1997 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 4.6L from North America


Luxury at its Finest!


When I first bought the car, after about 3 months the transmission started slipping. After about 4 months the transmission went out on it, I purchased a brand new one, and haven't had a problem since.

Now I have a alarm problem, every time I get in or out of the car, the alarm goes off... also if the car is just chillin there, it will go on and on! I'm taking it to the dealer ship tomorrow, I will post what it is later!

General Comments:

Excellent car though, really comfortable, looks beautiful, and i love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2004

12th Feb 2005, 15:26

I have the same problem with my 1997 Town Car. The alarm starts honking the horn after a few hours of just sitting. Sometimes, I can turn it off with the key fob, but sometimes I have to disconnect the battery. The dealership says it is probably a bad sensor. They replaced one, but did not fix the problem. I don't think they know what they are talking about in this case. If you have a solution, it would be most welcome.

22nd Aug 2005, 19:40

My alarm on my 97 is acting up. It goes off for no reason at all. Its spooky!!

22nd Sep 2005, 22:07

My alarm was going off also, the ignition switch was changed and that fixed the problem. Best American car ever built!

8th Mar 2006, 10:08

My sister has a 1997 Lincoln Town Car and the alarm goes off all the time and we have taken it to 2 dealers and they can't seem to find the problem, any help?

19th Jul 2006, 06:45

My alarm goes off too. The speaker wire is unplugged so it's nothing more than just flashing lights. :P.

Great car!

17th Apr 2011, 15:33

The horn on my 1997 Lincoln Town Car honks periodically once or twice a week for no reason at all.

Please give me some solutions to my problem.

18th Apr 2011, 23:32

Most regular gas now has "ethanol" added, which may cause pinging issues in older engines.

1997 Lincoln Town Car 4.6 from North America


- Cruise Control did not work from the beginning, but was "just" a matter of the wheel control button.

- Wind Shield Wiper control box malfunctioned and had to be replaced

- Driver Power Window Regulator broke, was replaced by dealer and broke again only 13 month later...

- Brake Booster makes tin canning noise

- Air Conditioning Control Flap Actuation failed.

- Air Intake Valve got stuck had to be replaced.

General Comments:

- Comfortable Car.

- little oil/coolant consumption even after 140k miles!

- wonderful suspension

- highly reliable engine

- smooth ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2003

9th Aug 2005, 05:37

I love the way they name parts. Air Conditioning Control Flap Actuation. Made to sound very expensive "actuation" and it is. I know, I replaced it on my 95. It's a gate actually, but I guess you already know that since you replaced it. Ford has bad gates. EVERY Ford I ever owned not only the LTC gate went bad. Ford should build a better gate to prevent all those MUSTANGS getting out.

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.

General Comments:

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.