1997 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC 4.6 DOHC
Solid drivetrain with minor maintenance
Since I've owned the car, I have no drive train failures or engine failure, period. The drive train is solid and the engine is nice. Love it over the SOHC 4.6.
The main flaw with these cars, depending on where you live, is rust and the suspension.
So far went through one wheel bearing.
Inner/outer tie rods.
Upper control arms (both).
2 airbags and a compressor.
Those items can be expensive to install, however it's well worth it with the solid drive train.
So far this car mimics the Crown Vic, except without independent suspension and more horsepower; it even sounds the same as it.
Watch out in the rain and snow; it does ride much more dangerous than any Lincoln Town Car I've ever owned. Make sure as well to run thick fluid in the 8.8 diff so to prevent wear from this as well, and throw a tranny cooler on the 7r40w, since let's not forget this tranny is designed for vehicles with much less HP stock, and until the late 97/98 Mark they didn't install an improved design. Overdrive gears are a problem if not maintained properly and the fluid is brown.
If you live somewhere that has snow/salt, undercoat this car right away or it will lose value fast. I use rubber undercoating on the doors and take it to a shop to do the underside. So far that works great; other Mark 8 owners however need to scrap their cars after a long winter due to rust being a big issue with these cars.
This car is a fast, reliable luxury car that looks sharp.
To top things off, keep the drive train maintained and avoid the snow/rain, and you'll have a car that easily lasts more than 200,000 miles, even with a heavy foot
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd September, 2014