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2002 Retro Ford Thunderbird Review


The eleventh generation of the Ford Thunderbird is a two-seat convertible manufactured and marketed by Ford between 2001 and 2005 for model years 2002 through 2005. Designed to evoke the first-generation Thunderbird that had been made from 1955 to 1957.

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The eleventh-generation Thunderbird came with a removable hardtop with prominent circular glazing, a power folding top, and a vinyl tonneau cover.The 2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird was a flop — and today I’m reviewing a Thunderbird to show you why. This retro Thunderbird had promise, but it didn’t quite catch on — and I’m going to show you all the quirks and features of the Thunderbird, and then I’m going to drive it and review the Ford Thunderbird.

Part of a retro-styling boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the eleventh-generation Thunderbird’s concept was introduced by Ford in 1999 to replace the tenth-generation Thunderbird that had been discontinued in 1997.


The sole engine of the Thunderbird was a Jaguar-designed AJ-30 3.9 L DOHC V8, a short-stroke (85mm) variant of the Jaguar AJ-26 4.0 L V8, rated at 252 hp (188 kW) and 267 lb⋅ft (362 N⋅m) of torque — in combination with Ford’s 5R55N 5-speed automatic transmission.The AJ-30 V8 was replaced by the AJ-35 in 2003 and later Thunderbirds, bringing with it variable valve timing (VVT) and electronic throttle control (ETC) as well as 280 hp (209 kW) and 286 lb⋅ft (388 N⋅m) of torque./wikipedia