1995 Ford Thunderbird

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$17,400

starting MSRP

1995 Ford Thunderbird

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $17,400

  • Super

    $22,910

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1995 Ford Thunderbird review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

Thunderbird is marking its 40th year in the market, a considerable length of time for a rear-wheel-drive, two-door coupe in a world of front-wheel-drive, four-door sedans.

That will change in 1998, when the Thunderbird is built off a front-wheel-drive Taurus platform. But that is then, this is now, and let’s enjoy the car as it is while we can.

Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks didn’t have the wherewithal of Ford engineers in mind. With anti-lock brakes and traction control, who cares if the ‘Bird is pulled from the front or pushed from the rear.

With traction control and 16-inch performance tires (an all season performance 16-inch tread is optional for only a few bucks more), you grab thepavement and keep going and just in case you get a bit too aggressive or if the unexpected should arise, the anti-lock brakes bring you to a sure stop.

With the Japanese-built 3.8-liter, 230-h.p., supercharged V-6 you’ll have ample opportunity to put the traction control and 16-inch tires to good use. Quick, quiet engine, but you have to suspect a Ford-built 32-valve V-8, the preferred engine choice, eventually will find its way into the car once it shares the Taurus platform.

Very nice car. Above average performance yet respectable 18 m.p.g. city/24 m.p.g. highway mileage with 4-speed automatic; good interior room with comfortable seats that hold you in place; split fold down rear seats to increase cargo room and allow you to haul the skis inside; and dual airbags.

You’d think the Thunderbird Super Coupe would be hotter than it is. Some dealers say the car collects more dust than its less powerful but far less expensive Thunderbird LX running mate.

To promote Thunderbird sales when its Big Three rivals were bringing out midsize front-drive models, Ford sharply reduced the price of the LX a few years ago, but not the Super Coupe. While the base engine in the LX is only a 3.8-liter, 140-h.p., V-6, the optional engine is a 4.6-liter, 205-h.p., V-8. So a consumer could settle for a V-8 with 25 h.p. less than the supercharged V-6 and get a Thunderbird for about $5,000 to $6,000 less than the Super Coupe.

Our test car started at $22,735. A preferred equipment group with speed control, power locks and the supercharger ran $960; automatic transmission ran$790; keyless entry, a very stiff $215; luxury light group with illuminated visor mirrors, illuminated entry system and power antenna, $325; front floor mats, $30; power seats, $290; AM/FM stereo with compact disc player, $430; andleather seats, $615. Add $495 for freight.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best 1st car

Car was fast xxxx birds all day Deez nuts Good acceleration Easy to do Donuts Very throttle Sensitive g B B Very good car so far šŸš—

4.9

Best, most reliable car I have ever owned

I am the second owner of this T-Bird. She had 15,000 miles on her when I bought her from a Ford Dealership in 1997. I traded-in my 1983 T-Bird for her. (I wish I'd kept the '83 'Bird, too...). Pearl White with Tan leather interior. Has an electric "moon" roof. I have NEVER had any problems with this car, beside routine maintenance. She is 25 years-old, now. Even original A/C components, and functions perfectly. If you can find one of these T-birds, and it has been well-maintained - BUY IT! The 4.6 liter engine really runs well. Mine is all original - no after market crap added. No bumper stickers, etc. Even original glass - never had a chip or crack. In all my cars I use only Synthetic motor oil. I was in the Army, and I KNOW how excellent that stuff is. The compression in the engine is almost like a brand new car. I've only replaced the alternator. (at EXACTLY 50,000 miles - some engineer earned his pay!). I truly believe this is the most reliable Thunderbird that Ford ever produced. She's old, now - I don't think Ford expected any of them to be on the road for 25 years - but she's still running great! She may out-live me. Maintenance is the key. Inside and out. Do that, and she'll last you forever...........

5.0

Most fun to cruise on the turnpike

It's a fabulous riding old school car. The two doors discouraged many unnecessary requests for rides because people who want to ride with you don't care to climb over the seatbelt and squeeze into the back designed for short people and kids. Personal Luxury is what they offer and they delivered. Let's be nastolgic, Have you driven a Ford Lately? I now have three of them.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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