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.