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Lincoln Town Car



  • limolimo Posts: 20
    The light is suppposed to flash any time the key is removed from the ignition, and it blinks continuously to let theives know that the system is active. No, it can not be turned off, and I don't know what would happen if the wires were cut or removed. Could be the fool thing would just blow the horn and flash the lights until the battery died, or a neighbor shoots it first.
  • Thanks Limo,for some reason it just bothers me for a light to blink when it is not necessary.Of course that is my opinion as my garage is in my basement and we have a security system for the house,so I don't lock my car when it is in the garage. Oh well,I love the car and can put up with a blinking light.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Don't go into therapy over the blinking light, ok? It's not that big a deal! Cover it over with a lid or something if it bothers you that much! But don't tamper - you could very easily disable your car as that's what the system is intended to do if it's messed with.
  • Anybody out there want to talk about Lincolns.I would be interested in any accessories that you have added to your car.Mine is just basic and as you know they are well equipped,but I saw some accessories on the Lincoln site that looked interesting.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Nothing I like better! But mine usually comes equipped so nicely, there's not much I want to add. What are you thinking about improving on yours?
  • I have seen a few Lincolns with the chrome fender well moldings, but haven't decided to put them on mine.I also like splash guards but haven't seen one with them installed.Some sort of trunk mat would be nice. I installed the cargo net and it is very handy.Mine doesn't have fog lamps,but I didn't see them as a factory accessory for the Executive series and I would not be interested in after market lamps.
    As you said the Lincolns are well equipped and there is not much you can do to it and keep it looking as nice as it is. Just fishing for ideas.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Ok, I see what type of stuff you're thinking about now. Let me recommend Griot's Garage. They have great stuff for meticulous cosmetic maintenance, and some mats, nets, and other doo dads you may like. I've never been an aftermarket kind of guy, which is one reason I think I gravitated to Lincoln so quickly. I like to get the top of the line unit, so I don't have to install anything or covet somebody elses car when I see it. It already has it all. I don't even like to upgrade the wheels beyond the optional factory units. I get the nice ones usually, and that satisfies me.

    If you have the executive, you could add the DSP stereo with CD changer if you don't have it. Maybe upgrade the wheels to the chrome ones.
  • Thanks for the Griot's Garage site. I looked at some of the things availiable, but not all of it. I will soon.
    I have the standard Executive wheels and like themOK. Might be interested in the cd player as mine has the one cd only player.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Hmmmm.....didn't know they still did that. Well, I believe you can hook up the CD changer in the trunk to that tuner with just a plug in, and have both. You should get a NO CDDJ message when you push the right button, telling you that's the case, if it's the case. I had that tuner in my 98 Mountaineer, plus the changer. It was a nice combo.
  • You may have me on to something.I am not aware of a cd changer in the trunk. Where would it be? I am pretty sure the manual does not mention it but I am going to review it again. I will let you know what I find.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    It would be on the left side of the trunk, behind a panel.
  • Checked my trunk and manual again and definitely don't have a cd changer. I have the premium sound with single cd. A changer is something I will chec out.
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    I have recently become the proud owner of my dad's '88 garage-queen Cartier and I need some help locating the wire-wheel center spinner caps. What a bad design! Three are loose, one has finally broken off one of the tabs and fallen off in my hand. All are in excellent shape except the spring retainers are garbage. Seeing a car like this with a spinner missing makes me want to puke. Any ideas? Also - chronic problem with auto-dimming mirror electrical connector plug-in. Those who have one are probably familiar with the problem. Any hope for that one?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Wow, actually, I've never heard of either of these problems. But that doesn't mean you're the only one.

    Currently, I'm on vacation, in a Town Car rental. It's an 03 Signature, and I'm pretty dismayed to note the absence of lumbar support on the front seats, and generally poor support in the seats altogether. Anybody know what's up with that? Am I just spoiled with my Navigator seats back home? Otherwise, this T/C which is pretty long in the tooth for a rental, (21,000 miles) runs and rides like a dream. Seems like all the money has been put into the running gear, and the cabin has been neglected T/C is currently off my list for potential replacement vehicles.
  • My 03 executive town car has lumbar controls for the front seats. They are located on the front of each seat.Hard to believe the signature series doesn't have them,but as I don't have that series,I can't say that for sure.
  • limolimo Posts: 20
    Probably the best thing you can do for your TC is use synthetic engine oil and synthetic trans fluid, changing them on a regular basis. We also flush out the trans on our cars every other fluid change, thus getting substantially extended life. We have late 90's vintage TCs with over 300K and the original trans and engine working happily. We have installed cross drilled. slotted rotors on all four wheels on our sedans, along with titanium matrix, "dustless" pads to cut down on the dusting of the front wheels, since we won't use brake shields. These rotors are not expensive, last forever, prevent tramping of the wheels from warped rotors and bring these heavy cars to a stop right now, no questions asked. We get ours from the Brake Warehouse, Greenville, S. C., (800-814-0702, Randy) Other gadgets and goodies are available from some the limousine aftermarket suppliers at really good prices, things not generally available to the public.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I would never have looked for the controls there, but shazzam! There they were. So, sadly, my last day with the T/C, but my ride to the airport should be more comfy now, and I feel better that this essential feature hasn't been thrifted out of the car. Now, is there an air conditioned feature for these seats that I can't find too? I doubt it, but thought I'd ask.....
  • Thanks Limo for the information. I do plan to use synthetic oils in my town car and will consider the rotors ,if and when mine need turning or replacing.I will keep looking around for some of the gadgets,etc that I would like for my car.
  • I purchased a 2000 Lincoln Continental with 63k miles on it in March of 2003, very clean & like new, it is now Sept 2003 and it has 84k miles on it. Thats over 20k in about 6 months. I drive 200 miles total a day, at about 85 mph, commuting to and from work. I get about 25 miles to the gallon and have changed the oil about every 3k to 4k miles. It runs like a charm and is quite fast. I also live in the Midwest and it works great in the snow with front wheel drive, seat heaters, and heated mirrors. I am very happy so far and am greatful that I have found a car that can withstand the commute & weather. Even at 90 mph sustained for over an hour the engine acts like we are going 20 mph. This car is a champ, and am very satisfied. Too bad they are not making the Conti anymore.

    I also heard that Ford bought Jaguar and that may be why the Conti is well constructed as of 2000.
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    I think you may have been holding the newspaper upside down. Ford's purchase of Jag was for Jag's benefit, not the other way around. We should all thank the Great One for not having Conti's built "as good as Jags"!
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    Ford's purchase of Jag was obviously intended to be for Ford's benefit (like $). What I meant to say was that it was TO Jag's benefit (like superior design, manufacturing, marketing, etc.) So there.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Ford acquired Jag in about 94, I think, and put out the first "Ford Jag" design in 98, which was a HUGE improvement in reliability. It had the first V-8 in a Jag, quite a controversy at the time. But you're right about one thing with relation to the Continental. In 98, the Continental also took on some Jaguar styling cues, particularly on the trunk and taillights.
    And yes, it's a great car!
  • nvbanker,
    You are right, I do see a ton of Jags from a distance on the road and mistake the tail as a Continental all the time.
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    I stopped at a dealer to pick up a part yesterday and was again surprised to find the new part from the dealer to be much cheaper than a used part from one of the many "on-line" junk yards. Although dealers are usually much more expensive (especially for labor), I guess the lesson is to not assume that and check first.

    Anyway, to my point.... while I was there I checked out the 03 TC and continue to be underwhelmed with the stiff, cheap-feeling leather on the seats. I remember a day, not so long ago, that "glove leather" was used on Lincolns and Caddys that melted to the touch. Now its all this hard, featureless stuff that makes me feel like I'm sitting in a Honda. What gives? Is it cheaper? More durable? Cows are harder nowadays?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I don't know, but the seats since 98, seem to have been getting worse each year, and have become probably my biggest knock on the current Town Car. It's not just the leather, which may be more expensive, I don't know. But they're not sculpted like they used to be, no lateral support, no bottom support. Just not "inviting or comfy" for me anymore. My Navigator seats are spectacular by comparison, and really spoil me for rentals now. Even in the signature.
  • I have a 2002 Town Car that the clear coat has peeled off the front bumper. Does anyone know of this problem. Your help is needed before I call the dealer. Thanks
  • gdblakegdblake Posts: 18
    Does anyone know if there is a rubber preservative that can be sprayed on the outside of the air bags, that will delay cracking
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Uh, unless there's been some damage to the bumper, you should be covered on that no problem. You don't have over 50,000 miles do you?
  • limolimo Posts: 20
    The cracking of the air bags is caused by stress at the point where the bottom of the bag curves inward to meet the metal support. The constant flexing produces minute cracks that eventually penetrate the surface of the bag enough to permit leakage. If the car isn't driven regularly, or is usually only occupied by the driver, this inward fold doesn't get a chance to flex and distribute the load over a greater surface area, leading to failure. We find that we need to replace the bags at about 150k miles, or once every two years. Ever hear one of those babies blow??? If I were to put anything on the bags, it would be a rubber preservative/dressing such as Stoners "More Shine, Less Time" for tires. (Stoner Products, Quarryville, Pa., 900-227-5538)
    or some other product designed for that purpose.
  • limolimo Posts: 20
    Uh-Oh! The correct number for Stoner Products is 800-227-5538. Mea Culpa.
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