2002 Ford Thunderbird 3.9 V8
A pleasure to own
Right hand electric door mirror motor failed.
Beautiful car, which I basically purchased as a weekend toy. Mine was one of the first to be imported into the UK.
No major problems to report.
The engine seems very smooth and pulls well, although the performance is not to sports car levels. This is more of a cruiser. Very refined and quiet for a convertible car and very comfortable too. The car wafts along and rides very well thanks to a softish suspension set-up. Handling is not particularly sharp and neither is the steering, but again, it is not a sports car.
The chassis is the same as the Jaguar S-Type, but is set up to be slightly softer.
A very pleasurable vehicle to cruise in, especiall on a warm summers day when you can lower the top.
Running costs are better than average for such a large car. The V8 isn't especially frugal, but it is no gas guzzler either. I get around 23mpg which is not excessive.
Tricky to park in town, and the chrome wheels are a pain to clean, but you won't find a more enjoyable cruising car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th February, 2005