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2005 Ford Thunderbird
50th Anniversary Edition
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$14,882
14 listings nationwide

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2002 Mercury Cougar
Hatchback FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$16,995
3 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2005 Ford Thunderbird
50th Anniversary Edition

The 2005 Ford Thunderbird continued the two-seater tradition with its typical sharp-yet retro-convertible. Considered a luxury vehicle, prices for a new T-Bird started in the high 30'...

2002 Mercury Cougar
Hatchback FWD
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User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2005 Ford Thunderbird
50th Anniversary Edition
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2005 Ford Thunderbird 50th Anniversary EditionReview:

Beautiful Steel-blue Ford Thunderbird — As posted on Hagerty, unforgettable is simply not a big enough word to describe Ford’s Thunderbird, ...

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2005 Ford Thunderbird 50th Anniversary EditionReview:

50 Anniversity, Limited Edition — Drive and rides very nice. Wife's car and she loves the Cashmere color and looks. White cashmere le...

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

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2005 Ford Thunderbird 50th Anniversary EditionReview:

Love This Car! — Would have liked a manual trans option. Passenger power seat not available. Not a good car for a tri...

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

2002 Mercury Cougar
Hatchback FWD
writes:
Very good power, but kinda heavy & priced too high.
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2002 Mercury Cougar Hatchback FWDReview:

The Cougar — it is a good car and very good commuter does well on long trips to work and high miles bought mine...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2002 Mercury Cougar Hatchback FWDReview:

My Tricked Out Mercury Cougar — I had the 4 cylinder instead of the V6 but I couldn't find the V6 in a 5 speed and I didn't want an ...

Specs

2005 Ford Thunderbird
50th Anniversary Edition
2002 Mercury Cougar
Hatchback FWD
Powertrain 5-Speed Automatic 5-Speed Manual
Drivetrain
RWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
16 MPG
21 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
22 MPG
31 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 18 gal 15 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
280 hp @ 6,000 RPM
125 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Torque
286 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
130 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
Cylinders
8 cylinders
4 cylinders
Displacement
3,900 cc
2,000 cc
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard --
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard --
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Side Driver -- 3 stars
Side Rear Passenger -- 3 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof -- Optional
Leather Seats Standard --
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Optional
Cassette Player -- Optional
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 2 seats 4 seats
Front Legroom 42.7 in 42.6 in
Back Legroom -- 33.2 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 8.5 cu ft 14.5 cu ft
Standard Towing Capacity -- 1,000 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity -- 1,000 lbs
Exterior
Length 186.3 in 185 in
Width 72 in 69.6 in
Height 52.1 in 52.2 in
Wheelbase 107.2 in 106.4 in

Available Options

2005 Ford Thunderbird
50th Anniversary Edition
2002 Mercury Cougar
Hatchback FWD

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