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1988 Ford Thunderbird

For 1988, the engine found in the Ford Thunderbird received a multi-point fuel injection system, which replaced the single-point system in the base V-6 engine. Horsepower rose by 20. Other changes to the engine included a new balance shaft that helped make the powerplant run smoother.

Dual exhausts became standard on the 5-liter V8, Sport model and optional on the base and LX editions. Sport models received sport seats and an electronic instrument cluster, replacing the analog gauges. Pricing for the Sport models began at $16,000. The base, 2-door hardtop coupe model sold for $13,600 while the most expensive model was the Turbo Coupe, which commanded a price tag of $17,200. Powering the Turbo Coupe was a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.3-liter engine which offered 190 horsepower and was mated to a five-speed gearbox. Anti-lock braking, electronic ride control and 16-inch tires were also standard.

For 1988, a total of 147,243 examples of the Thunderbird were produced.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2013

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1988 Ford Thunderbird vehicle information

(Turbo Four) HardTop Coupe

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(Turbo Four) HardTop Coupe
 

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Price Comparison

1988 Thunderbird
$17,255-$300,000
1988 Ford Thunderbird Price Range: $13,600 - $17,255

$8,730 - $16,610
$11,700 - $15,900

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ford
1993Ford (1,026,338)Chevrolet (692,116)Honda (608,149)1,026,338
1992Ford (922,488)Honda (648,745)Chevrolet (647,227)922,488
1991Honda (659,659)Oldsmobile (474,837)Nissan (405,147)
1990Ford (912,466)Chevrolet (785,918)Pontiac (641,820)912,466
1989Chevrolet (1,275,498)Ford (1,234,954)Pontiac (801,600)1,234,954
1988Ford (1,331,489)Chevrolet (1,236,316)Pontiac (680,714)1,331,489
1987Nissan (1,803,924)Chevrolet (1,384,214)Ford (1,176,775)1,176,775
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)1,253,525
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)1,149,427
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)1,180,708
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)783,225

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