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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,975 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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2005 Ford Thunderbird electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Ford Thunderbird Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 102016


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Thunderbird. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle made a loud whining noise. The contact also stated that the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

- Plainview Long Island, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 192015


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Thunderbird. While driving 40 mph with the accelerator pedal depressed, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The failure recurred on two occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The vehicle was later towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the cpu needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #2

May 192012

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • 25,900 miles
When I inserted the key to start the car, the battery (located in the trunk) exploded. It sounded like a gun shot inside the car, the battery was blown open at both ends and the battery fluid was thrown around the trunk cavity where the spare tire is also housed. A service tech advised me that a spark was necessary to ignite the sulfuric gas leaking from the battery. No one has been able to identify the source of the spark.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #1

May 232006

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
: the contact stated the audible warning that alerts the occupants the seat belts are not secured works intermittently. The dealership is aware of the problem, but has not inspected the vehicle.

- Vancleave, MS, USA

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