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A little story about my bird: On May 24, 2005 I rear-ended a huge Chevy Van at a stop sign. Airbags deployed, the estimate was $8000 damage. GEICO totalled it. They cut me a check for $6000 + $500 tax -$500 deductible = $6000. Not bad for a '97 v8.

I ended up buying another tbird, this time the 3.6l v8. I now drive once again a '97 Ford Thunderbird. It still needs some work. New brake pads, most probably new rotors too. Something's wrong with the suspension in the rear, a friends suspects maybe a bushing. And the engine is in dire need of a good tune-up with lots of new plugs, cables, injector cleaning and fluids all around.

The differences: This one's red, not white. It does have a car alarm (which I've already set off 5 times today, I really need to read the manual). No sunroof or powered seats. It has the 3.8l v6 engine instead of the 4.6l v8 (which you definitely can tell, but oh well). And it only has 73k miles, the exact same amount as when I bought the white tbird back in 2001.

The old bird: http://ivo.nu/photos/thunderbird
The new bird: http://ivo.nu/photos/tbird2
My livejournal entry on the crash: http://www.livejournal.com/users/ivo/33435.html
My livejournal entry on the new purchase: http://www.livejournal.com/users/ivo/35251.html
 

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well at least you might get a little better gas milage.
 

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Probably due to my driving style and age different and mileage, but I get better gas mileage in my 97 Cougar 4.6 (18-21 city) than my 89 Cougar 3.8 (13-14.5 city) same loop. I have never gotten more that 16 in the 89.

I still prefer and drive my 89 more, even though it is about 100 hp down, but with 160k miles on the clock, I was finally worrying about a problem (not head gaskets haha) popping up and me being without a car. The 3.8 powered cars are reasonable to drive in traffic, at least where I live. I remember going above 5,000 or 6,000 in elevation is zapped it pretty hard though.

Tough luck with the old bird, congrats on the new one! I was going to stop working on the 89, but since it was just a little hesitation problem and leaking coolant, I decided to spend 150 bucks to fix it, spark plugs (80k on Bosch Platinums), plug wires, two coolant hoses, cap and rotor, antifreeze, synthetic 10w30, and it is back in action. I don't think I spent the entire 150 bucks, my wife thinks I am a nut keeping the one going, but it is actually in better shape that 90% of the 2000 or newer cars I see.
 

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Nice bird. Swap the heads & intake manifold from a 99+ Mustang & get a custom tune, add a K&N air filter & a limited slip diff. and you'll be running a whole lot faster. I had a V8 Tbird a long time ago....now I have a V6 stang, and honestly it isn't too bad.

but no power seats in that car? At all? thats interesting. Does the car have cruise control? leather wheel? leather shifter? rear defrost? did it come with hubcaps? It was possible to order a bird thath was stripped to that level. I have seen one 97 where this was the case. Did not have option Pkg. 155A

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We don't have limited slip diffs yet? hey do you know if this engine's ECC could take a Dennis Chip?

Trim is: rear defrost, leather wheel, leather gearshifter, power windows/mirrors/doors, cruise control.
No auto-headlights, no power seat, no moonroof, no automatic A/C (where you select temp instead of mix), no leather seats, no traction control
 
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