Good choice .. they're good cars and because of the Headgasket problem,
The V6 Headgaskets will fail... so look for one over 100kmile on which
they've been replaced according to CarFax... OR buy one and have the HG's
replaced with the good fel-pro's.
Also suggest buying a 50 buck trans cooler and installing it.
Other than (or i should say -AFTER-)the two problems, they're pretty
You forgot the chronic brake rotor warp and 96 and up 4.6 v8 intake manifold
Also the automatic tranny in the 1994 models are weak. The best automatic is
in the 97 model year but then you have to put up with a Taurus instrument
cluster and cheapening of the interior.
If your reason for looking for a v6 is fuel economy, 60 mph cruises on the
highway net me 28 / 29 mpg with the 4.6 in my 95 T-Bird using 87 octane gas.
We had a '94 T-Bird with the 4.6L V-8 engine and put 180k miles on it
with absolutely no engine issues. Our son totalled it last spring or we
would still be driving it. We would regularly see 28 mpg on the highway
and 20-22 mpg in the city. This mileage is as good as a V-6 and you
won't have the head gasket issues. The 4.6L is one durable engine. I
strongly recommend installing a good transmission oil cooler for any '94
and up T-Bird. The transmissions in these cars tend to run on the hot
side and will kill torque convertors every 75,000 miles if you don't.
As for the brake rotors warping we had trouble with the original set but
after replacing them had no more issues. I think allot of the rotor
problems are causes from torqueing the lug nuts unevenly because after
the replacement set was installed I made sure the shops torqued the lugs
properly (i.e. I watched them torque the lugs with a torque wrench).
Overall the T-Bird is a great vehicle, IMO, and you get allot of car for
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