2004 engine blown

Joined
Apr 7, 2022
Thunderbird Year
2004
Sad day as my wife and I were out enjoying a Sunday drive in our tbird I felt a sudden thumping in the engine and a flashing engine symbol appeared. I tower it to my mechanic and was told the engine is blown! Heartbreaking. He did more research and thought there might be cool damage and valve cover damage that could be fixed. Am waiting to hear back. Has anyone experienced this and any suggestions? This car puts the most incredible smile on my wife's face it would crush me to lose it
 
Joined
Aug 9, 2005
Thunderbird Year
2003
get a second opinion. a few years ago a woman in my town was told her engine has cracked cylinder heads because the 2002 Bird overheated. She posted it on this forum, so I called her and I met her at the repair shop.
I could not find a thing wrong with the car and she took it for a ride. It did not overheat. what was the problem? Maybe something blocked the radiator, like a trash bag, then fell off.
 

Retro Bob

Active Member
Joined
Nov 27, 2020
Thunderbird Year
2002
I have several retro parts cars that the previous owner was told they needed a new engine. Many of them the issue is actually a blown head gasket. The current mileage and condition of your car will sway whether it makes sense to do a major repair. In some cases you're better off cutting your losses, selling the car as is and buying another one.
 
Joined
Oct 8, 2020
Thunderbird Year
2005
Sad day as my wife and I were out enjoying a Sunday drive in our tbird I felt a sudden thumping in the engine and a flashing engine symbol appeared. I tower it to my mechanic and was told the engine is blown! Heartbreaking. He did more research and thought there might be cool damage and valve cover damage that could be fixed. Am waiting to hear back. Has anyone experienced this and any suggestions? This car puts the most incredible smile on my wife's face it would crush me to lose it
I blew mine up as well rod out the bottom, but the junk yard had another and its in and running now, the shop said i could put a built coyote motor in it just time and money.
 
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