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1987 Ford Thunderbird Overview

The 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe was that year's Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'. Quite an honor for a model line that had looked dead in the water at the start of the '80s! The award was certainly deserved: Ford had poured plenty of engineering know-how into their revamp of the '87 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe.

Its 2.3 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was now offered with the air-to-air intercooler also seen in the Ford Mustang SVO; this reengineering brought the Turbo Coupe's output up to a whopping 190 horsepower when combined with 5-speed manual transmission. The Turbo Coupe was also available with a new 4-speed automatic transmission, with a maximum output of 150 horsepower. In addition, the flagship Turbo Coupe came with performance extras like anti-lock disc brakes and Automatic Ride control.

The rest of the 1987 Thunderbird line got a slight shakeup in terms of its trim offerings. The Elan model was discontinued; it was replaced by new LX and Sport models. The Sport trim came standard with the 5.0 liter fuel-injected V-8 engine; the LX shipped with the Essex V-6.

A new swept-back aerodynamic redesign made the '87 Ford Thunderbird sleeker than ever. With its newly flush-mounted headlights and narrower grille, the '87 T-Bird had a sharp, forward-looking appeal. Fuel efficiency remained solid, with maximum highway mileage ranging from 24 to 30 miles per gallon.

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Transmission Wont Shift

My wife was riding down the interstate the other day and said her bird started stalling out. She attempted to crank multiple times with no response. She was actually out of gas. When someone tried to ...

Charging Problems

I have replaced the battery and alternator and postive and negetive wires and the battery is still charging I have been told there is a voltage regulator on it but i cannot find it anyone know where i...

Ignition DIES; 1987 Ford Thunderbird 3.8, Throttle Body, Distributor Igniti...

Hi folks, I'm at my wit's end. I have a 1987 Ford Thunderbird, 3.8, throttle body injection with the ignition control module on the distributor. It has 118,000 original miles and, up till now, runs ...

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1987 T-Bird Turbo Coupe

Curious on Market Values; current and future ? Being past Motor Trend car of the year help predict future value and "collectorbility" ? Purchased new; 5 speed/ under 80 k, always garaged. NEVER in sn...

VIN Number Invalid

When I contact Ford Motor Co. for answers to my question about cranking my car and submit my question, the website sends me a message that my vin number is not valid. I have vefified that it is corre...