If you have a teen and wonder what to get for their 1st car, find one of the cars I mentioned.
Drivers side mirror goes all directions except left.
Passenger side mirror got taken off by a Deer, so I replaced it with one from a 1985 Colony Park which doesn't move in any direction.
When I got the car, it had a lot of surface rust and a hole on the drivers side of the trunk. I sanded it down as best as I could, primed it, painted it, and filled in the hole with bond-o. Paint doesn't match exactly, but looks a lot better than it did.
Drivers side power lock doesn't work.
Only doors that lock are the backseat doors.
Heating elements in the rear window are almost all gone except for 3.
Front speakers are blown.
Air conditioner doesn't work.
Cruise control doesn't keep perfect speed. It tends to speed up 5 miles per hour (on flat ground) and slows back down. It also doesn't do well on hills. Slows down about 7 miles per hour before it shifts down to the next gear.
Other than all the things that have gone bad electronically, overall this car for me has been the most reliable car that a teenager could ask for. It's a nice ride, very comfortable seats and good suspension.
The Ford Crown Vic's, Lincoln Town car's, Mercury Grand Marquis', Mercury Colony Park's, Ford Thunder Bird's, Lincoln Mark 7's, and Lincoln Continentals from 1982 to 1991 all had the same engine, 5.0 liter 302 V8. They were a strong engine and could probably last for 300,000 miles or more and has plenty of power for this beast. If it can move a Colony Park without a problem, than you can imagine what it can do in a Thunder Bird. I have yet to have a problem with the engine except for maintenance and some small things that could be done at home.
Handling is alright, but be careful in the winter. I recommend putting some bags of sand or bricks in the trunk because you'll slip and slide.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th December, 2004