1993 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 4 of 14

1993 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired189600 miles
Most recent distance225683 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunfire

Summary:

Love it!!! Can't wait to get an SC now!!!

Faults:

Never had a head gasket blow. Bought car one owner with 189000 miles on it. Replaced water pump, and headlight bulbs.

Ran it up too 199998 miles when spun a main bearing, drag racing a camaro. Put new motor in, then blew the AOD. New motor and 200000 mile trans don't go together to well.

Rebuilt trans, shift kit, converter and valve body. Replaced struts and shocks.

All total $7000 in car at this point, with a perfect body, no dents or rust.

Interior is still almost mint, not bad since I worked in a stone mine.

And the last and most recent repair was the passenger inner tie rod, 45 minutes to fix.

General Comments:

I love this car, handles and rides better than any car I've ever owned, and I've had a few, I'm only 27, and this car is #14

The seats are awesome, I've had to sleep in this car a few times.

Performance isn't bad either, considering the weight of the car.

Just waiting for my new dual exhaust, 18" wheels and window tint.

And even when the motor was blown, still drove it to work for 4 months!!!

Started every time I turned the key.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th November, 2004

1993 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Nice ride, it's a shame it wasn't built better

Faults:

The heat stopped working. Replaced the thermostat, water pump, and had the coolant flushed. EGR valve went out soon after. Then the engine began idling at around 2500 RPM, took it to the dealer and it was a bad idle air solenoid, bad DPFE sensor, and the throttle body needed adjusted (estimated at $500) replaced the idle air sensor and everything seems fine now. Breaks are beginning to warp, broken sway bar and bushings in the back end. rear view mirror fell off the windshield.

General Comments:

The transmission seems to not allow the torque converter to unlock at low speeds causing lack of power.

While running the air the car runs unusually hot and hesitates from a dead stop.

Uses about a half gallon of coolant every 3 months.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2004

23rd Jan 2008, 22:56

OK you say ur heat went out when you replaced the thermostat did it start working again if not how did you fix the problem???

1993 Ford Thunderbird LX V6 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V6 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired59312 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles
Previous carMercury Sable

Summary:

With my experience, I was not satisfied with the malfunction and quality of major systems

Faults:

My head gasket blew at 63,037 miles.

The grommet on top of transmission disintegrated at 85,000 miles.

Now at 107,000 miles the rod bearing has disabled the car completely.

General Comments:

If I had not had the problems listed above. I would still be driving the car and be very happy.

I liked the rear wheel drive, I liked the way the car cornered through turns. I liked the way it steered and engine performance. The cars V6 engine really performed on the highway well. I liked everything about the car except for the major mechanical problems. It was a pleasure to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd September, 2004

1993 Ford Thunderbird LX 5.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10800 miles
Most recent distance13800 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

An excellent blend of performance and luxury

Faults:

Radiator and water pump replaced at 105,000.

Outer tie rods replaced at 110,000.

A/C compressor replaced at 110,000.

Air Pump and Alternator replaced at 118,000.

Oil Pan gasket replaced at 130,000.

Transmission rebuilt at 135,000.

General Comments:

This car is a nice combination of performance and comfort. The 200hp 5.0 motor has plenty of pep and this car is very comfortable for long rides.

This car required very little maintenance for the first 100,000 miles (my father purchased this car new in 1993), but has become more expensive to own and maintain.

The engine itself has required very little attention as a lot of folks here have mentioned problems with theirs. That's the main reason my dad chose the 5.0 engine over the troublesome 3.8.

The interior is quite roomy, comfortably seats four, and is very quiet. There's lot of room in the trunk too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2004

1993 Ford Thunderbird LX 5.0L HO from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0L HO Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired129000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A high Performance Bargain

Faults:

I have had the power windows quit working, the power seat buttons break off the sides of the seats, trans. leak.

General Comments:

This car is quick and powerful. Lots of interior room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2004

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 60 reviews