11th Gen (2002 – 2005) Ford Thunderbird Problems

The 11th generation of the Thunderbird has a cumulative PainRank™ of 10.32. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 2002–2005 Thunderbird model years have sent in 168 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (55%) followed by the electrical (10%) and the cooling system (7%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2005 10
3.89
2004 9
3.55
2003 22
8.3
2002 127
25.55

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