1987 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 7 of 13

1987 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 liter V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired72620 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

This car is great on gas and cheap to repair

Faults:

Just recently I had to have a new mapping censor installed. At the same time I also had the spark plugs and plug wires changed.

A few months ago I had to replace the water pump when it started overheating.

I also had to replace the distributor cap as well as the rotor.

My father and I also changed the front brakes in July.

In April of 2003, my electronic seats stopped working too.

General Comments:

I love my car! My father bought it for me after my ford escort began to nickle and dime us.

This car handles great in the summer however has some problems in the winter due to the rear-wheel drive unit.

The seats are quite comfortable for both long and short journeys. I love the lumbar support system.

For a high school student the gas mileage is quite sufficient as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2003

1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbocoupe 2.3L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3L turbo Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired119800 kilometres
Most recent distance155600 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Terrible, awful, horrible car

Faults:

Everything (except the engine) has broken at least once in the four years I've owned the car. For me to list all the troubles would take all day. Problems include the transmission (three) the turbo, brakes (unreliable) heater cores, sunroof, broken seats, rearend, frontend, you name it.

General Comments:

This is an awful, awful car. It's fun to drive, but is as unreliable as a Pinto (being nice to Pintos). I would never buy another of these terrible cars. It sure is nice to look at though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2003

11th Oct 2003, 15:08

Sorry to hear that. I've had mine since March of 2002, when it had 218000km on it. I've put plenty of miles on it since then, and the only thing I've had to replace was the heater core, battery, and alternator. All maintenance items. I guess you just got yourself a lemon. I know quite a few guys who own and drive these cars, and they don't have hardly any troubles. Someone probably flogged the hell out of it before you got it. I'm getting ready to replace the fuel pump, but that is still a maintenance item.

1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3L turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles

Summary:

Sleek styling, Very quick and fun to drive

Faults:

I blew 4 or 5 alternators.

The inside cloth part of the roof is was badly damaged, so I took it out.

The oil leaks.

The A/C doesn't work.

General Comments:

The boost on this car will make you grip the steering wheel out of sheer fear. The boost is limited at 18 PSI, but gets up to 22 PSI before the computer restrains it.

This car looks good and is easy to soup up.

The thing will run forever. 190,000K!!

Car tops out at 143 MPH.

If you pack the inter-cooler with dry ice it runs even faster.

(denser air=better boost)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2003

1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3L turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Quick and Fun

Faults:

Clutch went out.

Anti-lock break cable snapped.

Voltage Regulator makes gauge's act funny.

New radiator.

Timing chain broke.

General Comments:

The car competes with many of the new cars on the road, I love to push it.

The seats are comfortable, and the leather interior is really nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2003

1987 Ford Thunderbird LX turbo Coupe from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission turbo Coupe Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance141000 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

Speeding Bullet

Faults:

Alternator, radiator, water pump, timing chain,brake pads, rotors calipers.

General Comments:

I love my turbo coupe. It was just as good as my cougar. Ford had great years in the 80's. I had no Major problems with either cars.. It absolutely smoked a jagaur on the highway doing about 135MPH.I am in the process of "Hooking it up" Will check back later.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2003

1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3L turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles

Summary:

Performance in a nutshell

Faults:

The car likes to idle high, but with a few starts, it resumes regular idle.

The clutch had to be replaced at 105,000 miles. Probably because of the Burnouts I did.

I like the way the car had a systems sentry. It told me when a low beam was out or when I was low on gas.

General Comments:

The car is great. It's fast and very comfortable, but the most exciting factor in owning a Turbo Coupe is that it is so rare. I would suggest anyone to buy one and fix it up. It will be worth it in the future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2002

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