1997 Ford Thunderbird 4.6 V8 from North America
Very good car, but watch out for the front end
I have replaced almost every part in the front end in 2014 before 120000 miles.
Alternator, starter, and battery recently after 140000 miles.
The Ford Thunderbird is without a doubt the best Ford vehicle I have ever owned. This car still keeps up and passes newer vehicles well, and the gas mileage is very good also for the V8 engine. Over 20 for sure.
The only big issue with this car was having to replace the front end parts; ended up being very expensive and took 3 trips to get it correct. I only paid for the 1st trip.
The best part about this car is the way it corners and handles; it is very agile feeling.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th May, 2016
29th May 2016, 02:30
What did you have to replace in the front end?
4th Jun 2016, 18:22
Struts, control arms, ball joints, tie rods, and the drag links. These issues were most likely caused by the age of the car.
The part that upset me was making repeated trips after getting the car back due to dealing with a horrible mechanic. I told him I just wanted the car to not have steering issues, make clunking noises, and drive straight; told them to fix whatever it takes and they obviously did not. The tie rods and drag links were fixed last because the car still made clunking noises while steering and it also wandered a little bit.
Luckily for me the car has been great since this fiasco, I guess it is common for the control arms and ball joints to wear out.
5th Jun 2016, 22:05
Ball joints on most Fords from that era were very common to be replaced. The original equipped are non-serviceable. At least Moog aftermarkets (the only replacement brand that are any good) have fittings so they can be greased and last a lot longer.
16th Sep 2016, 14:32
I also have the problem with the struts and the wandering, a little to the right. I have put a couple hundred in this car. But I still love it.