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1998 Lincoln Town Car

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1998 Executive 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $38,030
1998 Signature 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $39,680
1998 Cartier 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $42,830


If the new Town Car is any indication of Lincoln-Mercury's intent to change minds about what a luxury car should be, then they are well on their way toward attracting a new group of buyers. Lincoln-Mercury wants to keep all of its current customers -- they give the Town Car one of the highest loyalty and repurchase rates in the industry. But, at the same time, the division wants to use the new Town Car to attract buyers away from other domestic and Japanese luxury brands. Lincoln-Mercury plans to do this with fresh styling and a greatly improved driving experience achieved through better handling, better brakes and a more controlled ride quality. The Lincoln Town Car is 85 percent new for 1998. While the designers, engineers and product planners have maintained the interior space and trunk space of the previous, boxlike Town Car, they have thrown away the rectilinear design, the square corners and some of the formality of the car. In its place is a new shape that owes something to the Jaguar, something to the Bentley, and quite a bit to Ford's New Edge design philosophy. The car was designed at Ford's California facility and it shows. It's round, but it's not a jellybean; it's formal without being frumpy; it's trim, yet still substantial. It's the first all-new Town Car in eight years. And it's about time. As always, Cadillac's deVille is the arch rival for the Town Car, but nowadays there are a number of smaller European and Japanese cars in the $40,000 luxury sedan bracket: Acura 3.5 RL, BMW 528, and Mercedes-Benz E-class.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.6L V-8 / 205 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
17 / 24 / 20 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
6 / 3
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.6L V-8 / 205 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
17 / 24 / 20 Mpg
4-wheel Disc / Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Full-size
Fuel Tank
19.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
20.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
112 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
215.3 "
Exterior Width
78.0 "
Exterior Height
58.0 "
Front Headroom
39.2 "
Rear Headroom
37.5 "
Front Legroom
42.6 "
Rear Legroom
41.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
60.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
60.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,005 Lbs.
Wheel Base
118 "
Turning Radius
21.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors / 2 Doors
16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Passenger
Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel / Dual Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
6 / 3
Seat Trim
Leather / Cloth
Front Seat Type
40-20-40 Split-bench
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
8-way (4-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
8-way (4-way Power) / 4-way
Front Armrests
8-way (4-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Premium Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan / Premium Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan / Clock
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night / Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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