1995 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 5 of 18

1995 Ford Thunderbird SC 3.8 Super Charged from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8 Super Charged Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

Worth every penny

Faults:

At 80,000 miles, I started having electrical problems. For example, the radio stopped working, and the car does not start every time.

The seats wear quickly if leather is not treated.

Never enough GT Mustangs out to beat in races.

General Comments:

A manual transmission is a must for this car. It generates too much torque for the auto (I had a '94 auto SC a few years ago).

This car is great for out running GT Mustangs!

Understated power!

Great for a weekend car! I would not recommend making a 10 year old Ford your every day driver though.

There are many affordable performance upgrades available, and there is the www.sccoa.com.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2005

1995 Ford Thunderbird V8 4.6 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles
Previous carn/a n/a

Summary:

Fast and Fun, but not economical

Faults:

I had to replace both the upper and lower ball joints at about 140,000 miles.

The radiator tank cracked and had to be replaced at about the same time as the ball joints.

Heating Core went out (not yet replaced as I live in a hot area of the US!) at about 132,000 miles.

Alternator also went out at the same time as Heating core, although I believe this was due to a faulty battery and not the car itself.

I have had to replace both control arms.

Shocks and struts where replaced at 129,000 miles.

Brakes are a constant money zapper, rotors and calipers have been replaced and I go through Brake Pads like tissue, although I'm not the best driver.

General Comments:

Although it has cost me a pretty penny to maintain, it has over 145,000 miles on it (more or less, the odometer stopped working)

It is great for city traffic, getting you to a fast speed quickly.

One of the big downsides of this car is that it guzzles gas. But what do you expect from a 10 year old V8?!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th November, 2004

21st Apr 2006, 14:50

To fix your fuel problem, change the spark plugs and its wiring... it'll add a few miles to the gallon...

1995 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.7 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance134000 miles
Previous cargm fleetwood caddy

Summary:

They don't call it Thunderbird for nothing so hang on!

Faults:

Transmission shutters in between shifts around 40 mph, but after 40mph its fine.

Has a hard time staying running when first started, but after a few miles it is fine.

Plastic seat controls on drivers side is in a bad spot and gets kicked when you get in and out of the vehicle (mine is broken now) but still works.

Eats the gas, just loves it! and prefers the expensive octane too!

General Comments:

The car passes anything, has very responsive get up and go right now so hang on!

No major problems at all, just small annoyances like the cup holder and the radio stinks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2004

13th Mar 2005, 20:27

That studder is a problem with the length of the rods. There is a Technical service bulletin. I am not very technical, but I have a friend who used to be a service manager at Ford and he got mine fixed at 32,000 miles. Might want to call a Ford Dealer and inquire about the TSB. Hope that helps!

1995 Ford Thunderbird LX V8 4.6L V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.6L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

Thunderslug

Faults:

Both upper ball joints have torn rubber seals and the one of the left is beginning to make noise

All front sway bar link joints have torn rubber seals

The previous owner had to have the transmission replaced three times.

General Comments:

Overall not a bad car. It the chassis is stiff, it handles well, and is smooth over bumps. Brake dive and acceleration squat are more than I would like. The engine could use a lot more power.

The four speed automatic transmission is very irritating. First gear is way too high and it constantly tries to get itself into overdrive as fast as possible at any speed over 20 miles per hour. Also, kick down is excruciatingly slow.

Gas mileage is less than what one would expect. My 1993 Chevy Caprice Classic with a 5.7l V8 gets better fuel economy around town.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th June, 2004

13th Aug 2004, 07:02

I have had my 1995 Ford Thunderbird for a very long time and it has been a really great car. I have to agree the gas mileage is not the greatest, but it is not bad either. My car has always taken me to work, and wherever I have needed to go for a long time. My sister owned the car for three years before she sold it to me and it never gave her a bit of trouble. In fact, I have owned four thunderbirds in my whole lifetime. I started out in a 1993 thunderbird, bought two of them and a 1989 Thunderbird, and they were all good cars, but I was young and wanted something newer so I bought a brand new car. That car didn't turn out so good and I ended up back in a thunderbird, and it has been more dependable than the new car I bought. The new car was a chevy, enough said. So if you have had problems with your Thunderbird like everything else in the world, you must of got a bad seed.

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