Ford Thunderbird not selling? May be discontinued?

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  1. Paul McElligott

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    According to several source, the "new" Ford Thunderbird is a sales flop and will be pulled from the market (again) after 2005-2006.

    http://www.forbes.com/columnists/200...0422flint.html

    Ford is saying they always intended it to have a four year production run.
     
  2. Danny Tse

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    In the article, it mentioned

     
  3. Eric Kahn

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    as usual, Ford does not understand their overpriced, underpowered car is not selling, you think they would have learned by now, it is supposed to be a sport coupe and you can not even get a manual tranny in it and it is no faster than a taurus sedan and small inside also
     
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    Has the T-Bird ever been considered a sports coupe? [​IMG]
     
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    TO me it's UGLY, and isn't it expensive as hell too?
     
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    It is undersized, underpowered, and WAY overpriced.

    If Ford dropped the price by about 12K and offered a manual tranny, it MIGHT sell... but they really outdid themselves on this marketing strategy!

    Mike
     
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    The original T Bird was Ford's answer to the original Corvette. In the beginning it was a small coupe - even smaller then the new one.
     
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    From the article:

     
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    I thought it was a great looking car, but at $40K it is at least $10K overpriced.
     
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    The Thunderbird isn't a bad car, but it is underpowered and overpriced.
     
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    Does this mean that awful wine will go away too?

    Glenn
     
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    I couldn't afford a Ford Thunderbird with a year's salary but I could get a bottle of Thunderbird wine with the pocket change from the cushions of my couch[​IMG]
     
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    If sales suck so bad how come they're waiting two more model years to discontinue it? Sounds like they're trying to pump it up by saying "buy it now before it's gone!"

    Bruce
     
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    I think the new T-Bird is beautiful. Unfortunately it apparently doesn't have the power or handling to back up that good looks with performance. C'mon, no standard tranny??? Shame. They will definitely become collector's items, no doubt about it.
     
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    I think the T-bird is ugly. The only one I liked was the one Chip Foose redesigned. Not to mention a total rip off. What the heck was Ford thinking. Now with the new Stang due out....I'm affraid the same thing will happen to it. And the Stang would be the ONLY Ford product that I would buy. Mike D
     
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    I like the new Tbird ... but like others said ... it is way overpriced.

    As far as I remember Ford wanted it this way as it was limited production, but it looks like they are confused themselves as how they want to position themselves.

    When you have a car like the Infinity G35 coupe for 10K less, why would anyone want to buy one.

    If they drop it to the $30K range, I bet it would sell real well.

    Shit for the price of the T-Bird you can buy a pretty loaded BMW 330i ...
     
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    IMHO, the best T-Birds Ford ever made were the SuperCoupes from 89-95.
     
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    They(Ford) should drop the price by 10or 12K drop in the old SC(supercharged) engine then it would be a car worth buying, A fun fast Drop top Coupe that most people could afford.

    As some one mentioned as it sits right now you can get a Fully Loaded 330CI for the same amount. lets see a BMW for 40K or a FORD for 40K Geee that's a Tough one.
     
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    The Thunderbird doesn't compete with the G35, 3-series BMW, etc, a 2-door convertible isn't in the same general classification as a 2 or 4 door 4-seater luxury sport coupe/sedan.

    And slow? Well sorta, 0-60 in 7 seconds isn't exactly ripping the pavement apart, but you have to look past some of that as well. It has a 280hp V8 in it, so it has plenty of power, it takes a hit on standstill acceleration because of it's weight and because of it's gearing (1 and 2 are to close). On the road it will be a little more responsive.

    I think the car fills it's niche just about as well as it did originally. It's a luxury 2-door sporty car, which is exactly what the original was. Remember that the original Corvette's weren't "sports cars" per say, they came standard with 6 cyl engines in them in the beginning. The T-bird was supposed to be a little more upmarket of them (bigger, a little cushier, etc). The problem is that there isn't a huge market for that type of car (hence why the original T-bird only lasted 3 model years). If they are selling 20k a year it sounds like it's doing pretty well, I bet that Chevrolet is probably selling roughly the same number of Corvette drop-tops.

    Andrew
     

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