Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird

Pros & Cons

  • Silky-smooth V8, cool retro styling, relaxed yet capable handling, available hardtop.
  • Minimal trunk space, lackluster interior design, no manual transmission offered.
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List Price
$16,991

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Edmunds' Expert Review

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

2005 Highlights

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.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 Ford Thunderbird.

Average user rating: 4.8 stars
80 total reviews
5 star reviews: 85%
4 star reviews: 14%
3 star reviews: 1%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • appearance
  • driving experience
  • handling & steering
  • ride quality
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • engine
  • acceleration
  • road noise
  • fuel efficiency
  • wheels & tires
  • brakes
  • technology
  • steering wheel
  • cup holders
  • emission system
  • interior
  • comfort
  • value
  • visibility
  • seats
  • doors
  • lights
  • maintenance & parts
  • electrical system
  • dashboard
  • towing
  • infotainment system
  • oil
  • climate control
  • spaciousness
  • transmission
  • sound system
  • off-roading

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.875/5 stars, This is the car of my dreams,
t-bird lover,
Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)
I am in love with this car!It drives like a dream, yet has the power of a jet planeI have never gone out without at least 2 or 3 people telling me that I have a great car. They yell over to me at traffic lights ,stop signs and parking lots. I feel like a rock star! I think so highly of this car, that I have included it in my will. I never want it to leave the family.
5/5 stars, Love the T Bird
valor trooper,
Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)
Only has 2 seats and limited space in the interior for additional items. Trunk is more than adequate to accommodate luggage or golf clubs. A really neat cruising car! Takes you back to the good old days of T-Bird but with modern updates (air conditioning, cruise control, dual climate control, power disc brakes, 12 volt system, cd player, power steering & brakes, and other nice updates). Will cruise down the roadway with the best ! My T-Bird is a 2005 50th anniversary model convertible, color is red with black leather interior, black convertible top w/ electric defrost, and a Ford T-Bird white hardtop with round portal and electric defrost.Whenever we travel the vehicle commands interest, attention, and questions from both the curious and admirers! No regrets or concerns regarding my purchase of this great road car. Uses premium fuel but delivers 22-25 mpg even traveling the interstates at 65-70 miles per hour. Get one while the price is still reasonable, and target the 2005 50th Anniversary model T-Bird for the best holding value.
4.625/5 stars, Drive It Like You Stole It!
Fearless in Cashmere,
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!
4.875/5 stars, Excellent Roadster
Ted,
Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)
I purchased my '05 T-Bird in April of 2005. This is the first convertible I have owned. I love driving this car. It is extremely quiet with the top up. With the top down there is almost no wind buffeting. There are several roadsters on the road but by far the T-Bird turns more heads and draws more stares. You have to drive it to really understand what a nice car this is.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$38,355
MPG & Fuel
16 City / 22 Hwy / 18 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18 gal. capacity
Seating
2 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Engine
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 280 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 286 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 186.3 in. / Height: 52.1 in. / Width: 72 in.
Curb Weight: 3780 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 8.5 cu.ft.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated



FAQ

Is the Ford Thunderbird a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2005 Thunderbird both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Ford Thunderbird fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Thunderbird gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Thunderbird has 8.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ford Thunderbird. Learn more

Is the Ford Thunderbird reliable?

To determine whether the Ford Thunderbird is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Thunderbird. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Thunderbird's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2005 Ford Thunderbird a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2005 Ford Thunderbird is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2005 Thunderbird is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2005 Ford Thunderbird?

The least-expensive 2005 Ford Thunderbird is the 2005 Ford Thunderbird Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $38,355.

Other versions include:

  • Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A) which starts at $39,415
  • Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A) which starts at $38,355
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What are the different models of Ford Thunderbird?

If you're interested in the Ford Thunderbird, the next question is, which Thunderbird model is right for you? Thunderbird variants include Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A), and Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A). For a full list of Thunderbird models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2005 Ford Thunderbird

Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird Overview

The Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird is offered in the following submodels: Thunderbird Convertible. Available styles include Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A), and Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A). The Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed automatic. The Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2005 Ford Thunderbird?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2005 Thunderbird 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2005 Thunderbird.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2005 Ford Thunderbird and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2005 Thunderbird featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird?

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

The Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,045. The average price paid for a new Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A) is trending $31,950 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $31,950 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $8,095.

The average savings for the Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A) is 79.8% below the MSRP.

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

The Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,985. The average price paid for a new Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A) is trending $30,840 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $30,840 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $8,145.

The average savings for the Used 2005 Ford Thunderbird Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A) is 79.1% below the MSRP.

Which used 2005 Ford Thunderbirds are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2005 Ford Thunderbird?

2005 Ford Thunderbird Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A), 5-speed automatic, premium unleaded (required)
18 compined MPG,
16 city MPG/22 highway MPG

2005 Ford Thunderbird Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A), 5-speed automatic, premium unleaded (required)
18 compined MPG,
16 city MPG/22 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG18
Transmission5-speed automatic
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement3.9 L
Passenger Volume61.1 cu.ft.
Wheelbase107.2 in.
Length186.3 in.
Width72 in.
Height52.1 in.
Curb Weight3780 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2005 Ford Thunderbird?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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