1986 Ford Thunderbird Coupe 3.8 litre V6 from North America
Classic from the 80's
Replaced the windshield wiper motor.
Replaced the power window motor in the passenger door.
Replaced a blown head gasket, had the heads re-machined to true due to warping caused by an incorrect repair job before I got the car. <--97000 miles.
Replaced the water pump at 104000 miles.
Replaced a voltage regulator twice, then bought a heavy duty one and it's worked fine since.
Replaced the front struts and rear shocks due to age and wear @ 107000 miles.
Replaced the front brake rotors at 111000.
Minor electrical problems, such as the digital speedometer is permanently dimmed all the way.
Paint has not aged as well as I would like, bright red is now reddish orange unless freshly waxed.
Great first car.
The body styling still gets comments as she's clean and has had a recent wax job.
Fun to drive, but the V6 feels low in power. I'd get the V8 in this model if you could find one.
Handles very well for a mid-size coupe.
Hey, my first car - she's my baby and I'll drive her until she won't start anymore.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2001
1st May 2003, 23:34
Yeah, I have the same problem with the dimmed digital dash. Its annoying, and I need to get it fixed. Either that or maybe I can do a conversions to regular needle gages.
12th May 2008, 23:50
There is a bulb behind the digital display that burns out, its pricey and a bit hard to find but can easily be fixed in an hour or so.
A good time to fix your transmission gear indicator if its broken as well (need a small hose clamp)