1982 Ford Thunderbird V8 from North America
Fair reliability. Great looking car. Looks like it's ready to pounce on something.
Cruise control didn't work when I bought it. (2000)
Snapped a fan belt.
Tends to overheat quickly on hot summer days.
Headliner inside has come almost completely loose. I had to pin the cloth to the roof with a bunch of push pins.
My '82 Thunderbird has a lot of power and is very quick.
It has a very comfortable interior.
The black enamel paint is near-flawless to this day. No chipping or peeling. The body has no rust.
Very roomy interior. Lots of legroom. The car also has a huge trunk.
The vinyl top has very little cracking... still in great shape.
Car handles a little loosely.
The big V-8 engine tends to overheat, regardless of any repairs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th June, 2005
The '82 "Boxbird" looks like it's ready to pounce on something?
The money in your wallet, maybe?
Heh, it hasn't been too bad as far as cost goes. The car is very easy to work on and parts are easy to find.
"The big V-8 engine tends to overheat, regardless of any repairs."
Were the water pump and thermostat replaced?
So 255 cubic inches is a "big V8", eh?
"So 255 cubic inches is a "big V8", eh?"
Provides good MPG, but has no power or aftermarket parts.
I had one of these - and yes, the 255 is a very small V8 - the smallest I've owned other than a 4100 Cadillac. But this 255, as well as the Oldsmobile 260 and the Chevrolet 267, which were similarly de-bored small-blocks, were all very durable and economical engines, though relatively weak. I never had any problem with any of these over heating.
The '82 T-bird I had seemed pretty peppy, at least compared to the 82 Chevy Caprice we had with the 267 or the Olds Cutlass we had with the 260 - I would guess because it was a rather light car.