1992 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 2 of 6

1992 Ford Thunderbird 3.8L from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 miles
Most recent distance154900 miles
Previous carGMC S-15

Summary:

Easily Worth more Than 10 Times What I Paid

Faults:

The Only Major Problem I've had with this Car is The Rear Shock mounts Have Rusted and One has already broken Loose and the other will follow soon.

There is Small Rust spots on the Rear wheel wells and on the Front "Lip" of the hood.

The Clips on the Left and right Switch Panels For the Power Windows Switches have broken and now need to be taped on to keep in place.

The Rear seat has faded slightly on the Top from exposure to the Sun.

My headlights have began to turn Yellow as many Others have.

Driver's side Door Handle is Broken and has to be in a certain position to open the Door.

Outside Door lock on the Driver's Side has Quit working, but is probably and easy fix.

Both Front and Rear Drivers Side Wheel Bearings need Replaced.

Struts and Shocks Need replace as they Are still Original.

Turn-signal Lens need Replaced as they are broken.

The Sliding Plastic Plates that cover the Opening in the Floor shifter have mostly broken off or stopped moving.

General Comments:

This has Been a Great Car despite its Problems.

The Seats and Cabin are Comfortable And Fairly Spacious Even on Extended Trips.

I'm Up to almost 155,000 miles and have yet to have a blown Head Gasket like Many others with comarable or even less mileage have had, And at this mileage the Engine and Transmission Have yet to give me a problem "Knock on Wood".

Over all this Is A Great vehicle and will continue to be for years to come.

I'd Recommend this as an excelent Daily Driver or as a Weekend Project. This Vehicle Style Extends Out to the Ford Thunderbird, Mercury Cougar, And Lincoln Mark VIII which all share the Same Body Style Designation MN-12 "Meaning Mid-size North American Project 12", I have heard of a MN-12 lasting pat 250,000 miles. Also These Vehicles can be modified To Run Under Eleven Seconds in a Quarter Mile and Have Exceeded 150MPH in 1 Mile "Only Cars Equipped with a Modified 4.7L V8 or an other V8s that has Been Heavily Modified Have made it this Far" and can reach 107MPH Completely Stock Before reaching It's Speed Limiter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2005

2nd May 2005, 09:02

You only paid $35 for it? WOW.

1992 Ford Thunderbird from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance176000 miles
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

An affordable combination of sport and luxury

Faults:

My windshield leaks during heavy rain on passenger side.

Overheated and stalled on a hot August day. (my fault, I used the air conditioning while driving in traffic)

Needed new battery cables in 2003.

I live in Minnesota, and the car was parked outside last winter. It only refused to start twice, temperatures were well below zero.

Transmission is starting to show problems. Only minor (for now) and once and awhile.

Headlights are really yellow, and I hope to replace them soon.

Driver side seat belt motor is burned out.

I replaced the alternator in 2003.

General Comments:

This car has treated me very well. I take 400 mile trips every couple months from college to home.

I have to fill up the coolant reservoir occasionally. Uses little oil.

It starts without hesitation, and idles smooth.

During the winter, I keep a few sand bags in the trunk, and I can get through a lot of snow and slush.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2004

1992 Ford Thunderbird Sport 5.0 High Output from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 High Output Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired146000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carMercury Tracer

Summary:

An Awesome platform to build a wicked street car

Faults:

The previous owner repaired the radiator with J.B. Weld and it started leaking, so I replaced it.

The water pump cracked and I had it replaced.

I replaced the stock battery after it lasted for eleven years.

Replaced Throttle-Air bypass valve and PVC valve.

I also replaced the fuel filter, but did not need to.

General Comments:

I love this car, I have been a Fan of Thunderbirds ever since I was little and I finally own one!!

I would not get rid of this car for the world.

One of my complaints is the headlights, they were yellowed, so I replaced them.

I think that this car should have been treated to some of the luxury that the Mustang had like, manual transmission for the 5.0 and just as much power if not more than the Mustang.

Why people don't recognize it as a sports car is beyond me, I mean what does a Mustang have that a Thunderbird doesn't? A convertible model and that's it.

I'm building a street motor for my Thunderbird so I can smoke all the Camaros and Mustangs that dare challenge me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2004

12th Sep 2007, 18:47

I just picked up a 92 T-bird Sport with 67000 original miles. Although not as quick as my 92 5-speed SC, it has tons more potential since it has the 5.0 HO motor. I am slightly disappointed that the car isn't very fast, but know that the 5 litre cars can be modded pretty inexpensively. I'm going to add an SC ground effects kit, Cervini ram air hood and then go to work on the engine. I have already been to the local speed shop and know that I can put down 400 wheel horsepower for about $8000. That seems high until you factor in that this includes all parts labor and tuning, to include a tranny rebuild to hold the additional power. I am overall happy with the car and will love it by the time I'm finished.

23rd Mar 2011, 14:17

I was wondering if anyone knew if a 1988 Mark Vll AOD transmission would fit in my 1992 Thunderbird Sport?

22nd Mar 2012, 16:21

Yes it will, as long as it's not an AODE.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 29 reviews