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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
66,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace clock spring (1 reports)
2002 Ford Thunderbird seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Thunderbird Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 142011

Thunderbird 3.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


Airbag light comes on and stays on. It never goes out. Ford needs to get it together. I will never ever buy a ford. I hate fords period.

- , St Paul, MN, USA

problem #2

May 012009

Thunderbird V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

Airbag light came on and stayed on (is it working?)....ISN'T THIS A SAFETY ISSUE??? within a few weeks every control on the steering column one by one quit working or went haywire.

The radio/CD controls are haywire volume goes to swirch mode or track or station... or vice versa sometimes it doesn't work at all.

Speed Control doesn't work at all.

Horn quit working just as someone came within inches of pulling out in front of me. I am leaning on the horn as I slammed on the brakes and NOTHING. Two days later it worked then a week later nothing. Now it works one out of about oevery 30 tries.... ISN'T THIS A SAFETY ISSUE

- , Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 192008

Thunderbird 3.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

Another problem with the thunderbird, air bag light stays on, only will cost another 672.00 dollars to fix, said no thanks, too much money wasted already on this car, with no help from Ford in sight...................................

- , Lebanon, TN, USA

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