Here's Why the 2002 Ford Thunderbird Was a Retro Failure

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.
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  1. Cars 97

    Cars 977 цагийн өмнө

    The window switches are shared with the 2004 Land Rover freelander

  2. B B

    B BӨдрийн өмнө

    The trouble with retro cars is if you improve on or change the design it is no longer retro. People eventually tire of the look, which only just hinted at the styling of the original anyway. The Challenger and Camaro are about the only successful retro cars and they’re about to be discontinued. Horsepower and performance kept them alive way past their expiration date.

  3. Bojan Arežina

    Bojan Arežina2 өдрийн өмнө

    3.9 v8 280 hp not very sporty? really?

  4. Marcelo Machado

    Marcelo Machado2 өдрийн өмнө

    This guys a moron

  5. Greg Sizemore

    Greg Sizemore2 өдрийн өмнө

    It didn't get crappy in the 90's it just didn't sell well. The 1989 Thunderbird SC was Motor Trend Car of the Year. And yes the 2002 Thunderbird was also Motor Trend Car of the Year but they did not get it wrong. This is such a crap review. These cars are great. They had plenty of power starting in 2003.

  6. Moses Alaniz

    Moses Alaniz3 өдрийн өмнө

    This dude is an idiot. I have this car and i love it.

  7. Leaf Soup

    Leaf Soup4 өдрийн өмнө

    isnt that supposed to be a small car with a strong engine not a luxury sedan/yacht/boing 747/space shuttle, mechanized infantry, spartan, Scottish, beer keg, and a bag of chips. but did you go from point a to point. it could be better. we could've made super fast trains that take you across the county in hours for 3$ but no you had to have a thunderbird. and yes its too expensive that's my point. cars and houses are to expensive. 2000 dollars new. its like 100$ worth of metal or some material.

  8. Leaf Soup

    Leaf Soup4 өдрийн өмнө

    i like the part where he shuts up and you can heat her engine run.

  9. Leaf Soup

    Leaf Soup4 өдрийн өмнө

    rainbows should come out of the exaust.

  10. Leaf Soup

    Leaf Soup4 өдрийн өмнө

    maybe give them credit for making a car that goes.

  11. Leaf Soup

    Leaf Soup4 өдрийн өмнө

    it should have magic fairies where that shifter thing is.

  12. Leaf Soup

    Leaf Soup4 өдрийн өмнө

    and it should be able to turn into a boat and fly and shoot missiles.

  13. Leaf Soup

    Leaf Soup4 өдрийн өмнө

    so people can actually afford it actually. its meant to disappoint so its less valuable than it actually is.

  14. Nathan Chen

    Nathan Chen5 өдрийн өмнө

    Title: 2002 Ford Thunderbird You: 2004 Ford Thunderbird WTF??

  15. JTRAINOR 3000

    JTRAINOR 30005 өдрийн өмнө

    The steering wheel looks like it came straight out of a Chrysler Concorde

  16. manolis vlazakis

    manolis vlazakis5 өдрийн өмнө

    what is doug's height guys hahaha

  17. Ford2219

    Ford22195 өдрийн өмнө

    Does this car interior really cause cancer? Wow, why would they allow to sell a car like that?!

  18. Kafanska TV

    Kafanska TV6 өдрийн өмнө

    Americans are really weird.. 280 hp is not enough?

  19. chris p

    chris p6 өдрийн өмнө

    That dude in the red Rogue was stalking.

  20. akanishta99

    akanishta997 өдрийн өмнө

    I think if Ford had of put the 4.6L in this car it would have done better.

  21. murphman76

    murphman768 өдрийн өмнө

    The biggest reason for the 2002 Thunderbird was to introduce a jolt of Nostalgia into the product line. But the "Nostalgia market" was smaller than Ford thought. In sum, there were just so many aging baby boomers out there who wanted to pay $40,000 for a nostalgia trip.

  22. HotWax93

    HotWax939 өдрийн өмнө

    Ford should make another stab at bringing the T-Bird back, but actually work on doing it right. Make it look like the classy muscle car it once was with a retro design and nods to the original (a la Corvette, Camaro, Fury, Valiant, or Mustang), but with less cost cutting and modernized features for the present day car market. They've already reintroduced the Ranger and are set to resurrect the Bronco in the coming model year, so why not bring back another classic name plate?

  23. Art Tafil

    Art Tafil10 өдрийн өмнө

    It’s “Ucking Fuggly”!

  24. Azure

    Azure10 өдрийн өмнө

    ChrisFix’s mum has entered the chat*

  25. Jonah

    Jonah12 өдрийн өмнө

    The best looking Thunderbird will always be the 1957 model year

  26. PETER Woodhill

    PETER Woodhill12 өдрийн өмнө

    US cars are muuuch better then BMW and Mercedes as you can see...american plastic trash cars, bad in design, material and technologie

  27. Daniel Ross

    Daniel Ross12 өдрийн өмнө

    Amazing how the little things I’ve found on Ford cars that are the same as my 95 mercury like the switch for the door locks/windows but that’s how they save money

  28. IPTVMultiMedia Group

    IPTVMultiMedia Group12 өдрийн өмнө

    Doug, I had a Tbrid 1956 , I cAN say totally dressage with you., you dont even have a clue the reason why Ford TB came up 2002 to 2005 , You are changing the mix from old TB from 1978 to 1998 ... My suggestion is finds out better what you are talking about, about plastic consul , can't be made leather because just issue is convertible . Very stupid video if a real owner TB 1955 to 1957 , will make joke at u.

  29. Freddie Rankin

    Freddie Rankin12 өдрийн өмнө

    Door button and window same size .. u have to look 👀? Cmon after a week of driving ur brain and hand knows which button is to which .. lol 😂 has

  30. Patrick East

    Patrick East14 өдрийн өмнө

    Doug - I am a 70 year old man and I appreciate your opinion but I love the car!


    DARK YANRIQUE14 өдрийн өмнө

    CNC BE LIKE :- " Hey Larry, He changed his party "

  32. Lee Price

    Lee Price14 өдрийн өмнө

    Thunderbird was always Fords future looking car even when they got it wrong. They were looking forward not backwards. My biggest problem is I'm tall and I looked right at the top of the windshield. Fit in it fine otherwise just couldn't put the top up.

  33. NemesisX2047

    NemesisX204714 өдрийн өмнө

    Would love to see a video on the revived GTO!

  34. Popeye and Strauss MX

    Popeye and Strauss MX15 өдрийн өмнө

    That’s good power per cubic inch of a 3.9 liter V8 makes 280 hp lmao. It makes as much power as a Chevy 4.8. That’s pretty good for soemthing that small

  35. Samia Kam

    Samia Kam15 өдрийн өмнө

    It's not 2004 it's 2002 ford thunderbird

  36. james thomas

    james thomas15 өдрийн өмнө

    Not a 02 the 02 did not have the v8 badge I just bought a 02 and love it Doug is a moron I get so many complaints on the car everywhere I go who cares about the quirks it's a modern day classic I give Doug a doug score of 2 out of 100 lol

  37. johnwjeromejr

    johnwjeromejr15 өдрийн өмнө

    How does a smallish two-seater sports car with a dinky trunk get compared to a huge Lincoln Town Car land yacht?

  38. Origin

    Origin16 өдрийн өмнө

    On my 2002 Thunderbird, you don’t have to push the screws

  39. Origin

    Origin16 өдрийн өмнө

    I have a red 2002 Thunderbird. It’s a great drive

  40. Reagan Hautamaki

    Reagan Hautamaki17 өдрийн өмнө

    sn95/new edge interior is like 100% cheap plastic

  41. Aylwin Wei

    Aylwin Wei18 өдрийн өмнө

    sooooo ugly, no match with 196* thunderbird.

  42. Clark Griswold

    Clark Griswold19 өдрийн өмнө

    I absolutely love my 2005 Thunderbird, it's a boulevard cruiser, not a race car get over yourself Doug!

  43. Ayush A.

    Ayush A.21 өдрийн өмнө

    Just imagine getting rear-ended in that car with a ford raptor... IT WOULD FREAKING DRIVE OVER THE HEAD of the driver!!

  44. flexmaster

    flexmaster21 өдрийн өмнө

    if you are tall it sucks ass.

  45. Don Schwartz

    Don Schwartz21 өдрийн өмнө

    You are certainly entitled to your opinion but it's just that. I drove the car and it was comfortable and easy to handle. I also had an early '60's T-Bird and while I couldn't compare the 2 because they were so different they were both enjoyable. While they tried to get the 55-58 look of the car it is still different. This car was not built to compete with the Mustang GT or Challenger. It was to be a sporty retro looking car that was fun to drive, and it was.

  46. David Patchin

    David Patchin22 өдрийн өмнө

    Ford.; ok guys crossovers are gaining popularity and we want to do a battery power crossover what should we name it. Guy in crack; the mustang. Ford; perfect we are gonna and ad Mack e to it. Ford; employees; that guy is on crack. Ford well we are gonna name it the mustang. Ken block; I'm not cool with this

  47. russell perez

    russell perez23 өдрийн өмнө

    280 hp not sporty??Huh?

  48. Jon Slagill

    Jon Slagill23 өдрийн өмнө

    I remember when they came out with that. I thought it was the dumbest thing and very expensive. VERY LIMITED market.

  49. König Markus

    König Markus23 өдрийн өмнө

    i waitin for a kick down and soundcheck ... but nothing

  50. Justin Case

    Justin Case24 өдрийн өмнө

    I actually really like this car lol

  51. Erik Rogers

    Erik Rogers26 өдрийн өмнө

    What Ford shoulda done was used their partnership with Mazda and based the Thunderbird off the Miata then beefed up the engine turbos, or found away to put that V8 in it, and kept it competitively priced to the Miata, and the Thunderbird woulda still be around today

  52. Caio Henrique

    Caio Henrique27 өдрийн өмнө

    I think it looks gorgeous


    IZNBRG ETiHW28 өдрийн өмнө

    Never realized how similar the Thunderbird and Chrysler logos are. Just look at that steering wheel.

  54. Jamie bro Farley trout jr

    Jamie bro Farley trout jr29 өдрийн өмнө

    Thanks Doug! This is one of the only cars that always catch my moms eye she always says how cool she thinks it is!

  55. mrearlygold

    mrearlygold29 өдрийн өмнө

    This guy is whining and sniveling over it being a 2 seater? What an idiot.I own a 2005 and it's great!

  56. Jeff Wisener

    Jeff WisenerСарын өмнө

    Let's give Doug a review: He is ok but a disappointment to the automotive journalist community. He could be better, has many quirks and features, but doesn't come with an owner's manual. If you are over 70 years old and his grandmother you will score him higher. We give him a 4 but let's face it, MNgos gives everyone their 15 minutes of fame and he has worn his out. You got to give him credit for essentially borrowing other's cars, reading the owner's manual to viewers, and having a large enough following to make a living doing videos that are virtually based upon no performance testing, just pointing out which buttons do what on a dashboard.

  57. orenji studios

    orenji studiosСарын өмнө


  58. Duane Bettger

    Duane BettgerСарын өмнө

    They over charged for it with poor performance. My Chevy truck had more horsepower. I liked it but my previous comments is why I didn't buy one.


    DINO VLACHOSСарын өмнө

    Chevy ssr vs ford thunder bird

  60. Marin Capital

    Marin CapitalСарын өмнө

    The reason it was a failure was a joint effort between Ford and the Italians. Instead of having Italian design and American mechanics, some idiot chose to use American design with Italian mechanics


    AUTONOMEN xСарын өмнө

    Ford's answer to the long awaited question no one asked. Look, take a police crown Vic. Design a bunch of lines and character into it. Maybe offer a convertible. Take the 5.4, drop a roots on top. You've done all of this before, no new ground. An independent rear. Offer some perf packages. Just build a lightning car. Done.

  62. Aksel Steffensen

    Aksel SteffensenСарын өмнө

    It’s amazing that the owners manual isn’t even in colour. The original 1955 thunderbird had an owners manual, in colour.

  63. J St

    J StСарын өмнө

    Thhhhhhis is. It’s just “ this” tongue boy. Keep that flapping mess of flesh under control. The word is “this,” Not Thhhhhhhis. Never’s just a fuckin car. You act like you’re about to reveal alien life.

  64. Peter Surdo

    Peter SurdoСарын өмнө

    It was built for Don Draper but Don's about 87.

  65. Derek Dukes

    Derek DukesСарын өмнө

    I believe the setting on the auto part of the lamp switch was the delay setting for the time the lights stayed on after the car was turned off. It was a Ford thing back then.

  66. chaton roux

    chaton rouxСарын өмнө

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="422">7:02</a> thats all we can afFORD

  67. The Hitman

    The HitmanСарын өмнө

    They gave Halle Berry one of these as a present from Die Another Day. I believe she threw it away. What a way to debut a special edition vehicle in a James Bond movie owned by a person named Jinx.

  68. BassyKelly

    BassyKellyСарын өмнө

    I'm starting to think Motortrend might just give the car of the year to the most current hypebeast and not pay any attention to detail...

  69. Flak Jack Ed

    Flak Jack EdСарын өмнө

    It’s a non-exciting mediocre car.

  70. Israel De la Rosa

    Israel De la RosaСарын өмнө

    The Ford Thunderbird was originally designed as a competitor for the Chevy Corvette, before they turned it into a Luxury Barge in later generations. They should have kept it as a Corvette Competitor. Imagine, you have the Camaro, Charger, and Mustang fighting in the Pony Car World, and the Corvette, Viper, and Thunderbird in the supercar devision. Edit: I don't count the Ford GT as a Corvette Competitor. It was a League above the Corvette. A basic Racecar. Meant to compete with the Porsche 911 or Ferraris.

  71. Astina

    AstinaСарын өмнө

    I just googled Lincoln LS, it kinda looks like a bigger Rover 45.

  72. stephen cantwell

    stephen cantwellСарын өмнө

    Not a bad car, the thunderbird you should test is the 87' super coupe , it's turbo engine was built faster than the fox body Mustangs but detuned as to not compete with said Mustangs

  73. Daryl Dunaway

    Daryl DunawayСарын өмнө

    Id still love to have one

  74. Paul R

    Paul RСарын өмнө

    Incredible looks, mediocre performance, barely any luxury

  75. Jonah M

    Jonah MСарын өмнө

    Dougs the type of guy to say vibe in the same sentence as cool to try and fit in

  76. Frederick John Picarello

    Frederick John PicarelloСарын өмнө

    An old frd once owned a very nice 2001' Mustang GT with an "albeit small" back seat nonetheless with just enough room at the time for his very young grndchldrn..Then he inexplicably decided to trade it in for the 04' Thunderbird with NO backseat!..His daughter and grandchildren were not very happy with his decision 2say the least! lol!

  77. Illiniguy34

    Illiniguy34Сарын өмнө

    TBH they could've reinvented the Thunderbird as a Corvette competitor to keep it as a sporty car positioned inbetween the Mustang and the GT. But hey, that's neither here nor there.

  78. APM11

    APM11Сарын өмнө

    i happen to think this car in 2002 was way beyond its time.

  79. Colton85

    Colton85Сарын өмнө

    I cant believe this guy has this many subs.. he is a hack.

  80. Olli Lehtonen

    Olli LehtonenСарын өмнө

    "Hard and cheap plastic" Just like every other American 2000s car.

  81. Brian

    Brian5 өдрийн өмнө

    @Popeye and Strauss MX exactly

  82. Popeye and Strauss MX

    Popeye and Strauss MX5 өдрийн өмнө

    Brian no vehicle in that year had good quality interiors reslly😂😂

  83. Brian

    Brian5 өдрийн өмнө

    Oh yes because that 2003 Toyota avalon is just so above and beyond the build quality in this thing..

  84. HotWax93

    HotWax939 өдрийн өмнө

    I know. Seriously, the screen on that stereo is virtually identical to the one in the late 90s Taurus my gma used to have.

  85. ezmanzo

    ezmanzo10 өдрийн өмнө

    and still today: american cars and their crappy interiors

  86. William Falcon

    William FalconСарын өмнө

    Doug I think it's looks pretty Kool and nice.