1997 Lincoln Town Car Jack Nicklaus Signature Editio 4.6 Liter from North America
An excellent large, comfortable, luxury car choice
The upper door hinge on the driver's door is worn and will have to be replaced.
I haven't had this problem, but the plastic intake manifold will have to be replaced with an improved model in the future. The original ones split from stress points. This is an inherent problem with the 4.6 Liter engine from late 1995 to 2001, I believe.
The car is beautiful in design and color. The color is two tone with metallic silver gray on the bottom from the chrome strip on the doors down and "Deep Evergreen" greenish-blue on the body that changes with the lighting. The design is long and sleek, very elegant.
The luxury and convenience appointments are many and varied and easy to reach. The inside is very roomy and comfortable; the largest American car built in 1997, except for limos. The fit and finish quality overall is very good.
The air suspension ride is superb and very comfortable. The ride is quiet and occupants are separated from road and drive train noise. The leather seating and seat adjustments make for a very comfortable ride. Long road trips are quite comfortable.
Although it's not a race car, performance is more than adequate with the dual exhaust 210 hp engine and 3.27 rear end gearing. Considering the weight and size of the car, acceleration is good. The car is able to hold it's own on the open road.
Handling is somewhat soft, but can be improved with slightly stiffer shocks and polyurethane sway bar bushings without sacrificing ride quality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th August, 2003
5th Aug 2005, 23:52
I have a 97 also, my manifold went also. Most people have had the cost covered by Ford. I am trying to get mine covered. Try http://www.edmunds.com/ for more information. I have found a lot of information on that site, and it is also a forum. Good luck.