2006 Lincoln Town Car Executive 4.6L from North America
Epitome of Bang for your Buck
Nothing. Just general maintenance.
Fantastic car. Comfortable. A bit dated in terms of looks, but surely makes up for it in every other area. Easy enough to do work on yourself for many things.
Without much experience in vehicles, I've been able to do the following:
Replaced air filter.
Cleaned mass air flow sensor.
Cleaned air intake manifold.
Replaced oil and filter (needs a filter cap tool for about $5 to get the filter on and off).
Replaced transmission fluid and filter.
Replaced fuel filter.
Replaced rear end fluid.
Replaced spark plugs and boots (moderate difficulty and will take a good 2 hours).
Added refrigerant to the A/C system.
Replaced serpentine belt.
For everything here I spent about $350 and that was for best quality parts, fluids, etc. I probably put 10 hours into the car in terms of labor for all these things.
The only downside is the cost of specialty parts such as sensors, mechanical, and electrical parts. You may be able to do a lot of the work yourself for replacing these things, but the parts can be expensive if you need them, $300 for a fuel pump or $100 for a mass air flow sensor for instance. The only upside to this is the sheer reliability of the car, so hopefully you rarely, if never at all, have to replace any high dollar parts. I reflected this as the 8 in running costs.
Overall I love this car and plan to drive it for many years. You see these "Panthers" (Crown Vic, Grand Marquee, and Town Cars - which are the same everything with the exception of exterior accents, interior accents, and sound dampening) go for over 300K no problem. Look at any police car or luxury taxi service, they choose these "Panthers" for a reason. So I'm hoping my Town Car will be one of these cars that do exactly that.
My only complaint is the 4 speed transmission (including overdrive, so it's a 3 speed plus overdrive). It shifts extremely smooth and is bullet proof as some would say, but your engine will hover at over 2K RPM at 80 mph highway speeds and that cuts into your gas mileage pretty hard. At 85 mph you will average 21 MPG. At 65 mph you could be 25 MPG or more. What's surprising though is you can pull 17-20 MPG in the city, which is great for a decently large V8 pushing a 4500 pound car.
Oh, and for anyone worried about safety, don't. These cars were the only cars to ever get a 5 star crash test rating across the board for the 2010 Town Car when they raised the requirements and added the new tests. So anyone who says body-on-frame cars aren't safe hasn't done their research. Compare a 2010 Honda Accord with a 2010 Town Car on KBB for safety and you will see. The Town Car hasn't changed much at all from 2003 to 2010, so I have no doubt my 2006 is safer than your car.
Oh and if it helps, I'm a GM guy and I know comparable Cadillacs look better, but if you care about reliability, comfort, ease of repair, and better bang for your buck, get a Town Car. Ask anyone about the Northstar Cadillac Engine and you will know what I'm talking about.
That's it for my review. Thanks for reading if you came this far.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd June, 2015
27th Jun 2015, 04:16
Watch the side impact test done by IIHS on the Crown Vic; pay particular attention to what happens to the dummy. Then compare it to the tests of the Volvos.