1985 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3 turbo from North America
Great first car with many memories made
Replaced water pump.
Work done on turbo.
Replaced most of the hoses.
Replaced the head gasket as well as many other gaskets and seals.
Work done on rear end.
Leaks/burns oil. It requires about a half quart of oil every two weeks or so.
The exhaust rusted out at the muffler connection, so I hack-sawed it off. It's now kind of loud and dumps right before the rear axle. It's all good though, because I could never get tired of hearing the turbo spool up.
Small amounts of surface rust at the bottoms of the doors.
To be honest, there are probably more things that were necessary that I'm forgetting.
I bought this car with my own hard earned money just a few months after turning 15. It sat in someone's garage for about 8 years, being driven very sparingly. For this reason a lot of seals, hoses, and gaskets had gone bad. To make a long story short, over the two and a half years I've owned it, the car has had around $4000 in work done on it. I bought it for $2000 which was probably a little high, but to me it was completely worth it. This car and I have shared so many memories that the money put into it isn't even important.
The car is not necessarily fast, while it's not too slow. The handling is somewhat mushy, but not too bad for the big boat that it is. I found out that the dependable old engine could not take an excess of boost, but no real problems because of it. The 3speed auto without OD doesn't do any good for the gas mileage, although it doesn't really do too bad. On average the car gets about 17-19 mpg.
I now drive a '97 Z28, and in comparison to the Turbo Coupe it's miles ahead. I still own the thunderbird and drive it in bad weather, and plan on taking it to college with me when I go. After college, and once I've got the money, the Tbird will become a drag/street car project for my dad and I to work on. I can't wait.
For me, the sentimental value is much more important than the car's monetary value.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th December, 2006