1997 Lincoln Mark VIII Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1997 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC 4.6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carLincoln '94 Toyota Camry

Summary:

Probably the nicest looking and driving car I have had in a long time, but has had repair issues

Faults:

Driver's door handle 53000.

Neon tail light 53000.

Front brake rotors 54000.

Lower control arms, ball joints and rear control arm bushings 61000.

Alternator replaced 61000.

Needs power steering pump (leaks onto exhaust mainfold & smells) 62000.

Door ajar lights came on 59000 (fixed with WD-40 sprayed into the door latch)

HID headlight went out 61000 $400.00 to replace both with new bulbs.

Sometimes leaks water onto the passenger floorboard.

Doors sometimes freeze shut (need to wipe the door rubbers with silicone)

General Comments:

I really love this car, but it has cost me plenty of money to this point. I have just chalked it up to it being less than a new car payment so far. I feel like I couldn't get a car this nice for the money I have spent on it up to now. It turns heads wherever I go in ti. Gets 21.5 MPG overall and that's good for a car this big. Motor runs really smooth, and is really powerful, probably the best part of the car besides the interior. Looks new even with 62000 miles on it. Now, if I can just quit spending money on it for a while, but I imagine I will have air suspension problems with it like everyone else does, it has a noisy air pump.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th December, 2007

1997 Lincoln Mark VIII Base 4.6L InTech from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.6L InTech Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

A wonderful car for someone with some extra money

Faults:

When I bought the car the blend door was broke. That is a pretty expensive fix for something so small ($750). Tail lights burned out rather quickly, but that's easily fixed. Driver heated seat burnt out rather fast also, dealer does not stock part still looking for solution.

General Comments:

This is a mans car! The 280 horsepower grabs you, luxury is all around, and you won't be able to wipe the smile off your face. Parts are expensive and sometimes hard to find, but everything considered I still recommend it. This is the best car for the money on the market. It is a luxury Cobra that will far exceed your expectations (especially for the price tag). The cool little features (auto-glide, reverse mirrors, message center, tilt/telescope wheel with auto movement, puddle lamps, mirror turn signals, heated seats, two tier dash, etc. The car also rides like your in your living room! The air ride suspension is one of the best parts of the car KEEP IT! It barely cost $1250 to replace the whole system, compressor, drier, shocks, and lines.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2007

1997 Lincoln Mark VIII 4.6L DOHC V8 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.6L DOHC V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Solid RWD beast, but beware pricey parts

Faults:

I've only had the car for a few weeks now. This Mark 8 has been well cared for by the previous owners, and it shows. There's really no problems with it cosmetically; it's white with a beige interior, which works really well in Arizona.

The only issue right now is the low beam headlight. It appears the HID bulb is OK, but the ballast, or wiring to the ballast has gone bad. Too bad I spent over $200 on a new bulb already! The bulb was only made for the 97 and 98 year models, so it's not a common part.

General Comments:

This is a great car for long distance, high-speed interstate trips. It does not feel as big as it looks when you're behind the wheel, probably because the steering is so tight and precise. This is one of the few cars I've owned that's just a pleasure to drive.

The engine is super smooth. It reminds me of the '97 Maxima I had, but with more torque. Shift point seems a little weird at 30mph; apparently that is normal for this car.

The interior is slick, especially the message center. I like the instant fuel economy setting, probably not the most accurate thing, but it's still cool.

The air suspension is nice, but expensive to fix. There are retrofits using coils which eliminate the air system altogether. www.suncoreindustries.com has them.

Replacement items can be had on eBay for a fraction of what dealers and even internet parts stores are asking. Things like keyless entry remotes and headlight ballasts, which are just insanely overpriced. Also check markviii.org and other Lincoln forums.

Because of the cost and complexity of the parts, the Mark might not be a good choice for the complete idiot or car novice. In the lighting section, the owner's manual even states 'the bulb is NOT replaceable' and to take it into a dealer. Keep this in mind when buying a used Mark 8, because they can be had for low prices, but the parts can easily offset this. The rear neon brake light also costs quite a bit to fix.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2006

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