1994 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 5 of 12

1994 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 V8 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.6 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired227000 kilometres
Most recent distance234000 kilometres
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

Dream on wheels

Faults:

Erratic idle, the dealer replaced the engine electronics.

Started bad, was gone after electronics where replaced.

Electric antenna stopped working.

O/D light kept flashing on without there being a problem. Dealer put a switch between the light to turn it off.

Warped brake disk.

General Comments:

Really comfortable.

Fast (enough).

Nicest car on the block!

A bit large for euro-parking spaces.

Good mileage (on propane).

Cheap car second hand.

V8, what else to say?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2003

1994 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

A beautiful car with a total mechanical failure

Faults:

The same week I bought the car the cam shaft, and brake rotors had problems.

The transmission started to make funny sounds and I had brought it back to Ford numerous times and the car still had this problem until I traded it in at Ford, where the transmission fell out in the lot!

The transmission made a funny noise when you accelerated around 40MPH.

The oil filter is impossible to find, even the service station I had brought it to had a hard time getting to it!

The cup holders are in the most ridiculous space, not to mention when you go over a bumpy road you end up wearing your morning coffee!

To make a long list of cons short, the car was nice looking, but looks can be deceiving.

General Comments:

The car accelerated very quickly and on the highway you could really move.

The interior is very nice and comfortable.

I have gotten complements on the car only for looks though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th October, 2003

1994 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6L SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.6L SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

With motors that last forever these cars are a bargain

Faults:

A small bolt in the rear suspension linkage was worn, and made a small noise when turning. I replaced it with a similar bolt from Lowe's for about $1. That's it.

General Comments:

The downside to this car is the headlamp plastic shell can get cloudy over time and reduce light output.

The upsides to this car:

Motor. Runs strong, and runs forever. I have seen several over 200,000 mile and even a few over 400,000 miles (Crown Vic taxis). Very quiet with modern spark control versus older cap and rotor.)

Transmission. Shifts for the older crowd, but basically bulletproof. The 1-2 accumulator spring can break in these. As long as that cheap part is fixed promptly, the rest of the transmission will live forever.

Suspension. Modern independent rear provides a very smooth ride on the highway while soaking up bumps with ease. This is the only car I have owned that has no rattles or squeaks when going over rough pavement. To me this is a highway car.

Interior. Seats are very comfortable, even for 5+ hours. Controls and dash layout are in just the right places. Air conditioning blows ice cold, even I have to back off the a/c a little sometimes. Heat will bake you right out of the car if you let it. I love the variable fan speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2003

1994 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 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 acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance99380 miles
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

Highly recommended!

Faults:

Since I purchased the car in Nov. 2002, I have done:

Replaced Alternator (bearing was going bad), however I could have risked it and waited!

Driver's side motor mount.

Water pump.

Mass Flow Sensor.

A/C Receiver-Drier.

General Comments:

I purchased the car for $1550.00 in 11/02. The car is perfect inside and out, with the exception of normal rock chips on the nose of the car. It has been exceptionally reliable. The interior is very comfortable, and the ride is quiet.

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

Review Date: 14th August, 2003

1994 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunbird

Summary:

Fun car if you're a financial masochist

Faults:

Hmm where to begin? I bought the car with a slight shimmy in the braking, I didn't think much of it, but after having it aligned it still continued, but not on damp and rainy days. Don't ask me why.

87,000 miles, one year owned, I lost the transmission while on a trip. I was not all that happy with it and resented ever getting it fixed in the future.

120000 and 2000 dollars more spent on it I have now changed both the oxygen sensors (130 dollars a piece), both serpentine pulleys, the fuel filter and mass air flow sensor (230 dollars ea.)

123000 after having all the work done on the car and feeling pretty good about it in general the head gasket blew on a simple drive back from a friend's house.

I have now gotten to the point where I need to decide do I put myself in debt and buy a new car to give myself some relief or does this nightmare continue.

General Comments:

The interior, handling, turning radius and power of this vehicle are it's strong points.

The constant and expensive repairs are not what I like about owning this car at all.

What's next? Timing chain? Hmm won't this be fun?!

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

Review Date: 3rd August, 2003

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