1994 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 11 of 12

1994 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 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)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired121 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carToyota Pickup

Summary:

I would love it more if Ford didn't make it

Faults:

Transmission went three times. Twice under warranty. The last was my $$$.

I can't even count how many O2 sensors I had to buy.

The eternal check engine light has now been covered with tape so I don't have to see it anymore. No dealership has been able to tell me why it's on.

Power seat motors are weak.

General Comments:

Overall, I love my T-bird. It has power, it's comfortable, it handles great and the ride is smooth. I just wish that FORD didn't make it. The experience I have had with Ford is horrible to say the least. The reocurring problem with the transmission has been a real hassle.

It now has 140k miles on it and still gets me around in style. And yup, the check engine light has been on for 75k miles. It's a mystery!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th January, 2001

19th Jan 2001, 16:12

Hey man, I'm getting a 93 Tbird, I think it's a V8, not sure yet, but I did a lot of research on it, and I heard that the main problems, as I'm sure you know, are the starter cables (might be why the lights are on), brakes, and tranny. Some salesman, who owned one said that once he got the parts replaced by third party parts (good ones of course), they never re-occurred.

Hopefully my Tbird will get me around, the story is, it's my late uncles and he didn't get to drive it much, so it has like 10,000 miles, and they just took it to the shop and fixed it all up, so hopefully they replaced all those scary recalls I've been hearing about.

Now the tranny I think was still fine, but rest assured that once that goes I'll be getting a third party one. Hopefully that won't even happen, mainly becuase I don't have the money to fix it up.

Later man

1994 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles

Summary:

A baseline luxury car

Faults:

Transmission failure, slipped out of gear and would not shift.

Had to replace the idle air control valve, car would speed up to 35mph on it's own.

Rear deck brake lights are always going out.

Signal light bulbs always burn out.

Voltage goes up and down when the signal lights are on (replaced alternator, still don't know what's wrong).

Blown head gasket.

General Comments:

Other than the mentioned problems, I do love this car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2000

1994 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired62500 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

If the transmission is good, they are great cars

Faults:

$2000 tranny rebuild @ 66000 really hurt. Spoke with Ford reps and all they could say is sorry.

Horrible whine when I start the car. Something with the vacuum.

Minor rust beginning to show up on the corners of the doors.

General Comments:

Besides the transmission, I love the car. It still could shift better.

Very fast and powerful. Rides down the freeway @ 85 like you are on your sofa watching TV.

Would not buy a Ford unless it was a performance car like a T-bird, Mustang, or truck.

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

Review Date: 30th October, 2000

1994 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance61500 miles
Previous carFord Ranger XL

Summary:

More car for the money

Faults:

I have had no serious problems with the car, it is just the little things that all used cars have: rattling head rests, noisy rear suspension.

General Comments:

Even though I have the 3.8L engine I have found ways to give it a little edge. I have removed the air silencer and added a K&N air filter. I have also replaced the plug wires with 8mm wires with Bosch Platinum plugs. The acceleration is still smooth and is now quicker.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2000

1994 Ford Thunderbird LX V8 4.6L OHC SEFI from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.6L OHC SEFI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird LX 3.8L

Summary:

The Bruce Wade of cars

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car, although the front rotors are deteriorating. Caused the steering wheel to shimmy under light braking at low speed.

General Comments:

I love this car. I love the "duality" of the car. At low revs, it's smooth and quiet. Above 3000 rpm, it has a little growl to it and really gets things moving in a hurry.

The handling is exceptional. I have only recently pushed the car to its cornering limits. This was no small feat. A 90 deg. turn at around 50 mph with throttle input at the apex lifted the inside tire and let the rear slide, although predictably.

The people whom have had problems or didn't like this car are crazy. It has made a fan out of me. All I can say is, if you go out looking for a used luxury car with a little poop - this is your ticket.

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

Review Date: 24th August, 2000

9th Feb 2004, 13:55

You will have transmission problems.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 54 reviews