1996 Ford Thunderbird Consumer Review: Best Ford Car Going

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By mrthunderbird on


1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 2dr Coupe


I have owned this car for 7 years and over 100,000 miles. There are some issues with the 3.8 that will cost some money to fix, but it is well worth the effort. Head gaskets go like clock work about 140,000 miles. I had mine replaced with better quality ones along with a valve job. Runs great so far at 188,000. Transmissions tend to be glitchy, but regular maintenance keeps that in check.
If your looking for a lot of miles from yours here's a trick. Keep it maintained. Use Royal Purple motor oil and micro filter. Use Lucas Top Cylinder Lube in the gas every tank full.

I am looking to keep mine for a long time. Still gets 29 mpg Highway. See you on the road.

Best Features

This car has a .31 drag coefficient that helps it get great gas mileage. The V6 comes with a 3.27 rear gear that makes it about as quick as the 4.6 model. I installed P225/60R15 tires that are a bit smaller than stock. This changes the effective rear gear ratio to 3.40 to 1. Makes it a bit quicker on take off and lowers the car just a bit. Interior is very comfortable on long road trips. Huge trunk area for all your gear. All in all a great car, you just need to keep it maintained to get great service from it.

Worst Features

Ford should do a re issue of this model with better head gaskets.
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