Review: Ford Thunderbird (2001 – 2005)


Evocative-looking cruiser underpinned by Jag S Type V8 mechanics. Refined, smooth drive with decent handling.

Left-hand drive only. Limited supply in the UK.

Ford Thunderbird (2001 – 2005): At A Glance

Wow factor car. The ultimate cruiser, and a better cruiser than the 2003 Mercedes 500SL.

What does a Ford Thunderbird (2001 – 2005) cost?

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What's the Ford Thunderbird (2001 – 2005) like to drive?

Not that bad. Same underneath as a Jaguar S-Type so quite a decent drive, though, like the Jag, the autobox lets it down.

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Choosing a car for a big low-mileage driver

I am well over six feet tall and overweight. I work at home and drive very little. I nonetheless like an entertaining car when I do drive. At present I have a 16 year old Vauxhall Vectra, with less than 60,000 on the clock which suits my needs very well. What should I replace it with? Ideally my next (second-hand) car should be fun to drive, have two doors and easy access. I would love an Opel Monza but they are too old to consider now. Would you say a Porsche 924 would fill the bill in terms above all of interior room? Or do you have another suggestion?
924s are very old now too. Why not a Ford Mustang 4.6GT? (That's the previous generation Mustang). Or a Thunderbird. Built for big Americans
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