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Best feature in them IMO was the tripminder that came in 81ish? Instant MPG, average MPG, gallons used, average speed ect. Those were way ahead of their time! My Moms 09 Focus now has all those same features standard nearly 30 years later

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Lets see, I have had my Thunderbird since towards the end of 8th grade for me. I guess that puts me at being 14 years old. That was in '04. My dad told me, when he got back from the dealership when he bought the Marauder, that the T-bird is mine to have as a first car as long as I kept earning honor roll (B average) every grading period in school. Well, I took him up on that offer and he obviously kept his promise. Good thing the dealership didn't want to give him a good trade on it, or I wouldn't have the T-bird. I spent the first 1.5 years riding in the passenger side when I convinced my dad to drive it every now and then. He bought the Thunderbird in '03 with 54,000 miles. It was a smoker's car. It took a long time to get the smell of nicotine and cigarettes out. I've always liked the MN-12 since I remember riding around in my dad's red or white '95 4.6L T-bird, which had all of the options except for the car phone. Man, that was a long time ago...for me. lol

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I bought my '94 around Halloween of '02. So that's about eight years, six months, one week. It had 149,000 miles on it. It now has about approx. 220,000 miles. I purchased it from a used car dealer. It belonged to the dealerships owners, brother (who was a certified ASE Ford mechanic), who bought it at auction. It's first 10,000 miles was as a rental car. After seven years, he then gave it to his son who drove it for a year before he went into the military. Then asked his uncle (the dealerships owner) to sell it for him, where I bought it for 3,000.00.
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Heard they were going to discontinue the Tbird and went to dealer to have them find one just the way I wanted it. Took a couple of weeks. That was in 97 and still have that car now with 80,000 miles. It's my 5th Thunderbird and I had 67 cougar back in high school. That's another car I should have kept, 289, 3 speed.

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I bought my 96 sport Oct 99 with 24k on it so it's been about 11 1/2 yrs now
I just bought my 96 Crown Vic from my grandpa and he had bought it new Aug 96

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Heard they were going to discontinue the Tbird and went to dealer to have them find one just the way I wanted it.
This is one of the reasons I got my 94. I really liked the 94/95's but was kind of in a hurry to get a car. I had taken a day off work and figured if I spent the whole day looking I would find one I really wanted but out of a 8-9 hour search only found 2, the 94 LX and a 97 LX. If I would have done my research a little better I would have held out for a SC but at the time I didn't even know about the SC's and was really pressed for time in getting a car. Looking back now I see how stupid I was but at the time there was a lot going on and I just needed a car.

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Those sure where ugly and strange cars....they had some neat options though....one being somewhat of a predecessor to the "homelink" garage door/gate opener....it had a button on the visor, and there was a receiver that you would wire into your garage door opener ... definately ahead of it's time on that note.
I guess the word "ugly" was a matter of opinion. The traditional Tbird look with the chassis of the 83 "aero" bird and the first AOD transmission. It also had the 390 mm TRX wheels and tires. The interesting thing is that those velour seats stuck to your clothes and held you in much better than my 95 leather buckets. I would have got the Recaro seats, but I would have to order it vs. buying off the lot. People I let drive it had the same comment, this car really handles good.

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Had mine since 99. My mom bought it new in 97. Think it had 24k miles on it when I took over the payment's. $302.95 a month about broke me coming out of my PFC pay in the Marines lol. Almost at 180k miles now. Just sits in the garage now. Might put 150 miles on it a month now these days.

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I had the 94 lx since 2007 and I am the 3rd owner before that it was in the family since new, the foolish daughter traded a clean and sound garage kept bird. Its been a pretty good car to me but no better than the 2900 hundred I paid so I paid a premium on the price given its need nothing immediately condition. Its the first car I learned to get really nasty with, ya know elbow deep in a dirty greasy mess. Because everything worked I wasn't busy chasing down problems, only the ones I gave myself and thereby learning a lot more in the process. I'd love to paint it its stock color again, it needs it. Cosmetically shes a mess like she was in a wreck and I fixed her and AZ just ruined the pained anyway so yeah its ugly. But everything works, I even got down to replacing the hood shocks that were tweeked in the accident and never worked right after that. I dont ever want to get rid of this car because of mechanical reasons so long as I can keep driving it, it stays, no matter how bad it looks.

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Do you think of your 'bird differently to other cars you've owned??

Interesting reading the posts.

All you guys that have had the birds 10+yrs or so, it that unusual for you? ie do you think of the T-bird differently to other cars you've owned, or do you tend to keep your cars and run them into the ground before you replace them?

I normally keep my cars at least 2-3yrs. I had my first car for 13yrs and REALLY regret selling it. My problem is that I tend to get too attached to them.

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If you love the car, you will keep it until its not feasible to drive anymore. I got my first 92 LS cougar in Feb 2000 after finding tccoa, looking for an upgrade from my 84 Crown Vic. I paid $4200 for that car after TT&L. It was sweet but I kept blowing up the 3.8 v6s. I bought a loaded 94 with a sludged engine sometime in 01 for $1400. Thats how I got my baby. After over 9 years, that one got hit by a drunk driver. So here I am with my 96 Sport! I almost got another Jag instead of staying with the MN12s, thank goodness I had some sense there.

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I almost bought a Jag XJ6 once (they are very easy to get hold of over here), before I was converted to US cars. You're obviously very happy with the MN12's!

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Brought mine home new with somewhere in the neighborhood of 17 miles on it when I left the dealer with it,and I had put 4-5 of those on it during the test drive.
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Interesting reading the posts.

All you guys that have had the birds 10+yrs or so, it that unusual for you? ie do you think of the T-bird differently to other cars you've owned, or do you tend to keep your cars and run them into the ground before you replace them?
I think for a lot of people who come here to the forums, they like the car so much they want to fix it up and keep it on the road as long as possible. I'm sure there are other cars I would drive out there but I really like the Tbird and to me was worth keeping it on the road all these years.

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Most people I know do the whole 2-3 year cycle. It's fine when you're not a car person or don't particularly like the cars you have but as an enthusiast I think you lose some connection if you just keep going from car to car to car. I know many people I constantly badger for selling really cool or nice cars just because "they're a few years old now".

My car's like a pet at this point, unless I have to put it down I'll be keeping it as long as I can see. There's really no financial motivation to get rid of it as it's paid for and worthless on the market.

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Most people I know do the whole 2-3 year cycle. It's fine when you're not a car person or don't particularly like the cars you have but as an enthusiast I think you lose some connection if you just keep going from car to car to car. I know many people I constantly badger for selling really cool or nice cars just because "they're a few years old now".

My car's like a pet at this point, unless I have to put it down I'll be keeping it as long as I can see. There's really no financial motivation to get rid of it as it's paid for and worthless on the market.
Yeah, that's sums it up pretty well.

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Another part of it is, what would you buy today to replace a Thunderbird ?

Name one good American made two door with good HP, MPG, with the comfort and styling ! They don't exist anymore. Probably 90% of new cars are 4 doors and couldn't spin a 13" tire on wet pavement.

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Another part of it is, what would you buy today to replace a Thunderbird ?

Name one good American made two door with good HP, MPG, with the comfort and styling ! They don't exist anymore. Probably 90% of new cars are 4 doors and couldn't spin a 13" tire on wet pavement.
Crown vic would be my next option, yeah the 2 door ones with a 351. But then again the idea of getting pulled over comes to mind there. You wouldn't believe the attention in AZ a nice vic or GM gets you from the law.

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Another part of it is, what would you buy today to replace a Thunderbird ?

Name one good American made two door with good HP, MPG, with the comfort and styling ! They don't exist anymore. Probably 90% of new cars are 4 doors and couldn't spin a 13" tire on wet pavement.
I replaced my Splitport '94 LX with a '04 Mustang GT. Lighter, quicker, handles just as well if not better, and gets the same gas mileage.

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I replaced my Splitport '94 LX with a '04 Mustang GT. Lighter, quicker, handles just as well if not better, and gets the same gas mileage.
My 2004 Mustang GT doesnt handle as good as my Thunderbird...

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mustang is just way too common...

racecougar is correct - there really is not much that can take the place of the tbird...
if the marauder or the current Taurus SHO had a 2 door version...

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Another part of it is, what would you buy today to replace a Thunderbird ?

Name one good American made two door with good HP, MPG, with the comfort and styling ! They don't exist anymore. Probably 90% of new cars are 4 doors and couldn't spin a 13" tire on wet pavement.
If you are stuck on American then Camero/Challenger/Mustang are your choices.

I think an RX-8 would be the closest you can come to meeting that criteria without spending $45K on a german car.

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If you are stuck on American then Camero/Challenger/Mustang are your choices.

I think an RX-8 would be the closest you can come to meeting that criteria without spending $45K on a german car.
I like the Audi S5 and BMW 6 series but they are so expensive.

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I replaced my Splitport '94 LX with a '04 Mustang GT...handles just as well if not better
I disagree. They're more nimble on their feet because of their weight and proportions but they have a much more noticeable limit when they're pushed, at least in stock form from my experience. Not to mention the ride quality is night and day.

I would say that about the S197 though, I've only been able to really play with a 09 4.0 but even it had very comparable handling to a sport MN12.

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The 1996 TBird in my Sig and Profile, I bought new in 1996. My first new car was a 1992 TBird Sport and that car got totalled off or I might still own it. The new Mustang (S197) is a pretty impressive car and if I was to fully replace my TBird it would be with another S197. The S197 Mustang is only slightly smaller (Lengthwise), is a better handling car and is pretty reasonable on fuel. The 2005 Mustang GT in my sig usually got 36 US MPG on the highway travelling at 110 Km/Hr. My 2011 is in the high 20's now and I do expect it to get better once it has some kilometers on it.

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Put 4 or 5 people in a Mustang or Camaro and drive 1000 miles, then see how the people in the back seat feel afterwards. Just not the same.

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Originally Posted by Raptor22 View Post
Put 4 or 5 people in a Mustang or Camaro and drive 10 miles and see how they feel...
I have gone from Regina, Saskatchewan to Edmonton, Alberta and back (around 800 KM one way) with 4 adults in my 2005 Mustang GT. There was no complaints from anybody that rode in the car. Now if the people in the front were over 6 Ft tall, there might be an issue for the passengers in the back seat. If I was to drive from Regina, Saskatchewan to Houston, Texas in 3 days, I would probably want to take the TBird, however the interior in the 2011 Mustang is pretty decent and I could probably handle that drive with it and no issues.

R.I.P. Johnny Langton (1975 - 2011)

1996 Thunderbird 5.0L 2V-4R70W
12.64 @ 107 MPH -> DA 3315 Ft above Sea level
12.49 @ 109 -> DA 2967 Ft above Sea level
2005 Mustang GT 4.6L 3V-TR3650 - SOLD
13.39 @ 102 MPH -> DA 3617 Ft above Sea level
2011 Mustang GT 5.0L 4V-6R80 - Bolt-ons
12.32 @ 115 MPH -> DA 2980 Ft above Sea level
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