1990 Ford Thunderbird Consumer Review: Stylish but grew unreliable ov

1990 Ford Thunderbird - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

21 Total Reviews

Base Coupe (3.8L V6 4-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Stylish but grew unreliable over time
By NWTransplant on


1990 Ford Thunderbird 2dr Coupe


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!
Recommend (0) (0)

Are you the author of this review?

Update Your Review
Report it
Comments (0) Post a Comment
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.


Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.