1993 Lincoln Mark VIII V8 32v
Front air suspension, easy fix.
Antenna up and down, easy fix.
JBL stereo static sometimes, not fixed yet.
Radiator leak, easy fix.
Quick!! Very quick! Actually it can be scary fast!! The top speed is over 140mph. Never done it, but I am sure it can.
Stops good. Turns good. Handles good.
Good on gas for a V8.
Good in snow - Sure Track (Ford).
Quiet, heavy and safe. Would not trade the weight and safety of this car for any economy car. NEVER!!
Overall a great car! Quick... Very quick!! Wow!
Headlights are no better than a lit candle in a Hurricane. Replaced with 8000k bulbs, problem fixed.
Door handles stretch, and are weak and a pain in the butt to replace when they snap off. Typically around 100,000 miles.
No rain gutters so the doors will freeze shut in wet snow or freezing rain if the car is left out doors. This will really wreak havoc on the door handles if you use them to open the frozen doors... Yikes!
The seats are OK, far better in 1997.
The 1993 is the fastest model ever made. The later LSC models come close in power.
I have driven 2 1993 Mark 8s and Grand Marquis. Most have the 1st to 2nd gear shudder. I bought a Marquis with 52,000 miles and it had the shudder, mostly when cold. Never got worse, never got better. Got rid of that Marquis when it had over 130k miles and was still the same. Current 1993 Mark 8 has 75k miles and no shudder... This is rare. Does not seem to be a problem but more of an irritation with these cars.
Trunk space is OK, but not huge. You can take a long trip with this car, but you cannot take everything with you.
Air suspension, typically the fronts will go bad. An easy fix with Arnott air shocks. I would never buy one with the spring conversion as the air suspension is great engineering. Since the air spring are so easy to replace on this car, I would never go with coil springs. NEVER!! Front air springs can be replaced in less than an hour. Very easy to do. Mark 7s are much harder! Mark8s are easy. Putting coil springs on this car ruins the car for me.
If your Mark 8 gets on the hot side in summer, it will shut the A/C off for you to prevent the car from overheating. A nice touch. If this happens, you need to replace the radiator with a new one, as the bugs and road grime will plug it up. Check to make sure the aux fans are working first. But my bet is that the radiator is getting up there in years. Another easy fix. I had a fan go bad on my first Mark 8 and got one from a Ford Taurus junk yard. Fits nice. Had to adapt the plug though. A new Mark 8 fan is expensive!! Wow!! And the Taurus fan works great for cheap!!
This car has 4 wheel alloy independent suspension and stainless dual exhausts!! Amazing car for sure.
If you need more info on this car, let me know. The bottom line is that if you can find a low mileage version in good shape, buy it! And enjoy the ride.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th May, 2015
11th May 2015, 16:38
Awesome review! This is the sister car to the Thunderbird, and this generation Thunderbird is what got me hooked on ergonomics. I know that the panels and gauges aren't twins in the Ford versus the Lincoln, but this platform is timeless and an absolute joy to ride in.
I'm in college now and my friends all laugh at me when I tell them my dream car is a 90s Thunderbird or Mark VIII...
12th May 2015, 02:31
The shudder is the torque converter. To remedy this problem, drop the trans. pan and change the filter, then drain the torque converter. Fill it back up with 14 quarts of recommended fluid and add a small bottle of Motorcraft "Friction Modifier".
17th May 2015, 03:18
Good advice - Thanx!!!