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Today I test drove a 2003 Ford Thunderbird with 56k miles that I'm considering buying. While driving at low speeds I heard a rolling thumping noise coming from the rear of the car. Couldn't tell it it was the hard top moving or some thing to do with the wheels/axle. Looked through papers in glove box and found a receipt showing that previous owner had complained of the same. Receipt showed that it was fixed (about $1500, Ford paid all but 90 bucks), but as I said, I heard the noise today on my test drive. Are you familiar with this issue? Thoughts?

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  • idospots Jan 04, 2011

    Thanks for your response. Is this a big deal, little deal, repairable, something I should use as a negotiating tool, or simply just walk away?

    Thanks again.


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Hello! Yes, It is being caused by one of two items...First ...Was there an "E" illuminated on the dash?
If so the computer needs to be reprogrammed to repair a torque converter trouble...There is a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) written for this problem...However, if there were no trouble lights lit, then this is eliminated...Second...Is failure of the rear stabilizer pins...This is more then likely the source of the thumping...Perhaps the paper work defines the repair...It's out of warranty and the chances are good you will be faced with a rather large repair bill...My advice is to look further for a vehicle...


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Sounds like a wheel bearing get in ready to go out Jack up each side put on jack stands grab wheel pull & push it see if there's any play if so thats your problem

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