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