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    Default t-bird crash test ratings

    Here are the thunderbird crash test ratings.
    1980--- Ford Thunderbird----- 2Dr-- 3783 (*** ) (*** )
    1983--- Ford Thunderbird----- 2Dr-- 3580 (** ) (**** )
    1984--- Ford Thunderbird----- 2Dr-- 3560 (**** ) (*****)
    1989--- Ford Thunderbird----- 2Dr-- 3630 (**** ) (*****)
    1994-97 Ford Thunderbird----- 2Dr-- 3460 (*****) (*****) (*** ) (* )
    cougar is this
    1983--- Mercury Cougar------- 2Dr-- 3580 (** ) (**** )
    1984--- Mercury Cougar------- 2Dr-- 3560 (**** ) (*****)
    1989--- Mercury Cougar------- 2Dr-- 3630 (**** ) (*****)
    1994-97 Mercury Cougar------- 2Dr-- 3460 (*****) (*****) (*** ) (* )
    yet the mustang gets like millions of times better
    1979--- Ford Mustang--------- 2Dr-- 3067 ( N/A ) (**** )
    1987--- Ford Mustang--------- 2HB-- 3343 (*****) (*****)
    1995-97 Ford Mustang--------- 2Dr-- 3119 (**** ) (**** )
    1984--- Ford Mustang CV------ 2CV-- 3560 (*** ) (*** )
    1990--- Ford Mustang CV------ 2CV-- 3445 (**** ) (**** )
    1996-97 Ford Mustang CV----- 2CV-- 3317 (*****) (*****)
    http://www.crashtest.com/explanations/archive/crash.htm
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
    Hooligans!
    1988 Crown Vic wagon. 120K California car. Wifes grocery getter. (junked)
    1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
    1986 cougar.
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    Default Re: t-bird crash test ratings

    so what is the big diffrence from the 83 to 84 model year. I though that the were almost identical
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
    Hooligans!
    1988 Crown Vic wagon. 120K California car. Wifes grocery getter. (junked)
    1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
    1986 cougar.
    lilsammywasapunkrocker@yahoo.com

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    Default Re: t-bird crash test ratings

    In 83, they crashed the car at a slightly higher speed and an off angle creating more than desired chassis and body flex giving it the poorer rating.
    They could not undo what they did so they were sure to correct it for the 84 model year and recieved better results.

    Really I have no clue but this is the only smart remark I could think of
    Your right, it is weird that the results were worse in 83 than 84. I'd blame it on the crash testers. Or they tested an early 83 car that was built more as a replica of the production car and not an actual production car. That is if such a thing were to exist.

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