1986 Lincoln Mark VII LSC V8 5.0L High Output from North America


Luxury with muscle


The ONLY one MAJOR problem was when the ABS pump failed (when I was driving, thankfully at a slow speed, I built up enough back pressure to stop the car). Cost of repair: $1500.

Otherwise, last year when the car turned 15, I replaced all the hoses and lines as a preventative measure.

General Comments:

This is a great car, the Mark series by Lincoln are by far some of the best cars I have ever driven (I even test drove the Mark VIII, and she handles like a dream). I was given this car as a hand-me-down from my parents when (they purchased it in 86), and even today I would chose this car over any other.

The car may seem big and bulky, but the handling is actually very responsive.

I will probably do some performance upgrades, like change the exhaust system to make it breathe better.

Otherwise I say again, this is a great all around car, a luxury car with muscle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2002

1986 Lincoln Mark VII LSC from North America


I can't believe I own this car, but I won't sell it either


Replace both the front and rear air bags. Did the rear ones myself. Took 45 minutes. I recommend Bagmaster in TX for rebuilt bags. Dealers are outrageous.

Distributer problem "fixed" by dealer. Think it was a known electronic module problem that Ford has been fighting in court. Had to take the car to another repair shop to have fixed correctly as the dealer left the car out of time and wouldn't admit to it.

Alternator replaced three times. I bought the lifetime warranty from Pep Boys so this was no big deal. I think the problem came from Pep Boys "clocking" the alternator to have the correct alignment for this car. I think they damage the leads if they are not carful.

Leaked oil from the valve covers, replaced the gasket.

Lifetime mufflers from Midas, they hate to see me coming now.

And of course the radio antennae does not work. Fixed once broke again. At least it was up at the time of its departure. I notice most Lincolns of this vintage have the same problem.

General Comments:

I can't believe I have put 60,000 miles on this car. I bought the car because it was an excellent deal. I didn't even like the car when I bought it. Of course I was going from a super-charged MR2 to the Lincoln. Since then I have grown to respect the car if nothing else. It isn't the fastest or best looking car but it has been solid, quiet, comfortable and secure.

I did drive it to the west coast several years ago. It was great in the mountains but not comfortable enough to do it again. I decided several years ago that I would drive this car until "the wheels fell off". I'm still waiting.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2001

1986 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5.0 HO from North America


My wife thinks it's HER car..


Had to replace valve cover gaskets.

Had to replace top.

Had to replace radiator.

Had to replace window regulator.

Had to repair air suspension wiring.

Had to convert air to R134a.

Replaced seats last year.

Repainted pearl white last year.

General Comments:

This car is fun, quick, still turns heads.

I will keep it until it dies, which will be a while as it still runs very good.

Gets decent mileage for it's size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2001

1986 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 302 H.O. EFi from North America


A great car


Passenger side window and sunroof motors are out.

Rear suspension can't hold up to any weight.

Mufflers were bad.

General Comments:

It is a real performer for its year and miles, but has electrical problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2001

20th Jul 2001, 21:25

What kind of sunroof does it have? Sliding steel, sliding glass, or tilting glass?