1996 Lincoln Town Car Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1996 Lincoln Town Car Executive Series Collectors ed 4.6 liter V8 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.6 liter V8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance201000 miles
Previous carChrysler LeBaron

Summary:

The Lincoln Town Car is quite possibly one of the best road machines ever made at any price.

Faults:

Cracked Intake manifold, @ 120,000 miles.

ABS brakes constantly pulsate hard when braking, even after repair.

Door hinges causing door fit to sag badly.

Carriage lights difficult to replace or find.

Hood ornament will not stand up straight.

Chrome plating is very pitted on the front grille.

Beginning to use oil more and more.

The electric window assembly on the drivers side door failed.

Cruise control assy on the steering wheel fell out.

General Comments:

This is a solid motorcar. It handle all types of traffic and road conditions well. My wife and I commute 50 miles, one way, and driving to and from the city, especially in the northeast, where aggressive driving seems to be the norm, this car allows us to unwind and handle stressful driving conditions with a high level of comfort and confidence.

We enjoy the elegant ride it gives us. With a trunk capacity that is second to none, we can manage to get our supplies to and from our yacht with relative ease. That include carrying additional passengers with us.

This car offers great visibility and adjusts well to both me and my wife and our various driving manners. It can jump like a tiger or purr like a kitten, depending on your needs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2006

1996 Lincoln Town Car signature 4.6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carMercury Grand Marquis

Summary:

Excellent for a trip to walmart or to a night out

Faults:

The rear pass door handle broke off.

Warping on the front rotors after new ford/lincoln one were installed shorty after purchase of car.

General Comments:

Very elegant look to the car.

Seems to have more than enough power for everyday driving.

Excellent driver layout, easy to use controls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2006

1996 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 4.6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carMercury Grand Marquis

Summary:

Nice car that could have been a great one

Faults:

Manifold cover failed.

Control button for moon roof broke.

Moon roof mechanism broken.

Air suspension is failing - soon to be replaced with springs.

Intermittent wiper function does not work properly - same as my 1993 Grand Marquis.

Drivers side window mechanism failed.

Trunk pull-down mechanism has been balky at times.

Drivers door sagging. Requires a firm shutting to close properly.

A one inch square piece of paint broke off of the hood.

General Comments:

This is a handsome, beautifully riding and appointed automobile.

The interior is extremely nice and comfortable.

The JBL Audio system is superb.

Mileage is very good for such a large car.

Too bad Ford cheapened its flagship so badly. Without the flaws mentioned above this could have been an exceptional automobile.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th November, 2005

2nd Dec 2005, 13:31

I just had the air suspension replaced with coil springs from strutmaster. The results are excellent! Forgot to mention in "problems with car" that the lumbar support fails to hold air and collapses in about a minute.

27th Apr 2009, 20:32

1996 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series.

Symptom: A/C not cooling. No compressor clutch engagement. Heat works fine. Sometimes problem is intermittent. When testing the A/C system and electrical supply voltages, everything is OK except no 12 volts to the compressor. This voltage is supplied/output from the EATC (Electronic Automatic Temperature Control) Module pin #25. Then it is looped thru the A/C Cycling Switch, the high pressure switch and then on to the compressor clutch plug.

Not wishing to replace this very expensive EATC module, I took it out and examined the internal circuit to find an open/burned trace on the circuit near the relay that feeds pin #25. Re-soldered and tested. All OK.

Depending on your personal technical patience, you can either replace the $760 module, or tear it down and fix it yourself. All of the Lincoln technical manuals try to scare off the back-yard mechanic by stating that the entire dash board needs to come out. Not true in this car. Only the vinyl trim pad needs to be removed, and then the EATC has 4 screws and three rear plugs to be removed. Good luck to any who venture!

P.s., leave the battery disconnected during this repair.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 16 reviews