1971 Ford LTD 351 W from North America
Overall the car is safe, strong, smooth -- my land yacht
Brakes: replaced the whole system. I should have had it checked out when I got it.
Transmission wouldn't lock into park or drive well. Surprisingly a simple fix.
I took the car through a car wash and the antenna snapped off. Also a little trim. :(
Windshield wipers are gone too.
I've owned a couple of classics in the past - and this is the only one I've used as a daily driver. It's that dependable.
It starts every time. The engine - fast. Step on the gas in the rain -- tires squeal and it lurches forward.
On the expressway it rides super smooth. I feel like I'm driving a couch sometimes.
The size is intimidating and I enjoy it so much. I don't even have to use my blinker - other cars just move out of the way.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th May, 2009
12th May 2009, 12:40
Back in high school in the 80s a friend of mine had a '73 LTD with the 351. It would have been roughly the same as yous, perhaps slightly bigger and boxier.. but it was such a fantastic car! Absolutely reliable with something around 120K on the clock, and solid as a rock.
I remember one time he lost control of it and drove directly into the cut-out - the cliff made in the side of the hill where the highway had been cut through. Damage? One of the rubber things on the bumper came off.
26th Jul 2016, 17:49
The reviewer squeals the tires in the rain with no windshield wipers and doesn't bother using turn signals.
Fabulous. Rest in pieces.
9th May 2020, 15:16
My parents had two wagons, a 1971 Ford Ltd Country Squire, cream with brown vinyl interior, and a 1973 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, white with brown vinyl interior. Of the two, the Oldsmobile definitely seemed better built. I recall it was quieter and felt more isolated. It had an electric tailgate that slide into the floor. It had a 455 V8 engine that was very thirsty.
The Ford used less fuel (a V8, but not sure which engine). Rust was a problem, with the bottoms of the door and tailgate rusting before it was four years old. Not as comfortable as the Oldsmobile, with a lot of road noise entering the cabin through the Ford's cargo area. The Ford looked great when it was new, with kind of a Thunderbird inspired front hood and grille.
When people talk about how great cars of the 70's era are, I suspect it is more about yearning for yesteryear. By today's standards, my 2018 Ford Fusion is better built, quieter, safer, steers better, uses way less fuel and has a mechanical and corrosion warranty coverage that they would not dare have used back in those days.
So while I also love cars from the 60's and 70's, in reality it is safe to say thank God they don't build them like that anymore.
Cheers, Tim, Toronto.
9th May 2020, 22:12
I have some modern cars that are just impractical. Too valuable to take just anywhere. No malls or shopping centers. Too low for winter. Minimal interior room. Harsh ride. A lot of upkeep, detailing etc. But worth every penny!