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Ford Thunderbird Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.9 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 280 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2005 Ford Thunderbird

  • Fun to drive and fun to be seen driving, the Thunderbird successfully straddles a fine line between luxury and performance.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Silky-smooth V8, cool retro styling, relaxed yet capable handling, available hardtop.

  • Cons

    Minimal trunk space, lackluster interior design, no manual transmission offered.

  • What's New for 2005

    New this year are 50th anniversary exterior badges, newly styled aluminum applique trim on the doors and center stack, new map pockets on…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (74 total reviews)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

'05 t-bird

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Thunderbird Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)

Love this car. Loved it when it came out but was hoping for a standard transmission. Of course that is impossible now days. Car is not really a sports car, more of a sporty couple. It handles great but is no racer. I'd like it to be a little more stiff in the turns but for most people, they'd rather have the comfort ride. Haven't had to put a nickel into it since I've owned it. great car.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Drive it like you stole

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Thunderbird Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)

I have always loved the Classic Birds. I used to help my brother Jeff restore them when we were growing up. So when the Retro Birds came out, I had to get one. I waited until the last year & got my 2005 50th Anniversary Thunderbird "Cashmere" Edition #884/1500. This is a very solid car!I trust this car impicitly, having driven it cross-country twice and drive it daily. Still have had NO problems -except a little COP issue (not police officers!), & that's why I gave "Build Quality" a 9. But beyond that, eveything works very well. I got a solid 22mpg city/hwy mix but since I put on a K&N cold air intake I'm up around 24+ even with my driving. I hope you enjoy driving one as much as I do! Peace!



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Love my '05 t-bird

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Thunderbird Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)

This is truly my dream car! It rides beautifully, looks spectacular, and is just simply a pleasure to drive. While driving it, all the tensions of the day quickly evaporate. ...This has V-8 power and scoots with the best of them. The comfortable seats ar a pleaure to sit in and the telescopic sterring wheel is helpful in seting a position to drive in control and comfort. ...Road noise is very faint, even with the well insulated rag top.I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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Full 2005 Ford Thunderbird Review

What's New for 2005

New this year are 50th anniversary exterior badges, newly styled aluminum applique trim on the doors and center stack, new map pockets on the seat backs and a handful of color changes.

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Stever@Edmunds
Stever@Edmunds
06-19-2012
Our specs say "Fuel type: premium unleaded (required)". Not "recommended"....


nd4spd
nd4spd
10-19-2004
seat controls are taken straight from 1989 Ford Thunderbird. The back seat is TINY. If you are 5’11’’ or taller, forget about the back seat. I am pretty wide in shoulders, ...


gxpgtodanman
gxpgtodanman
08-08-2005
It's definitely a success for 2005, but As with the Thunderbird and the PT Cruiser, the first year sales may be its best....