, fun, unique, and for it's time pretty technologically advanced

Cons: not mechanically the most reliable car.. mine needed to be paited... and the A/C didn't work.

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My Other Thunderbird, It's A 4 Cyl, Turbo Coup. — A sweet car. 8 way power bucket seats with lumbar support. You didn't sit in these seats, you were warmly welcomed, enveloped, and gently held in place. You felt as if the seat was happy holding you, lol. I made some changes on this car, FMS springs, intake, rotors, new 5 lug axles, short throw shifter, and a chip. Fun car. A 4 cyl that ran a 15.063 at the drag strip and beat an 8 cyl Corvette in the process.

Pros: Comfortable, quick, stable, great highway car with 28 mpg and fast if you wanted it.

Cons: there are none

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What A Bunch Of Fun — When I got this car it was a regular 6 cyl Thunderbird, blue outside and blue inside. Not very imaginative, eh? I'd dreamed of having a racecar for a long time, as a kid I went to the local track with my dad, and I guess that's where it began. I was running in SCCA SOLO events, and this car was my chance. I stripped the car inside, put in a racing seat and a 5 point seat belt, I had set of gauges installed, an MSD box, and a new distributer. I had the engine rebuilt, had it bored 40 over and fitted with a 4bbl carb. The car was an automatic when I bought and that had to go, the trouble was, Ford never mated a 5 spd to the V-6 in a Thunderbird. But they did in the Mustang (whew). So I had the clutch and tranny installed with the newly refreshed V-6. I got new 5 lug rotors for the front and got new 5 lug axles for the rear. The factory car had 4 lug wheels. I had the frame tied, new shorter springs, for that low down stable feel, headers and duel exhaust. I never did that great running the car, but that wasn't the car's fault and it was a hell of a lot of fun!

Pros: Everything about this car was a pro, as far as I'm concerned.

Cons: Cons?  I had a lot invested in this car, and after all I did, I had to give it up for health reasons.

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Great Car With Lots Of Power And Great Handling — Takes corners like a dream, quick off the line and high max speed. The '85 T-Bird is a great ride and if you can get your hands on one, DO IT!!. Overall its a great car and has tons of front leg room and enough rear leg room for most people.

Owner for 2 years, 8 months

Miles Driven per Year:20,000

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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

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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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