1997 Lincoln Mark VIII Reviews - Page 3 of 5

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

1997 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC 4.6L V8 EFI DOHC from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.6L V8 EFI DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance168000 miles
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

Buying this car used is WORTH IT!

Faults:

The Air shocks have gone bad. They were already deteriorating when I bought the car. I am guessing that is why the seller sold it for such a low price. He was anticipating it.

The door ajar sensor for the right door sometimes shows the door is open when it is not.

The door lock on the driver side gets stuck in the winter.

General Comments:

This car is awsome. I had an audi previously and miss the sporty suspension and the stick control as it was a manual, but this car is so luxurious. Plenty of room in the big plush seats. All the details on the interior really make you feel like you are in a top of the line car.

The quickness of the car is also desire quenching. I wanted a sports car, but I settled for this nice and luxurious car as it was always a childhood longing to own this ride.

Everyone who rides in my car is also amazed by it. Those who do not know much about automobiles, assume they are in a high priced automobile.

The air shocks are expensive, but they make this ride. I really believe tat if you ride in this car, you will be addicted to the smoothness of the air socks, and the way they make the passenger feel they are on a cushion the whole ride.

I would definitely have bought another used one like this one. It has such high mileage on it, but the engine is so smooth I see the engine lasting for at least another 3-4 years. Now other factors might really harm the car, for example the harsh Michigan weather has really done a number of the paint job. And the underbody is showing some serious signs of rust. But the engine cranks over like its butter, and the ideal is better than my wifes 2003 Malibu (which I also love, but does not compare to my ride).

I would definitely buy another used luxurious model once this car wears out. Possibly jump into a Cadillac. Or I might even go back to sporty, but I am thoroughly pleased with this ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2005

13th Jan 2006, 16:52

Prolly got it cheap cause it has high miles, bad paint and underbody rust. In addition to needing new air socks.

13th Jan 2006, 19:09

I have heard that the air shocks on these cars are an achilles heal. They sound like a relatively mundane issue, but end up being so complicated and expensive to change, that people don't want to bother. A friend of mine got a '94 Lincoln in trade for a beat-up old Chevy Blazer that didn't run for the same reason. However, it is an opportunity for somebody with some mechanical know-how to pick up an otherwise nice car cheap. I agree, they are nice cars once you can get past this issue.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 13 reviews