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    1996 Ford Thunderbird LX Review
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    55

    If You Like Big Cars, And Don't Need To Carry A Bunch Of Stuff Or People, It's Worth A Look. — It's got a torquey 4.6 litre V8, and is one of the few affordable RWD V8 powered cars that you can drive without feeling like you've borrowed your son's car. A gentlemen's sport coupé that surprises more than a few people on a winding road.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Has good handling for such a large car

    Cons: It is a coupé, so rear seat space is a bit tight

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    1996 Ford Thunderbird LX Review
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    1996 Thunderbird — My particular car is immaculate but by now most are pretty beaten up but they are very durable and not too bad looking. Its not too expensive to maintain and it never breaks. Over all its not the most fun to drive but it get you there and its reasonably quick with the V8

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Its comfortable and reliable

    Cons: Gas is expensive

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    1996 Ford Thunderbird LX Review
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    Best Car — With my Thunderbird it was the best best car I'd ever have never had any problems with it what so ever the performance on it was the best it would take cornors like no tomorrow and the acceleration was the best. The appearance of my Thunderbird it was always getting a bath either everyday or every other day and in final it was a very fun car to drive and I really miss it alot

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: performance

    Cons: none

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    1996 Ford Thunderbird Review
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    Its Fun To Race! — this car was so fun to drive! i loved the size of it, i loved the color i had (green), it had alloy wheels, it was kind of crampy in back seat if i wanted to carry a lot of people in it, it had bad handling in rain,

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: classic

    Cons: none

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    1996 Ford Thunderbird LX Review
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    Mark Viii Luxury And Mustang Performance For Under $22,000 — Ford's aging personal coupe is nearing the end of the proverbial line. Seven years is a long time for automotive sheetmetal to be around, and the Thunderbird is looking a little long in tooth. For 1996, the Thunderbird has received a freshened front and rear end that has improved its looks. In spite of these updates, the Thunderbird is due for a full-body makeover (i.e., Taurus, Escort, F-Series and Contour) by the gang at the Blue Oval. Nonetheless, we will be saddened by this rendition's departure because we feel a rare balance between sport and luxury is represented in this affordable car. We received our Laser Red Thunderbird one fine Arizona morning and were delighted to find it equipped with the Sport Package and Ford’s exciting modular V-8 engine. We immediately hunted down the nearest stretch of open road to enjoy the melodious song of this powerful engine. We weren’t disappointed. Acceleration was brisk and Ford thoughtfully included a defeat switch for the optional traction control that allows the kid in all of us the thrill of squealing the sixteen-inch tires, not that WE would ever do that. Flat spots in the powerband were non-existent as we ran the car up to the Grand Canyon State’s much appreciated new 75 mph speed limit. The T-Bird's motive force had us merging with traffic without a second thought. It also let us mow down freeways like some speed-crazed farmer in a supercharged John Deere. Anti-lock brakes on the T-Bird are optional and we were happy that Ford included them on our test vehicle. Early one morning, a smoke-belching Pontiac Le Mans decided to help us test them by pulling into traffic a scant fifteen feet in front of us. The ability to steer while standing on the brakes is the only reason we didn’t trade paint. Cornering is not the Thunderbird’s greatest ability but the car handled reasonably well, with just a touch of predictable understeer. A stiff suspension reminded us that we were in a fast car, but the ride was smooth enough to leave our fillings intact when motoring over Phoenix’s washboard Interstate-17. The Thunderbird has an organic, sweeping dashboard that is dramatically oriented towards the driver. No-nonsense white-on-black analog gauges include: a tachometer, speedometer, voltmeter, fuel and temperature indicator. They are small but easy to read. The equipment buttons and dials are ergonomically correct with the obvious exception of the Ford stereo, we aren’t sure but we think older Ford stereos were designed by malevolent elves that held a grudge against myopic people with big fingers. The hard-to-see lettering on the hard-to-push buttons makes the radio dangerous to fiddle with while driving. Fortunately, the sound quality of the stereo makes up for its disastrous design. Cabin noises were minimal except for a strange rattle in the dashboard that occasionally assaulted our aural senses. Our car had a tan leather package that looked great with the Laser Red exterior, but contrasted oddly with the fighter-pilot charcoal dash. The driving position of the Thunderbird was excellent, but one staffer noted that the rearview mirror was in exactly the wrong place. Every time he looked towards the right fender he caught a glimpse of the trunk. We overcame small blind spots created by the C-pillar with the sideview mirrors, and our drivers enjoyed expansive forward views out of the large windows. Passenger room is commodious and comfortable for a sporty coupe. The driver enjoys a power seat while the passenger has to do things the old fashioned way. Ford deleted the power passenger seat from the option list for 1996, and one of our writers complained that the seat was too low and flat. Several of us noted the uncomfortably low placement of the glove box. Backseat space is big enough to accommodate a six-footer, and those riding back there are kept from stifling by the inclusion of rear air vents. Trunk space is wide and deep but not very tall; liftover is easy but the trunk-lid is so short that items that roll to the front of the trunk are hard to get at. The Thunderbird is a lot of car. Measuring over 200-inches in length, and weighing more than 3500 pounds, no one will confuse this car with a lightweight sports coupe. It offers satisfactory speed and agility and has the added benefit of not being mistaken for a boy-racer hot-rod. In our opinion, this is the ideal vehicle for a mature driver who isn’t quite ready to plant themselves in a garden variety sedan. The Thunderbird is also a great value for the smart shopper. Fully optioned with the V-8 engine, sports package, leather package, premium audio, ABS, and traction control; our Thunderbird had an MSRP of only $21,800. We think the understated Thunderbird is much more attractive than its gaudy corporate-twin, the Mercury Cougar. We also believe that it offers an amazing value when compared to its distant cousin, the Lincoln Mark VIII. The Mark VIII costs a whopping a $26,000 more, but doesn’t deliver that much more luxury. Unless you think a 10-disk CD changer and built-in dash compass are worth $13,000 a pop. We were happy with our Thunderbird and sad to see it go. We wish there were more cars in the market that offered two-door sportiness, a touch of luxury and V-8 power at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, there aren’t. Maybe that’s why Ford is hesitating with the Thunderbird’s makeover; as it stands, nothing can touch it.

    Pros: the power

    Cons: hard to find wheels for

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    1996 Ford Thunderbird LX Review
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    My Fourth Vehicle — My 4th vehicle owned, bought it for really no reason. But it's a good car and has lots of room inside perfect for transportation. Doesn't look the sportiest but has some power since it's light weight RWD and has a 4.6 V8. Vehicle was constructed well and I bought it for only $2,000. Would recommend to anybody.

    Pros: Lots of room, rides like luxury, High performance

    Cons: Haven't owned too long, can't say anything bad about it yet!

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    1996 Ford Thunderbird LX Review
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    My Handmedown — My t-bird was fairly decent on gas, but it was one of the slower cars I've owned. It was real roomy, and had power everything. The suspension was great, the car was just a good looking cruiser. I'd love to still own it, but the transmission totaled itself at 108k.

    Pros: good looks, smooth ride, comforable

    Cons: crap transmission, slow

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    1996 Ford Thunderbird LX Review
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    The Big 'bird — Performance is very solid for a car that's 12 years old and weighs in at around 3500 pounds. It's been mistaken for a cop car, and gets the tires spinning pretty well. Ride is comfortable yet the car feels precise and handles well, with a tight turning radius for its size. Quiet, comfortable, looks are appealing if understated. Exhaust could be a little more agressive-sounding, and a swap to the DOHC Lincoln V8 would provide a nice boost in performance.

    Pros: Acceleration, Handling, Fit and Finish, Price

    Cons: Weight, Gas Mileage, Automatic

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    1996 Ford Thunderbird LX Review
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    Alright Ford — Once again rattly, shaky peices after a while with a Ford, but it had good performace, easy to drive.

    Pros: Performace

    Cons: Build quality, not easy to see out of - like you're sitting in a bucket like with the mustang.

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    1996 Ford Thunderbird LX Review
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    One Owner Clear Title — for a thunder bird it's a good quality performace vehicle, throotle response great, durability great. as a 12year old car needs some suspenion and little paint( clear peeling on top of car) average fuel mileage 20 to 21 miles per gallon

    Pros: response and handling

    Cons: not a truck

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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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