1996 Ford Thunderbird Consumer Review: Ford Does it Again

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Ford Does it Again
By Bruce on


1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 2dr Coupe


This is a real nice car but everyone should be aware of the 4.6L V8 issue that is not only common, but will likely cost you a lot of money. There was a recall with an extended warranty, after a lawsuit, which expired 7 years after original sale of vehicle. So, if you are not the original owner it is likely you never heard of it. Some genius designed the intake manifold out of plastic, including the coolant crossover. It will crack! You will then have a coolant leak requiring replacement of the manifold. Today that cost is around $800 to $1000 depending on where you go. I will be doing it myself for the cost of parts, which will be between $250 and $300. Do plugs while everything is open.

Best Features

Sharp looking car.

Worst Features

Pretty obvious I would think.
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