Not good. Hopefully my experience is isolated.
By J. J. on Thursday, September 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000
overall rating 6 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Nice interior room. Nice exterior. Engine."
Cons: "Mechanical problems. Uncomfortable front seats."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"1996 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series. Silver ext./Gray int.?. 98,000 mi.. Hopefully my disappointing experience with this car is isolated/rare. Soon after we received it, with approx 85,000 mi. on it the trouble began mechanically. Here is a semi-sequential list. Front "toner"? ring drivers side. Shortly thereafter-front "toner" ring pssgr. side. Hood ornament replacement. Leak around thermostat housing. fan clutch failure. Poor radio antenna connection in trunk. Pssgr. front window regulator failure. Shortly after, drivers front window regulator failure. Not too long after, pssgr. window regulator failure again. Some AC/Heat/Vent related, actuator door thing in the dash clicking/failing. AC freon leak. Muffler hanger repl.. Rear Air Suspension bag failure/leakage. I chose the conversion kit, it works, but slight ride quality diminishment. The air ride/self leveling suspension was one of the nice features of the car along with the interior size, since I'm reasonably tall.. approx. 6'5". The rear seat room can't be beat. However, the front seats seem poorly shaped/semi uncomfortable. The exterior is nice as well.
Now the intake manifold is cracked, which I've learned is not uncommon on these 4.6 L. egines. It has been difficult for me to swallow that they would put a Polymer type plastic intake manifold, on a "luxury car" such as the Lincoln Town Car. Even though there have been multiple of these failures I'm told, there has been no recall on this fairly expensive item replacement, at least for my year. Go figure.. Or better yet, maybe the designers at Lincoln need to go figure! Also some hose..Heater to intake manifold?..I think blew completely out, thankfully, as I was pulling in the driveway. Guess what? I'm told that in order to replace this approx. $50 hose, the intake manifold I'm told has to be removed anyway...in my case a potential blessing, since the intake manifold needs replacing anyway..a kill two birds with one stone type deal. Needless to say, the car has been sitting for a while, which probably won't help matters with it either. I'll end with that "saving grace".
Believe it or not, I have actually left out a few things. I am middle aged, and tried to maintain this car as well as any other car I've owned, but to my disappointment.
I am not intentionally denegrating this car for any reason. I'm simply sharing my experience, which need I say has not been good. Again, hopefully my experience has been isolated. If you buy one, hope for the best, but go in with your eyes open. In this instance, unless you are a monetarily affluent person, who is unconcerned with repair bills, I strongly suggest having the car inspected by a reputable mechanic before purchasing.
Written with love."
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