1986 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8L V6 from North America


This Thunderbird flies like it is supposed to


Not too many problems have arose with this car. It needed an exhaust system, tune up, and then your normal wear and tear like brakes, tires, and batteries. Oh, it does need a new A/C Compressor. The ORIGINAL one finally seized up.

General Comments:

My grandmother gave me this car. She is 79 years old and decided that she was done with driving. There are only now 29,541 miles on it!!! It has classic tags and it runs like a dream and drives like an eight cylinder. I love this car. It is fully restored and I plan on keeping it from a very long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2005

19th Jan 2006, 20:36

WOW! that's really low mileage! even if you did sell it, you would probably make a good penny on it if its fully restored. but I can imagine that it probably has a lot of sentimental value toward you. keep that and take really good care of it!

1986 Ford Thunderbird 2 door coupe 2.3 turbo from North America


This is one bad four cylinder


The car sat for six years before I bought it.

I replaced the timing belt, starter, and did a complete tune up, when I bought the car.

I also changed the oil, to Valvoline Max Life, and and a K@N oil filter.

I replaced the stock alternator for a hi-performance one, do to my stereo, at 256,956 miles.

I need door panels, blue ones.

I replaced all stereo components>

General Comments:

I love my Turbo Coupe. I have not had it long, but I'll keep it forever.

The car's 2.3 liter, turbo charged engine preforms great, and the handling is excellent. I highly recommend this car to anyone who still wants to prove that domestic cars are better than imports. The car also has great fuel economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2004

27th Jul 2005, 10:52

Right- American vehicles are better than imports and this car proves it- Buy the Red, White and Blue!

26th Dec 2010, 13:20

I actually own my very own 2.3 turbo, and have to agree, it's a peppy lil car, and I'm not a Ford guy, but I already do want to keep this car till it is a relic in my yard, and I'm a grumpy old man looking at it all day from my porch.

If you don't have one, and you find one and think you'll like it, get it, you won't regret it.

1986 Ford Thunderbird V6 from North America


A lot of problems, but a smooth ride


Chronic overheating: This car is very thirsty, it takes 3 gallons of water in the radiator between each two mile run. We use more water than gasoline to keep this car running. The heater core leaks, chronic overheating problems, steam comes in through the air vents when the gauge goes over the half mark. We've already replaced the lower radiator hose and the factory produced part from Ford does not fit; it is too short and the hose gets cut by the serpentine belt. The chronic overheating blew the water-pump seal and the previous owner had replaced the water-pump when the water-pump seal blew last year. The door handle frame fell off, the hood popping mechanism fell off, the brake release mechanism fell off, the glove compartment latch failed, this car eats gas, but it's a smooth ride.

General Comments:

This thunderbird does not like to stop, otherwise overheating becomes a real chore. It also does not like slow speeds, so you have to try to stay on the highways and avoid surface streets, stop lights and stop signs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th August, 2004

10th Dec 2005, 22:36

Car keeps overheating huh? Well the smoke coming out of your vents is from your busted heater core. The same thing happened to my 95 Town Car - going over about 50mph or punching it made the smoke come out. Also, if the car keeps drinking anti-freeze, you must have a blown head gasket (unless its leaking somewhere). So the anti-freeze is going into the crankcase and mixing with the oil. You might want to get that fixed or the engine will eventually be no good.