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#77 of 1806 Lincoln Towncar 1998
Oct 20, 1999 (2:30 pm)
I was one of the first purchases of the new Town Car in 1998. I would like to offer some suggestions and concerns. The car is not a 6 passenger car any longer. The seating lack width in both front and back. The back seat lost leg room. The trunk narrowed. I used to be able to lay a hockey stick in length wise not only thru the opening but also straight across the back, not so in the "98". The windshield wipers rock the car when turned on the fastest speed. No keyless entry although that problem has been fixed. The rear door has a shape that extends to other parked car and is killer for giving door dings. The doors do not stay open. The slightest grade or wind closes the door on your legs. The panel that in the head liner for the sunroof is not secure enough. The climate control has a door that regulates the inside temperatures is poorly engineered and breaks. This has been replaced twice and it means removing the dash back to the firewall. The stereo system could be much better.
I want my old Lincoln's back.
#79 of 1806 Moonroof - Is it worth the cost?
Oct 26, 1999 (5:12 am)
I am about to purchase a 2000 Cartier Town Car and have not had any previous experience with a moonroof. Are they noisy or cold in winter? Are they an unused luxury except in California or Florida?
Oct 26, 1999 (2:46 pm)
They are nice, keep the heat in ok, the biggest downfall I see to it is that you lose abuot 1.5 inches of head room in the front seats. This comes from a 97 owner's car, maybe they have changed.
#81 of 1806 Hole in the roof
Oct 26, 1999 (5:43 pm)
We have a Towncar w/o the hole in the roof and a T Bird w a hole in the roof. We live in W WA andhave never desired one in the TC. It came with the T Bird & we use it very seldom. When driving the TC, we don't miss it. Just my opinion. Personally I recommend the Lincoln Signature WITH the Touring Package which I don't think is available on the Cartier. We have 78,000 miles on our 94 TC & appreciate that package for handling qualities. Now, if they would include a 295 h.p. Mark VIII engine, then you'd have someting that would scoot.
#82 of 1806 98 Town car signature touring traction problems
Nov 03, 1999 (2:34 am)
I own a 98 Towncar touring sedan with 15,000 miles. I am in fear of this coming winter. Traction was horrendous last year with new tires. Thinking about getting snows this year. Tire stores heavily push the purchase of 4 winter tires rather than 2. One store even refused to sell only 2 tires! Looked at Michelin arctics and Pirelli 210. Was told Pirelli would work better if only buying 2. Experts claim that if you only buy 2 tires then you will face major instability. Any truth to this?
Anyone have snow tire experience with these cars. My driveway has a slight incline and I could never make it up last year. Fords traction control is useless. When I was stuck the traction control slows the engine down to almost the point of stalling. BAD DESIGN. I have driven a BMW with traction control with no probs.
PLEASE GIVE ADVISE!!!
Nov 04, 1999 (3:50 am)
I have a 1998 Crown Vic, which is very similar to the Towncar. I'm starting to have mixed feelings about the traction control. It engages too frequently on wet roads, especially now in the fall when they're covered with leaves. Granted, it does help keep you going up slippery hills in the snow, but it's not good enough to get you un-stuck. Ford's system is no where near BMW's, but given the cost difference I don't expect it to be...
Regarding the snows... anyone who drives regularly in the snow should have winter tires. Period. All-season is not good enough. FWD is no exception.
I bought a set of Nokian Hakkapalitta 1's (http://www.nokian.com), which ran about $110/tire delivered. They're one of the best and longest lasting snow tires available, imported from Finland where snow and ice are a way of life.
With some weight in the trunk, I was able to go up a steep hill where an AWD Suburu couldn't do so. Believe me-- there is a world of difference!!
If you don't want to spend the bucks for the Nokian's, look at Firestone Winterfire. They're more of a traditional snow tire and they work well on a car like the Crown Vic and Towncar. I think they can be had for under $70 for a 225/60R16 tire.
Some of the newer styles of studless snows, Bridgestone Blizzak and Michelin Artic Alpin (among others), are good but tend to wear faster AND are required to be put on in sets of four. Now, that's a good idea anyway, but not a requirement with the Nokian's and Firestone's.
You also might want to consider a spare set of wheels, especially if you go with the 4-snow option. You'll save yourself every year with mounting/balancing costs, get an extra set of tires in the rotation, and keep your rims looking better (repeated tire changes take their toll). This is an expenisve option though, unless you can get decent looking rims for cheap at a salvage yard.
What else... Hmmm. Check out TireRack at http://www.tirerack.com. They sell tires online, and have some good information too. Their ad isn't out yet, but I think they have a 4-snow tire/steel wheel combo for the Towncar for about $550. Mounted and balanced, ready to be put on.
And don't forget some weight in the back if you drive with a normally empty trunk!
#84 of 1806 That's Right
Nov 05, 1999 (5:53 pm)
Good Snow Tires on the rear wheels and a couple of 50 pound bags of sidewalk salt in the trunk will keep you going. Don't worry about the front tires...if you have good all seasons on.
My Dad's 1984 Grand Marquis has gone through about twelve Northwest PA/snowbelt winters and has never had trouble with the above system! (208,000 miles on the odometer!)
#85 of 1806 town car traction
Nov 06, 1999 (3:36 am)
Thanks for good advice. I do not want to spend a lot of money since my lease will be up Sept. 2000 on my 98 TCar. I assume that I could use the same snows on my next car which would probably be a Grand Marquis, Crown Vic, Continental or another TC. My current size is 235 60R 16. I assume the are compatible on above-mentioned cars. I have to do something because Cleveland winters are treacherous especially in our snow belt.
#86 of 1806 Towncar & Snow Tires?
Nov 06, 1999 (5:12 am)
Since 1967 I've run Michelin All Season tires on every car from the Ford Country Sedan to the Towncar. They have served me very well. I've never had to "hang iron" to get up or down the road to the ski slopes. The last time I was in a tight spot I let some air out of all the tires, down to 22 lbs and crawled out of a snow bank starting in 2nd gear. I've learned the best way to snow drive is with slow motion & lots of patience. Currently, I'm running Michelin X1's and no problem. Good Luck gentlemen.