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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
39,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace head gaskets, plugs (1 reports)
2002 Ford Thunderbird engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Thunderbird Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 032011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


While it car was in for something simple I asked them to change plugs. Of course they tore it apart and said needed new gaskets that oil was in all the spark plugs. Another repair garage said just to install boots (or something like that). I told Ford but he said it would be 250.00 to put car back together again. I still don't believe this to really be the case. I do believe they messed up the electrical repairing this and the HYDRAULIC radiator fan motor and that is why the windows, door locks and radio are all F'd up.

- , Paducah, KY, USA

problem #1

May 022007

(reported on)

Thunderbird T

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

I was driving my car home from work and stuck in traffic. The dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree and my car overheated when I was at a crawl in traffic. I lost virtually all power and basically had to idel the car to the nearest parking lot.

- , Schaumburg, IL, USA

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