1987 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

1987 Ford Thunderbird LX 5.0L from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5.0L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired187000 miles
Most recent distance193000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Drive it hard!

Faults:

I was given the car with wiring issues including the fuel injection, blinkers and brake lights. Mostly we replaced the faulty wires and general troubleshooting.

Replaced battery and alternator. Just to have a good charging system.

Driver's power door lock stopped working in the locked position. Had to remove the locking motor.

Passenger seat will not move forward or back. Haven't looked into that yet.

General Comments:

This is one great car. Since I have owned it, it has spent most of its time on the drag strip.

Other than dual exhaust, under drive pulleys, and the replacement of the 2.75 one wheel drive differential with a 3.45 LSD, this car's drive train is stock.

I have also lowered the car 3" all the way around. This last modification has REALLY improved the handling characteristics of the car. Before the modification I was running 15.85 to 15.95. Afterward I never had a time greater than 15.75. It also centered the tires in the tire wells for a sleeker look.

This car has proven to be very very consistent. For handicap racing, the fuel injection system and AOD tranny has been great.

In 2008 I raced all 14 races at the local NHRA track. I won 4 eliminators and had 5 2nds. Took 2nd in the points championship.

In 2009 I raced all 13 races at the local track and won the points championship. 2 days after clinching the championship, I drove from Northern California to Phoenix Az for the NHRA Division 7 Finals and Race Of Champions. A 2300 mile round trip with 3 days of racing, the car still averaged 24.5 miles per gallon.

I have had some really great cars in the past. This one is really becoming my favorite car of all time. I only have about $1,000 in it right now, though I'm going to have the tranny overhauled just for general maintenance reasons. I plan on installing a B&M Tork Master 2000 at that time so I'm going to add about $750 to that total. I have won over $2300 in prize money in the last 2 years.

The car was on its way to the crusher when I got it. Glad I saved it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2010

3rd Oct 2010, 02:09

As an addendum to the original post: I made a couple of upgrades before this last year's racing...

I replaced the 345 LSD with a 373 LSD. I also had the tranny gone through. When they did that, I added a shift kit and a B&M Torque Master 2000 stall converter (highly recommended for stock 5.0). Still kept the motor completely stock. Added Mustang shorty headers and cold air intake.

And won my second straight NHRA Sportsman Points Championship.

Think I'll paint it this winter :)

1987 Ford Thunderbird Sport Coupe 5.0 from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance206000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco

Summary:

Best vehicle ever owned

Faults:

My only complaint with this particular car is why did Ford use 8 inch brake drums & 8 inch brake rotors on such a heavy car??

General Comments:

I wished all other things in my life were as dependable as my old T-Bird is. I have much newer vehicles that I have had to do much more work on than this good old car.

It's not as fast as once was, but it's fun to see a rice burner in my rear view mirror get dusted by a 21 year old boat...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2008

1987 Ford Thunderbird LX 5.0 efi V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.0 efi V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance197000 kilometres

Summary:

Powerfull, mean and beautiful

Faults:

The digital dash went blank. I am currently in the process or fixing it.

The upper rad hose blew after starting the car in minus 50 weather.

I replaced the entire exhaust including the headers. there was nothing wrong with the original exhaust, but I wanted a meaner sound with more power.

I replaced the head gasket and spacer shim at 189000 kms.

General Comments:

She does not burn any oil or leak at all. the gears do not slip and she runs smoothly and idles great. all the power options work with the acception of the digital dash that I am working on. this mean machine has a lot of power off the line. she pulls me into the seats up to about 50-60 kms. the fun part is when these boys with their little supped up 4 cylinders pull up beside you and egg you on. they don't expect my car to squack rubber and take off leaving them behind. this car reminds me of the movie "torque" it is truly a powerful engine and a comfy ride. I love it and am soon to be doing a full body tune up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2008

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 48 reviews