This is the first Thunderbird I have owned and enjoy the car thoroughly. The car was purchased here in Southern California from an elderly lady who barely drove it. It had 25000 miles on it and is in great shape. The only major expenses I have had was a complete fuel injector clean out and new tires. The car has never failed amaze me with the performance and good mileage
The looks of the car is still a head turner even after 12 years. It is a great long distance traveler.I drove it from Palm Springs to Detroit and the trip was not a chore as it would be in other cars
Cup holders are useless. Changing oil is a real chore with the oil filter in such a place that there is no way not to get oil all over. Trunk is shallow and a cooler will not fit in the trunk
Excellent machine and very reliable, usual Ford which will let you know symptomatically that something is wrong before you get stuck, pretty much maintenance free (except for oil changes) until about 150,000 miles, would recommend air intake, O2 sensors, upper control arms and spring (expected in the northeast for the mileage, roads are terrible), traction control feature a must for this vehicle for performance and northeast climate. Will need reliable mechanic for some things as mentioned above, not for old school mechanics; there isn't a distributor so you have coil packs. I recommend the 4.6 v-8 with all the toys, do it right, only complaint is the location of the cup holders in the center console.
Traction control, v-8, moonroof, wheels & wide tires for performance. Overall look is economical. Gas mileage is good if you don't jump on it. Mine has 190,00 miles. Runs great, reliable and excellent performance, falls under special interest laws in R.I. therefore holds some kind of value.
Cup holders need to be in a different place, totally useless in the center console.
If you are thinking about buying a Thunderbird and the tranny doesn't slip I would buy it! I have owned this car for over a year and only had to replace the ball joints. Plenty of power and ok gas mileage. Everyone that rides in my car tells me how much they like it.
Comfortable seats and the styling inside and out.
Cupholders, make it easier to adjust headlights or brighter ones.
I had bought it after a 30,000 mile lease expired, and it was in like new condition. For 100,000 miles of driving, I only had about $500 of repair, a blown fan motor and a small part that I don't remember The V8 engine performance was superior, the handling was very good but not exceptional. I'm selling it to a colleague today for $1, but he's getting much, much more than the asking price.