What's Wrong with the Ford Thunderbird?

Thunderbird owners have made 228 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the engine (52%), followed by the electrical (12%) and the cooling system (6%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the Thunderbird.

Comparing Thunderbird Generations

Watch out for the 11th generation's (2002–2005) 10.32 PainRank™, which is the worst of 3 generations. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
11th Gen Thunderbird 2002–2005
168 10.32
10th Gen Thunderbird 1990–1997
57 2.34
9th Gen Thunderbird 1987–1987
3 0.59

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The Worst Thunderbird Years

This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 1994 (8), 1990 (7), 1993 (5), 1992 (3), 1987 (3), and 1997 (2).