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Lincoln Town Car, Heating / Cooling, Sedan
Jul 29, 2002 (8:55 am)
What's your opinion of the Continental; plusses and minuses?
With the pssibility of getting a new 39K list Continental for the mid 20's OR LOWER, (12K off list + Ford Z plan + Lincoln owner discount) I just may pick up one and wait for the stock market to improve before buying a second car "toy" (2003 TBird or something else enjoyable to drive).
Price is just too good to ignore.
#638 of 1804 rea98d: Thanks for the reply
Aug 02, 2002 (7:35 pm)
The ignition wires were replaced at 93800 miles. The current behavior does act like an ignition problem where the sharp misses, such as a fouled plug, are quite distinctive. The car mileage is now 128000.
The advice from Ford Motor is to take the car to
a Lincoln dealer for service. Three dealer service departments have had a crack at the problem, and the problem has not been solved. That is the reason I am seeking help, before I spend more on in-effective service.
Aug 03, 2002 (12:20 pm)
"The current behavior does act like an ignition problem where the sharp misses, such as a fouled plug, are quite distinctive."
Hmm...So have you pulled the plugs out & checked them visually? New ignition systems are getting to be extremely reliable, with plugs and wires being the weak points, and ignition wires are rapidly becoming obsolete with the advent of coil-on-plug ignitions. And other than chaning the metals to materials that last longer, spark plugs haven't changed a whole lot from the time they were invented. They're just begging for a high-tech replacement that no one has invented yet. That would be the next logical place to look, however. Sometimes, computer diagnostics are no replacement for putting eyeballs to parts and seeing what kind of shape they're in. As the old saying goes, if you want it done right, sometimes you ave to do it yourself.
#640 of 1804 rea98d:One word difference
Aug 05, 2002 (6:51 pm)
One word completely changes a sentence!!
I left out the word "not".
The sentence should have read "The current behavior does NOT act like an ignition problem, where----."
Thanks for your input. I must be more careful in proof reading my transmissions.
#641 of 1804 92TC noise in dash
Aug 05, 2002 (7:47 pm)
When we go 55 to 70 mph w/t air on I get a
continous grinding noise right and left side. When I slow down to 55 it is ok. I even turned off the engine at 70 mph and the noise is still there. HELP PLEASE
#642 of 1804 Thinking of buying a 1992 TC
Aug 27, 2002 (3:38 pm)
I am using a friend's 1992 TC (177000 miles) for a couple of days and really like it. I love the spacious interior, the smooth ride, the V8 etc. It has better gas mileage than our mini van!
I am thinking of buying it...
However, it does have a couple of issues and I don't know what kind of repair cost I would be looking at.
1. Above 40 miles/hr there is a pretty severe vibration in the car which can be felt throughout the body and gets worse in the steering wheel when you make turns (more like a shudder). Would this just be unbalance in the wheels, or are we talking major overhaul of the steering system...
2. Only the high speed fan works in the A/C. If you put it anywhere between high or auto, nothing happens. Is that a separate fan that needs replacing?
3. Check engine light comes on occasionaly. Goes away after a while
4. Airbag light occasionaly comes on
5. What would be a reasonable price for this vehicle. Body is in great shape and I haven't discovered any other major flaws.
Any other things I should watch with this particular car at this mileage?
Would very much appreciate your input.
Aug 27, 2002 (3:44 pm)
You asked for opinions - I owned 2, a 90 and a 92. Loved the style. Not very reliable cars, and I don't care for FWD. Too much torque steer and road motion transmitted to the driver. I understand they have become more reliable in recent years. I switched to a Mountaineer in 97 and a Navigator in 99, which I still have. I think the Continental has its place, but it's too small for my needs in the current design, and the FWD is a real bummer for me.
#644 of 1804 Audia - Town Car question
Aug 27, 2002 (3:47 pm)
If Audia still visits this site, it seems he works for Lincoln. I'm wondering why the current generation of Town Car has such a puny fan for the A/C? Doesn't blow any air, in Vegas, that's a problem! Does Lincoln know?
#645 of 1804 Thinking - 92 Town Car
Aug 27, 2002 (4:02 pm)
My opinion: Town Cars are great for about 10 years, 150,000 miles. After that, they're gonna have issues. This one sounds like it does.
Vibration could be anything as minor as a bad tire separation to a warped drive line or sloppy bushings in the front end.
New blower motor probably needed. At the least, it may be the fan switch.
Check engine light means there is a component failing intermittantly in the engine somewhere. Needs to be scoped to see what. Probably not a big thing, but could be $200 pretty easily to fix.
Airbag light? Who knows?
$3500 would be top price I'd pay for it. This one is about done. IMO, I'd pass.
#646 of 1804 To rdirne looking to buy '92 TC
Aug 28, 2002 (12:03 am)
Just yesterday I was looking at a 92 TC and the airbag light was lit on this one as well, though it was lit continuously. After performing a diagnostic test on the car, the dealer stated this was due to a spring inside the steering wheel which was worn out from the motion of the steering wheel turning over the past decade. He stated that the spring needed to be replaced before the airbag would deploy. It sounded as if the part was minor but the repair would be labor intensive...surprising as the only thing to do would be to remove the steering wheel...The shop manual probably quotes it as a 6 hr repair though...lol. This might be the same problem with your TC you are looking at. If you're partial to airbags, you might want to see if your seller wouldn't repair it for you. Best of luck!