Ford Thunderbird Reviews from UK and Ireland

2002 Ford Thunderbird 3.9 V8

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.9 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer


A pleasure to own


Right hand electric door mirror motor failed.

General Comments:

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

22nd Sep 2010, 14:59

I enjoy your site. Bought a 2002 T-bird 1 year ago and love it. Wish there were more write ins on this make and model.

Thanks again,

1979 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau 351C

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 351C Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 kilometres
Most recent distance45500 kilometres
Previous carRenault Megane


Looks ugly, but that's its beauty


Some clicking noise from the electric seats.

Running lumpy and rich, but recent service and change of all filters oil and gearbox oil should fix the problem.

Alternator bearings collapsed and had to be fully rebuilt.

Interior looks as nice and clean as it probably did in 79.

General Comments:

Really comfortable

Sounds nice

Puts a big grin on face when driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2003

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews