1984 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1984 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.6 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

A beautiful, sexy, comfortable, sweet handling ride

Faults:

Transmiton rebuilt once, hard shifting from 1st to second.

Engine computer replaced.

Mass air flow sensor.

Multifunction switch.

Ignition switch.

Interior window button light.

Gas lid button out.

Trunk lid tail lights out.. 245.00 a side to replace.

Engine always has knocked on start up, check engine light comes on at regular intervals, got so expensive I paid 150.00 for a code reader to keep in the glove box!

General Comments:

Despite its problems, I still love the car. The body has held up exceptionally in harsh NW Mich winters.

Mysterious oil leak, not burning it, everything looks tight topside, and bottom, 1 quart a week.

Another afternoon taking care of my lady. I have always taken meticulous care of this high maintenance lady, absolutely the highest maintenance mechanically of any car I've owned, but by far, also the most enjoyed. You grow attached.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2001

3rd Sep 2001, 20:46

Your oil leak is a rear main seal. I had the same problem with my 84. Expensive fix. You have to pull the motor. I just rebuilt mine. I love it now.

Jim

jlclark2@yahoo.com

28th Jan 2002, 20:30

Make sure that you check your dip stick, it may have a hole in it.

1984 Ford Thunderbird 5.0 302 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 5.0 302 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles

Summary:

Class

Faults:

Nothing gone wrong yet. Light tune up needed. Minor adjustment on the carb.

General Comments:

Seems so far like I got a good car for the money. $1500.00 for a car with 78000 is good around Kansas.

Worried about the digital dash but time will tell.

Very nice car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2000

1984 Ford Thunderbird 3.8L V-6 from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership1991
Engine and transmission 3.8L V-6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles

Summary:

A comfortable lemon

Faults:

Everything. The absolute worst car I've ever owned. The fuel-injected engine, electrical system, "brain box" (computer chip set), air conditioning, and exhaust system were constant headaches despite regular maintenance. Without a doubt the most expensive car to upkeep in my experience.

General Comments:

I'm glad I had AAA service when I owned this car, given the number of times it needed to be towed. My understanding after the fact from a mechanic was that this particular model year T-bird (1984) was plagued with problems and that other model years were better. I've liked Ford products as a rule of thumb, but this one was a real lemon. A comfortable lemon, but a lemon nonetheless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th August, 2000

30th Apr 2001, 01:35

You bought a dud.. Every once in a while the manufacturer will slip out a defective vehicle, this is common with mopar. Not very common with Ford and Chevy, however. This is a rare occurence; bad luck on your part.

23rd Jan 2002, 13:45

I have a 84 Tbird and after 5 years I put in a new motor. I'll never sell the car because it is a well built and beutiful car. You just had the bad luck of getting a lemon.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews