1991 Ford Thunderbird Reviews from North America

1991 Ford Thunderbird Sport 5.0

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

One of the best handling cars of all time

Faults:

Transmission failed under heavy acceleration at 108,000 miles.

Doors started to rust through after 12 winters.

Speedometer started sticking on hot summer days after 10 years.

Early disc brakes pads made much noise and were quickly replaced.

General Comments:

An excellent car that served well through many winters. Excellent handling and acceleration. Only 243 Sports made that year. Had unique suspension, transmission, and differential.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2012

1991 Ford Thunderbird Sport 5.0 HO

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.0 HO Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carFord Cougar

Summary:

A man's car

Faults:

Rust along the kicker panel.

General Comments:

It's got enough power & speed for my road car, but it isn't a Ball In Motion Chevelle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2009

1991 Ford Thunderbird Base 3.8L

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Nova

Summary:

Great car, hates salt. 3.8L eats HG's

Faults:

Head gasket @ 80,000 miles.

Head gasket again @ 147,000 miles.

Body rot : drivers door, passenger rocker panel.

Fuel pump @ 147,000 miles.

Shocks, springs, inner & outer tie rods, upper & lower control arms, sway bar end links & bushings, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, brake hoses & hard lines to rear, pass side rear wheel bearing @ 115,000 miles.

Ignition coil @ 135,000 miles.

A/c failed @ 60,000 miles.

General Comments:

I had a lot of fun driving this car hard for the last 18 years.

It never left me stranded by the side of the road, and never failed to start.

It was very roomy with loads of front leg room.

It was nicely designed, well made and easy to work on.

It was very reasonably priced.

Body rot ultimately made it not worth repairing.

The parking brake adjusts the rear drums, use it or the rear brakes stop working, transferring the load to the front, causing the rotors to warp.

The 3.8L V6 has a head gasket problem, I would not recommend this engine, get the V8.

Heating & cooling and braking systems weak.

The alternator, water pump, radiator and exhaust were original (!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2009

1991 Ford Thunderbird Sport 5.0 HO

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.0 HO Automatic
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Good looking, Smooth riding Sport Coupe!

Faults:

Overdrive gear on transmission went out. Required a rebuild with improved parts!

General Comments:

Car handles very well and acceleration is excellent with the 5.0 HO motor!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2008

1991 Ford Thunderbird

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

Not good at all

Faults:

Things that have gone wrong with my car in the 5 years I have had it.

Window fell out of door, when rolling it up.

Replace the alternator 2 times.

Replace the starter.

Cloth on roof is falling down.

Had to replace all ball joints.

Crake in engine.

Both door handles are coming apart.

Dash has been coming apart.

Seat belt and check engine light stay on, even though I have had both checked.

Both stand by brake lights in back went out which it cost $100 to be replaced since you have to buy the whole light.

Door came off hinges.

General Comments:

This car after so many years... you just don't want it. I have spent more money replacing items than what the car is worth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th August, 2006

1st Apr 2007, 01:41

That sounds about right. I just bought a normal 1991 v8 5.0 bird and there was a lot of the minor stuff you listed which needed to be fixed, being:

-door hinges

-door handles

-dash falling off

-windows falling out of place

-seat belt doesn't work, so I guess that can explain my seat belt light

-on top of that, these are the Ford cars that had recalls on their headlight switches for starting fires. you might want to replace the original Motorcraft switch if it's still in there, could be very hazardous, plus, mine was making my headlights and brake lights flicker, which was very illegal and hazardous

Seems like previous owners usually don't do these poor cars justice- Take care of your T-Bird!!

1991 Ford Thunderbird N/A 3.8L V6

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired29500 miles
Most recent distance33374 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190

Summary:

If well taken care off, it's a dream car

Faults:

After sitting around for years exhaust was ruined, wires were faulty, plastic parts (distributor) were ruined, but no rust anywhere.

Door handles broke easily.

Power windows engine stripped.

General Comments:

3.8L V6 can be a real beast when added performance parts.

Dual exhaust with good converters and mufflers gives it the meanest growl.

Car is really fast. Only thing that I can say is that on automatic models start is not as fast as it should be, but mid range is extremely powerful. I solved that problem by installing 5 speed manual transmission. It is like a whole new car now. Quick and fast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2006

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 15 reviews