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Ford Thunderbird Repair and Maintenance Costs

A guide to repairs, service, and maintenance costs for your Ford Thunderbird

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The national average repair and maintenance cost for a Ford Thunderbird is between $389 and $476 per year. Repair and maintenance costs vary depending on age, mileage, location and service provider.

Ford Repair Estimates
Car
Service
Price
1990 Ford Thunderbird
Valve Cover Gasket Replacement
$532 - $680
1994 Ford Thunderbird Location: One Side
Ball Joint Replacement - Lower
$122 - $238
1997 Ford Thunderbird Location: Both Sides
Oxygen Sensor Replacement
$255 - $296
1990 Ford Thunderbird Location: Both Sides
ABS Wheel Speed Sensor Replacement
$100 - $251
1992 Ford Thunderbird Service Detail: 3.8L V6, Both Sides
Exhaust Manifold Gasket Replacement
$366 - $481

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!

Check Engine Light and Engine Misfire

The valve cover gaskets may leak oil into the spark plug wells, shorting out the spark plugs, causing a misfire, and illuminating the Check Engine Light. Commonly the spark plugs and ignition coils or wires will require replacement, along with resealing the valve cover to correct this concern.

Coolant Loss, Engine Overheating, White Smoke From Exhaust

White smoke coming from the exhaust could indicate that a head gasket has blown or there is a cracked cylinder head. Our technicians tell us that removal and inspection of the cylinder heads will be required to confirm a crack is present.

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Ford Thunderbird Questions

My 94T-bird just started idling up, I know cooler dose that, but the engine revs (1 answer)

It's fuel injection!!! Is there a way too have it run even?when hot it's really irritating PLEASE I know how to turn a wrench don't know what to turn .

Where can I find a reserve box mine has a cracked and it's not holding water (1 answer)

My reserve tank has a cracked in it and I need a new one.

I took my car in and had a trans flush and now it slips in first gear (1 answer)

It I hold the brake and give it gas to the rpms go up to 2000 it doesn't seem to slip and shortly it shifts into second and didn't slip through the rest of the gears. Wondering if I need to replace the filter. They just did a flush through the fluid filler. Limited funds please help...

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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.

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Ford Thunderbird Reviews

I have owned 2002 t bird since it was and have had problems with a/c three times, other than that it is a very good car
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.

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