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1978 Ford Thunderbird from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1979
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

Classic

Faults:

Used to burn oil.

Great clouds of blue smoke would come out of here when started.

General Comments:

Just an overall great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2002

1978 Ford Thunderbird 5.7L V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.7L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Good ole gas guzzler

Faults:

Usual things for an older car - brakes, tires, tuneup, etc.

General Comments:

Car for the most part is pretty good as a second car. A little stubborn when it has been sitting for a while. It does stall and backfire too and burns a lot of gas, but overall

It's a nice big beater to sport.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2002

1978 Ford Thunderbird 5.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres

Summary:

No frills, except for gas guzzling engines

Faults:

This car was built solid unlike today's Fords. Apart from normal maintenance, this car ran despite the body falling apart from rust. The valves starting making noise at around 40000 km and it burned oil from that point on till I scrapped the car. Blue smoke would be shot out of the exhaust pipe.

General Comments:

Too bad Ford doesn't make cars like that again. Cast iron engines are the way, unlike today's aluminum engines. The 5 litre V8 was too small for a huge car like the Tbird. Unfortunately the 5.7 litre and the 6.6 litre engines were hard to come by that particular year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st June, 2002

1978 Ford Thunderbird 2 door hardtop from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired162000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles

Summary:

Best buy I've ever had with a car

Faults:

The transmission blew and was rebuilt. Haven't had to fix anything else major that I know about.

Driver's seat is pretty torn up.

There was no belts for the A/C or smog pump and I don't know if they work.

Has went into vapor lock once and hasn't done it again, at least yet.

Kind of pulls to one side, I believe from being in some type of accident, but the engine still runs great.

General Comments:

This has been a great car, it's my first, but it has done great and has only left me in despair twice.

Extremely reliable. Only cost $300 too, plus the rebuilt transmission.

I'm not sure on the miles because the dial only has 5 digits and shows around 65000, but I figure it's 165,000 because of how nice the engine still runs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2001

30th Aug 2001, 22:00

No.. it pulls to one side because the idiot mechanic who aligned it last didn't know what he was doing.. Go to a very reputable service shop, or to Ford and have it done there.. You are probably getting some nasty tire wear on one of your front tires, too, I would immagine. Hardly any mechanics know how to align these cars right.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 11 reviews