"After looking at comparable cars (Lexus, BMW, Nissan) I decided that this unique car was the best for me. Some may argue that it is not in that same class as a BMW or Lexus, but there are models that do compare as far as features offered (engine size and power, etc.). I found that the Thunderbird had a 'one-of-a-kind' appeal that the others didn't (they all sort of looked the same). It always turns heads, and I get compliments everywhere I go.
The performance was a little under par for an 8 cylinder in my opinion (280 hp), but that was easily rectified with a performance upgrade (about $800) to 305 hp. The suspension is a 'ding' that I still haven't decided on...it seems like (for a sports car) it should be tighter. I think it is a little 'bouncy' at times, and then it seems tight at other times. Regardless, a suspension upgrade would cost anywhere from $900 to $1800. The stock tires are 'adequate', but most cars come with generic tires/rims anyway. The Thunderbird hubcaps are a nice touch tough!
The other 'ding' is regarding the quality. While there is definitely some craftsmanship that is apparent, the choice of some lower quality parts is as well. The stock radio and some of the interior (upholstery, trim, etc.) doesn't seem 'classy' enough, but that can easily be upgraded. This also applies to some of the external dressing as well. It may be that my expectation was somewhat eleveated because of the mystique of the Thunderbird...but I think it was really the price (the Premium listed for $45,000.00!).
There are some nice (elegant/classy) touches like the Thunderbird logo in several tasteful locations, and an antenna-less exterior (the antenna is in the windshield). A few more are the motorized telescoping steering column, auto-sealing driver and passenger windows (they go down about one inch when opened, and then back up for a tight seal when closed), heated seats, dual/auto climate, and leather. Some of these features are on the Premium or Anniversary only.
In conclusion, I always enjoy each drive and I look forward to the next! I would recommend the full power, Premium/Anniversary(2005) edition."
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