1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3 turbo from North America
A stylish, reliable auto
I have replaced the following because of failure:
- Fuel Pump
- Fog lights
The transmission is sometimes quirky, the passenger side window doesn't go down, and the power antenna doesn't work.
The head gasket seems to be leaking a bit.
The steering rack needs to be replaced.
I love this car! Nice interior, decent performance, and great styling.
The seats are very comfortable on long trips.
It's starting to get a bit rusty, but that's probably a result of many Minnesota winters.
Overall, despite having almost 200,000 miles, it's running strong!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd May, 2001
30th May 2001, 08:57
I purchased my 1986 Turbo Coupe with a 5 speed in November of 1985 as a new vehicle. Now have 229,000 miles on car. I was notorious for trading cars. Love this car. Check turbo light just came on. Any ideas?
26th Jan 2003, 02:21
I personally have two `86` turbo-coupes and I love everything about them, they handle great, run great, look great, and are great on gas.
I just wish that there would be some after market parts for my turbo-coupe.
19th Feb 2006, 15:33
I also have a 86 Turbo Coupe and it's my 3rd one and this one only has 35,000 original miles on it as of february of 06. It is one of the most comfortable,dependable and great looking car on the road today. I think that Ford has done a great job on this car. It is better looking than most of the foreign crap that's out there today. And you won't see a Honda or a Toyota on the road on 20 years that is more reliable than a Ford!!! Gary Palm Beach Florida.
4th Sep 2006, 17:47
I got my '86 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe as my second car for Christmas of 2005. It has the 5 speed tranny and a posi rear end! My passenger window motor doesn't work, clutch is going out, and that's about all that is wrong with it. It has 135,000 miles on it and it is two-tone, purple on top and silver on the bottom. Can easily hit 120mph in 4th gear... This car does GREAT donuts!!! Best 4 cylinder car from the 80's.