1990 Ford Thunderbird Consumer Review: Stylish but grew unreliable ov
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1990 Ford Thunderbird - Consumer Review

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Base Coupe (3.8L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Stylish but grew unreliable over time
By NWTransplant on

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1990 Ford Thunderbird 2dr Coupe

Review

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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