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2.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,198 miles

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2002 Ford Thunderbird seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Thunderbird Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 012013

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • 69,130 miles

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

Air bag light will not go off. Was told by dealer caused by a defective clockspring. More than likely this cause air bag not to be deployed if needed.. I feel this is a safety issue and Ford should address this problem. From other sources on line this appears to be a major problem with this make and model. Ford refuses to accept responsibility and leaves it up to the owner to have repaired $700.

- Chattanooga , TN, USA

problem #4

May 012012

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • 0 miles
Clock spring, on both of my 02 tbirds, VIN# [xxx] [xxx] I think this is a very poor part installed in my birds, since I paid top dollar for these cars, $4000 over list price each at the dealer autoway for in bradenton Florida. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 022011

Thunderbird

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Thunderbird. The contact stated that the drivers side air bag warning light had been illuminated on the instrumenatl panel for approximately two months. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they stated that the drivers side air bag had a high resistance failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000. Updated 09/19/11 updated 2/22/12

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012009

Thunderbird

  • 26,000 miles
The most recent problem started in June 2009 when the airbag indicator light came on for no reason and wouldn't go off (is it working or not" safety issue") then within a matter of weeks everything on the steering column controls quit working or went berserk. The cruise controls suddenly went haywire accelerating when any button was pushed now they don't work at all (safety issue). A car pulled out in front of me, I slammed on the brakes and laid on the horn and nothing!!! a terrible crash was missed by literally inches( safety issue)...30 minutes later the horn worked. The next day I tried about 30 times and I got it to beep twice. The radio/cd controls sometimes work and sometimes don't. change from radio to cd and suddenly the volume is blasting (shocked enough for it to be a safety issue). I was told over the phone it is a clock spring issue and the estimate was $450!!!!! in addition my 2002 Thunderbird was purchased Jan 2,2003. It was one of the last cars off of the line before the 2002 model switch to 2003. I have had the same coil on plug issues that were recalled on 2003's, yet dealer would do nothing for me.it started only 2,000 mls out of initial warranty. I have replaced 3 of the coils/gasket cover and now the 4th coil is bad with gasket leaking. The design is unchanged from 2002 to 2003, why not fix mine? twice I have lost power when accelerating and the car hesitated or stalled in middle of driving. If you don't consider that a safety issue then try pulling out in atlanta traffic and see what you think. In addition now the passenger side auto door latch won't work. This is by far the worst car I have ever had in my life. I had purchased three prior Ford vehicles at the same dealership and they would do nothing for me. I never had the first complaint on any other Ford vehicles.... now the dealer has gone out of business...... please I am begging you see if you can get these issues fixed I have poured enough money into this car and it isn't fair!

- Lawrenceville, Ga, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 102009

Thunderbird

  • 55,861 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Thunderbird. While driving at an unknown speed, the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the clock spring needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 55,861.

- Castaic, CA, USA

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