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3.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,160 miles

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2002 Ford Thunderbird engine problems

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2002 Ford Thunderbird Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 312016

Thunderbird

  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Thunderbird. While driving on the highway, the vehicle lunged forward and stopped accelerating. The vehicle independently began to operate normally afterwards; however, the failure recurred. The contact stated that the vehicle would not operate past approximately 35 mph. After the failure recurred, the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the coil on plug was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The technician diagnosed that all eight vehicle coil on plugs needed to be replaced eventually. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #8

Nov 232008

Thunderbird

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Thunderbird. While driving at 60 mph, the vehicle began to drive abnormally while the misfired warning light illuminated. The contact could not describe the failure in great detail. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the valve cover gasket and coil pack failed and need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired twice, but the failure was persistent. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000.

- Coraopolis, PA, USA

problem #7

Aug 072014

Thunderbird

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Thunderbird. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the number 8 coil and spark plug needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #6

Sep 042014

Thunderbird

  • 10,200 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Thunderbird. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle sputtered and misfired, and a warning light illuminated. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was 10,200.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #5

Apr 182012

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • 43,237 miles
Re:2002 Ford Thunderbird at 43,237 miles the engine suddenly began running rough and misfiring.the passenger area immediately began to fill with exhaust fumes. The check engine light illuminated but did not flash to indicate a serious problem. Upon letting the top down the vehicle was slowly driven to a nearby Ford dealership. The cylinder eight coil and spark plug were replaced which seemed to solve the problem. At 45,280 miles the same situation occurred and the cylinder six coil and spark plug were replaced. At 47,459 miles the same thing occurred yet again and cylinder coils two and three were replaced as well as four spark plugs. Despite the cost involved in the necessary repair work and the fact that all of the above incidents occurred well within the mileage of an extended warranty I maintained through Ford Motor Company, the company advised that the time limit on my extended warranty had expired and the company is not willing to replace the remaining cylinder coils and spark plugs. I do not know if there have been carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of the passenger area filling with exhaust fumes when the engine begins running rough. I do know however that when an engine begins misfiring, raw gasoline pours into the combustion system and could cause a fire, I also know that carbon monoxide if not detected quickly can be fatal to human beings. I do not believe the above incidents are necessarily a warranty issue. They are however a health and safety issue. This problem appears to be systemic in nature and related to design problems of the 3.9L V8 engine utilized in the 2002 Ford Thunderbird. I recommend that Ford Motor Company recall the 2002 Ford Thunderbird and replace all coils and spark plugs with reliable parts as I have been advised by a Ford service employee that the replacement coils sometimes fail and must be replaced a second time.

- Clarks Summit, PA, USA

problem #4

May 262014

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Driving 45 to 50 mph, engine starts cutting out, running rough. Check engine light starts flashing which required the coil pack to be replaced by Ford. This is a constant issue with this model and year Ford Thunderbird. It is an expensive repair and yet Ford has not redesigned the coil pack for this car and the coil pack continues to fail time and time again. I'm just grateful that I was not on some remote highway stranded on the side of the road when this happened or trying to pass another vehicle. I consider this a safety issue. Why the 2002 Thunderbird coil, spark plugs and connectors were not covered under the recall of the 2003-5 is beyond me. Ford did an injustice to 2002 owners of the Thunderbird by not accepting that they had an issue with the car and I would like to see this issue remediated.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 152013

Thunderbird

  • 12,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Ford thunder bird. The contact stated that while having the vehicle service, the mechanic advised him that the engine coils and spark plugs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 12,000.

- Murells Inlet , SC, USA

problem #2

Apr 012012

Thunderbird

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Thunderbird. The contact stated while driving at various speeds, the vehicle began to misfire. The failure became progressively worse. After a period of time, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis where the contact was informed that the valve cover gaskets failed due to heat and caused oil to flow into the spark plugs and coils. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for repair. The failure mileage was 37,000 and the current mileage was 38,000.

- Jensen Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 022012

Thunderbird

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Thunderbird. The contact stated that immediately after starting the ignition, the check engine warning lamp illuminated and the engine misfired. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the ignition coils and the spark plugs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included on any recalls. The failure and current mileage was 45,000.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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