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1997 Lincoln Continental Sedan

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Lincoln Continental Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 260 hp @ 5750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Lincoln Continental

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful, comfortable, and huge.

  • Cons

    Suspension is a bit floaty and doesn't communicate well with the driver.

  • What's New for 1997

    The changes to the 1997 Continental are minor this year. The first is the addition of a single-key locking system that locks the doors, glovebox and trunk with a turn of the wrist. The second is the addition of all-speed traction control.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (17 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


Loved it while owned

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Vehicle: 1996 Lincoln Continental

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




Air bag suspension expensive to

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Vehicle: 1996 Lincoln Continental

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.




Great trip car

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Vehicle: 1996 Lincoln Continental

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.




Hunk of junk

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Vehicle: 1996 Lincoln Continental

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!!




Lincoln continental

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Vehicle: 1996 Lincoln Continental

I have been extremely pleased with this car in the time i have owned it. The car has more than enough power and is very comfortable. It has every option i could ask for from the power moonroof to climate control. The driver is also able to select if they want certain options on or off like reverse mirrors, auto running lights, express mirrors, ect. Also the firmness of the suspension and steering effort is adjustable.




Black beauty conti

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Vehicle: 1996 Lincoln Continental

Purchased my Lincoln Continental with 25K miles on it. Presently, I have 79K on it. The vehicle loves to cruise the highways and is not an around town vehicle. On one trip to NC from CT, I got 27 miles to the gallon. Summer driving merits better gas mileage than winter. The vehicle was engineered for super premium only fuel which is expensive at the time of this writing. There has been no recalls on this vehicle to my knowledge. The body is extremely resilient and sturdy. The front end tends to be disappointing and Lincoln allowed a huge repair on the rack and pinion at about 40000K. The air sensors in the wheels can be a pain and if you have problems with them, bring the car to a dealer.



Full 1997 Lincoln Continental Review

What's New for 1997

The changes to the 1997 Continental are minor this year. The first is the addition of a single-key locking system that locks the doors, glovebox and trunk with a turn of the wrist. The second is the addition of all-speed traction control.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
/
  • 23
  • highway
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