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#753 of 1804 Houndog......I'm going to take you on.
Dec 11, 2002 (6:04 pm)
I'll admit Ford is missing the boat on some of their product. I think the T/C is one of them frankly. They've cheapened the interior, a GM looks nicer now. Exterior styling is geared for a limo conversion. But as to Ford "always" bringing up the rear, I don't agree.
Ya see, I still remember Cadillacs from 1980 up to about 1995. Had several of them. While Ford started using EFI in about 83 on most of their cars, and had multiport EFI on EVERY engine they made by 86, I had the pleasure of owning a 1983 Fleetwood with the 4.1L aluminum leaker in it, a fully modern engine, but prone to early crankshaft failure to the point the dealer had to add on a room for engine crates. I won't even talk about my 85 and 87 downsized caddys, also modern, but unreliable. But my favorite was when I went back to full sized, and bought a 1990 Fleetwood Brougham with the Chevy 350 engine, and a CARBURATOR! Ford hadn't used one on anything since 85, and here the biggest Caddy made has no fuel injection at all! And it was the car that moved me over to Lincoln, where I have happily been since 1992.
No, Ford isn't "always" bringing up the rear. They have the first large SUV's out with rack & pinion steering, Independent Suspension and they still have keypads on many of their doors, which is a lovely addition.
They need to do some work on the Town Car to please me, but it's a solid car, RWD like a big car should be, and it drives like a dream. The new Caddys are interesting, better engines now for sure, and I think they're probably better in some ways. But not "always". IMHO
#754 of 1804 Re: Navigator 3740
Dec 15, 2002 (5:46 pm)
I can't disagree with you on how bad some of the Caddys were in the 80's and 90's - I know because I owned one. The engines before the Northstar were absolute junk after 1979 model year. The town car is good but could be a lot better, and I only hope it will be. It needs options which are not available now, i.e. - tow package(performance pkg), cloth interior, choice of rear axle with posi, independent rear suspension, awd for those who need it, etc. Overall, for the price, it is still a fine car for those who need full size auto.
#755 of 1804 Town Car Compressor Noise
Dec 16, 2002 (9:02 am)
The 93 Lincoln Town Car that we are about to purchase seems to be in great shape as I stated in an earlier post. I have one question. When the engine is turned on, you hear a quiet humming sound for about 15 or 20 seconds, then it cuts off and purrs like a kitten.
The owner says that this is a process of the car "leveling out" or "balancing out", and when it is ready to drive, the humming noise will stop. And it DOES. I think he said it has something to do with the hydraulics (not sure). Anyway, is this normal? I know I had a cadillac that did the same, but it was an older cadillac bought from an auction, and I didn't have anything to compare it with.
Would appreciate some feedback today.
#756 of 1804 The "humming" is the compressor filling your air shocks.
Dec 16, 2002 (9:23 am)
#757 of 1804 03 Town Car Beware of Drivers Seat
Dec 16, 2002 (6:38 pm)
We traded our '00 Continental (65k miles) for a "03 TC. I don't like to run my main wheels out of warranty. Being a FoMCo lover we looked over the field: Crown Vic and Grand Marquis no rear leg room nor wanted options (heated seats, memory, and electrocromatic side mirror. LS wife is 5'2" and could not see out of it to drive, leaving the TC. The '03 is a vast improvement over the '02's but still underpowered. I was impressed with handling (over earlier years) and wife had no trouble driving it during the demo. We now have 6k on it and the drivers seat
must have been designed by Torquemada. I thought it may be just me but I see Consumer Reports also says the seat is very uncomfortable.
Has anyone else had back problems with this seat?
We are about to undertake about a 3k trip but first a trip to Pep Boys is in order for a cushion or foam rubber or something. I wish I could retrofit the drivers seat from my '02 Mazda/Ranger into it and exchange the engine for the one in the new Marauder.
#758 of 1804 CANVAS TOP PROBLEMS, ANYONE??
Dec 16, 2002 (7:29 pm)
Has anyone had problems with a canvas top Lincoln Town Car, or does anyone know of anyone that has?
For example, (1) does it stain easily if it's a light color like beige? (2) if so, is it hard to clean? (3) will it be more proned to leak? (4) will it have the tendency to wear out quicker than a 1993 with a hard top?
Again, I would appreciate a quick response this evening if possible.
Dec 16, 2002 (10:00 pm)
No question it will deteriorate much faster than paint, but it will also depend on many variables, such as how much sun it gets, other weather. (I can't tell where you live). Here in the SouthWest, heat and sun are the enemies of your car, so a car kept in the shade, or garaged lasts forever. We never have rust. But if it's seeing the sunlight every day, even if you condition the top with a protectorant, it's eventually going to shred in to pieces and fly off as you drive.
But the good news is, they can be replaced, and they don't cost all that much either. If it's a great car, don't let the top stop you.
#760 of 1804 compressor noise
Dec 16, 2002 (10:57 pm)
If the air compressor runs every time the car is started there is most likely a leak in the system. The car has conventional shocks. The compressor adds air to the air springs which are used in place of conventional coil springs. The system is far superior to "air shocks".
#761 of 1804 Re: Compressor Noise ronald18
Dec 17, 2002 (9:48 am)
Well that's just not true. The Towncar vents air from the rear air spring at each shutdown and pumps them back up again at each startup. The compressor is supposed to run every time the car is started.
#762 of 1804 mvigor is mostly right
Dec 19, 2002 (5:50 pm)
The ride height sensor reads high when the car is unladen (after passenger and luggage are removed).
After all doors are closed the system will vent down to trim height. One hour after key is turned off system will do a final trim (vent or fill as necessary). Nothing after that until car is keyed up to start. Then, when loaded, sensor will usually read low and command fill to ride height. These are air springs - not air shocks. The shocks are the same as on steel spring panther cars.