2002-05 Owners. As of August 2022 there is now an entire suspension kit for sale! Scroll down to the bottom of the first post click here.
I've had my '02 bird for 3 years and had to replace a $29 evaporative discharge air temp sensor, and repair the FEM and a botched workaround by some previous owner on the instrument cluster and have put 12,000 miles on it for about $250 in repairs; less than my Durango and Tundra. They are certainly no more trouble than classic cars (of which I've had plenty).I have had problems with this car since the day I bought it. ( 2 Years ago ) The A/C never worked 100% I have no confidence in ever getting it right and am tired of spending money trying to correct this dumbass designed car. Hydraulic fan, duel fuel pumps, A/C service port behind the front left wheel, always adjusting the drop on the windows when opening or closing the doors, transmission problems, rubber bushings that fall apart etc. I like old school Thunderbirds, not this crap
Is the mechanic sure it is the heater blend door actuator & not the DCCV? The DCCV is a common problem.One side is cool and the drivers side is putting out warm air. My mechanic says it is an actuator! He said the dash would have to come out to get to it! Anyone else have this issue and a better remedy ??
It's not a smell, it's a temperature - if I leave it at 60 it's fine, but if I want to run it at say, 70, the air is substantially warmer. It's almost as if my system has 3 settings : ice cubes, locker room, sauna. There's not much of an in-between, but it definitely feels like an electrical issue where it's bleeding heater-core air without proper modulation.
This could have summarized the entire experience. LOL! For me, I use forums to get an idea what is wrong on stuff I can replace myself.
It might be the heater control valve. I have the same issue with my 2005.I can't seem to get any cool fresh air on the floor, no matter where I set the heat/air settings without running the A/C
Is that normal? How can I tell if the outside air is working. We almost always have the top down, but the heat coming in under that dash is uncomfortably warm.
Thanks for any helpful thoughts are ideas.....Tom