I had always found the look of these cars interesting and had thought about buying one.
Since I don’t like front wheel drive and finding a choice of good, clean, used rear wheel drive cars was getting hard to find. My 97 Crown Victoria was getting boring and too hard to park, so I started looking around online.
To my surprise, a local dealer had a 1987 Lincoln Mark VII LSC; it was my favorite color dark blue, fully loaded, looked immaculate and only had 253K kilometers (157K miles). The dark blue interior, with perforated leather sport seats was like new. This was a northwest car with no rust or dents, and looked great aside from some stone chips on the cowl and windshield.
I made a deal that I could not believe and put this car on my MasterCard and walked out the door. I absolutely love this car, have been using it as a daily driver for the last 2 years, I got it for next to nothing and have put over 23,000 kilometers on it. This is really the perfect car for me, a good sized 2 door formal coupe; it actually handles, brakes better than most new cars and has great torque and power.
Why don’t all cars have 4 wheel disk brakes?
It runs almost 460 kilometers(285 miles), combined city/highway and over 600 kilometers on the highway (400 miles) on one tank of 90 octane gas and that’s around $70 at todays gas prices.
This is almost a 20 year old car, and it rides better than most new cars.
Speaking of ride, the air ride suspension can act up in cold weather so all I do is turn off the switch in the trunk and it stays inflated. When it finally does bugger up, I will replace the air bags, solenoids and compressor, all at once. There are several good choices online for parts, don’t bother with the dealer.
This is one classy well made car and I will hang on to it for as long as I can. This will be my daily driver as I have no choice now. My 97 Crown Victoria, 4.6 V8 with only 90K miles on it had a plastic intake manifold that failed due to a design flaw and the dealer wants over $1,000 to replace that. There was a class action suit but only up to 7 years, so I have to pay for this myself. You can get a properly designed 3rd party intake with an aluminum coolant crossover online for under $200.
I was thinking about buying a new Mustang, but I will think twice about any new Ford product now, with the price gouge of replacement parts. Why wouldn’t a plastic intake manifold be designed with metal reinforced coolant passages in the first place? Too bad Ford can't build cars like they used to 20 years ago.
If you can find a good clean low mileage LSC, go for it.