1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6L from North America
Poetry in motion
Intake manifold (warranty).
Cats & O2 sensors.
Aside from the aforementioned repairs, my '96 T-Bird is still quite the head turner. Received many compliments and offers to sell.
I purchased in 2000, only 4 years old. Hard to believe she will be 20 years old next year! The usual wear & tear repairs and maintenance are what keep this car rock solid!
It is the stunning pearl white with the 4.6L V8 sport package option. Ford deleted the Super Coupe for 1996 and opted for the sport version: SC inspired rims... sun/moonroof... sport suspension, larger calipers and brakes, just to name a few. The car is in near mint condition inside and out, despite driving in the Midwest winters. It's all about upkeep folks... mechanically and cosmetically. Adhere to this, and these cars will never disappoint, just impress and please!
The ONLY drawbacks I have are the seats and poorly designed/placed cupholders. The seats could be more supportive. Previously had a 1988 XR-7... the seats felt as if they wrapped around you. Cupholders on the '96 T-Bird are under the console storage lid. But hey, it is what is right? The design of this car as well as the dependability make these 2 issues minor inconveniences. Still cheaper than car payments and prettier than many of the cookie-cutter vehicles on the road today. Owned GM (Generic Motors Crap) in the past, both did not last near the mileage I have on the T-Bird. To put it simply, GM is garbage, I would never own another one.
I hope one day Ford will resurrect the Thunderbird.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th November, 2015
4th Nov 2015, 22:57
All reviews on this site should be written like this: succinct, unbiased, pros and cons, overall picture.
My grandfather had a '97 Thunderbird and I remember when I was 4 (I'll be 22 next week) he brought it home from the dealer, brand new. I remember sitting in his lap and turning the key with him, watching those gauges light up and feeling cuddled by the curved instrument panel.
That generation Thunderbird is what made me go to college for Human Factors and Ergonomics. Even today there are *no* cars I would rather have than a Thunderbird of this vintage.
6th Nov 2015, 17:55
Very nice! I almost bought a '97... so close... gorgeous black with cloth interior. The dealer screwed me on payment terms, so I walked out on that deal without thinking twice. All things happen for a reason, and about a year later I came across the T-Bird I currently own. Knew what I wanted and persistence paid off! A former co-worker knew what I was in search for, and he spotted one and told me about it... went there the same day, drove it... went back the next... SOLD! The rest is what they say... history. Best car I have ever owned. The Cougar was nice though too, but had the wide factory stock tires on it, which led to many white-knuckle drives in the rain and snow.
The Thunderbird... driving it until it can't be driven! Great condition and paid for eons ago. Gotta love that!
7th Nov 2015, 02:02
I always thought in my mind that the Cougar was the better looking of the two. That is until the 8th generation Cougar (1999-2002) was introduced. After that it wasn't a Cougar anymore.
But in all actuality my favorite Ford of all time is in fact a 1971 Thunderbird.
10th Nov 2015, 16:17
Yes, I agree with the Cougar... great car until Ford morphed it into a Honda Civic. Same goes for the "New Millennium" Thunderbirds. In my opinion... disaster! Again, I hope one day Ford decides to bring back the Thunderbird/Cougar. Design it along the lines of the Charger/Challenger. Big and sleek. American muscle.