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Ford Thunderbird, Mercury Marquis
Apr 06, 2003 (10:41 am)
well atleast the transmission may go another fifteen years i don't know about the rest of it.
Apr 06, 2003 (5:54 pm)
What about gas milage? How much do you have to drive looking for work? If one uses a LOT less gas, that should be a factor to consider.
Apr 11, 2003 (8:42 am)
If the rest of the car lasts another 10 years, I would be very happy. Actually, the only thing I am worry about is the fiberglass body kit I have on the car. It has started to crack.
#16 of 22 well, glass repair is almost easier than steel body repair
Apr 11, 2003 (6:19 pm)
provided you can get to both sides and can keep lunch down and sanity intact when you realize that you will have to use something like 32 grit on the sanding wheel to get cut down far enough to overlay new fiberglas cloth and body filler to rebuild over the cracked area for a couple inches either direction... eventually on both sides if you really don't want any more trouble.
if you really have to go for "right now" and not right on the fixes, glass and build out on the backside, and once that's solid, dig out the crack a little on the front and run some filler into there with a plastic applicator. it'll keep the fender on if you're not in 40 below territory.
#17 of 22 96 Thunderbird
Apr 21, 2003 (5:54 pm)
I just picked up this gorgeous 4.6l that's in super condition with 108k, a couple of minor things I like to get done on it, one side of the taillights is dimmer and the stock stereo plain sucks. Anyway, I like to ask those of you fimiliar with the birds about what I should expect as far as potential problems and maintenance issues ( willing to perform preventive maintenance, the car is well worth it) someone told me the rotors on these cars warp easily but this is not a big issue, any input/coments will be appreciated.
Paid $ 2400
#18 of 22 re:96 t bird
Apr 22, 2003 (5:24 pm)
you got a great deal.saw the same car with same miles at a dealer for twice that money.i have been looking for one of these my self.the front suspension is prone to problems (springs,strut bearings and ball joints).i have seen postings that the tranny is prone to shutter and the composite intake manifold on the 4.6 is prone to cracking.on the early 90's birds(which is basically unchanged)the u joints were a pain to replace,the gas tank had to be lowered to get access to the back of the drive shaft.i believe by seeing so many of these on the market with high miles tells you that the bird is a pretty durable ride.
#19 of 22 '95 TB, 4.6 Serpentine Belt
Apr 28, 2003 (10:51 am)
How many years and miles will the original last from the factory? I'm looking at 67,000 and there are little cracks between the grooves. Our other 4.6 engine has 106,000 and not one crack.
Are these belts not what they're cracked up to be?
Apr 28, 2003 (4:29 pm)
it depends where you drive.if you live in vegas for example you will be replacing rubber parts every year or two.its time to replace yours and i'll bet those other 4.6's had their belts replaced already.
#21 of 22 little cracks across the ribs are OK, but not blown chunks
Apr 28, 2003 (6:44 pm)
cracks in the base of the belt are more significant. if they're between the ribs, change the belt, it could break. chunks of ribs missing, especially in adjacent ribs, are also telling you that you better wear your walking shoes every time you drive... but little cracks across the ribs aren't anything until you chunk sections of ribs out.
#22 of 22 Thank you, gentlemen.
Apr 29, 2003 (8:49 am)