1997 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 5 of 11

1997 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired37 miles
Most recent distance153500 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

This has been a great car for a sticker price of $21,500.00

Faults:

The manifold has gone bad a couple times. The Ford dealers have covered it for me both times and I have never had to pay out of pocket for the repair.

General Comments:

The style of the car is great. I still get complements on it where ever I may go.

The red paint has held up great in the sun and heat in Mobile, Alabama.

The leather seats are as comfy today as they were when it was new.

The moon roof has never, till this day, given me a single problem. It slides back and forth as if it were fresh from the factory. Never, have I seen a drop of water seep in.

The engine is the 4.6 liter and has the best power. If ever needed, the passing power is always there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2005

17th Jul 2007, 23:11

I cannot agree with you more sir!

I have recently purchased a 1997 Thunderbird and never want another car!

The passing power is increadble for a car this heavy!

I only wish I had a moon roof!

Seeing how I will NEVER sell the car, I will eventually put one in!

1997 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 OHC V8 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.6 OHC V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired63100 miles
Most recent distance69875 miles

Summary:

My Lugnuts require more torque than your Honda makes.

Faults:

Power Locks started sticking around 66,000 miles.

Other than that, no problems.

General Comments:

This is my first car, and I believe I made a Damn good selection. I bought the car for 2,999 and I love it. It already has plenty of power, although I do intend on making a few modifications to get the most out of the engine.

It handles great.

It looks great.

It rides great.

Its just a truly amazing car.

I wouldn't trade this car for anything, ha well maybe a new corvette.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2004

10th Oct 2004, 14:19

I agree I purchased one a month ago and wow she is a beautiful piece of machinery.

26th Oct 2004, 13:25

Just bought my first Thunderbird today. Nobody can tell on the outside (kinda plain) what a fabulous car this is! I'm really pretty happy with it overall - fell like I'm driving a muscle car.

7th Jul 2008, 19:15

I got my T-Bird May of 2007. It's my first car, paid 2700 for it from the local import shop with a power programmer and the mod 4.6.

I love the car and performance, but hate the 15 inch swirl wheels. Got a set of SuperCoupe wheels for a 100.

Got 6000 invested in it now with struts, springs, and wiring. Working to get cams, exhaust and possibly a forced induction system.

Eats my buds 4g63 turbo AWD Talon daily LOL, and 5.0 birds too. Great car and reliable too!

1997 Ford Thunderbird LX Sport 4.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

A more comfortable Mustang V8 with IRS that will cruise all day!

Faults:

Unlike some of the people here, I have had no weird maladies with the car's engine. It has been absolutely bulletproof. The whole drivetrain has held together excellent.

The only problem that has come about is that I cannot get this weird vibration out of the front end that comes about from 58mph to about 70. Pretty much this keeps me breaking the law the whole time I drive it. Which is OK by me, as I love driving it fast. I have experienced none of the other problems that other people have here, and that makes me a lucky one I guess.

General Comments:

The car is excellent, especially in straight line performance (in its class). I had it in Germany for 2 years with me (I'm in the military) and it will cruise all day at 120 (it had a factory limiter at 105 but Superchips.com took care of that). Also I will highly recommend to anyone a "standard" set of 4.6 bolt-ons. Chip, pulleys, exhaust, intake, plugs, and wires. It really wakes up the car.

I changed my rotors out to cross drilled (a few more dollars than the stock replacement) and it is MUCH better at braking!

If you got any other suggestions or comments, please email me. Royjaxfl@aol.com.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2004

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 40 reviews