1992 Lincoln Mark VIII Review

1992 Lincoln Mark VIII from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carCadillac Fleetwood


Headache on wheels


Transmission was very sporadic. Downshifted at random. Would not engage overdrive after 110,000. Under speed from stop, transmission would overshift into 3rd gear. Transmission was garbage.

On-board computer system did not detect a faulty alternator until 30 seconds before the car shut down completely. Battery idiot light lit sporadically. Dealer-installed alternator was nearly $400! Pep Boys did it for $260. The sad part is the alternator is at the top front and center under the hood, yet it is a nightmare to replace.

Interior is totally plastic (and leather), with the radio controls and heater control buttons all broken, but functional.

General Comments:

MONEY PIT. I have read nightmare stories of expense related to the electronic suspension and transmission. I got rid of mine just in time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2003

Average review marks: 3.6 / 10, based on 1 review