1988 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 4 of 16

1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbocoupe 2.3 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired310000 kilometres
Most recent distance310500 kilometres
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

A powerful engine donor for my Mustang

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

-dual exhaust

-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

-automatic headlamps

-power drivers seat

-power mirrors

-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

21st Apr 2005, 09:24

Your car is not in very good shape however I believe it is fast becouse I own one too. My best advice to you is to find a turbo coupe that is in good shape and never get rid of it.

1988 Ford Thunderbird Base 3.8L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired181000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres

Summary:

A rather expensive loved one

Faults:

When I bought it both of the front springs were cracked and the driver side tie rods were shot. But this was all taken care of by the dealership that certified it.

Whole exhaust system needed to be replaced due to rot. Again it was taken care of by the dealership free of charge.

Rear shocks went out. Which cost me about 250$ to get changed including labour costs.

The bigger pump from the gas tank broke and gas leaked out pretty badly. A 260$ expense, the pump was about 150, new straps for the gas tank were 50$ and labour was 60$.

Bosch Fuel Pump also went out on it which cost 400$ just for the part!!! However the labour on this one was free because I took it to a friends shop.

Its starting to rust pretty badly, but I'm gonna get it patched up soon.

General Comments:

I've owned this car for 9 months now and I've shelled out more than I payed for it in repairs, but I still love it.

I'm dropping the 5.0L engine out of a mustang Dech in soon and painting it jet black. All of which is paid for already and waiting to be done.

This car is extremely comfortable as long as you don't try to pack more than 3 people into it.

The car itself drives great and feels powerful, even with the V6 its still a fast one.

Its honestly the only car I ever see myself driving. Even if I can't keep restoring this one I'll buy another 88. What can I say? This is the car for me...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2004

26th May 2006, 11:30

I know EXACTLY what you mean! When I had one (back in 1992), I spent more $ than I can recall (although I am sure my father recalls, since he paid it.)

Your quote sums it up: "A very expensive loved one"

I'd have another one in a heartbeat.

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