The Ford Thunderbird created a lot of excitement when it was reinvented in 2002. The design for this car was inspired by the Lincoln LS. With a 3.9-liter, V-8 engine, the Thunderbird offers plenty of horsepower, and the body does not weigh down the power. With the fenders, the hood, and the rear deck all made of plastic, the weight of the body is reduced and controlled. This car only seats the driver and the front passenger and is rear drive in honor of the older style Thunderbirds. The plastic convertible top is optional. This vehicle comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission and manual shifting capability is available as an option.
Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 3.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic with overdrive, optional manual shifting capability
Models: Ford Thunderbird Deluxe, Ford Thunderbird Premium
In 2005, the Thunderbird was decorated with 50th anniversary commemorative badges. New aluminum trim was added to the exterior of the doors and the center stack. Map pockets were also added to the seats.
This car has a chrome grill to impress onlookers. The painted alloy wheels and the chrome alloy wheels on the Deluxe and Premium sub-models are 17 inches. A spare steel wheel is provided with new purchases, as is a full size non-matching spare tire mounted on the inside.
The variable intermittent wipers are only installed on the windshield but the rear window has a defogger on both sub-models.
Both sub-models also have privacy glass installed. A power convertible roof also comes standard to keep the passengers riding in style on warm dry days.
There is plenty of room in the front of this vehicle although both sub-models do not come with back seats for extra passengers. The passenger seat is two-way power adjustable, and the driver seat is six-way power adjustable with manually adjusted lumbar support. The front seats are bucket seats that have been upholstered with leather. The only difference in the front seats on the two sub-models is that the Premium sub-model has a heating unit installed in the passenger seat. Both the Deluxe and Premium models have remote power lock doors and power mirrors, but the mirrors are not heated on either sub-model. Cruise control and audio controls can be found on the steering wheel. Speed proportional power steering is standard. One 12-volt power outlet is available for powering electronics, if needed. The steering wheel has telescopic abilities as well as adjustable tilt. A universal remote transmitter is available to be programmed to control a security system or garage door opener.
The comfort features are the same on both sub-models. Dual zone climate control is equipped. There is leather trim on the center console, shift knob, and steering wheel. Both sub-models also have the same audio system. Eight speakers are powered by 180 watts. A six-disc CD player is installed, as is two subwoofers; Sirius satellite radio is available as an option. For the difference in the price tag, the Premium sub-model does not offer very many extra features compared to the less expensive Deluxe.
Performance & Handling
This car’s 3.9-liter V-6 produces 280 horsepower at a maximum power of 6000 rpm. The five-speed automatic transmission comes with the option of being equipped with manual shifting. On the highway, this car has a smooth ride, and the driver can feel the vehicles agility. On rough roads, the suspension feels more than a little stiff, and the bigger bumps are not comfortable to pass over. Merging and passing in the 2005 Thunderbird is easy enough, and acceleration is pleasing.
The 2005 Ford Thunderbird is equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Both the front and rear brakes use ventilated discs to prevent overheating and maximize braking efficiency. The headlamps are dusk sensing so the driver has good visibility when the sun is setting. The electronic brakeforce distribution helps the car stay balanced during hard braking and helps prevent sliding. This vehicle has dual side airbags to protect the driver and passenger from impacts from the side. The passenger airbag system includes occupant sensors, so there is no need to activate it or deactivate it manually.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Thunderbird: 16/22 mpg city/highway
- Sporty Style
- Excellent audio system
- Sirius satellite radio
- Comfort seats
- Fast acceleration
- Moderate fuel economy
- Easy merging and passing
You Won't Like
- No room for rear passengers
- Not many extra features on the Premium sub-model
- Rear drive can be difficult in wet or icy conditions
- Somewhat high price
A stylish reminder of the older, more popular Thunderbirds.
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