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Lincoln Town Car



  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Here is a link to a good article by the Philadelphia Inquirer's semi-retired auto writer, Al Haas, about how a 2000 Town Car is a pretty good buy.

    He says one with 42,000 miles, in great shape, is an excellent car and can be had for about 1/2 price v. new.

  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    I clikked on "Business - Automotive" and read about Electromagnetic Compatibility under "Keeping All Your Vehicles Devices On Friendly Terms". Hoo Boy!
  • jrguthjrguth Posts: 4
    95' Town Car, love it, but the drivers window is slow and jerky. Is their a simple fix? Or does inside door have to be removed and what? Lubrication, motor replacement, other?

    Thanks for your help, have enjoyed reading all the posts here.

  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    With all other lights and accessories "Off" and a slight increase in rpm, does the window operate satisfactorly? Sometimes with an old battery and low rpm with lights and other items on, there can be a reduction in electrical energy going to that little motor in the bottom of the door. Another area to look at is the contacts at the arm rest when you press the window actuator. Corrosion can occurr there also.
  • jrguthjrguth Posts: 4
    Sorry for the delay, had to test the window. No, with more power doesn't seem to help. I hit the down switch and nothing happens, then all of a sudden it starts down. Going back up is same type of delay then the jerks begin, course at that point we have the added weight of the window glass.

    Thanks for your suggestions. jrguth
  • dbc123dbc123 Posts: 105
    You might try spraying some silicone lubricant in the front and rear guides if the window is binding there; however, it sounds like the regulator is going out - a common problem with these cars. The regulator is about $70 from Ford and requires about 1-2 hours to replace.
  • I have a 88 Lin TwnCar that needs an engine soon. The Rod Bearing is knocking and it has 121K on it. I was looking around and was wondering- Does anyone out there have Experiences with a 93 0r 94 Lin TwnCar ? Mechanically mainly
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    It has the "Touring" package
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    It has the "Touring" package & rides accordingly. You can feel the pavement, but it corners like a locomotive. More stable than without the package.
    6/14/94 installed hitch & transmission cooler. 8/5/96 replaced A/C fan speed controler, warranted
    4/25/97 replaced driver side rear door control,N/C
    5/27/97 @ 44352 mi. aligned front end
    7/17/97 @ 50830 mi. Platinum plugs installed.
    2/6/98 @ 59756 mi. Installed Michelin X1 WSW
    6/15/98 @ 67439 mi. Recharged A/C system
    7/27/98 @ 70965 changed transmission oil & filter.
    7/28/98 @ 70970 rear loaded calipers and rotors
    4/14/00 @ 80272 A/C coolant and seals
    5/24/00 @ 81541 front brake pads
    11/28/01@ 98000 new pinion, bearings, rear axles, & spider gears.*
    12/26/01 99069 new spark plug wires
    4/8/02 101605 left lower ball joint
    6/17/02 102520 A/C compressor, dryer, & recharge

    *The owners maintenance manual says to not check the axle fluid until 100,000. The fluid had turned to foam causing the repair. I personally visited the Lincoln Customer Service rep and she agreed to pay for 50% of the bill due to the verbiage in the manual being deceptive.

    All of the items under the hood affected by the fan belt are original as is the battery. The idle air valve needs to be replaced as sometimes the car sounds like a ship's fog horn. This car has towed, infrequently, a 3000 lb boat/trailer as far as the lakes in B.C. It has never overheated and is as quiet as the day we bought it. Recently a passenger thought the engine had died at a traffic light, but it is very smooth and very quiet. I use Mobil 1 and NAPA Gold oil filters. The filter is easy to change when you turn the steering wheel hard left first.

    The air suspension system = no problem.
    Uses a quart of 10/30 every 1,200 miles.

    The above was taken from the log and I hope it is helpful to you. I recommend you check the axle fluid before buying. Good Luck. Kinley
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    rotors were replaced before the front pads because the rear brakes are used more than the fronts! In'94 the Cruise Control applied the rear brakes only when going downhill so as to maintain a constant MPH. Also, you can bet the Towncar with dual exhaust has the Touring package especially when the tire size is 225 instead of 215.
  • 0rnery0rnery Posts: 23
    It was my fault. I rear ended a 1986 Mustang convertible. First accident like that in 25 years! Apparently, my bumper rode under his, because the only damage on the Mustang was a busted right tail light bezel. However, mine is trashed!

    I'm hoping to get enough from the insurance to replace it with another '94 or even cough up a few more bucks for a '95. I stole the alloy wheels and put them on my son's '95 G. Marquis. Sure beats the lame factory wire wheel covers! This is certainly a shame. I never liked the color much, but it was in excellent condition!
  • That is a bummer! Now you're on the hunt for another replacement?
  • I will need to replace 88 Linc bad knock in engine. Did some research on 90-97 Town Cars. The 92 and 95 have best Consumer and JDPower Ratings. Any Major Repairs Mechanically ?
  • Don't be afraid of the 96 either. I had one for 4 years, never even needed a battery.
  • 0rnery0rnery Posts: 23
    Thanks navigator3740, I'm absolutly getting another ASAP. Still haven't got together with the adjuster. Been playing phone tag lately. In the mean time, I'm driving a Saturn from the rental company... ugh!

    I picked that one up for $6,600. Right now I have a stack of '94 Executive Town Car ads with the cheapest one at $7,500. I know my insurance rates will be going up, but I feel pretty sure I won't be any money out of pocket for the replacement. Getting itchy to climb into another... soon!
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    Driving in the Rain:

    I received this today from a friend, and wanted to pass it on. I never
    thought about it before, but will now.

    I had a wreck a couple of weeks ago and totaled our Lincoln Town Car. I
    hydroplaned on Hwy 35 between Gladewater & Kilgore, TX. I was not hurt, just
    emotionally rattled! I know the Lord was with me. I learned a lesson I'd like
    to pass on to you. You may know this already- but the highway patrolman told
    me that you should never drive in the rain with your cruise control on. He said if you did and hydroplaned (which I did) that when your tires were off the road your car
    would accelerate to a high rate of speed (which it did). You don't have much,
    if any control when you hydroplane, the car accelerates. I took off like I
    was in an airplane. I'm so thankful I made it through that ordeal. Please
    pass the word around about not using cruise control when the pavement is wet
    or icy. The highway patrolman said this should be on the sun-visor with the
    warning about air-bags. The only person I've found out who knew this (besides
    the officer) was a man who had a similar accident and totaled his car. This
    has made me wonder if this is not why so many of our young people are dying
    in accidents.

  • You have my deepest sympathy, friend.....what a humilicar! It's not bad enough wrecking your T/C, wow.....
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    Are there any other locations in the states offering more than 8 under MSRP? If so, please advise.
  • Have 92 town car, good except for using oil ,89000
    miles. Thinking of buying 97. Have heard about defective intake manifolds. when dealer cranked car it was hard to start and backfired. he said it was because it was cold and not started for several days . the next day we went to drive the car. same trouble.any coments? 65000 miles on car. Is there an extended warranty on plastic manifolds?
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Thanks for the driving tip. That was something I had to learn the hard way. Put my '78 Mercury through a bobwire fence when I hydroplaned with the cruise control on. I'm almost certian I could have reeled her in and saved a rough trip and a wrecker bill (extracting her from the fence) without the cruise control. The highway patrolman and the wrecker driver both told me never to use cruise in the rain. My Driver's Ed teacher never told me this. My grandfather had been driving since the 40's, and my grandmother since the 50's, and neither of them knew to cut off the cruise in the rain. Why don't they tell people this before they have a wreck?
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    '98 is the oldest of the latest design and the most economical of the present style. If you prefer the looks of the '97 over the '98, I then understand.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    It's not too hard to get to the $8K off
    assuming you have prev. owner loyalty
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    New in '80,'82, & '94. The '80 was totaled in a parking lot crash. Last Summer '02 were 10k off of MSRP. When do you suppose that will happen on the '03 model. How true is the rumor the '04 will include the engine now in the Aviator?
  • I have driven the big Lincolns since I bought my first '57 Premier coupe in 1967, I had to give $85.00 for it, it needed a battery. I soon bought another one that was minus the trans., from one of the mechanics at the local L/M Dealer, My first experience was when my Mom and Dad brought home a '57 Premiere Landau four door it was that Wimbeldon white and had two tone upholstery, that was in 1965, they paid $250.00 for it at a local used car dealer. I was so excited that I just had to sit in it all night, WOW was I impressed, I had been a car nut since I was 9 years old and all my book reports concerned cars, I had my first Ca. smog license in 1966 I had cut school and was at the gas station and my boss said since I cut school and was there any way I could come along and take the test with him, he thought I would pass and I did, I opened a Garage in 1975 and kept the location until 1993, I have had many big Lincolns, I was hit head on by a car crossing the center line(a Subaru wagon with a 23 y/o .33 blood-etoh driver) in a 76 Town Coupe, and walked away, engine and trans underneath the car, master cyl standing proud and the roof rippled and the body rippled behind the Lt. door. I currently have a '85 Cartier 105,000 mi., a '88 TC 437,000mi, and just leased (Ford Red Carpet)a 2003 (100th anniversary model) Executive. I intend to keep it. I can deduct the full cost for business. I searched all the inventory west of the Rockies and found the exact model I wanted with an X for the prod code, ($34,000 flat) the reasons that I got car are I had rented 2000, 2001 & 2002 TCs when out of town (tried the De Villes too, do not like the anvil in front handling and the power did not impress me)and the 2002 example I had was the worst handling of them all would go out of its lane passing a big rig, would have immed. put on heavy shocks (it had 50 lbs of air in the tires it was a lot better with a lower pressure), I had heard that the 2002 would have all new frame and suspension, and was disappointed when the '02 was the same car, then I heard that someone had seen a 2003, I went right over to the local dealer to see, there was one in the showroom I went nuts, I was all over underneath it, on the floor in the showroom , and then checked out the interior, WOW, the only thing I did not like was the steering wheel insignia(I like it now). Trunk bigger the pull-down back, all sorts of cubby holes and good cup holders, all new frame and rear suspension, monolithic front end all aluminum cast with Maserati style spring set up (I have three Maseratis) Rack and pinion steering and as standard HD suspension. I feel that Ford did some good work on putting out their flagship car for its 100th anniversary. I guess that Gilmore wuldn't have it any other way. I liked it so much that there is one in my driveway! Couldn't get out from behind the wheel, I have 3500mi. on it now changed the oil at 1200mi to Castrol full synthetic 5w/50 and am very happy with the car, the rental had 8000+ mi. when I brought it back and the mileage had gone to 18mpg plus in the city (I have a heavy foot) and 26 on the road doing 90 most of the time the speed is limited at 108 to 110. The car is extremely stable extremely stable. it really took me by storm, the New one that I got is doing only 12 to 13 in town and on the road about 24 so far and we will see what happens, I could hear some small engine noises that only a professional would hear at the 1200mi mark (and a lot more in the rental which was past service) and the change of oil to the better oil eliminated them and has so far,(Fords have always been succeptable to oil types), They give free service for the first three or four years and use a semi synthetic 5w/30 I will stick to what I like and from experience with the 20w/50 Castrol gtx I have over 400,000 mi. on the 88 its windshield is almost frosted glass showing the miles. quite frankly this 2003 knocks my socks off, it is not the same as the older classic styling it is more subdued and in comparison to the '98-'02 style it is like a big brother on steroids, bigger! Has enough power to be commanding (Would like a little more please but with the same gas) and uses regular gas, in my opinion; and that has not changed since 1967 there is no more economical car to drive than a big standard Lincoln and I am alive due to my trust in these cars! Sorry if this sounds like a paid advert, it isn't I just love the Lincolns! I have extensive automotive experience and have even worked at the now no longer existing Best restoration shop in the world that was in Marina Del Rey, as a restorer and from the '70s I am #152 in the BMW org. (under Hoffman) and a ASE Master Mechanic with about 30 some odd years of experience, I repeat that I love Lincolns, also as an after-thought the speedo set up , the little shelf , its straight out of my Maserati, rbg P.S. I might like a little stronger anti-sway set up, although the car cannot be slighted in any way and it was a delight to discover the new hpyer boos in emerg situation brakes on the car!(between that and the fast steering and suspension I was able to avoid all but a little scratch when a woman fell asleep behind the wheel of a minivan and ran a red light mid stream=no broadside. phew this car jumps! can power brake a good peel too.
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    Like you I appreciate the Towncar having had three since 1980. In considering a '03 Executive, I've been advised the '04 will have the same engine presently in the Aviator so here is my question. How would you describe the acceleration difference between the '03 TC with 239 h.p. and an '04 with 305 h.p.? Does that 27% increase in h.p. translate into 27% faster acceleration? Because I appreciate your experience and expertise, your reply is also very much appreciated. Thank you. Kinley
  • I'm acquiring a 92 Linc Town Car from Florida and will be transporting it to NJ. What items shoud I change from going from a rather warm climate to cold ???
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    All season tires would be advisable. Inspect the serpentine fan belt for wear and scope out the brakes, especially the rear pads as they are used by the Cruise Control to slow the car. LOL.
  • dbc123dbc123 Posts: 105
    Several times I've seen it posted that the cruise control uses the rear brakes to control speed. This is not correct. There is no provision for speed reduction other that reduced throttle on the cruise control. Rear brakes are however pulsed by the ABS system to provide low speed traction control. Also note that the "fog horn" noise is the tube assembly on the idle air bypass valve, NOT the IABV itself - big difference.
  • kinleykinley Posts: 854
    Please tell us how the CC does brake the speed on a 94 Towncar if not applying the rear brakes. It feels like the rear brakes are being applied, but you are probably right and I would like to know how the car is slowed without using the brakes. Thank you. I am also glad to know it is the tube assembly and not the valve. That helps.
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