1988 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 12 of 16

1988 Ford Thunderbird V6 3.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission V6 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance184000 miles
Previous carFord LTD

Summary:

Great car and very much ahead of it's time!

Faults:

Transmission had to be rebuilt @ 183k.

Windows fell off track.

A few engine valves had to be replaced, (minor cost repairs).

General Comments:

Very comfortable ride for a sports car.

Handles and accelerates great for a V6 pushing such a heavy car!

Engine runs like new after 13 years.

Very reliable, this car kept running for me even after the transmission had literally broken and grinded itself into 3 pieces!!!

My favorite car so far! I'll take a T-bird over any other car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2001

1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

Hell of a car!!!

Faults:

Brakes.

Graphic equalizer.

Torque converter.

General Comments:

This is the fastest car I've ever owned. I loved it. When the torque converter started going out, it would not shift into overdrive and would slip until the RPM's were high enough to take off again.

Parts were very expensive and hard to find. Wouldn't recommend this car as a daily driver.

One time on an interstate highway, I had the speedometer pegged out to the trip meter, the turbo charger pushing 15 psi and the tach at the red line. Estimated speed by my local state trooper, 145 mph. Now that's not bad for a 4 cylinder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2001

22nd Jun 2004, 15:48

I like the story about how you tired to blow the car at 145 mph. Its just not nice to treat such a great car like that.

15th Oct 2007, 19:35

Now..mine only goes until 90-100 mph then it stops.. I don't know how to make it go faster...

1988 Ford Thunderbird Base 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired158000 kilometres
Most recent distance204000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

A rolling trash can

Faults:

Heater core has been replaced.

Head gaskets blew.

Parking brakes have seized twice.

Front brakes have been replaced; they were machined twice before being replaced.

Rear brakes have been problematic.

Bearing in the rear axle had to be replaced.

Front struts had to be replaced.

Front wheel bearings were replaced.

Gas tank replaced.

Voltage regulator replaced.

Fan switch seized and melted.

Axle seals had to be replaced.

My fuel pump has started making a noise.

The transmission is starting to slip.

All sorts of seals are leaking.

The car is starting to burn oil.

General Comments:

This car is the epitomy of a death by a thousand cuts. Everything will seem alright and then one day something will just break. $400 later everything is fixed and the car is running like a dream. I get comfortable with it, thinking that it will be good for another 20k, and then out of the blue something else needs fixing. This car nickels and dimes you dry. It all happens slowly enough that I have made the mistake of not selling it long ago.

I maintain the car meticulously. If it breaks I fix it immediately. There just doesn't seem to be any end to the repairs. Totally unrelated items on the vehicle will break.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th April, 2001

6th Jun 2001, 23:39

Re-build the Turbo and you'll use so much less oil it won't even be funny (you should put an external waste gate on it while you have it off, makes for more power).

Don't hammer on the brakes so much and put an electric fan in instead of the factory one so you don't have to worry about it.

1988 Ford Thunderbird Coupe 5.0 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles

Summary:

The best combination of performance and luxury

Faults:

Water pump replaced at 35000.

Driver's side window off the track.

Plastic seat-belt retainers basically disintegrated.

General Comments:

This car is amazingly reliable for a car that is 13 years old. It has barely ever had any trouble and the engine runs like brand new.

The V8 has plenty of power and is very responsive. The gas mileage is the best you can expect from a 302 engine, about 14 city/30 highway.

The car has every electronic option and almost seems like it was way ahead of it's time. The interior is really quiet and I've always been amazed by how comfortable the seats are.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2001

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 60 reviews