1989 Lincoln Continental Signature Series 3.8 from North America
I bought it for its posh ride, image and value
I just purchased the car yesterday, so I haven't seen a problem yet. I am surprised at how many bad reviews the car has received. The car is almost 19 years old, so I'm not expecting it to be perfect.
I bought the vehicle because I wanted a nice comfy luxury ride. What's better then a Lincoln for that? The vehicle only has 56,000kms or 35,000 miles.
One of the major problems is the air shocks, which may not last as long as coils and cost more, but that's the pay-off for having air ride. All cars with air suspension have this same issue. With a short Internet search, I found that regular coil springs can replace the air at the regular cost. Personally I can't wait until I need new suspension, so I can upgrade to http://www.ridetech.com/ and love my Lincoln even more.
The second major problem is the head gasket blowing in its low 140hp V6 engine. A very weak move by Ford to put the Sable/Taurus engine in the Continental from 1988 to 1994. I wanted to buy a 1995 for this very reason. The V8 4.6L has over 100 more horsepower with the same fuel economy as the V6 according to http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/sbs.htm
I just couldn't pass up the 1989 I bought due to its low low mileage and great price. I'm hoping for 2-3 years of trouble free service from it. Don't forget people, cars built in 1989 on average are considered recyclable at 120,000kms or 75,000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd September, 2007
I have a 1989 Lincoln Continental. My son gave it to me 2 years ago, after owning it 2 years. He drove it like it wasn't his!! I drive it like it is. Great ride. Better than my sister's 2009 Cadillac, thinks it's a CTS? I love Lincolns. My son replaced the air suspension, new tie rod ends. It does have a problem of not wanting to start, there's nothing. You can't even hear the fuel pump engage. Then later it does. I don't know. But I love it. Would like to own a 1962. Enjoy the ride.
Like the Buick 3.8, the Ford 3.8 is not without its problems. Head gaskets were challenged by a iron block/aluminum head configuration. Then, the bottom-end had reliability that was suspect. In the end, Ford got it under control, but not before many (too many) loyal customers walked.
We had the 3.8 in a fleet of Pontiacs and no issues. My best was a 90 Bonneville. The rest were Pontiac 6000s. Are you sure it wasn't a smaller V6?
1988-1994 were the worst years for the Continental...