Though the 2003 Ford Thunderbird is slotted into the 'near-luxury'
class of cars, it really is a matter of splitting hairs.
Suffice it to say, there is enough interior refinement to
make the longest of trips comfortable. And with an increase
in power for 2003, the award-winning Thunderbird looks to
have another stellar year. However, it would be difficult
to improve upon 2002, as the Thunderbird picked up Motor
Trend magazine's Car of the Year award and People's Choice
Car of the Year, just to name a few.
The two-door 2003 Ford Thunderbird is available as a straight
convertible and as a convertible with a removable hardtop.
There are two trim levels to choose from: Deluxe and Premium.
The interior of the Thunderbird is right on track in creating
a relaxed feel for driver and passenger alike. The black
instrument panel is highlighted with bright accent colors
and brushed aluminum appliqués, while the center
stack flows out of the instrument panel and merges effortlessly
into the console.
The features list on both models is almost excessive. The
Deluxe model features such things as air conditioning with
dual-zone automatic climate controls, tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped
steering wheel with radio controls, leather upholstery and
an AM/FM radio with in-dash 6-disc CD changer. The Premium
model adds heated seats.
There is a noticeable reference to the classic style of
the legendary Thunderbird in the exterior design of the
2003 edition. The reverse-wedge body shape is higher at
the front fender and A-pillar than at the rear - reminiscent
of the originals. The unique egg-crate grille with the same
three-dimensional texture found on the '55-'57 Thunderbirds
re-emerges on the new model, while the short front overhang
will certainly catch the eye of those who remember the glory
And of course, the Thunderbird really performs in the driving
department. The engine for the 2003 edition is a 3.9-liter
V8 offering 280 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 286 lb-ft of
torque at 4000 rpm. The result is speed at any distance.
5-speed automatic transmission is standard, while the Thunderbird
also gets a respectable 17 and 23 mpg (city/hwy). Traction
control and a stiff body structure result in excellent handling.
Safety and Security
The Thunderbird is equipped with dual front and front side
airbags and a theft deterrent system. 4-wheel antilock disc
brakes ensure quick stops when needed.
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