Stylish but grew unreliable over time
By NWTransplant on
Vehicle1990 Ford Thunderbird 2dr Coupe
ReviewI 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-
Best FeaturesStyling, civilized road manners, good fuel economy for a V6, big trunk and interior room.
Worst FeaturesTransmission 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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