1979 Ford LTD Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1979 Ford LTD 351 Windsor from North America

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 351 Windsor Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired226068 miles
Most recent distance356810 miles


A fast car if worked on a little


I had to change the transmission, as the transmission would leak transmission fluid.

I changed the starter, replaced the valve cover gaskets, I am going to have to fix a lot of rust that is on the floor pan, I had to replace the exhaust system, and I had to change the radiator.

It shifts hard, when I go from park to reverse or park to drive or any other shifting, it "kicks" and moves the car.

The rear differential needs to be overhauled.

General Comments:

The interior is very comfortable.

The car could be really fast if it had a new carburetor and if the engine was rebuild, it would haul.

The car drives like a boat.

It handles moderately well, could use some work though.

The miles per gallon could do better too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th November, 2002

1979 Ford LTD 5.0L 302 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.0L 302 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles


It is a great looking car with power to spare


There have been many instances when the alternator has quit, but that is mainly because it was a refurbished alternator.

The carburetor was experimental when it was built, so it sometimes runs poorly.

Like many Ford vehicles, the U-Joint on the rear axle wears down, giving it a thump when the car shifts gears, or an annoying grinding noise (when it gets serious).

General Comments:

When this car is running properly, it is fast.

The transmission is great; it doesn't toggle between overdrive and drive on up-hills because there is no overdrive.

The year I own (1979) came with an Emerald green paint color, beige vinyl top and an all-beige interior with vinyl seats and wood-look accents. There is also plenty of chrome. It gives it a prestige look that still looks great today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2001

16th Nov 2002, 12:19

I own a 1979 Ford LTD. The car had the engine replaced before I bought it. It had the 302 but now has a 351 Windsor. The carburetor is the Variable Venturi, which runs really poorly. The summary of the car was pretty accurate. My car has a major rust problem on the driver-side floor pan. I also had to change the transmission. The rear differential needs to be rebuilt. Over all the car is great, but mine still needs work.

24th Mar 2003, 06:37

Hi-my name is Daman Y. from Incline Village, Nevada. I own a white 1979 Ford LTD four-door sedan with a 351 Windsor V-8 and a C-4 auto transmission. I bought the car for only $400 and it runs great for only having owned it for six months. The transmission does shift rough (due to the rear end u-joint problem) and the right carburetor makes all the difference in performance. Also, having the high-performance suspension/motor package is the best combo you can get with a car like this! My LTD has this package and it really shows it good! Thanks for your time-DGYocum@Yahoo.com.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 5 reviews