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#809 of 1806 Associated Press article on front bumper crash tests
Mar 19, 2003 (8:48 am)
Today, March 19, 2003, in The Arizona Republic newspaper there is an Associated Press article titled "Luxury cars, SUVs crack under crash-test pressure" by Dee-Ann Durbin. Bumper crash tests were made by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
Does anyone know if they have a internet website? A Google search should determine this.
The luxury sedans cited in the article are noted below in order, according to the degree of damage in these bumper crash tests:
2003 Infiniti Q45 - $1,445
2003 Cadillac CTS - $1,172
2003 Lincoln Town Car - $1,147
2002 Acura RL - $1,103
There was also one midsize SUV noted and two small SUVs noted in the article. If anyone is interested in knowing what the article said about these vehicles post a request for this info here and I'll put it in this discussion grouop today or tomorrow.
Here's a quote from the article relative to the Lincoln Town Car:
In a statement, Lincoln manufacturer Ford Motor Co. said its bumpers meet or exceed government safety standards. It also said the institute's tests "may not be representative of he type of damage that occurs in real-world situations."
Mar 19, 2003 (5:59 pm)
I'm usually pretty philosophical about this stuff, but my wife called and said she hit a pole today, so I may become more interested. Meanwhile, I'm in a Hertz town car loaner, and am amazed at the improvements they've made for this year. Very nice ride. Have forgotten how quiet they are and how well they handle too. Now, if they just had a blower on the A/C, it would be perfect.
#811 of 1806 Air Suspensions
Mar 30, 2003 (8:02 am)
Wanted to share my experience with my 95 T/C air suspension. Got this car last Sept from Florida and truly love it. Flew down there and drove it back with no problem, except some concern when the "check air suspension" light came on after about 130 miles of driving. Car handled no differently so I continued. Of course every time car was turned off and restarted the system recycled and the light was off for another 130 miles.
During the trip at rest stops, etc, when I saw another Town Car I would ask them about the problem in an effort to determine the cause, the seriousness, and or safety concerns. Consensus seemed to say that the air suspensions had a leak and at some point would have to be addressed. By the way, during the trip I reviewed the owner's manual and learned about the switch that turns off the system, tried that, but got off at the next exit to switch the air system back on, ignore the light was much better than driving w/o the system working.
My wife drives this car around town, so light would never come on during her using it 10 miles per day. When taking car with 4 people the light would come on, more load means faster leak, and more work for the compressor. So over the winter we watched the situation as it developed.
2 weeks ago, she took a day trip with 4 of her friends and the light was on constantly from that moment, so we took the car to a local mechanic who I had been referred to as having the experience to repair these cars at a reasonable price. He said the compressor had blow a fuse, and car was beginning to list or drop on the right rear. Replaced the fuse and gave us a price.
I had thought about replacing with regular shocks as has been discussed on the air suspension msg board, but really wanted original equipment again if possible.
Any ways, the total bill was $572.00 for 2 new air bag systems in the rear. I thought that was very reasonable from what I have read here and just wanted to share my story. Air bags had basically dry rotted over time, so i replaced both sides at the same time.
The "air suspension" msgs, would allow me to read only, so that's why this is here.
Thanks again for your help, love the car, and thanks for all the info posted by others, hopes this helps
jrguth, Lebanon, IN
#812 of 1806 Airbags
Apr 01, 2003 (8:55 am)
When those things explode - they go with a bang. In a recent trip with a '94 Continental, one of the rear bags decided it was tired and popped. It was like a canon going off - immediately the back end was almost to the ground. Good thing we were only a few miles into the trip. ROUGH RIDE home!
If you see one is leaking - replace immediately. Dealers can be VERY expensive - especially using OEM products ($1,000 per strut - times 2 and add labor and you have a $2,200 bill awaiting you...)
Arnott Industries has new replacement air struts that are superior to the ones just a couple years ago and can be purchase on-line for $185 or so.
Be sure and replace both at the same time.
#813 of 1806 Differential Fluid Change
Apr 01, 2003 (8:58 am)
After reading all of the posts on here to change differential (rear axle) fluid, I decided to change it on my '81 Mark VI.
You wouldn't believe the color of that oil - a very dark gray. I'm glad I changed it now!
#814 of 1806 gkarg: At least it was still oil. Mine turned to foam.
Apr 01, 2003 (9:17 am)
Apr 03, 2003 (8:31 am)
Maybe that's why all of the newer Lincolns are using Synthetic in the differential.
#816 of 1806 High mileage Town Car
Apr 19, 2003 (1:21 pm)
I was in Portland on a business trip last week and took a cab from the airport to downtown. The cab was a '97 Town Car with 580,000 miles on the odometer!
The driver informed me that he had owned it since it had around 100k on it. The original engine was replaced at 400k with a factory rebuilt unit and the transmission had been rebuilt at 350k. He said he had the brakes replaced "four or five times" and the tie rod ends once.
The driver said he "loved the car" and had no intention of replacing it until he had driven it at least a million miles. It was still surprisingly solid and seemed to run and ride well. The leather seats were still in good shape, too.
#817 of 1806 1991 Lincoln TC Exc
Apr 21, 2003 (6:40 am)
I now have a little over 200,000 miles on my 1991 TC. My husband and I are in our late 70s and do not like the idea of trouble on the road. We like the ride of the car and have enjoyed it thoroughly.He says that we should drive it until it dies. I feel apprehensive out on the highway. Our running arguement is whether to buy another one now or later. Do you consider a car of this age and mileage dangerous? Any advice?
AD of Louisiana
#818 of 1806 1991 Lincoln TC Exc
Apr 21, 2003 (6:42 am)
I now have a little over 200,000 miles on my 1991 TC. My husband and I are in our late 70s and do not like the idea of trouble on the road. We like the ride of the car and have enjoyed it thoroughly. He says that we should drive it until it dies. I feel apprehensive out on the highway. Our running argument is whether to buy another one now or later. Do you consider a car of this age and mileage dangerous? Any advice?
AD of Louisiana