Good engine with plush interior, but the rest of the car will suffer "death by a thousand cuts"
The fuel line is poorly designed. Steel tubing mounted underneath the car is exposed to water and road salt. Water collects in between the parallel tube lines and behind plastic mounting clips, resulting in rust and eventual rot-through. The fuel line rotted completely through, and started pissing gasoline (at 40 PSI) at the 160,000 Km mark. Thankfully, this happened on a cold rainy day!
The brake lines are run in the same manner, and parallel to the fuel line, but at much higher pressure. They are subject to the same rusting problem. Hard braking could pop the rotten line.
Speaking of brakes. They've oscillated since the 40,000 Km mark. The dealer hasn't been able to solve the problem. I've given up on the grease-monkeys there, and now take my car to a bargain basement garage across the street. The mechanics there are far more competent, and much cheaper.
Suffice to say, the brakes on this car just aren't any good.
The fan belt, called a "serpentine belt" must be replaced ridiculously often, and tends to vibrate annoyingly.
The windshield wiper switch shorts out, most frequently in heavy downpours, leaving you to guess where the car ahead of you is--at 120 Km/h.
At 100,000 Km, the climate control system went on the fritz. The air conditioning, and even the blower, fail to work in the summertime. For highway driving you must open the windows and wear ear plugs.
At 160,000 Km, the dashboard developed a new habit of blowing a fuse and blacking out, every time I shift the car into reverse. The dash is all digital so I insert fuses on occasion just to see how much fuel I have left in my gas tank, or to check my odometer reading. Because the speedometer is black, I guess my speed by "intuition."
The rear-view mirror rattles.
The car body, in general, squeaks and rattles on cold days. It's almost as though the metal has contracted in the cold and certain parts are rubbing together.
The following repairs fall into "general maintenance."
Ignition wires had to be replaced at 60,000 Km.
The aluminum rims had to be polished at 100,000 Km, because they had corroded and the tires were constantly leaking.
In a nutshell:
The engine and cooling system is 100% good. The car will not give up on you in the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead. unlike a Crap-illac, Uh, sorry, I mean Cadillac.
At the very least, The Town Car will work long enough for you to get to a garage.
The car, aside from the bad climate control in the summer, is really plush and comfortable. It's a classic land yacht. The trunk is cavernous, and it seats 6 people easily.
Most of the power equipment, including the seats, antenna, locks, windows, etc. are all still good at 160,000 Km, but the wiring itself is rotten. In a Cadillac the power equipment AND the wiring would be dead at 160K.
I will dump my Town Car soon because, although I do like it, the car is slowly disintegrating. The engine, cooling, ignition and exhaust have been great. I'm sure they could go another 160,000. But the plumbing and electrical are crap. The body and paint are just so-so.
Unlike at Cadillac, in which all parts fail at 160,000 Km like clockwork, the Town Car will suffer "death by a thousand cuts."
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th January, 2003