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1990 Ford Thunderbird

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Great car!
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By areldthomp
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1990 Ford Thunderbird 2dr Coupe


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I drove this car for over 325,000 miles. Yes, you read that right over 300,000 miles. I bought it in 1993 with 74,000 miles. It spent 4 years in Alaska without a block heater and no problems. I had the transmission rebuilt once, head gasket replaced, and radiator replaced. With regular maintenance it ran beautifully for additional 6 years. It still runs great. I would buy another one if they still made them in this body style. Have had it since 1993.


Best Features

Roominess, comfortable interior, power locks, seats, mirrors trunk release, smooth ride, large trunk, beautiful body style and clean lines.


Worst Features

Motorized seat belts were a fad at the time.


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Looks like a beater ... runs like a champ!
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By psychoticdark
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1990 Ford Thunderbird 2dr Coupe


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In 08/2005, my boyfriend bought me the T-Bird. There was a lot of rust on it, and I was skeptical about it. The first time we drove it, there were no brakes. It needed a new master cylinder, both rear wheel cylinders needed replacing, also a new alternator. The previous owners really did not keep up on the car. Once we did all that, it ran GREAT! Someone smashed the passenger side window, then we failed inspection to a broken coil spring, so we put new struts on it and gave it 4 beautiful new tires, and it drove like new. My boyfriend then drove it into a tree stump, and even after the repairs for that, it runs like new and drives great. It has 136,000 miles on it and you'd never know it!


Best Features

Power seats. I love the ash tray - I think it's cute ... I just love the way it looks. The emblems give it a great look.


Worst Features

CUP HOLDERS! Better clear coat job (90's T-birds are known for losing clear coat), T-bird emblems lighting up with headlights/brake lights, exterior frame stability, power locks, locking center console, rpm gauge on the dash.


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Stylish but grew unreliable over time
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By NWTransplant
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1990 Ford Thunderbird 2dr Coupe


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I got a base '90 T-bird at 59K miles
and was happy at first. Satisfying
performance, good cornering, spacious
interior & trunk, and great styling
that's unique to the old style big
personal coupes. Hated the motorized
seatbelts though. That's a bad
substitute for an airbag. Around 85-90K
miles, it began to deteriorate despite
my careful maintenance: air conditioner
compressor went dead, alternator died,
battery literally exploded under the
hood, and transmission required a
costly rebuild after it got its fluid
and filter changed at 90K. Head gasket
blew a few months after I sold it at
93K miles. Not a good prospect for long-
term reliability.


Best Features

Styling, civilized road manners, good fuel economy for a V6, big trunk and interior room.


Worst Features

Transmission durability, 3.8-liter engine subject to head gasket failure, alternator and air conditioner troubles. Forget the motorized belts and go for an airbag instead!


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Old faithful
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By hellloooo_newman
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1990 Ford Thunderbird 2dr Coupe


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I bought this car 4 years ago with
112k. It now has 145k, it's the V6. I
drove it across the country, and it has
remained one of the few consistent
things in my life for those years. I
had an inexpensive transmission and
brake problem, other than that
NOTHING. It keeps going and going and
going and going...you get the idea.


Best Features

Where to begin... COMFORT, handling, style, features, space, decent power, surprisingly good gas mileage, RELIABILITY, many others


Worst Features

I had some minor electrical problems. I couldn't get the chime noise (bong, bong, bong) to stop at one point, it almost drove me insane.


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By Ron15003
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1990 Ford Thunderbird 2dr Coupe


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I bought this car this past summer as
a work/school car and i havent had a
bit of trouble with it since. When i
bought it, it had around 69,000 miles
and currently has a little over
73,000. It is probably the most
comfortable car ive ever driven or
road in. Its nice and roomy, and i
like the 3.8L engine. Its a pretty
nice car for me, concidering im only
17. On occasion it does lack power
though.


Best Features

Roomyness, rear-wheeled drive, power everything, rear defroster, looks, cornering ability


Worst Features

A bit more power on hills, sound system (am/fm radio gets boring and speakers dont sound too great),


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