1986 Ford Thunderbird User Reviews

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    Displaying 1 - 10 of 12 1986 Ford Thunderbird reviews.

    1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Review
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    Great Daily Driver — I'm having trouble finding weather stripping, and some body and trim parts. Front grill and hood got beat up sitting in a parking lot. Plus the upper trim above the windshield. I really want to get her fixed back up, the car came from Florida and is in very good shape otherwise. 91k orignal miles.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: I love the body style and its fun to drive.

    Cons: Having a hard time finding parts

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    T-bird Til The Day I Die — If you take care of your '86 thunderbird, and put a little work into it, it can evolve into the best car you'll ever own. I split the exhaust from the manifold and turned it into dual exhaust--along with servicing the engine regularly and keeping the tires in good shape, I get 20 mpg in the city and 25mpg on the highway. My car has 167,000 miles and still going strong. It was my first car, and I plan to restore it and treat it as well as it has treated me.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Comfortable, sporty, fast, made of something

    Cons: There weren't enough of them made

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    One Of A Kind — I like everything about this car except that it didn't come equipped with an intercooler. The car has the perfect size and shape for someone wanting a sporty "family" car. the turbo powered five speed has the feel that makes you want to go faster-and it will.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: fuel efficient, sleak and powerful

    Cons: None

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    Respect The Car And Your Good — well i have had this car for about a year now, i love the power the 302 puts out without the everyday sight of a mustang. the handleing on this car is a little tough to get used to, but as far as the size and wight goes its the best its gona get. ive pushed my thunderbird to 135 without any performence upgrades. overall its a fun car with no lack of power or appearance.

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

    Pros: originality, fun

    Cons: large, hard to control at high speeds

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    Worst Car I Had Ever Had To Deal With. Sorry Ford Motor-car This One Sucked. — Again borrowed pic.I had regular steel rims on mine, but the colour is right.The first couple of months I had this car were great.Barely 7 years old. Then came the 4 starter change-outs. then the air pump went. Then the mini cats on the Y-pipe exhaust clogged up. Then the cat itself got clogged. Then one day, **POOF** white smoke out the tail pipe. The head gasket blew out. Every other month there was always something with this car. I did like the looks of the car, course that just about as far as it went.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: For style and pep this was a great car.

    Cons: Lived up to the name, Fix Or Repair Daily!!!

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    T'bird — My first car...5.0 ltr V8 had decent torque from down low but became very anemic once it wound up past 4k rpm...got me through LSU with no mechanical woes, but electrical issues seemed to pop up every other day

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: colllege mobile

    Cons: electrical issues

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    Tbird — All I can Remember about this car was it was fast..I got to drive while I had my learners permit and coming back from Niagara Falls Cruisin at 120+ while my Mom, sister and brother were all asleep and a bad accident on the 401 was gruesome......

    Pros: Fast and Fun

    Cons: no weight slides around all over on the snow

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    1986 Ford Thunderbird 5.0 — A big comfy car that felt like a smaller sports car. 100+foot burnout with the 5.0 V-8 and only 60000K on it, 4 speed auto/overdrive, fully loaded. Gas pig if you are hard on the gas, but good on the hwy. Good reliability, but bad for rust

    Pros: Fast, Quiet, comfortable, burnouts......

    Cons: Gas pig, rust easy, hard to park

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    1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe — I used to own this car. It was a while back, but I still remember it clearly. VERY FAST!. I remember once my tires chirped in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gear. It was a 4 cylinder turbo charged engine. It was just as fast as the V8 version. It was nice and roomy on the inside and muscular looking on the outside.

    Pros: All

    Cons: None. I don't buy cars that have negatives.

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    I Love This Car!!!!!! — I got my T'bird in 1990 for 5K and it was in showroom condition. It has about 42K miles on it and I haven't had to do any major repairs on it other than the usual kinds (breaks, ect.) It still performs great and the pick-up is tremendous, this car literally runs out of the gate. Great handling, comfortable, and good on gas, even with the prices today. I've gotten it banged up a bit, and she isn't as pretty as she was, but neither am I, so who cares? Only lately she developed an oil leak that I found out is the main seal and I was told it 's a design flaw and I'll have trouble finding someone to fix it, but as long as it holds I could get another 30K miles. Not bad for a 22 year old car.

    Owner for 18 years, 0 months

    Miles Driven per Year:5,000

    Pros: Good gas mileage, great handling, great pickup

    Cons: I've had some starter problems and it ate up batteries until they figured it out. That's it.

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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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