9th Generation (1987—1987) Thunderbird Problems

This generations ranks 17th out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (100%), We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Charging System Faulty 2 complaints at an average of 124,228 miles in the 1987 Ford Thunderbird.
  2. No Spark to the Coil 1 complaints at an average of 100,000 miles in the 1987 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 1987 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1987 3 1 23 0.59

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