27th Feb 2015, 19:46
Baby boomers I know like the new Cadillac sedans. Back seat for a family. If younger, under 30 maybe, an Escalade. You have 638 HP and a manual trans available with Cadillac. I hope the new Buick Concept Avenir becomes reality as well.
Buy an old Lincoln or look at the hot alternatives! While you are at it, get a new 2015 Corvette 2 seater for car 2. Average age 55 year old buyer. 0-60 under 4 secs. And they don't break! C5s up are outstanding vs pre 96.
28th Feb 2015, 15:24
Baby boomers like the new sedans? Under 30 an Escalade?
Well, 15 years ago in my early 20s I drove a '93 Sedan DeVille and enjoyed every minute of the 4 years I owned it, and would still choose it over any of Cadillac's sedan offerings of today.
As far as older Lincolns; I'll stick with the '96 Town Car that I have owned for the past 8 years approaching the 200,000 mile mark. It still looks and runs like new.
1st Mar 2015, 23:04
Today all the new cars look like a giant blob of cheap plastic. Give me the yank tanks of yore any day of the week!!
Class, substance, a status symbol, quality (that's up in the air), works of art, are all what these cars represented at one point in time.
New Lincolns might have the performance, and quality down, but where's the class, the style, the "You have arrived" moment?? I am still waiting for them to bring out a car that can claim that title.
2nd Mar 2015, 19:53
I still like the 638 HP manual trans Cadillac. You are also competing with import sports sedans. My father had a 88 Town Car that I hated to drive. We donated it.
12th Mar 2015, 23:14
You are so right. Modern cars have become SO bland and small it is really quite depressing to big American luxury car lovers like myself. I guess even Ford and GM acknowledge this fact, as both the current flagship models from Lincoln and Cadillac have lower base prices than the outgoing models in 2011 (the Town Car and DTS), which much better represented traditional American luxury. I recently saw a late model Rolls Royce in person driving, and it stood out so much from all the other cars on the road. Like you said, the looks and style just screamed class and substance. For decades American luxury cars looked better than the Rolls; what in the world happened??
13th Mar 2015, 09:42
Wind tunnel technology took over. A quest for fuel efficiency in spite of those well able to afford the fuel. Bean shape vehicles are commonplace. It's interesting that vehicles are incredibly faster than ever in the performance segment. And the auto designs have not all suffered with their offerings. If you want design, order a new sports car. Or drive an uninspired blasé sedan.
16th Mar 2015, 23:03
Few people that want a big, comfortable luxury sedan are going to consider a sports car. I don't care how fast I can get from 0-60, as long as I can safely merge on a freeway and pass a slow moving car when needed. I will admit that the modern American muscle cars have all been pretty well executed, but at the expense of a smooth ride and interior roominess. I would never want one. I wish Detroit would execute a luxury sedan that was a tribute to the great luxury sedans of the 60s and 70s with equally good distinctive looks. Honestly, I find it surprising that they continue to design them to look ever cheaper and blander, when they clearly know how to design an attractive car. It is really maddening.
19th Mar 2015, 14:43
Untrue. Anyone buying a new 2 seater Corvette or Viper most certainly has a very nice luxury 2nd car. The 2 seater is not a primary car. Most sports cars rarely if ever see rain or snow. Most I know drive their cars maybe a few thousand miles a year. So a second or third is a nice luxury car.
Being in a large car club, I often see the husband's or wive's secondary vehicles. Often some may have 4 or more. The limitations of 2 seats and little extra room is impractical for most driving. They also want a rear seat for family usage. The most common I know of are driving new Cadillac sedans or SUVs. Can be a Navigator, Escalade or in our case a Range Rover. Or nice luxury sedans, usually well optioned or a nod to high performance. Even in a sedan. They get driven to the mall, sports events, grocery shopping etc. I am sure my comments pertain to other sports cars - Ferrari etc. Our sports cars are in the garage. Very, very few have a 70k plus sports car only. There's a luxury sedan or very nice SUV, fueled and ready. And rarely just one of those!
20th Mar 2015, 09:22
My dad had a 1988 Lincoln Town car, brand new. These cars today are very cheap, but new they were not. The downside is the age and high repairs as they get this old. Suspension and electricals come to mind. Plus these cars look like an old plain car today.
Even when brand new, I did not like the steering in my father's car. It was vague and too loose for my taste. I drove it on some long trips with him. It was comfortable and the A/C was ice cold. It felt too big for me in traffic.
There are some amazing new cars out there today with opulence and great amenities. My favorite ones to drive are the new Infiniti sedan and Audi Q5 crossover. Although different, they are really comfortable, smooth and full of luxury. Great on long trips.
20th Mar 2015, 23:13
Today's luxury cars don't even come close. They all look the same; the bodies and interiors are smaller and bland with a choice of maybe 3 colors inside and out. The ride and appearance are nothing like the body on frame Lincolns and Cadillacs of the past. Sure, today's so-called luxury cars are fuel efficient with better performance, but that's not what most buyers were looking for back then.
21st Mar 2015, 00:44
If you ever again have an '88 Town Car to donate, I will gladly take it off your hands.
21st Mar 2015, 15:39
We owned this model and year, purchased new. I have found ones that are better in 2015. Both Audi and Infiniti have done a great job with handling, performance and ride. As far as styling, other than the front end, what great 1988 styling are you referring too? Even small elements like the modern wheels and LEDs look sharp to me. Personally I like the new Audi front end better than the old Town Cars. Plenty of room as well, and loaded with luxury. Maybe you haven't driven these first hand. I have driven Cadillacs, Marks, and Town Cars (fresh, not used) over the years. I am comparing new to new bought every few years.
21st Mar 2015, 23:09
I still remember well going with my grandparents to pick up their 1989 Town Car. That was in 1993, but it was a beautiful car and rode SO smoothly. I was only 9 then, but I could appreciate a nice well built car when I saw one. I have always loved big American luxury cars, probably due in no small part to my grandparents. It is a shame how the automotive landscape has changed so drastically in the last 20 years. I now make enough money to buy a nice luxury sedan, but sadly there are none made that I deem worth my money.