1988 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 16 of 16

1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.4 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco

Summary:

A nice looking car (inside and out) that works better when it is not being driven

Faults:

Everything.

The car would overheat and stop running. This would happen regardless of the outside temp or traffic conditions. Driving this car made me a wreck because I never knew when this car would break down.

General Comments:

See above.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2000

1988 Ford Thunderbird Sport 5.0 (302) V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 5.0 (302) V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

This car rocks!!!

Faults:

Blown head gasket, high pressure power steering hose, lights burn out fast.

General Comments:

Sweet car, really good with .373 rear end gear, great gas mileage for a V8 (22 mpg).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2000

1988 Ford Thunderbird LX 5.0 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carDodge Shadow

Summary:

One great car

Faults:

Needed a new transmission...

The low oil symbol flashes on the dash because of bad wiring...

The armrests on the doors are falling off and the up and down function on the passenger side power seat don't work.

General Comments:

It is a great fast car with a lot of torque! It's very comfortable even though the seat doesn't move up far enough... It's fun to drive and very fun to peal out...

It's a big attention getter with the sound of the engine... the only problem is the steel rims with the steel hubcaps... they have got to go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2000

1988 Ford Thunderbird 2.3 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance178000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Above average performance and fun to drive

Faults:

Heater core, rear calipers, 2nd gear syncros, rack and pinion, rear axles (both).

Charged AC once.

General Comments:

This car has been a die hard car. I've had it on the track (both road and 1/4 mile). Still running the original turbo!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2000

1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3 L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.3 L turbo Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles

Summary:

One of Ford Motor Company's biggest mistakes

Faults:

Fuel pump replace, steering rack replaced, repeated ignition problems, BAD headlights, noisy throwout bearing, bad rear caliper, eats mufflers and tailpipes, AC repairs, numerous fuel injection problems, POOR heater, heater core replacement, other small items too numerous to mention.

General Comments:

When it is right, it is fun to drive and a good trip car. But, it is never right and it is the worst car for repairs that I have ever owned. I wish it was reliable and had a 5.0 Liter V-8, for then it would be a blast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2000

6th Jul 2001, 04:25

I agree with you. I have an 88 t/c, and I've swapped the four cyl. for a mildly worked 5.0 H.O. and a five-speed. It's a blast to drive and very reliable too.

31st Dec 2002, 14:13

I own a 1988 thunderbird t/c. It still contains the original 140 c.i.d. o.h.c. four cylinder. it currently has 178,000 miles on the original parts. as long as you keep up on PROPER ROUTINE MAINTENANCE as suggested by ford. The car will give you many years of smooth reliable service.

1988 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance118258 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Luxury masterpiece at a decent price

Faults:

Digital electronic dash light burned out ($135).

Passenger side power window motor replaced ($95).

Passenger side power window mounting bracket replaced (under warranty from new motor).

General Comments:

This a great car for the money. It's very reliable and goes all year round (being rear wheel drive, I had no problems once I got a set of studded snow tires). Very comfortable, power everything.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2000

1988 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 3.8
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Blown head gasket (not cars fault), backlight in the digital dash replaced, passenger side door armrest kinda fell off, that's about it.

General Comments:

Great car, especially since I got it for $1.00 in perfect running condition and near perfect body condition, only a few touch-up spots on the hood and rear fender. Too under-powered for the car, needed the 5.0 V8 engine option, needs wider tires and a lower stance, other than that it's pretty much good to go

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2000

1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3 Turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.3 Turbo
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

Thermostat, water pump, radiator, climate control, ride control, rack and pinion, barometric pressure sensor, idle air bypass valve, catalytic converter (warranty).

General Comments:

Very underpowered car. Turbo is kind of fun though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 1999

6th Sep 2001, 06:51

These are not underpowered, maybe your car was worn out!

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