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Lincoln Town Car



  • vosakivosaki Posts: 5
    I rent Lincoln Town Cars quite often, it's pretty neat. You see new Town Cars advertised in the LA papers for a little more than $30,000, after whatever rebates are being offered. For that kind of money, they seem like a pretty good deal.
    The only problem I have with the car is its image. When I see a an older one on the road, it's invariably a old man driving it. Or if its a new one, it's an old man or a middle aged guy driving around without a license plate frame. That's a dead giveaway for a rental.
  • mcginnesmcginnes Posts: 1
    Bought a '99 Town Car Exec model. Took it for a long trip 1200 miles and it performed great. Am wondering if anyone has experienced any vibration which feels something like a tire source but is the same on most roads. I can feel it in the steering wheel and in the seat. Not too objectionable but feel it is not up to Lincoln standards. Anyone have any thoughts on this problem? The quality assurance person at the dealership says he doesn't feel anything different from others he has driven. I'm not sure how good he is or if he is just given me a line--he does work for the dealership after all.
  • gkarggkarg Posts: 230
    I have a 94 Continental that has had a similar vibration since day one (bought used at 16,000.) The difference here is front wheel versus real wheel drive. I purchased custom chrome rims and brand new tires a couple of years ago....hoping it would take care of the vibration, but it didn't. (It sure did improve the looks, though!) So, I now believe it is a driveline vibration and I'm not willing to deal with replacing expensive CV joints, etc. I wonder if your problem is also driveline related ie. having a driveshaft that is not balanced well.

    It really could be a number of things including tires that are out-of-balance. (I had all of my original wheels computer spin balanced after I got the car and that (as I said before) was not the problem.

    Maybe you should drive another 99 TC and see if you experience the vibration....if you don't....I'd definitely have them find the vibration and fix it.
  • ez36mpgez36mpg Posts: 1
    I just bought a 1990 Cartier edition Town Car for my mother. It has 69,000 one owner original miles on it and I got it for $8,500. This car is loaded, has moon roof, jbl, memory seats, the works. I am 38 years old and would not hesitate to leave behind my Honda (I'm on my third Honda) to start enjoying something like this for a change. Talk about comfort, the Town Car is great. Yes, it does seem to float down the road but I find this quite refreshing for a change. I have no problem admitting that I might buy one for myself in the near future.
  • walterchanwalterchan Posts: 61
    Anybody have a 1998 or newer Lincoln Town Car and tell me if anybody have problems in it. I am shopping for a new luxury vehicle.
  • jheflinjheflin Posts: 7
    I have a 98 Signature edition. Great car, no problems. I love the design. Good gas mileage.
  • firelordfirelord Posts: 1
    I have a 97 executive that was purchased new in September 97. It has just under two thousand miles on it. My better half doesn't drive it very much and I prefer the convenience of my P/u truck. We had a 85 Cartier before this (only 32k miles when traded) and a 73 Mark before the 85. We purchased the 97 because it was the last year before the new body style. We drove both and preferred the 97. I have driven it 4 or 5 times and really like the way it rides and handles compared to the 85. It has plenty of power and I feel the love of my life is very safe in it. We owned Cadillacs until 73 and would never go back. They were in the dealership more than my garage and rusted like crazy! When I was younger, I raced a Chevrolet and we had a saying about Fords. You had to drive a Ford in order to race a Chevrolet. I believe it's still true today. If things stay normal, we'll be trading our 97 in 2010! It'll have 25K or 30K on it and you can bet I'll be buying another one!
  • joyce7joyce7 Posts: 1
    I had my eye on an 1996 A4 or A6 Audi and when I went into retest drive them, the salesman pointed out an apple red Lincoln sig series, with all the options including sunroof. First offer he made was $19.900. He called today with a new offer of 18.500., with 41.000 miles in pristine condition. He says he's had it three months and is willing to let it go but it's just off lease. My one concern is, this is a small used car dealership with 60 day full warranty and two year drive train. It rides like a charm but will check out the shock bolts now and I was wondering about a small vibration from what seemed like the driving column on down. Barely noticeable, thought I might be imagining it. Will have mechanic check it out though. I have to say it floats but I always invisioned my next Lincoln to be black. Has anyone seen the red color.
    The one I had twenty years ago was a dream but upkeep was a nightmare.
  • resetreset Posts: 1
    Anybody hear or experience "excess wear" on the 4.6L motor? My 93 towncar has 125000 miles on it and beginning to blow smoke and use 1 quart of oil in 1500 miles. Any bulletins from FORD? or suggestions? Dealer wants $3000 for a new motor.
  • ribcoribco Posts: 1
    I have a 1997 Lincoln TC Executive with 36M. I am very pleased with comfort, mileage, etc. but very dissappointed with annoying air noise mostly on passenger side. I have had it in 3 or 4 times, no luck. (Molding strip replaced, adjustments, rubber padding, door adjustment) Anyone else have the same problem and what are your suggestions?
  • balooo2balooo2 Posts: 8
    I owned a 93 T/C and it did the same thing
    my mechanic who is a ford freak informed me yes the 4.6 engine will begin to blow white puffs of smoke after 100 miles.But he was quick to assure
    me not to worry about it,he suggested a can of slick 50 really does help the problem.
    I believe what he says (this was an oppurtunity to make some bucks)try that and see what happens in your case.Its a lot cheaper than a new engine!
    I loved my T/C but recently traded it for a new Volvo its a great car but I miss the roomyness
    my T/C had.
    keep us posted how things work out for you.
  • The problem with driving a Lincoln Town Car or a Continental is that you may be giving the impression that you are on your way to the airport to pick up a businessman.
    Here in NY City, almost every one of these cars has a license that starts with a "T", signifying that it is a fleet or private limo service car. These cars are popular with these services, because, due to their extremely high depreciation in value, they can be had as used cars relatively cheap.
  • balooo2balooo2 Posts: 8
    thats not the reason Town Cars are used this way.
    Its because:
    1)fuel economy, 20 city 24 hwy
    2)dependability,they are in NYC heat /Cold,pot holes,stop and go traffic,Pissed NYC off door slammers need I go on?
    3)Comfort for the driver,If you had to drive all day what would you want to drive?
    4)Proven to be great cars these guys drive for a living and most own the service car they drive and are responable for maintenance... enough said.
    I had a Caddy in new york what a nigthmare its not as rugged, bottomed out all the time.
    If I still lived in new york I would own one.
    Buy a Town Car and move down here to florida where they still get respect.
    P.S.I owned a car service in NYC for three years.
  • cdog88cdog88 Posts: 2
    I love the American Luxery! TC all the way baby!
  • I have one question. Next year when the 2000 deville comes out what reason would you have to by
    a towncar when both are the same price and Cadillac has better technology, a better engine, Better realiability, ETC.
  • jheflinjheflin Posts: 7
    No one is promised tomorrow, let alone next year. Get a Lincoln and have a nice car today. Great design.
  • balooo2balooo2 Posts: 8
    There is no doubt the Northstar engine is one of
    GM's finest achievements, but if you plan on owning your high tech Caddy in an area that does not have really good roads FORGET IT! they ride like Camaros they handle great but at the exspense of losing the ride Caddy is famous for. If I wanted a Camaro I'd go to a Chevy dealer and get the two door version. I'm sorry but that's the bottom line as far as ride is concerned and maintance cost ..
    have your check book ready lots to go wrong and it will.
  • fredlyfredly Posts: 201
    Just Curious, if anyone else here has a 96 Limited Edition Cypress TC, Pretty nice looking, they came in a silver(ish) color and the one my dad has is sorta like a champaign Pearlesant, Varies from light green to Rose colored depending on lighting. My dad just picked up one not too long ago, his 4th or 5th Towncar, all the rest were black and boxy 80's models (he loved those) Well I guess thats all.
  • balooo2balooo2 Posts: 8
    sounds like it's very rare.
    I've never heard of them.Is this car a regional
    after market custom type Town car?
    like a Presidental Town Car(they are done in south florida)?
  • fredlyfredly Posts: 201
    Not like the presidential, its a signature series, with some extras, you'll have to excuse my not knowing what most of the extras are, but I can't think of anything the car doesn't have.
    Its named the cypress after Cypress Gardens Fl.
    I think the numbers my dad gave me, were that they made 500 of each color(and there was a silver one on the lot when my dad first saw it) . I want to do some reasearch on it to find out more about it.
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    People have been asking questions about Fords 4.6 V-8 reliability. I've got a 95 T-Bird with that engine, and well over 140,000 miles (almost 141,000). Uses no oil, makes no smoke, and gets between 25 and 27 mpg highway. I have also been told by numerous mechanics (2 of them are relatives) that this engine can go well over 200,000 without major problems. However--my T-Bird is smaller and lighter than a Town Car, and the extra weight might add wear and tear to the engine, shortening its lifespan somewhat. All in all, I've had no major problems with my T-Bird, and other than the color and some minor ergonomic details, I love the car.
  • I agree with your post,the 4.6 is probably the best engine ford's ever built.
    I think you may be right about the vehicle weight
    adding life to the engine.After 100k the heavier fords Crown vic's/ Town car platform develop a smoke problem that that in my case did'nt do much other than make a small puff of smoke upon take off when cold.No big deal but I like my car to be perfect so I traded in my 93.
    And yes I miss my Town car but I don't like the new body style so I jumped ship.
    Good luck with your T-Bird.
  • Traded my '97 Signature with the 16" wheels / handling package for a White on White Touring Sedan. No comparisons - the car is planted on the road versus the '97. Power is better, probably due to the extra 5 hp and the 3.55 axle ratio along with the smaller torque converter in the transmission. Feels a little softer than my bosses 740iL with 40,000 miles on it. The only problems is a noisy moonroof, the air deflector vibrates annoyingly. Lincoln is replacing the deflector this week and the passenger side headrest needs alignment with new retainer clips.
    The white leather is keeping me cleaning it but the combination of colors is outstanding. The rebate was $5000 and the dealer discount was almost $5000. Bought the car in mid May. Has 3400 miles on it w/o a problem in mechanics.
  • What did you pay for your 99 Signature Touring sedan???
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    i tow a 17' Searay with my 94 Signature Touring using a class III hitch. I understand the towing package is not available on the 98,99, or 00. Is it because of the smaller torque converter in the last 3 years or does Lincoln want to sell Navigators or both? My 94 has 77,000 and I wish the 00 Signature had the 98 Mark VIII engine, but it appears the 00 Cadillac DTS with the 300 hp Northstar is the next car for me as Lincoln refuses to put the LSC 32 valve 295 hp engine inthe Towncar. Not at any price. Too bad one has to pay for a Lincoln Towncar while getting the same engine you get in a Ford Crown Victoria. WAKE UP WIXOM
  • Sounds like a good deal. i travel frequently and on occasion (like the last ten days in Hawaii) have really come to love this vehicle.

    It fits the five of us confortably and ALL our luggage including golf clubs fit in the trunk.

    does 31,000 sound reasonable for a 1999 Sig Series Town Car with 7500 miles on it???

  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    31 grand could be O K if it is the Touring Signature. It should be loaded including the moon roof, 'phone, trunk CD, chrome wheels, Premium Sound. 99 Executives are going for 26,000 in the Portland, OR area - same for Seattle and they have from 7,500 to 15,000 miles on them. Hope this is of some help. P S Don't buy a NW towncar & try to license it in CA. It won't pass the emisions test. Good Luck
  • I dont' believe it is the touring signature but rather the standard signature. It does not have a phone, cd, moon roof, or chrome wheels. It does have premium sound however.

    It is a bueatiful car. Black with tinted windows. Good for keeping the sun off the kids.

    Thanks for the info, will proceed with caution and perhaps extend my search.

  • I have a l999 Exec Town Car and the brakes are so noisy. Dealer says its normal, gazing they tell me. It is driving me nuts. Anyone else having this problem please help
  • Hey gang!

    Just drove home my new 99 Signature. What can I say, the guy who originally bought it bounced his down payment check and never made a payment therefore the dealership had to keep the car.

    They LOST $7,000 on the deal by selling it to me for 31k.

    It has 7k miles but I saved over 10k on the deal.

    I LOVE it, it's black with dark tinted windows in the back with a lighter shade up front.

    SOOOO Sleak and drives like a dream.

    Had been scouting this and othere dealers here in Orange County CA for two months and it was worth the wait!

    The car was released for sale two days ago!!!!

    Thanks for your comments and suggestions.

    Happy driving,

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