THUNDERBIRD/cp/ 2 dr CONVERTIBLE
ITS BEEN FLUSHED AND DIAGNOSTIC BY DEALER - THEY REPLACED THE SOP BROKEN INLET TUBE.
ENGINE IS 3.9L, 4V 8-CYL
3.949 CC DISPLACEMENT
FIRING ORDER 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8
IGNITION SYSTEM "COIL ON PLUG"
COMPRESSION RATIO = 10.55:1
From your description, it seems like it is a transmission concern because if you had a coil concern, it would be missing. If it's "banging" going into drive, then into reverse, you may have a hydraulic concern with the solenoid pack inside the transmission. There also may be a callibration update for this concern. There is an adaptive learn strategy for shift timing and feel, but that usually is when the battery is disconnected or loses power. The PCM relearns the adaptive strategies. The cost of repair depends on what is found with diagnosis. This is all assuming the transmission from your description is the cause. If you don't want to go back to the dealer, I am sure there are other trans repair facilities that can perform the needed diagnostics. I hope this answers your questions and the info was helpful. Let me know if further advice is needed. Please accept answer and give feedback. Thank you.
The Ford dealer did the diagnostics and serivced the trans (like they always do ... one dealership said my cars was so so overserviced... but I think this dealer is okay ....
The Ford dealer is the one who told me its the coils.... what should I tell them? to call you? They told me they think its the coils and it sounds like its not ... now where do I go now? I am in Orange County California....
Thanks Dennis....it can be tough being a blond chick in a T-Bird... at least expensive... You answer has perhaps saved me a big chunk of change as the quote to replace the coils was well over a grand... I will take it to a trans shop or another dealer...