10th Generation (1990—1997) Thunderbird Problems

This generations ranks 36th out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (46%), electrical (12%), and the transmission (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Fried 3 complaints at an average of 113,000 miles in the 1994 Ford Thunderbird.
  2. Engine Runs Rough 1 complaints at an average of 45,000 miles in the 1991 Ford Thunderbird.
  3. Head Gasket Failure 2 complaints at an average of 65,250 miles in the 1994 Ford Thunderbird.

What Thunderbird Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1991 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1997 2 2 107 0.6
1996 10 4 115 1.76
1995 10 1 86 2.53
1994 8 1 95 4.64
1993 5 4 73 1.41
1992 3 4 46 0.61
1991 13 4 35 6.07
1990 7 4 35 1.32

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