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2003 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

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#92 on 2003 production Line
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Jim Jette
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2003 Ford Thunderbird Convertible 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.


Favorite 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.


Suggested Improvements

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


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Black Bird
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By scott hogeland
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2003 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)


Review

Best driving & handling car I have ever owned. Battery was dead upon delivery, but car had been sitting for a long time. Ignition switch locked up and could not be turned - dealer fixed with new switch. Transmission shows "E" while traveling. Water leak in drivers side window. All supposed to be fixed per TSB guidelines. Strange problems for a premium car.


Favorite Features

Love the style, performance and handling. We have a good dealer and are sure all problems will be fixed and love affair can resume.


Suggested Improvements

Vanity lights in visors would be nice for a car in this price range, as would a compass.


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blue bird
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By IGOTAV8
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2003 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)


Review

This car is a head-turner. I've received plenty of comments concerning the looks but when asked if it's fun to drive that's a harder question. The transmission jerks when you are coasting, then have to speed up. The hard top creaks and doesn't always provide a tight water seal. I've had several unfound electrical problems such as shutting the trunk causes the lights to flash and sometimes when I turn the wheel it changes from CD to radio. I still like to turn heads and love the nice comments so I'll endure the minor problems.


Favorite Features

This car's color is called Desert Sky. Just beautiful.


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Ford T-Bird
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By ecs
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2003 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)


Review

The new Ford T-Birds have a unique design that gains a lot of attention. It handles like a sports car, with the interior and comfort of a luxury automobile. Though not very roomy, it is the perfect fun in the sun car.


Favorite Features

The heated seats, quality sound system and handling.


Suggested Improvements

Navigation system, Bluetooth technology, and roomier interior.


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2003 280 HP Ford Thunderbird
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By JimJet
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2003 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)


Review

Car was in 1st 100 280HP 2003 cars. At 20,000 miles stuck caliper and bad throttle body. 30,000 miles bad transmission module which gave sluggish performance from beginning in service date. Interior is quiet with soft or hard top. Have no idea what MPG is. Who cares? Truly a gentleman's sport's car. Local dealer quick to fix all problems under warranty.


Favorite Features

Great sound system. easy operation of soft top and removal/install of hard top. Smooth ride. Exotic appearance. You hate it or you love it.


Suggested Improvements

Lighted reflectors on door panels. May be 2" length extension in cockpit area. Addition of compass embedded in rearview mirror.


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