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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,150 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Ford Thunderbird brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Ford Thunderbird Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 132006

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles


: the contact stated while applying the brake pedal, there was a noise as though the wheel was going to come off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who determined the driver side rear caliper, brake shoe and rotor needed to be replaced. Updated 12/12/2006 -

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012004

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • 300 miles
Complaint received via E-mail. Front right brake caliper came off and locked up wheel and slid my car sideways when brakes were applied. 2003, Ford, Thunderbird on the day of delivery with 300 miles on the car caliper bolt fell out, and when brakes applied the caliper turned up into the wheel, and jammed wheel. At 6:30 pm. Moved from left to right lane, and applied brakes to slow down approximately 25 mph to turn into a parking lot. Original speed was between 35 and 40 mph. Released brakes, and heard a clung under the car as if we ran over something. Immediately looked back, but saw nothing in the road. Continued to parking lot, applied brakes, and front right wheel locked up, car slid to an angled stop, released brakes, and rolled forward with very strong clanking noise. We continued into the parking lot. My wife called Ford roadside assistance to repair front right caliper bolts, and wheel was replaced. The proper caliper bolt was not available at the time of replacement. Service used bolt they could find. 1 failure, no one hurt, no police report, just very lucky. The failure caused damage to the vehicle.

- Lusby, MD, USA

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