1989 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 5.0 Liter V8 from North America
Excellent car. Ford did a good job. They sure don't make em like this anymore!!!
The car had sat for about year, and was senior owned, so as a result it was not TOO badly beaten, but was not taken care of, and I had to replace a lot because it had sat for a long time.
At 84600 miles had to replace exhaust brake lines and belts.
At 84600 miles changed the oil, which was very dirty (it looked like it hadn't been changed in years!)
Through the miles I have put on the car, I have replaced a lot, which I think is mostly due to it sitting, and to the lack of servicing it got.
I replaced an air filter, and fuel filter.
Replaced spark plugs at 88890 miles, which some of them were very carboned, and some were even filed off.
Transmission went at 88890. It wouldn't shift into overdrive (if you have experienced a similar problem, please advise me.) Transmission shifts OK in regular drive, but is now experiencing some late shifting.
Now the check engine light blinks and the car jerks.
Despite the many problems I have experienced with the car, I love it. I would buy another one tomorrow if I had the chance.
I very highly recommend it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th May, 2009
In response to your Overdrive transmission issue, my cousin, a self taught expert on all things automotive to a fault, says that there is a rubber grommet in the shift linkage that wears out and needs to be replaced with a (more durable) one. This is available through Ford, but I believe the trans will still need other work once it has gotten bad enough to not shift into OD. The grommet is preventative. The shuddering may well be the trans also, as it has a torque converter lock-up, and I have experienced that in a number of the 5.0/302 - AOD power trains. Once you get past that, I can't think of a better car...