Used 2002 Ford Thunderbird Convertible


$11,995 - $19,995
2002 Ford Thunderbird

2002 Highlights

Following a four-year absence, the Thunderbird nameplate returns on an all-new two-seat roadster platform designed to recall the first-generation '55-'57 T-Birds.


Pros

  • Silky-smooth DOHC V8, unmatched modern styling, based on Lincoln LS platform, available bolt-on hardtop

Cons

  • Lincoln's questionable LS five-speed automatic, no available manual transmission, expect to pay far more than sticker

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Used 2002 Ford Thunderbird Convertible for Sale

Ford Thunderbird 2002 Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A) Whisper White Midnight Black82,512 miles
Used 2002Ford ThunderbirdDeluxe
List:$13,995
Est.Loan: $286/mo
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Dealer Notes

-- 17 Service records -- Come test drive this clean 2002 Thunderbird Convertible. Equipped with ABS Brakes, Air Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, AM/FM Stereo, Automatic Transmission, CD Audio, Cruise Control, Leather Seats, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Power Seat(s), Power Windows, Rear Defroster, Side Airbags, Soft Top, Traction Control, Very clean Inside and out, Financing available.

Ford Thunderbird 2002 Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A) Evening Black Midnight Black90,213 miles
Used 2002Ford ThunderbirdDeluxe
List:$11,995
Est.Loan: $245/mo
House Of Kars
19 mi away
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$300 Below Market
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Ford Thunderbird 2002 Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A) Evening Black Midnight Black66,802 miles
Used 2002Ford ThunderbirdDeluxe
List:$15,744
Est.Loan: $287/mo
Shannon Auto Sales
19.2 mi away
55,683 miles
Used 2002Ford Thunderbird
List:$16,998
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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Every vehicle is CERTIFIED and comes with a 6 MONTHS / 6000 MILE WARRANTY as well as a 5-DAY EXCHANGE POLICY.Excellent condition! 55,683 miles on a 2002 Ford Thunderbird convertible with hard and soft top.

Evening Black Midnight Black0
Used 2002Ford ThunderbirdDeluxe
List:$18,995
Est.Loan: $346/mo
113,327 miles
Used 2002Ford Thunderbird
List:$12,900
Est.Loan: $264/mo
Keiths Auto Sales
83.9 mi away
Inspiration Yellow 11,905 miles
Used 2002Ford ThunderbirdPremium
List:$19,500
Est.Loan: $355/mo
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SUPER LOW MILES! ONE-OWNER, GARAGE KEPT--SUPER RARE INSPIRATION YELLOW! THIS 'BIRD IS A FINE ONE! DON'T MISS OUT!

Inspiration Yellow Midnight Black19,475 miles
Used 2002Ford ThunderbirdPremium
List:$19,995
Est.Loan: $364/mo
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~ A RARE FIND!~ ONE OWNER~ SOUTHERN OWNED~ CLEAN CARFAX~ ONLY 19,000 ORIGINAL MILES~ STUNNING BOTH INSIDE AND OUT~ INSPIRATION YELLOW OVER BLACK LEATHER~ HARD TOP W/STAND~ CHROME WHEELS~ THIS ONE IS A MUST SEE!! DON'T MISS~ ***$350 SHIPPING, PURCHASE ONE OF OUR VEHICLES AND WE WILL SHIP IT ANYWHERE IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. FOR ONLY $350!*** Hyman Bros. accepts all trade-in's, If you have a Carmax Appraisal (We Will Beat It) We offer competitive financing in all states, If you are pre-approved with your credit union or bank (We can usually get you a lower financing rate) We have over 500 vehicles in our inventory to choose from! We can ship this vehicle to your front door for only $350! We are highly experienced in selling cars out of state and make the process simple and quick. Most of our vehicles include a 90 day/ 3,000 Mile Powertrain Warranty and a 3 day/ 150 Mile Moneyback Guarantee. We have been in business since 1946 and have maintained a perfect reputation! Please call 804-747-7007 to speak with a sales consultant or go to www.hymanbrosauto.com to view our complete inventory and more vehicle photos. ~WE FINANCE ALL TYPES OF CREDIT SITUATIONS AND GLADLY ACCEPT ALL TRADES~ SEE OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.HYMANBROSAUTO.COM

Evening Black Midnight Black79,250 miles
Used 2002Ford ThunderbirdPremium
List:$13,900
Est.Loan: $284/mo
Keiths Auto Sales
83.9 mi away
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$300 Below Market

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Features & Specs

Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)Premium 2dr Convertible w/Removable Hard Top (3.9L 8cyl 5A)Deluxe 2dr Convertible w/Removable Hard Top (3.9L 8cyl 5A)Neiman Marcus Edition 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)
MPG1717171717
Seating22222
Transmission5-speed automatic5-speed automatic5-speed automatic5-speed automatic5-speed automatic
Fuelgasgasgasgasgas
Horsepower252 hp @ 6100 rpm252 hp @ 6100 rpm252 hp @ 6100 rpm252 hp @ 6100 rpm252 hp @ 6100 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5/5
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover5/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

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Still loving it
I've owned this car for nearly nine years now, and I (and everyone else who sees it) still consider it a new car. It looks great and drives just as smoothly after 32,500 miles as it did when new. No problems with car whatsoever. I replaced the battery simply because I had a Firestone rebate that had to be used. This isn't a family car for daily use, but it is a great toy that still makes an old man feel like a kid again!
Best Value Car I Have Ever Owned
Bought this car because it is my wifes favorite color (yellow). She wanted a convertible and the color was right...that was 5 years ago. The car brings smiles to her, and when she is down-in-the-dumps, we put the top down and go for a ride. Best inverstment I've ever made. Happy wife...happy life! Now for me. Yellow is not my color but I would drive this car even if it were purple, orange and pink. What a nice driving car. A very good balance of power, handling, efficiency, driver fit, and looks. I have never been in any other car that evokes such a pleasant response from the general public. "Nice car!" I am now considering a second T-Bird for my commute to work. Maybe silver...
Don't buy a 2002
Purchased this Thunderbird for my wife as a "fun car" and gave it to her for Christmas. Within the first week we experienced COP (Coil on Plug) failures. Dealership repaired it under the used car warranty. The following May, with less than 1200 miles added, we once again had a coil on plug failure. (4 bad coils so far). The dealership once again repaired it. It is now 15 months later and we have two more coils failing. That averages out to 1 per thousand miles. Ford initially placed a 10 year/100k mile warranty on the 2003 only model. They have since added the 2004 and 2005 models. The 2002 model owners are left to pay for their own repairs. The COP units are the same for all years
More About This Model

Ford Motor Company has fond dreams for its 2002 Thunderbird — the company is already classifying it as "an icon in its own right." And it's easy to get caught up in the excitement — after all, the new, completely redesigned T-Bird is nothing short of adorable. But a pretty face is certainly not ground for deification — unless, of course, you happen to live in Hollywood.

The Thunderbird was born as a 1955 model, a snazzy two-seater with a base sticker price of $2,695. While it was originally envisioned as a true sports car, it was executed as a personal luxury car — the progenitor of that automotive segment. The four-passenger "Square Bird" followed in 1958, and in the early '60s the futuristic "Bullet Birds" were quite popular, serving as the basis for the sports roadster. Distinguished by a molded fiberglass tonneau that transformed the four-seater ragtop into a two-person convertible, the sports roadster made a brief appearance from 1962 to 1963. The T-Bird had a minor growth spurt of 1.5 inches in 1967, offering seating for six. The '70s and early '80s witnessed some questionable decisions on the part of designers, with plenty of conservative, angular body styles. Ford made design history again with the 'Bird with the unique "aero-style" body in 1983; the theme was carried out through 1988. An all-new model was released in 1989 with a completely different look that emulated the BMW 6 Series, but the T-Bird nonetheless suffered an overall decline in popularity until its demise in 1997.

Just two short years later, the Thunderbird was reincarnated as a retro-styled two-seat concept car at the 1999 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. A complete departure from the previous generation T-Bird, the concept harkened back to the nascent 1955 model, with seating for two only.

The 2002 Thunderbird is meant to recapture the romance of the original while simultaneously looking to the future. Rather than create a replica of the '50s classic, designers incorporated distinctive Golden Age design cues into an overall modernistic shape. The new 'Bird's 186.3-inch overall length is 11 inches longer than the original 1955 model, and it, too, features a short front overhang, reverse wedge shape — which makes the car appear taller in front than in back — and egg-crate grille. A decorative hood scoop, round head- and taillights, understated chrome chevrons and an available removable hardtop with porthole windows tie the 2002 version beyond a doubt to the classic T-Birds of the late '50s.

Seventeen-inch 21-spoke cast-aluminum wheels are standard on the 2002 T-Bird, while 17-inch seven-spoke chrome wheels are available as an option. A 6.7-cubic-foot trunk — which is downright voluminous as two-seat roadsters go — can swallow two sets of golf clubs, and even features a nifty cubby for shoes, umbrellas and the like. While the Thunderbird comes standard with a black convertible soft top, the aforementioned removable hard top is available. Removable tops can be ordered to match the body color or can be had in white on any model. While the soft top is power-operated, we found that it took some finagling to get it firmly anchored in the front. A central latch controls hooks on either side, but getting the hooks aligned in their proper holes is no easy task. The hard top was simple to install, but reasonably heavy, weighing in at about 88 pounds. Once on, the removable top feels quite secure, but we did notice quite a lot of wind noise coming off the B-pillars at highway speeds.

Underneath its seductive physique, the Thunderbird shares most of its architecture with the Lincoln LS, which is quite a good car in its own right. But the T-Bird is intended to be a cruiser — the catch phrase "relaxed sportiness" came up repeatedly during the course of the vehicle's press introduction, in regard to both the vehicle's styling and its driving dynamics. Therefore, the fully independent suspension has been tweaked slightly to provide a somewhat softer ride than in the LS. Stabilizer bars front and rear keep body roll from becoming excessive and a 50/50 weight distribution aids the Thunderbird's handling characteristics. A 3,775-pound curb weight (3,863 with the hardtop) tops the Lincoln LS V8 by 83 pounds, although overall length is slightly shorter, which makes for better maneuverability in the 'Bird.

The T-Bird provides a silken ride on the highway — when traveling straight ahead on smooth roads, it really does feel like the ultimate cruiser. Once the going gets bumpy, however, jounce and rebound, especially from the rear suspension, are too excessive for comfort, and this cruiser has a tendency to wallow over bumps and dips.

The Thunderbird's notable curb weight became readily apparent as we tried to power our way uphill. It shares its 3.9-liter V8 with the Lincoln LS, an engine capable of 252 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 267 foot-pounds of torque at 4,300 rpm. Thunderbird's five-speed automatic transmission (no manual is available) downshifted obtrusively, as well as belatedly, whenever we hit the gas for an extra spurt of passing power. The exhaust note was carefully tuned to fit somewhere between the guttural grunt of the Mustang GT and the throaty refinement of the Lincoln LS and is intended (to a certain extent) to duplicate the sound of the '55 'Bird.

We understand that the T-Bird is meant to be a cruiser primarily, but in light of Ford PR's incessant references to "relaxed sportiness," we feel compelled to take them to task for the roadster's lack of steering feel. Maneuvering the Thunderbird along winding roads was anticlimactic at best — virtually no road communication is offered through either the wheel or the seat of the pants. To give credit, though, the T-Bird's variable assist rack-and-pinion steering is suitably responsive. The four-wheel disc brakes with ABS don't offer terribly progressive pedal modulation, but do bring the T-Bird to a halt in a consistent and confident manner.

On the inside, the 2002 Thunderbird is unmistakably similar to the Lincoln LS. The mundane waterfall-style center stack features easy-to-read, logically situated audio and climate controls — not at all retro, but the simplicity of the layout is appreciated. To give the interior a touch of distinction, Ford offers the option of matching the lower dash, seat trim, top half of the steering wheel and shift knob to three of the exterior colors: Inspiration Yellow, Torch Red or Thunderbird Blue. The red interior package can also be had on Evening Black and Whisper White Thunderbirds. The effect can be dramatic — for instance, in the yellow 'Bird, bumblebee references are inevitable. The standard interior is black with leather trim.

Ford's latest sweetheart comes standard with such luxury items as automatic dual-zone climate control, six-way power driver seat with manual lumbar support, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a six-disc in-dash CD changer. The seats, however, are a little mushy and don't provide very much support. The roadster's relatively long wheelbase gives occupants plenty of room to stretch out, with 43.7 inches of legroom. However, very tall drivers may find the 37.1 inches of headroom (with either top on) to be slightly claustrophobic. Unlike most two-seaters, the Thunderbird offers a convenient and generously sized parcel shelf behind the seats to accommodate purses, shopping bags and the like.

Large back windows in the convertible and removable tops aid rearward visibility in the T-Bird. The sharply angled windshield, on the other hand, allows for too much reflection off the dash, thereby impeding forward visibility somewhat. According to engineers, the steep angle reduces top-down turbulence. Despite their efforts, conversation in the Thunderbird with the top dropped is a challenge.

Our test drive in the Thunderbird was unfortunately cut short because we got a flat tire. Having picked up a sharp object without realizing it, we exited the car for a quick pit stop only to hear a distinct hissing sound. We attempted to install the spare tire, but had a great amount of trouble getting the bolts to seat properly; it was almost as if the spare didn't quite fit the wheel. Eventually, a couple of knights in shining armor from Ford took over the situation, sending us along our way in the Mustang Bullitt they had been driving. We won't dwell too much on our difficulty in applying the spare tire securely, but only because the vehicle we were driving was a pre-production model.

A couple other build-quality snafus that we hope will be limited to a hastily fabricated pre-production Thunderbird test car were loose tunnel trim and the incomplete anchoring of the rear bumper on the driver side.

The new 'Bird's array of safety features establishes it firmly in the 21st century. Dual front and side airbags (with a passenger-side deactivation switch for small children and babies), a LATCH child-seat anchor system, a passive antitheft system and antilock brakes all come standard. Traction control is available as an option, although stability control is not.

The new and improved Thunderbird will undoubtedly appeal to those who long for the classic styling of '50s roadsters, but can't relinquish their need for modern-day convenience and reliability. But that combination doesn't come cheap — with a base MSRP of $35,495 ($37,995 with the removable top), the Thunderbird prices in the same arena as luxury-brand coupes and roadsters. But Ford insists that the T-Bird is in a class by itself. It does have a point; there are undoubtedly those consumers who consider the head-turning ability and nostalgic styling of the Thunderbird to be worth the premium. As long as they don't expect exceptional handling or performance, and they don't mind that the interior design is highly derivative of the Lincoln LS, they won't be disappointed.

Used 2002 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Overview

The Used 2002 Ford Thunderbird Convertible is offered in the following styles: Premium 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A), Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A), Premium 2dr Convertible w/Removable Hard Top (3.9L 8cyl 5A), Deluxe 2dr Convertible w/Removable Hard Top (3.9L 8cyl 5A), and Neiman Marcus Edition 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A).

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