1997 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 from North America
A beautiful, dependable American classic!
Replaced air intake regulator.
Replaced driver side door handle (it fell off).
Replaced suspension (all coil springs, tie rods, ball joints, rear stabilizer).
This car has been basically indestructible. Other than regular maintenance (tires, brakes, belts, A/C recharged), I had an air intake regulator go bad and the door handle fell off.
Last summer the suspension was replaced.
All four coil springs were broken, which effected tie rods and ball joints, which were also replaced. I guess this is common with this year. The mechanic told me Ford purchased faulty coil springs from a manufacturer, and rather than throw them away, after they changed manufacturers, they just used the bad ones up. Those were only two times she has been in the shop. All the other stuff I have done myself.
A little rust around the wheel wells, but from what I've seen, that's pretty common in this model.
With over 205K miles, she still starts, runs and handles like the day I bought her. I used her to train both my teenager sons to drive, and she got me back and forth on a 60 mile commute each way to work for almost three years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th October, 2010