Overbuilt, 2-ton car that gets 25+ mpg and is legendary in ride quality has been extremely reliable!
New alternator at 194,500 miles.
Driver's seat has worn through in two small areas.
Rear Air Suspension Bags and compressor were both replaced at 207,770 miles.
No other items have gone wrong on this car.
I feel really relaxed driving this car long distances. Rear Air Suspension with self leveling is a dream! Acceleration is brisk and hushed. I use only Mobil 1 Oil and Oil Filters. At 135,000 miles the spark plugs were replaced per the maintenance schedule and I had the cylinder compression checked: all cylinders were 165 psi. I have replaced no other items on this car than those listed in the above section. All controls work flawlessly. I have a large family and am pleased with the trunk's ability to swallow large weekend's worth of luggage for all. Gas mileage has been exceptional. While the digital dash accurately indicates the actual avg. and instant mileage, conservative driving can average 31+ mpg door to door on 300 mile trips at 68 mph. Best tank yet was 34.2 mpg. No tricks, only careful acceleration and looking 10 seconds ahead for road conditions to use the brakes minimally. Front brakes replaced due to normal wear at 91,200, 173,890 and 232,677 miles each time. Still on original rear rotors. Disk brakes all around with ABS is fantastic for this 2-ton vehicle. The traction control has brought me through severe snowstorms where only 4x4's were on the road. This car is rear-wheel drive! There are enough luxury conveniences in this vehicle that make it very difficult for me to even think about moving ahead with another brand. I love the manually adjustable steering resistance (3 settings), the digital dash display, leather interior, power trunk lid pull down, rear self leveling air suspension, 2-ton weight, 25+mpg average, commanding view of the road, and, of course, the front hood ornament is legendary Lincoln. The `98-`02's did not have a stand-up hood ornament. I did add a K&N Air Filter element for improved breathing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th November, 2004