1997 Ford Thunderbird
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Changed Man

by from Waco,Tx. on January 24, 2010

I've driven Chevys' all my life and although I've owned a couple of Fords I just never really liked them that much. Recently I purchased a 97 T-bird LX 4.6 and theres not enough good I can say about t...
I've driven Chevys' all my life and although I've owned a couple of Fords I just never really liked them that much. Recently I purchased a 97 T-bird LX 4.6 and theres not enough good I can say about the car. From its quick responce and good looks to 26 mpg. I love it !!!!!!!!
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Great First Car

by from Richmond, VA on September 28, 2008

This is my first car. I've been driving it for 2 1/2 years now and have very few complaints. It didn't have a cd player, but that was remedied easily enough. The interior is very nicely appointed. The...
This is my first car. I've been driving it for 2 1/2 years now and have very few complaints. It didn't have a cd player, but that was remedied easily enough. The interior is very nicely appointed. The seats up front are very comfortable and allow for long trips. The bench in the back can be uncomfortable if you're taller than five feet. The only work I've had to have done is routine maintenance; oil, belts, etc. I have the V-6 and it still has enough power to satisfy. The handling is the best i've ever experienced. Overall a superb first car
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I loved this car

by from Tri Cities, TN on January 27, 2010

I bought it off the show room floor... I miss it. I have no doubt it would still be running today; if not for the guy that totaled mine when he ran a red light. He hit me in the drivers door doing 40i...
I bought it off the show room floor... I miss it. I have no doubt it would still be running today; if not for the guy that totaled mine when he ran a red light. He hit me in the drivers door doing 40ish and I didnt get a scratch. One of the safest cars I have ever driven. I would recomend this car to anyone. Had the car for 9 years.
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I'm driving mine 'till the wheels fall off...

by from Columbus, GA on February 16, 2008

I've owned a 1997 T-Bird since 2001, and it's been an extremely reliable car. It's going on 11 years old now, and I've only had to replace the typical parts (hoses, belts, etc.) that you'd expect for ...
I've owned a 1997 T-Bird since 2001, and it's been an extremely reliable car. It's going on 11 years old now, and I've only had to replace the typical parts (hoses, belts, etc.) that you'd expect for a 10 year old vehicle. I'll keep this car until it just stops running...if that ever happens.
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Last & Best of an Era

by from Santa Rosa, CA on January 27, 2010

My 97 T-Bird was built during the last week of production for this model--the last and best of its era. Mine has the fuel injected SOHC V8 and Sport Package option. This car has been driven all over t...
My 97 T-Bird was built during the last week of production for this model--the last and best of its era. Mine has the fuel injected SOHC V8 and Sport Package option. This car has been driven all over the western US and has never given the slightest problem. Other than routine servicing and wear items like brakes and tires, it has never been in the garage for repairs. The power and performance easily match vehicles that cost half again as much, and a lot more to maintain.
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Whopper of a car!!!

by from Buffalo on September 16, 2010

Check out the "reviews on this car! The Kelly Blue Book does not include the Jasper Engine & Custom Leather Interior or Custom High Performance Dual Exhaust System not to mention the Cherry Bomb Muffl...
Check out the "reviews on this car! The Kelly Blue Book does not include the Jasper Engine & Custom Leather Interior or Custom High Performance Dual Exhaust System not to mention the Cherry Bomb Mufflers & the After Market Radio or Mag Wheels. The standard 97 T-Bird whether a v6 or a v8 did not come loaded like this one! The Jasper Engine alone is worth more than the Kelly Blue Book Values. I Love my T-Bird, wish I had this one also!!!
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"Good for the money"

by from California on March 27, 2008

I have owned a 1997 Thunderbird LX sport with a moonroof for a week now as a first car, it has been a reliable car. So far the only thing that I had to replace is the serpentine belt which really isnt...
I have owned a 1997 Thunderbird LX sport with a moonroof for a week now as a first car, it has been a reliable car. So far the only thing that I had to replace is the serpentine belt which really isnt much for a car at this year. It has the power you need for a V8 and gets descent gas mileage. The only thing I dont like about it is when I am in drive and when the wheel is turned it vibrates the car, maybe its just that it is a big car.
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Reliable boat

by from Los Angeles, CA on July 30, 2006

The only negatives are that this is not the sort of car I like. It was a family hand-me-down, so I didn't choose it. With the prevalance of compact parking spaces these days, it's annoying to drive ...
The only negatives are that this is not the sort of car I like. It was a family hand-me-down, so I didn't choose it. With the prevalance of compact parking spaces these days, it's annoying to drive such a large car. Don't even try putting this thing into a compact space- you'll just end up with scratches on your doors or bumpers. On the other hand, I must have gotten lucky with this car in terms of reliability. I've certainly heard the 'Found On Road Dead' nickname for Fords, but this car has never been problematic. Nearly ten years later, it's still going strong! I always get passenger comments about how nice it is to have a full-sized back seat, so this would probably be a good car for a family if you want to drive something a little nicer than a mini-van.
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Most fun on four wheels!!!!!!!!!!!

by from Dallas,TX on April 23, 2009

A 1997 Thunderbird Sport( RARE) All Sports are V8s, but not all V8's are sport.Talk a about Fantastic car for the money, it has 145,000 miles and looks and runs like new. Conservative drive in D and t...
A 1997 Thunderbird Sport( RARE) All Sports are V8s, but not all V8's are sport.Talk a about Fantastic car for the money, it has 145,000 miles and looks and runs like new. Conservative drive in D and the manual shift unleashes the sport. Having one of the last of the 97's feels like an honor and I look forward in babying the last of the MN12s. For future drivers it is a marvel of driving fun, be on the look out and hold on to it for dear life.
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one of best deals I ever got

by from Ontario canada on February 11, 2008

I have owned this 1997 Thunderbird lx sport now for 1 year and it's been great. It does not have all the options of the old birds but it has all you would ever need. It's power is good with the 285 ft...
I have owned this 1997 Thunderbird lx sport now for 1 year and it's been great. It does not have all the options of the old birds but it has all you would ever need. It's power is good with the 285 ft. lbs. of torque it likes to spin the wheels. I would however like a little more. The one and the only problem I have with it is I can't get winter rims for it anywere. All I can find is 15 inch and with the sports package I need 16 inch. I have been a mechanic for over 30 years and this is one great car!
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