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1996 Lincoln Continental - Consumer Reviews

1996 Lincoln Continental

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Base 4.6L V8 4-speed Automatic - (18 reviews )

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Old car still running
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By Jeff
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Vehicle

1996 Lincoln Continental 4dr Sedan


Review

The air ride will fail ,,, replaced mine with coils which I found for $350 on ebay from the manufacturer...open box and put in myself ... Engine hard to work on as the compartment is cramped... Replaced the stereo as the display failed... was not too complicated although the subwoofer had to be bi-passed... The worst thing to happen was the AC is leaking oil and it is buried under the engine and lodged between the cross member frame ....can't even see where the oil is leaking from.... this is a winter ride now and is starting to rust ... I love to drive it as it is like sitting in a comfy living room couch... must have been a heck of a car in '96 although it cost $40.000 which I just don't see how ..... Just drive it till it drops ... bought used for cheap ...it owes me nothing at this point as I have had it 7 years or so....


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Loved it while owned
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By cali_951
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1996 Lincoln Continental 4dr Sedan


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Bought one at 112K in 2003. Had 166K when decided to dump it due to suspension going bad for a 3rd time. Tuned it up once & hadn't changed the oil for a good year or so. Replaced tires once. Head liner started falling apart around 130K & the HORRIBLE air suspension. Other than that, no tranny or engine or anything falling apart aside from the liner as i mentioned before. Drove it numerous times from North Carolina to Georgia without any problems. Highway gas mileage great for a fast V8, the city was about 15-17 depending how you drive it. Will I by again...if I change the suspension I would


Best Features

Performance, seats, ride


Worst Features

Air suspension


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Air Bag Suspension expensive to replace.
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By missybee
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1996 Lincoln Continental 4dr Sedan


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I purchased the vehicle used and had put about 12,000 miles per year on it. At the 130,000 mark everything fell apart. Pieces of the interior are falling apart such as the wood like lining on the front doors. Parts are expensive and difficult to get. The air bag suspension is terrible, tiny tears in the bags put pressure on battery to refill, alternator, and generator. These things need continually replaced. New suspension is upwards of $4500 at dealership. Or get proper suspension for closer to $3000.


Best Features

Pretty body, stands up to an accident. A small Honda civic pulled out in front of me and was essentially totaled. Lincoln didn't even lose a headlight. Only a minor scratch on front bumper. Also, big V8 will get you up a hill our out in traffic easily.


Worst Features

Air Bag suspension is a deal breaker. I will never buy another car with this suspension


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Great trip car
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By deluxreverb
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1996 Lincoln Continental 4dr Sedan


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I bought the car from a friend that had the lockup solenoid changed in the trans. She still had an intermittent problem. After a few days driving it started working fine. No problems in 3 years 130,000. 22mpg at 70mpg. Cars is fast for small 8 and 3800+ lbs. The clear coat is starting to deteriorate since the black car has been in the sun a lot. I would own another.


Best Features

Great Engine, Cast iron 32 valve.


Worst Features

Accessibility to maintain or repair air suspension{cramped}. Better or no Clear Coat. Maintaining wax is superior in the long run.


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Hunk of Junk
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By Hunk of Junk
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1996 Lincoln Continental 4dr Sedan


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The 1st few years this car was great,purchased with 30k on car & still smelled new! Well all was great until 80k & tie rods & air ride went out! Purchase coil over & got rid of air ride! Well the car is on the 3rd alternator & one starter & horn,abs,airbags dont work & when you get the check engine light solved by repairs a few days later something else is wrong with car! I hate this car & since it was american made the value is bad to sell!! I call it the stinken lincoln!!


Best Features

It was nice when New!


Worst Features

Everything!


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