2000 Lincoln Continental 4.6 V8 from North America
Great luxury car for the money
Front rotors replaced twice.
Driver's power seat no longer goes down, have not fixed it.
Car has been exceptionally reliable. Gave our last Lincoln (94 TC) to a relative, and it is still running strong at 200k miles.
Some rust has appeared in the wheel wells behind the rear passenger doors.
Wife had a 94 Town Car and really liked it, but at 150k miles we decided it was time to move on. After looking at over a dozen cars, we found this Continental. It had everything she loved about her Town Car, but was a bit smaller, which solved the one complaint she had with the TC.
The V8 has more than enough power to merge into traffic or pass. The handling is much improved over the TC, and even a sports car guy like myself does not mind driving it. It handles well enough to get me in trouble with the wife on winding country roads, something I could not do with her TC.
We average 21 around town, and normally see 26+ on road trips. Not bad for a good sized luxury sedan with a V8. Yes, it calls for premium, but we have never put premium in it. We are willing to suffer a few less HP, we are not drag racing.
The smooth ride and quiet interior are what drew my wife to the car. No, I am not saying it is as nice as the high end European luxury cars, but at $8k we did not pay a high end price.
My wife plans to keep the car until it falls apart. Considering how well it has done so far, we may have it for a long time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th July, 2011
It will most likely NOT last as long as a TC (see my review), since the suspension is made of glass, & you will get sick of $500 tie rods every year, not to mention the trouble prone air springs (rear ONLY in the 2000, thank God).
Trannys are also trouble, though I haven't had any yet. People get 200K + out of Town Cars used as cabs... You shoulda kept it.