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

Summary:

Headache on wheels

Faults:

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