1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbocoupe 2.3 turbo from North America
A powerful engine donor for my Mustang
The electronic front struts are dead and cannot be adjusted using the interior switch.
The body is rusted out along the doors and wheel-wells as well as the rear trunk. The footwells inside the car sop up with water whenever driving in the rain - very much rusted out.
The power seats and power sunroof do not work.
The ABS pressure regulator continuously tells itself to pressurize the brake fluid inside the reservoir - annoying and drains the battery all the time.
The power steering rack sucks a lot of air.
The rear disc brakes and emergency cables near seized on both sides causing A LOT of noise - I site the previous owner for lack of maintenance.
The turbo coolant line appears to have rotted and was subject to a poor patch job - it leaks despite my best efforts to date to replace and tighten a new hose.
The coolant line problem led to a real big SMOKE SHOW the first time I took the car out after I purchased it. Coolant sprayed onto the exhaust manifold and then became apparent as a ton of smoke through the DASH PANEL! I knew that it was the coolant leak, but other drivers must have thought the car was catching fire! A nice show for anyone who witnessed it for sure.
I cannot tell you how much fun this car has been to drive since I bought it. The power packs a wallop and has impressed many friends and neighbours who have driven or seen the car move.
Since the car is far from being able to be certified fit for the road, I bought it as a parts car for my 87 Mustang and have begun to pull out the goodies which include.
-2.3 turbo engine
-8.8 rear end and driveshaft
-4 wheel disc brakes
-5 speed manual transmission
-front and rear sway bars
-15:1 ratio steering rack
-high volume fuel pump
-electronic climate control
-fuel grade selection switch
-power drivers seat
-various instrument gauges and wiring
-extra set of winter rims and tires.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th July, 2004