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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,833 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.

2004 Ford Thunderbird electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Ford Thunderbird Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 052009


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Thunderbird. The contact stated that the key was extremely difficult to turn over to start the vehicle. In addition, the vehicle stalled on numerous occasions without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times and they replaced the filter, the rear module, the vapor management valve, the vent solenoid and the throttle body but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Wewoka, OK, USA

problem #2

Oct 272014


  • 83,000 miles
As I was parking my car, it suddenly accelerated at a very high rate of speed. I was parking by a wooded area, and was propelled about 2 car lengths into the bushes in the woods (barely missing a tree) before I was able to stop the car. Not certain if the car stopped because of my braking, or because the thick bushes would not permit the car to travel any further. I had the car towed to the Ford dealership, but the service dept. Has not been able to find the problem. I am absolutely certain this was not a "driver error" situation and am very concerned about continuing to drive this vehicle should this occur again and I hit someone or something less forgiving than the bushes in the woods.

- Shelton, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 232005

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
I was driving in very heavy traffic in downtown beverly hills. I was stopped at a traffic light and when the light turned green my car jerked and rapidly acelerated. My car started to go faster and faster and the brakes would not work they were frozen. The car was going so fast and it would not stop. My passenger and myself were screaming and to avoid running over pedestrians I ran up a curb. This accident was so sevre that my car hit a traffic light and it fell onto my car. There were several witnesses to this accident. There were several police cars as well as paramedic's as well as the news media. The car was so badly damaged that the enginerring company that was hired by my insurance company cannot check for mechanical failure. I feel luck to be alive.the entire front end of the car is totally crushed and colapsed. The day of the accident the car had been jerking harshly forward. I just had around the town driving and I had no worry that the car had any type of major mechanical failure. I had just had my car serviced and it only had 9,500 miles. Shortly after I purchased the car it was recalled. I was told by Ford of beverly hills that the car was unrepairable and they gave me a brand new vehicle. I was never told what the problem was. I am young and a recent college graduate. I am not experienced in these type of matters. I can't get information from Ford. Can you help me with this matter. Thank you, elizabeth leon

- Seal Beach , CA, USA

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