2003 Ford Thunderbird Consumer Review: #92 on 2003 production Line
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2003 Ford Thunderbird - Consumer Review

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Deluxe Convertible (3.9L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
#92 on 2003 production Line
By Jim Jette on

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2003 Ford Thunderbird Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)

Review

Car had no problems until 20-22K. Had right rear brake caliper stick; wearing out pads/scoring disk; Throttle body (fuel regulator system) had to be replaced. Rear defroster switch stayed on with hard top on; drained battery. Had random slap in transmission. Took in twice; tech could not find. Finally at 3 year(30K mileage) another tech spotted problem in auto transmission shifting module. The visor (where you view mileage etc) was dirty on inside; tech got dirty when removing dashboard to replace rear defroster module. Tires wore out at 31K. Car has had tires and oil changed every 3K. Original tires made you feel like you were floating in car. I weigh 230lbs; need seat to go back & recline 3-4 more inches.

Best Features

Cool reverse wedge design; gentleman's sports car. Cheaper to maintain than Porsche Boxster or Audi TT. Rag top goes up and down in a zip. Good storage rack & cover supplied with hard top. Works well in here in Texas 100+ degree heat. I have trailer hitch that pulls a glider trailer with no problem.

Worst Features

Add better rearview mirror that has compass embedded; add lighted reflectors in bottom of doors when opening.
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