2017 marks 15 years since the first model year of the 2002 Ford Thunderbird. And with that milestone comes a critical situation for owners of all 2002-2005 Thunderbirds … a replacement parts crisis.
OEM replacement parts for the 2002-2005 Thunderbird are almost completely gone, with current inventories extremely scarce and hundreds of parts already ‘obsoleted’ and out of production, with no plans to re-manufacture them. Among these discontinued parts are a number of components that are critical to the operation of the Thunderbird including; electronic modules (PCMs, FEMs, REMs and more), instrument clusters, intake manifolds and many others.
To make matters worse, thousands of 2002-2005 Thunderbirds are still covered by Ford-issued ‘ESPs’ (Extended Service Plans), which Ford continued to offer and sell for 2005 Thunderbirds as recently as last October. How Ford intends to handle warranty claims for these Thunderbirds, for which no replacement parts are available, is still unclear.
There is some good news for Thunderbird owners, however. Powersport/Thunderbird Specialties is still able to source a number of hard-to-find, out-of-production parts. In addition to OEM replacement parts, Thunderbird Specialties continues to design and develop new aftermarket accessories for the 2002-2005 Thunderbird. Earlier this year we introduced newly-designed Billet style and Wire Mesh Grilles, stunning, high-quality creations that will transform your Thunderbird’s appearance.
As the ‘Retrobird’ ages, we’ll continue to develop new products as well as source needed OEM replacement parts. If you’re searching for a hard-to-find part, enter the part description into the ‘Search’ bar on our home page, or contact us by e-mail using the ‘Contact Us’ form.
We’ll continue to keep your 2002-2005 Thunderbird running and outfitted with the latest new products!
Powersport/Thunderbird Specialties has the World’s Largest Selection of Accessories, OEM Parts and Collectibles exclusively for the 2002-2005 Thunderbird … nearly 400 unique items to choose from!