They are supposed to stop production on these vehicles in 2011 or 2012, that has been confirmed. The Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is being replaced with the Taurus, check their website for details.
I am glad I finally found someone who agrees with me. My family said it was an old mans car and I am only in my mid-thirties. They suggested I buy something to better fit my age group, like a Lincoln MKS. But, I don't think they will ever stop making these and here's why. The Town Car is used as the Luxury Car at all car rental services. And for personal rental services, all they use is Town Cars. And almost all the limousines available for rent are elongated Town Cars. Do you own a Town Car or similar vehicle?
They may continue making them as fleet vehicles, but finding them for the private market may become much more difficult.
Ford is going to shoot itself in the foot when the Panther cars are axed... They are going to lose big time because the cop/taxi/limo fleet buyers will get their vehicles from another auto-maker!
I completely agree. Especially in the Limo segment. I don't think Ford wants to kill these vehicles, because it will be like handing this segment to Cadillac on a silver platter.
I totally agree with all you Lincoln guys!! My elderly mom drove Lincoln Town Cars from 1984 until 2006. She then was persuaded by a clueless relative to get a Volvo S-60. Needless to say, she is BACK in a Lincoln after early 2009.
It truly will be a shame to see these great rear-drive cars dropped. Not only do they offer greater comfort than Mercedes or BMW (and my family has owned both), but they are also much more responsive and powerful than one would think. In 26 years, my family has yet to have one single problem with any of mom's Lincoln's. I call that reliable.
I am twenty and fully agree. I currently own a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria, 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis, and a 1991 Mercedes 300E. I will definitely have to say that my Crown Vic and Grand Marquis are superior to my Benz. I feel so stupid for buying the 300E, because I used to have more than enough money for a Town Car as current as an 03'.
Anyway, Ford has no idea what they are doing discontinuing the mighty Panther cars for that FWD Unibody garbage. They waste all their time giving credit to that bloated Taurus and neglecting cars that they actually got right. Same thing went for G.M. when the discontinued the Caprice.
My feelings exactly. My wife and I are furious that everyone is going to the flimsy, more expensive to repair and less safe front-drive format. And with newer and more fuel-efficient engines, good mileage is now possible even with larger rear drive vehicles. Although not as highly rated, Chrysler got it right by going back to rear drive on its Charger.
The older model Towncars, the 1980's models through 1997 were absolutely the best built American car ever made. Phenomenal ride, nothing out there compares to it. I own a 1986 with 69000 miles and it runs and rides like a brand new car. What other 24 year old cars can do that? There are none!
So true. A dear friend of ours who recently passed away was still driving his 1977 Lincoln Town Car. It had well over 200,000 miles on it and was still like a nearly new car. These cars don't get nearly the credit they deserve.
I actually wrote this review, and in response to the person talking about the Chrysler 300/ Dodge Charger being a V8 rear-wheel drive car, I agree. Since these Town Cars are going to stop being made, I am going to have to look for a new car in about 2 years. And that being one of the few V8 rear-wheel drive cars left, it looks like the Chrysler 300C is going to be my choice.
The Chrysler 300 has been around in its current form since 2005. This will probably be near the last year of its current body style. While it may retain rear wheel drive, some of the concept designs I have seen proposed for its replacement are pretty ugly. But then again, what car isn't these days?
Our family has driven Lincolns since 1984, but we have also owned a Buick that we kept for an amazing 277,000 miles with no problems at all. It is true that the Town Car, as well as most large sedans, loses its value pretty fast. That was an incentive in buying our last Lincoln. We bought a one-year-old car with only 18,000 miles on it for only $24,000. To us it was worth it.
I had worked from 1998-2005 at a Mazda dealership as a sales manager. We tended to have a fair number of customers who were 16-30-years of age, who would trade in like new 3-5 year old Town Cars, Grand Marquis, Crown Vic, Cadillac Devilles, Park Ave, and even some Bonneville's. Most were in mint condition with under 20,000-miles.
90% of these were left to the family upon death/nursing home admit, and the parents just gave the big car to their child to trade in for a smaller, fun, sporty, new car.
It was such a shame to see these kids ditching a 4-year old Town Car with only 14,000-miles for a new Mazda3.
The point to this is that I'd say most people who buy a Town Car new, will never reach the point to where resale value matters, the kids and grandkids are just happy to get a $9,000 trade in on a car that just 4-years ago Grandma wrote out a check for $46,000, but like one father told me,"I know mother paid almost $50K for that car, but it was all pension and interest income, and she only spent about a third of her social security, just give us what you can for it."
And yes, the father would pay cash for the son's new Mazda with money from Grandma's trust that had been set up.
Now don't worry, the Grandson's and even son's would bring the 4-year old F-150, or GMC+Chevy silverado, in to see what a trade in would be, but 90% of the time they would just keep the truck, not the cars, not once.
We made more money off these type of trade-ins than 5-new car sales.
I am 25, and purchased a 2005 Park Avenue in 2008 with 16,000 miles. My parents bought a new Mazda6 in that year, just a few months before I got my car. I just can't imagine wanting a Mazda over any large American luxury car. I guess the image has a lot to do with it. My car is so much more comfortable and solid than my parent's car. Big cars just aren't cool, but I buy what I like, not what is in style.
All of today's luxury cars emphasize, handling, acceleration and speed.
Handling? Slow down!
Reasonable acceleration is fine, but who needs to go 0-60 in 4-6 seconds?
Speed? There is no autobahn in the US, and fancy new foreign sedans going above the speed yells out Pull Me Over.
I am going to buy a used Executive L for the long wheel base, rear wheel drive and exceptional ride. A long, low and heavy sedan make has always equaled an incredibly comfortable ride.