1997 Lincoln Town Car Executive 4.6 from North America
Beautiful, but fatally flawed by poor quality
Power windows stopped working, transmission shudder, air suspension failed, engine surges, horn stopped working, automatic dimming mirrors “burnt”...
Everything that goes wrong with these cars went wrong with this one...
I love Lincolns - I think they are more beautiful, quieter and more comfortable than Cadillac. This is my fifth, having owned a 77 Town Coupe, a 78 Mark V Diamond Jubilee, an 88 Town Car and an 03 Town Car.
However, they never love me back. The quality is just not there as it is on Cadillacs. The 70s Lincolns had the 460, which never ran right, the 80’s Lincolns had a great drive train but the bodies fell apart around you, and the 2000's just weren’t luxurious. Judging from this 97, they conquered the rust and leaks, but you suffer death by a 1000 cuts while everything fails one by one...
Sorry Lincoln, I love you, but if I can ever dump this dog, I’m going back to GM.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th July, 2018
6th Jul 2018, 02:19
I totally understand where you’re coming from. I used to own a 93 Town Car that was plagued with electrical issues and drivability problems, while my 94 Cadillac Fleetwood was perfect and never gave me trouble.
Fords have always had a bad history with its electrical components. They are very unreliable and the parts are very low quality based. They’re probably better now, but back then they were pretty bad.
My father owns a 2001 Lincoln Town Car, and his car has even worse problems with not only his windows are not working, but his power seats failing, including the horrible quality in its body construction. His outside driver's door handle broke off! I’ve never ever seen that actually happen, but it did! The door hinges are weak and loose, the door panels are all creaky and falling apart. Just about everything about his TC is worse than my 93 ever was.
The only thing nice about the 90's TC was the drivetrain and how nice they rode. Its quality however was pretty crappy.
I also own a 78 Lincoln Continental and I will say that it too has funky electrical issues; only the driver's side power window works, the HVAC system is a nightmare to work on as there's many little things that can fail on them. The dash lights dim out and turn off and on randomly. Door locks don’t work.
But for an all around truly comfortable reliable cruiser, the 70’s Lincolns rode the best and were the nicest to drive. Plus its styling is so gangster and cool! One of the most imposing luxury cars of all time IMO, the 77-79 Lincolns.
The very last of what made Lincoln a great luxury car. After 1980, they just weren’t the same.