1997 Lincoln Town Car Signature 4.6 from North America




Plastic intake manifold cracked at a seam, leaving me stranded 1000 miles from home. Ford will not reimburse, even though many intake manifolds have been replaced on recall. I don't like paying for Ford experiments, a costly repair and big inconvenience.

General Comments:

Generally a very nice and comfortable car, although it is not as quiet as I would like due to wind noise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th December, 2001

22nd Nov 2002, 12:50

The intake manifold for the 1997 Lincoln Towncar has been recalled, but only for vehicles not in "civilian" use. Police interceptors and Limos have been covered for the recall. One tends to suspect that Ford really doesn't care about consumers per se, but only the officials and "money people" that could have a direct contact and influence upon their industry. It is a beautiful vehicle and cost a lot of bucks, but the average consumer should not have to pay for a poor design of a part that has an extremely high failure rate... with repair costs of approximately $1000. ALL 1997 intake manifolds should have been included in the recall... a plastic manifold?... get real! I probably won't buy another Ford.

1997 Lincoln Town Car Executive V8 from North America


This is the finest automobile I have ever owned, and I doubt that the 2002 models will be as good


The front brake rotors became worn and resulted in an objectionable shudder when braking.

The anti-theft system produces false alarms at a very annoying frequency and more or less under the following conditions:

When shutting down the car and I am exiting from the driver's seat. This by far occurs more often than under other conditions. I am unable to identify anything that I am doing to cause the false alarm. It has occurred both before and after locking the doors.

When the car is sitting in the driveway for several hours, the alarm has gone off at least five times in the last year of ownership.

False theft alarms occur approximately twice per month on average, but the frequency is not at all regular.

False theft alarms seem to be more frequent during warm weather.

But more disconcerting is the fact that on one very recent occasion, the headlights totally shut down and the dash lights went up to full brilliance, night blinding me. This condition occurred about three days ago, and only once. After the lights shut down, they returned to normal in about 5 seconds, and then proceeded to cycle between failure and normal about five times. Turning the headlight control to manual did not stop the cyclic failure mode. The Lincoln customer hot line gave me no satisfaction, and the dealer said that there was no way to correct the problem without the failure occurring in his presence. Apparently, headlight failures are not logged in the on-board computer.

General Comments:

Save for the problems already noted, this is an excellent car, and I wish that I had upgraded sooner. The car is comfortable, reliable, and has sufficient power to propel it over any road conditions. Compared to the 1988 Town Car, it has super power and super efficiency.

Fuel economy is stunning. For reasons that I cannot identify, highway mileage has been as high as 27 miles per gallon over a multi-hundred mile course. At other times, it may drop to 25 miles per gallon, and even as low as 23 miles per gallon. I tend to drive with great consistency, but I do purchase gas at the lowest price. These mileages, by the way, are with the lowest octane (87 in Wisconsin).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2001

15th Oct 2001, 01:31

Have this exact same theft control problem on our Mark VII. Just started occurring within the past 3 months. The only way we can lock the vehicle without activating the anti-theft system is to push the door lock manually once we've exited the vehicle. No more false alarms now.

14th Jul 2003, 10:48

Higher Octane gas will result in lower gas mileage, unless your car is designed for high octane to reduce knocking.

The higher the Octane, the lower the energy in a given gallon of gas.