This car has been in the family since 1991. My mother originally bought the car and racked the mileage up to 101,000 on the 3.8. Since then I have brought it up to 176,544. Reliable? Yes for the most part. I blew the head gaskets once while being a "kid", and this was at 105,000. At the time of rebuild, all items were replaced; water pump, starter, etc. The transmission has held up great and never slipped. The suspension hasn't seemed to hold up to much. This month marks the 3rd time all front end suspension parts will have been replaced. Rust? Lots of it. The rocker panels are well known for it. I had the rust removed and sheet metal welded in, but that only lasted a year.
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.
Roominess, comfortable interior, power locks, seats, mirrors trunk release, smooth ride, large trunk, beautiful body style and clean lines.
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!
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.
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.
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-
Styling, civilized road manners, good
fuel economy for a V6, big trunk and
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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