1996 Ford Thunderbird from North America
Buggiest car ever built!
Head gasket blew at 30,000 miles and caused Ford to have to replace the engine.
All electronic stuff like the power seats and the windows quit working at about 35,000 miles leading to Ford replacing it too.
Heater core had to be replaced at about 60,000 miles with a cost of about 350.00.
Heater core had to be replaced again at about 105,000 miles costing about 350.00 also.
Engine blew again at about 110,000 miles costing about 1,600.00.
Transmission had to be rebuilt at about 155,000 miles costing about 900.00.
Today I am trying to find someone to replace the heater core again, but no one will hardly do it because it is about an 8 hour job.
I have had more trouble out of this car than any car I have ever had. I have spent more money on it trying to keep it running than it is worth. I will never own another Ford!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th February, 2003
10th Jun 2005, 19:44
I don't get it. Your first two repairs were obviously under warranty, resulting in a brand new engine at 30k miles. And you have had some major repairs since, however, your car now has 170k miles on it, and yet you still keep it? I don't think its unreasonable to have these kind of repairs on a car with that kind of mileage.
4th Feb 2011, 20:45
I changed a T-Bird heater core once. Wow, what a nightmare, had to basically remove the whole dash.
You have a lot of problems, you must be hard on vehicles. Your tranny shouldn't have failed, did you change the transmission fluid at all the required intervals? If you change the fluid when needed, you will rarely have any problems with transmissions.