Ford Thunderbird Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Ford Thunderbird

Ford Thunderbird Problems

Extended Warranty on Ford Ignition Coils

There may be an extended warranty on the ignition coils - see your  Ford Dealer for more information-Thanks John B for this information!

Intake Manifold May Crank Near Thermostat Resulting in Coolant Leak

The composite (plastic) intake manifold may crack near the thermostat housing and cause a coolant leak. Ford released an updated manifold that was reinforced to prevent a recurrence. No recall was issued for this problem but Ford did extend the warranty to seven years on some models from the date of purchase.

Problem With Idle Air Bypass Valve May Cause Engine Performance Problems

If you experience difficulty starting the engine when cold, stalling at idle, or hesitations during acceleration, it may be the idle air bypass valve. This valve helps the vehicle idle steady when the accelerator pedal is not pressed.

See More Problems (12)

Ford Thunderbird Questions

I purchased this car and the ignition would not work. We replaced it and now it will not turn off. Someone told me it is the actuator arm but I cannot find the part. (1 answer)

The part I need is an arm about 6 inches or less with a silver pin on one end.

Overheating (1 answer)

No smoke from exhaust,no fluid leaks at all,runs fine ,new wtr pump,therm,hoses,clamps,rad tested ok ,new rad cap. so why does it still get hot after 30 + min of driving .intake does not leak and eng vac-comprssn test is gd all 6 cyl.

is there a extended warranty on ignition coils (2 answers)

See More Questions (491)

Ford Thunderbird Recalls

A Crack May Develop in the Fuel Tank

On 56 vehicles, the fuel tank may have an area with a thin wall and may crack, creating the potential for a fuel leak, fuel odor, and the Check Engine Light may come on. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank free of charge. The Ford recall number is 05S29.

Ford Recalls 2004 Taurus, Thunderbird, and Mercury Sable Models for Seat Weld Issue

Ford has recalled certain 2004 Taurus, Thunderbird, and Mercury Sable vehicles due to an inadequate weld on the front seats. In a collision, the seat may not perform as designed, which could result in injury. Dealers will replace the upper support assembly on the power seats.

Recall 02V169000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE DRIVER'S SIDE SEAT BELT CONTACTED THE SEAT RECLINER DURING A 35 MPH NCAP FULL-FRONTAL BARRIER IMPACT TEST.

See More Recalls (11)

Ford Thunderbird Reviews

I have owned 4 Retrobirds and the same problem has persisted with each: Coil failure due condensation and/or water getting within. The vehicle will hesitate and run very rough; eventually the wrench warning light will appear and the car will go into limp mode. After March 2015 the warranty coverage for this design flaw expired. If you purchase one be sure to investigate extended FoMoCo warranti...
I really enjoy my 2002 thunderbird but the air conditioner blows hot air blows hot air occasionally and finaly went totaly hot. The dealer tells me that a faulty vacumn type module within the dash needs to be preplaced ($1300). This is after I replaced a the compresor last year.
I have a 2004 T Bird. With 14,200 miles and started missing under acceleration. Took it to my Ford Dealer in Stockton, Ca. It was two coils and the window washer container and they replaced them. Gave me a new Mustang to drive home. I live 65 miles away from the dealer. No charge for anything except the gas I used. There is a Ford warranty on the 2002--2004 Thunderbirds for 100,000 miles...

See More Reviews (19)