3.8 V-6

Asked by Jun 25, 2012 at 07:12 PM about the Ford Thunderbird

Question type: General

'm thinking of purchasing a 1990 t-bird with a 3.8 V-6 has 101,000 miles do these engines have alot of problems?

6 Answers


Not that I know of. But others can chime in if they know. Make sure the car has some maintainence records and get a mechanic or friend who knows about cars to look it over for you.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

I agree with Tom. Take some one who knows about cars and that knows what to listen for. How it sounds when it starts. And test drive if before you make an offer on it. Oh and the main thing make sure there is no leaks and the only thing that could be going out maybe be the battery depends on if they take care of the car and does its regular tune ups

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

The 3.8 is known for blowing headgaskets.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

yup known for bad headgaskets


i've got a buddy that has had two. he's got a lead foot and loves the car. good luck with your buy


the restrictive exhaust is what causes the failures on the tbirds just fyi. the cats have a 90 deg bend in them

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions


Looking for a Used Thunderbird in your area?

CarGurus has 1,078 nationwide Thunderbird listings starting at $6,950.


Search Ford Thunderbird Questions

Ford Thunderbird Experts

#1 Larry Sturgis
Larry Sturgis
Reputation 1,600
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,530
#3 tennisshoes
Reputation 1,230
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
723 Great Deals out of 44,327 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Corvette
231 Great Deals out of 22,297 listings starting at $3,750
Used Chevrolet Camaro
368 Great Deals out of 31,396 listings starting at $2,400
Used Ford F-150
2,131 Great Deals out of 191,043 listings starting at $290
Used Pontiac Solstice
13 Great Deals out of 422 listings starting at $3,995
Used Dodge Challenger
262 Great Deals out of 22,376 listings starting at $7,995
Used Porsche Boxster
55 Great Deals out of 1,181 listings starting at $3,000
Used Chevrolet Impala
554 Great Deals out of 35,525 listings starting at $899
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
47 Great Deals out of 2,756 listings starting at $2,995
Used Mercury Cougar
214 listings
Used Jaguar XK-Series
25 Great Deals out of 661 listings starting at $4,995
Used Mazda MX-5 Miata
80 Great Deals out of 3,993 listings starting at $1,800
Used Jeep Wrangler
297 Great Deals out of 15,880 listings starting at $3,495
Used Dodge Charger
532 Great Deals out of 28,344 listings starting at $2,500

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.