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Jan 31, 2003 (12:27 am)
I have driven the big Lincolns since I bought my first '57 Premier coupe in 1967, I had to give $85.00 for it, it needed a battery. I soon bought another one that was minus the trans., from one of the mechanics at the local L/M Dealer, My first experience was when my Mom and Dad brought home a '57 Premiere Landau four door it was that Wimbeldon white and had two tone upholstery, that was in 1965, they paid $250.00 for it at a local used car dealer. I was so excited that I just had to sit in it all night, WOW was I impressed, I had been a car nut since I was 9 years old and all my book reports concerned cars, I had my first Ca. smog license in 1966 I had cut school and was at the gas station and my boss said since I cut school and was there any way I could come along and take the test with him, he thought I would pass and I did, I opened a Garage in 1975 and kept the location until 1993, I have had many big Lincolns, I was hit head on by a car crossing the center line(a Subaru wagon with a 23 y/o .33 blood-etoh driver) in a 76 Town Coupe, and walked away, engine and trans underneath the car, master cyl standing proud and the roof rippled and the body rippled behind the Lt. door. I currently have a '85 Cartier 105,000 mi., a '88 TC 437,000mi, and just leased (Ford Red Carpet)a 2003 (100th anniversary model) Executive. I intend to keep it. I can deduct the full cost for business. I searched all the inventory west of the Rockies and found the exact model I wanted with an X for the prod code, ($34,000 flat) the reasons that I got car are I had rented 2000, 2001 & 2002 TCs when out of town (tried the De Villes too, do not like the anvil in front handling and the power did not impress me)and the 2002 example I had was the worst handling of them all would go out of its lane passing a big rig, would have immed. put on heavy shocks (it had 50 lbs of air in the tires it was a lot better with a lower pressure), I had heard that the 2002 would have all new frame and suspension, and was disappointed when the '02 was the same car, then I heard that someone had seen a 2003, I went right over to the local dealer to see, there was one in the showroom I went nuts, I was all over underneath it, on the floor in the showroom , and then checked out the interior, WOW, the only thing I did not like was the steering wheel insignia(I like it now). Trunk bigger the pull-down back, all sorts of cubby holes and good cup holders, all new frame and rear suspension, monolithic front end all aluminum cast with Maserati style spring set up (I have three Maseratis) Rack and pinion steering and as standard HD suspension. I feel that Ford did some good work on putting out their flagship car for its 100th anniversary. I guess that Gilmore wuldn't have it any other way. I liked it so much that there is one in my driveway! Couldn't get out from behind the wheel, I have 3500mi. on it now changed the oil at 1200mi to Castrol full synthetic 5w/50 and am very happy with the car, the rental had 8000+ mi. when I brought it back and the mileage had gone to 18mpg plus in the city (I have a heavy foot) and 26 on the road doing 90 most of the time the speed is limited at 108 to 110. The car is extremely stable extremely stable. it really took me by storm, the New one that I got is doing only 12 to 13 in town and on the road about 24 so far and we will see what happens, I could hear some small engine noises that only a professional would hear at the 1200mi mark (and a lot more in the rental which was past service) and the change of oil to the better oil eliminated them and has so far,(Fords have always been succeptable to oil types), They give free service for the first three or four years and use a semi synthetic 5w/30 I will stick to what I like and from experience with the 20w/50 Castrol gtx I have over 400,000 mi. on the 88 its windshield is almost frosted glass showing the miles. quite frankly this 2003 knocks my socks off, it is not the same as the older classic styling it is more subdued and in comparison to the '98-'02 style it is like a big brother on steroids, bigger! Has enough power to be commanding (Would like a little more please but with the same gas) and uses regular gas, in my opinion; and that has not changed since 1967 there is no more economical car to drive than a big standard Lincoln and I am alive due to my trust in these cars! Sorry if this sounds like a paid advert, it isn't I just love the Lincolns! I have extensive automotive experience and have even worked at the now no longer existing Best restoration shop in the world that was in Marina Del Rey, as a restorer and from the '70s I am #152 in the BMW org. (under Hoffman) and a ASE Master Mechanic with about 30 some odd years of experience, I repeat that I love Lincolns, also as an after-thought the speedo set up , the little shelf , its straight out of my Maserati, rbg P.S. I might like a little stronger anti-sway set up, although the car cannot be slighted in any way and it was a delight to discover the new hpyer boos in emerg situation brakes on the car!(between that and the fast steering and suspension I was able to avoid all but a little scratch when a woman fell asleep behind the wheel of a minivan and ran a red light mid stream=no broadside. phew this car jumps! can power brake a good peel too.
#794 of 1806 BBMCACEO:Thank you for your contribution.
Jan 31, 2003 (1:43 pm)
Like you I appreciate the Towncar having had three since 1980. In considering a '03 Executive, I've been advised the '04 will have the same engine presently in the Aviator so here is my question. How would you describe the acceleration difference between the '03 TC with 239 h.p. and an '04 with 305 h.p.? Does that 27% increase in h.p. translate into 27% faster acceleration? Because I appreciate your experience and expertise, your reply is also very much appreciated. Thank you. Kinley
#795 of 1806 92 Twncar Florida to NJ, what items should I change?
Jan 31, 2003 (7:57 pm)
I'm acquiring a 92 Linc Town Car from Florida and will be transporting it to NJ. What items shoud I change from going from a rather warm climate to cold ???
#796 of 1806 fschnei: If it is a liquid or a filter, replace it.
Jan 31, 2003 (11:16 pm)
All season tires would be advisable. Inspect the serpentine fan belt for wear and scope out the brakes, especially the rear pads as they are used by the Cruise Control to slow the car. LOL.
#797 of 1806 Rear brakes and cruise control
Feb 01, 2003 (8:01 am)
Several times I've seen it posted that the cruise control uses the rear brakes to control speed. This is not correct. There is no provision for speed reduction other that reduced throttle on the cruise control. Rear brakes are however pulsed by the ABS system to provide low speed traction control. Also note that the "fog horn" noise is the tube assembly on the idle air bypass valve, NOT the IABV itself - big difference.
#798 of 1806 dbc123:Thank you for sharing about cruise control braking.
Feb 01, 2003 (10:07 am)
Please tell us how the CC does brake the speed on a 94 Towncar if not applying the rear brakes. It feels like the rear brakes are being applied, but you are probably right and I would like to know how the car is slowed without using the brakes. Thank you. I am also glad to know it is the tube assembly and not the valve. That helps.
Feb 02, 2003 (11:18 pm)
I got a 1993 town car. It has 170000.oo miles on it! Do I need to rebuild the Engine? I just got the car. It runs good. I got the town car for $2000.oo is it a good deal? Can the town car go to 300000.miles! O and how fast can the town car go!
#800 of 1806 Rear Braking
Feb 04, 2003 (8:59 am)
My 2000 LS has to be applying the rear brakes while using the Cruise Control - I can't explain how else it would maintain such a perfect speed without braking - here in the rolling hills of NW Pennsylvania.
I do believe that you are correct Kinley.
#801 of 1806 Well George, the front brakes outlasted the rear by
Feb 04, 2003 (9:49 pm)
over 10,000 miles and when I shared that observation with the mechanic he advised me the rear brakes are applied by the CC sensor. It feels like they are being applied when I descend a hill, but I can't feel them engage in our '95 T Bird. Thank you for your support of my opinion.
Feb 05, 2003 (8:04 am)
I've got a '95 Thunderchicken with the same 4.6 engine as the town car. Patsy had 139,000 miles on her when I bought her. Now, she's got 215,500 miles. (That's two hundred and fifteen thousand, five hundred, for those of you who think I accidently put the comma in the wrong place , and she's still running strong. On older 4.6's, at anything above about 100,000 miles, you're going to use about a quart of motor oil every thousand miles, but keep the oil level up, and there's no reason at all you can't go 300,000 miles. Remember, cops put 150,000 very hard miles on their Crown Vics, and then sell them at auction to taxi companies who put another 150,000 or so hard miles on them. There's truth to the slogan "Built Ford Tough!"