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1997 Ford Thunderbird

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 16/Hwy 24/Comb 19 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, 3.8 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1997 Ford Thunderbird Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 321 Ratings for the 1992 - 1997 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Best vehicle I have ever owned.

By on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 139,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, climate control, and handling."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"1997 TBird LX was bought with $5500 miles on it in 2001. Still own it with 139,000 miles. Replaced the radiator, brake pads, front suspension bushings,intake manifold, and tires. I replaced the intake manifold as a precaution for $200 and sold the original for $40. I tow a 2250 12ft. self contained trailer in overdrive. Walks the dog through the Rockies while with trailer in tow. I also drive straight through from Houston, Tx to my summer home near Green Bay, WI. Very comfortable car for cruising across country and being 5'9" I can sleep comfortably in the back seat. I have no negative comments about this car. Best car that I ever owned in 60 years of driving."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

good reliable auto

By on Friday, November 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliability"

Cons: "milage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"handling/excellent-- gas mileage/14city,25 highway--paint/new--uses 1 quart every 2000 miles--tires/new Michelins--Sony am-fm-cd player-- cold a.c,--clear title"

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

solid,comfortable,powerfull,smooth ride!

By on Saturday, September 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "affordable performance car"

Cons: "stock wheels are not attractive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Hot Ride!

"I paid 3 thousand for my 96 tbird 1 year ago. The only cash I have spent on it was for front brakes and I had the windows tinted. This car runs and drives better than any car I have owned. I drive a 2005 V6 Impala to work daily for the fuel economy but the Tbird is much more enjoyable and feels like a newer car in every respect. The V8 rear wheel drive on the tbird is silky smooth and has all the power I could ever wish for. Good luck finding any other car with this much to offer. This car is half luxury half sports car. Well done Ford!"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Hot Ride!

MY BEST CAR, LITTLE COSMETIC WORK NEEDED

By on Monday, June 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "FUN TO DRIVE, HAS GREAT PICK UP, SMOOTH RIDING"

Cons: "LOOSE REAR END AS IS IN ALL FORD CARS AND TRUCKS"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I BOUGHT MY T-BIRD NEW IN 1996. I PUT $5000.00 OR MORE INTO IT OVER THE YEARS. IT HAS ALWAYS RAN FANTASTIC. IT NEEDS VERY LITTLE COSMETIC WORK DONE TO IT ON THE OUTSIDE.IF I HAD THE MONEY I NEED TO FINISH IT OUT I WOULD KEEP IT. IT IS A WONDERFUL CAR. NEXT YEAR IT WILL BECOME A COLLECTORS ITEM. IT STILL GETS LOOKS AND COMMENTS ON IT EVEN NOW.THIS CAR IS DEFINITELY WORTH MORE THAN THE SUGGESTED WORTH OF IT BY K.B.B."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

nice car for the money

By on Tuesday, May 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price, nice ride, ample power"

Cons: "cup holder located in center glove box"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"what i have replaced since I've had the car, both power window motors, both upper ball joints, all sway bar end links...that's it everything else still working......."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

great first time car

By on Friday, May 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I got this car two years ago this September. It was my first car. I thought it was honestly a great car. Personally, I've been looking to get rid of it so we can get a new one safer for or child and bigger because two doors don't work with car seats. It hasn't let me down yet. Had some problems with the battery connection, but got that taken care of. Also there might be lose vacuum valve. The interior is good except for on the roof some of the material had torn off. And all the tires on it I replaced last summer. Including the spare."

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