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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,133 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Ford Thunderbird transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Ford Thunderbird Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles


While driving at 55-60 mph the engine started to bog down and slowly died. Had been to dealer numerous times concerning this problem and a transmission. Vehicle had been checked diagnosticians, and was unable to find anything wrong. Dealer had never indicated what was wrong. No repairs were made other than a rebuild of the transmission when first purchased. Problem with the engine dying was intermittent. No repairs were made because they were unable to determine the cause of the problem.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 052003

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
Transmission failed at 400 miles. When backing out vehicle accelerated, forcing the driver to apply pressure to the brakes.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 252003

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My transmission was having issues with shifting. Lights flashed on dashboard.

- Fuquay-Varina, NC, USA

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