The recall began on October 28, 2015. Units Affected 1767 When most people begin thinking about what car they ought to bring to a LeMons race, they start thinking about what vehicle gives them the best chance to win. My father owns a 2001 Lincoln Town Car, and his car has even worse problems with not only his windows are not working, but his power seats failing, including the horrible quality in its body construction. The electrically-operated trunk lid goes all the way down to bumper level, and is easy to load and unload. Subject to approved buyer credit. I am living with the above defects. Changes have been more mechanical, and in comfort and convenience, than in appearance.
Fuel pump left me stranded at 156,000 miles. They don't make cars like these anymore 20 years old - still going, 26 mpg on the highway and a pleasure to drive. Walkaround For 1997, some of the standard luxury content that has crept into the Town Car over the past few years has been thrifted out of the car, small items that most of us won't miss because we didn't notice them when we had them illuminated rear ashtrays, robe cords on the seatbacks, the trunk key cover, an extra power point underneath the dashboard, cellular phone wiring, etc. Roominess and comfort are first class. Tax, tags, title, administration fees, and license fees are not included in price or payment. But compared to other large luxury sedans of the time, the Town Car was let down by a weak engine, soggy handling, a dated interior design and a lack of modern features.
It's big and comfortable and gets over 25mpg on the highway. . Though its getting close to being a classic, it is driven almost daily. And for them, this Town Car was a perfect fit. His outside driver's door handle broke off! Other notable developments for mid-1990s Town Car models included an optional Handling Package with firmer suspension and matched tires introduced for 1993, and a subtle but tasteful interior and exterior restyle for 1995. It is really luxurious, I feel like royalty driving this. A year ago I took it on a 1,500 mile road trip and had no trouble with it.
You will still have the poor window motor gears, but much less hassles than the Town Car. The main display is recessed and hooded so that sunlight never obscures the information, and some of the lenses have been changed to reduce reflection and glare on 1997 models. After a first generation in a very angular body, the Town Car moved to a softer silhouette, long after other Fords had morphed into slippery new, aerodynamically keen shapes. The Town Car would be a victim of that downsizing: it just didn't fit anywhere else in Ford's global plan other than America. Engine quibbles aside, the Town Car covers ground quietly, almost serenely, when it is in its element, tooling about town or cruising the highway. What's new and improved for this year is an entirely new recirculating-ball steering system that is more precise, smother and more durable than the previous system.
But even with the increase, the Town Car is selling 25% better than last year. Roomier, quieter, better built- everything one could ask for in a car. A new intake manifold takes induction noise down to the lowest level yet, and the four-speed automatic is quiet and efficient. I have only had one major repair in the nine years that I have owned the car and that was the suspension system. At its curtain call, the Town Car toted a 239-horsepower, 4. Its solid rear axle suspension and V8 engine, in particular, were relics of another time. Timing chain began to rattle at 165,000 miles.
General Comments: I love Lincolns - I think they are more beautiful, quieter and more comfortable than Cadillac. Lots of room - no bucket seats. The Town Car competes primarily against the Cadillac DeVille and Concours. I might add the front and rear brakes hold up well and are easy plus cheap to replace. Not only was acceleration pokey, but fuel economy was poor as well.
× Estimated monthly payments based on 3. I disagree with the Town Car being expensive to maintain and unreliable; I have owned a few myself and they have been bulletproof. Faults: I am a fan of the Panther platform, but I doubt I will purchase another Town Car if I do get another Panther. Sorry Ford, I am going to pass on any of your products on this engine in the future. In the corners it's a different story; the suspension does a fair job, but the narrow tires and the leather seats do not hold you. It was offered in Executive, Signature and Cartier editions, and beginning in 2002, the latter two trim levels were available in long-wheelbase form. Now that Cadillac has thrown the last spade of dirt on its rear-drive Brougham, Lincoln-Mercury's 1997 Town Car is the last of the big, rear-drive luxury American sedans.
Summary This is the seventh and final model year for the current Lincoln Town Car, and we think they have got it about right by now. Between 1990 and 1997, the Town Car was boxy, slab-sided and formal. Model Overview: The Lincoln Town Car was one of the most established automotive nameplates in America. There are plenty of faults that most owners will report to be normal maintenance, but these faults are not normal maintenance, they are just poor design. Although the ride's a little stiffer than I expected it has the Touring Package , the handling is just amazing for such a big car- absolutely flat and level in the corners. In 2001, hp was bumped up to 220 for Executive and Signature editions, while Cartier versions produced 235 hp.
The blend door actuator stopped working, which requires a long and expensive process of removing the dash to replace, which I recommend replacing the heater core at the same time. Superb comfort, good fuel economy, classic styling for less than a used Cavalier. Judging from this 97, they conquered the rust and leaks, but you suffer death by a 1000 cuts while everything fails one by one. While they don't look even remotely sporty, and they won't hold you in place in a hard corner, the Town Car seats have more adjustment techniques than a chiropractor, with long tracks, front and rear tilt, and power recline, not to mention a five-zone heating system. But for the most part, we think most shoppers will do better choosing another large luxury sedan that's more capable and advanced.
I love the good mileage I have gotten on the highway, about 25. It owes me nothing, continues to perform nearly as well as it did when I got it and the needed repair work over the years has been very minor compared to almost any other car I have owned in my 71 years. The gas mileage on the road is quite good, 25-26mpg, but in the city, it is an atrocious 13mpg. It will be interesting to see how many miles this car will eventually get. Driving Impressions Like many luxury cars these days, the Lincoln Town Car has a single powertrain combination, a 4.