1997 Lincoln Mark VIII Reviews

1997 Lincoln Mark VIII 4.6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.6 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance28555 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla


Buy an import instead


I have always kept this car garaged.

Alternator went at 24000 miles.

Headlamps both quit at 28000 miles. Lincoln does not make these headlamps. They require a conversion, for which the market rate is $1900 for the pair installed. WTF?

My last Lincoln was a 1949 V-12, and although it burned oil, it looked better and was far more comfortable and reliable than this $35,000 junker. If I'd have bought a 528 BMW in 1997, I'd have saved a couple k, and even with 6 or 7 times the usage, the car would be better overall.

Suspension is suspect, and rattles like a bad strut mount bearing now.

Center console/cup holder broke at 300 miles, and no-one can fix it.

The security system on this car is not as bad as a supercharged GM product, but it is highly overactive. Don't go near one of these cars without a key in hand.

I've owned 200 cars. Nice ones! This Lincoln is a key indicator that we should all sell American Car Companies short, because they will fail for lack of voluntary recalls and inebriated engineers. Today I am planning on replacing this POS Mark VIII with a Toyota product.

I can only drive this monstrosity in daylight until some enterprising foreigner designs a headlamp fix for $20-30. It rained on me a few days back. I ran with bright lights. Today I opened the trunk and 2 inches of water slush-ed around as I helped the springs to hold the trunk open. Beam me up Scott! Is there no sense of pride here in the USA anymore? Why are there no voluntary recalls in the interest of customer retention? I believe it is because USA car makers feel that they have just a few more years left to milk veteran patriots who prefer to buy American cars, before they cede the whole industry over to Japanese and Korean car makers.

General Comments:


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th October, 2010

31st May 2012, 09:31

A BMW would've had 30 times more electrical issues.. A Mark VIII along with all luxury vehicles requires more maintenance than a typical Honda etc.

27th Aug 2012, 12:33

Amen brother! BMW's (or any German car for that matter) are far worse than the Mark VIII. As the other poster said, if you don't want to properly maintain it, you should've bought a Toyota or Honda.

1997 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC 4.6 from F.Y.R.O. Macedonia

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 miles
Most recent distance245000 miles
Previous carMoskvitch 408


I just bought this car, it's 12 years old, and runs like it's brand new.. One of a kind in Macedonia, probably the whole of Europe...

Head turner... I paid $8000, I had offers for $20000... so far it runs like it should... no known problems or issues, even though it has close to quarter million miles... best car ever...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2009

18th May 2009, 08:19

Been offered 20k??? And you didn't take it?? Yeah bro, here in the states, they are worth maybe 7 or 8k if they are under 100k miles. You got ripped off, sorry.

28th Jun 2010, 14:04

No, he didn't get ripped off.

How much do you think it would cost him to locate a nice one here in the US, ship it to Macedonia, pay customs and have it legalized for use in Macedonia? It may be a not so rare car here in the states, but it is an exotic car in Europe, in particular in formerly Eastern European countries.

I bet it steals the show next to a Zastava and the occasional VW Golf or Benz diesel.

1997 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC 4.6L V8 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.6L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance21000 miles


FAST, luxurious, and clean lines; the true definition of American Luxury


There is a small leak; most likely from the sunroof.

Transmission stutters when switching into 4th gear. My mechanic says it's about a $40.00 fix, it needs a washer or something along those lines. The problem was caused because this car was driven at a max around 35-45mph by my grandmother.

General Comments:

This car was bought by my Grandmother, who recently moved into a retirement home and my father took possession. The car went for its 30,000 mile check up in *2006* with only *18,000 miles* on it. The car has been garaged kept until mid 2007. It has a little over 21,000 ORIGINAL MILES on it. It has the normal older driver marks from trying to park this boat. It handles extremely smooth for a 97' and is more agile than expected for a car that's the length of a full-size truck.

The thing will flat out haul though! The 290hp under that hood will catch you by surprise. The pedal almost has two positions; nice smooth easy acceleration, and bat out of hell fast! I actually like to drive slow so people think they are coming up on some old person in a Lincoln, and then hit the gas when they try to pass and show them that this ain't your Grandpa's Lincoln!

The car is full of luxuries that you would imagine in a car today, not 11 years ago. The puddle lights, the adjusting seats that slide back when you open the door, and move you into the position you want with adjusting steering wheel, the small mirrors face down when backing you to see if your in the spot, or if going to hit the curb, the instrument panel tells you anything you need to know, and the JBL speakers and 6-CD changer will really rattle the rearview mirror.

All in all this is a great car. The only downside is the gas guzzling V8, but it makes it up in the luxuries and the power of one of the last TRUE Luxury Coupes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2008

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 12 reviews