1995 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 16 of 18

1995 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 4.6L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance10 miles
Previous carMazda Protege'

Summary:

Excellent machine for one who can keep it up

Faults:

Shimmy when breaking.

Shimmy between 35-40 MPH.

Replaced heating core at 90,000.

Can't afford to keep it in brake rotors and front-end alignments, will sell!

General Comments:

Definitely power when you want it. Gets you out of a situation in seconds.

Handles like a champ.

Love the interior.

Seats hug you the way they should at high speeds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2001

1995 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 4.8L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 miles
Most recent distance113500 miles
Previous carMazda Protege

Summary:

Take care of the little things and the car is a bargain at any price

Faults:

Heater core replaced at 110,000.

Water in the front head lights at 100,000.

Front end shimmies at 30-45.

Front-end disc warped.

General Comments:

This car's performance responds at a seconds notice with power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th March, 2001

1995 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.6 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Affordable high performance car

Faults:

Transmission went out at around 30,000 miles. I had to get the power steering pump replaced because it was making a loud noise. Other than that, just general things, like brakes and tires.

General Comments:

I added a Flowmaster exhaust and a K&N air filter to increase horsepower.

The car is extremly quick and easy to handle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2001

1995 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.6L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance73500 miles
Previous carEagle Talon

Summary:

A true American muscle classic

Faults:

Had to put new plug wires on at 71,000 miles.

Also had to put new rear tires on it (of course).

General Comments:

The Thunderbird was one of the last remaining breeds of true American horse-power. It's real-wheel drive, V-8 power gives it the feel of true automobile, something that is starting to fade away in today's market.

I love this car, more so than any other car I have owned. It's big, powerful, and comfortable, a dangerous combination when on the highway, before you know it you're doing 85 mph. At 60 mph, the car still has plenty of passing power, and has plenty of torque to burn tires at the line, if you're into that sort of thing.

It's handling is awesome, taking 25 mph turns at 50 mph is not a problem, and you usually don't think about it until the person next too you is white as a ghost.

In closing, this car is a dying breed of the true American muscle cars, cars that are going to be gone forever in the coming years.

It's a great car for every day driving, that's if you wanted to subject a car like this to that kind of abuse.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2001

1995 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired51500 miles
Most recent distance89227 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

The best

Faults:

Front brake rotors had to be replaced.

Have a shimmy and shake at 30-45mph while the transmission shifts.

Driver's window slow to lower at times.

Other than that, no problems.

General Comments:

Note: my wife bought this car after driving my Turbo Coupe, when she got ready for a new Taurus I sold my Explorer Sport and kept the bird for myself. So this car has been in the family for several years..

I love Thunderbirds and have owned several along with Mustangs. Thunderbirds are a grownups Mustang. They ride well, handle well, and really run with the 4.6. I wish Ford would have kept the Bird until the new one is out. I plan to always have a Bird of some kind. I have my eye on a nice 88 Turbo Coupe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st November, 2000

1995 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.6L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carCadillac Eldorado ETC

Summary:

An overall stylish full size coupe... an endangered species!

Faults:

Car shudders when going up hills at or around 45 miles per hour. First started this as a single bump. Almost felt like an engine skip. This condition has been attributed to a faulty torque converter in the automatic transmission by a 25 year veteran Ford dealership automatic transmission specialist. His remark was "They all do it, but nobody ever talks about it".

General Comments:

Paint has held up well. The car shines beautifully when polished and waxed.

Some of the rubber moldings around windshield and side windows are beginning to deteriorate.

The 4.6 litre V-8 is darn near as smooth as the NorthStar V-8 in my Eldorado.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2000

1995 Ford Thunderbird LX V8 4.6 liter modular V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.6 liter modular V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles

Summary:

The best combination of all around performance, luxury and reliability for the 90's

Faults:

The brakes had a minor problem, fixed with one day in the shop for a low cost (at 90,000 miles).

Distributor system malfunctioned one day. Replaced in one day in the shop. No problems since.

General Comments:

The most affordable combination of performance and luxury car in the 90's, in my opinion.

Ford geared it with the top end in mind and added a governer, something that didn't make a lot of sense to me. The dry road traction is excellent, even with its massive torque it is hard to spin the tires, but oddly it's the exact opposite in the wet (traction problems a-plenty).

The interior of the car is stellar, comparable to a Corvette. The car has the great tendency to straighten up like a true rear wheel drive car and it keeps you steady as you take turns with its excellent riding and handling suspension.

The classic car that reminds me most of this particular model of Thunderbird is a 442 W30. Worthy of the Thunderbird name.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2000

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 65 reviews