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1997 Lincoln Town Car Sedan

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Lincoln Town Car Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 190 hp @ 4250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Huge rear-wheel drive sedan favored by limo-builders, grand parents, and leaders of emerging nations. This car has a lot of everything.

  • Cons

    Too much chrome.

  • What's New for 1997

    The Town Car's power steering has been improved.

Full 1997 Lincoln Town Car Review

What's New for 1997

The Town Car's power steering has been improved.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Best value ever

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Vehicle: 1996 Lincoln Town Car

I bought this car Feb 1st for $450.00. One service and a window regulator is the ONLY money I have spent. Has 234,000 miles, acts like most 50,000 mile cars I have been in.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Just keep rollin'

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Vehicle: 1996 Lincoln Town Car

This is my 4th or 5th Town Car, and my second one in this body style/engine configuration. These are solid, dependable, and well appointed vehicles. What little gas money you might save in a lesser car is more than well compensated by the lower long term ownership and insurance costs. They have everything, and they don't break a lot...and no payments! This car provides a comfortable and quiet ride, (reasonable) power(it's NOT an LT1), and reasonable gas mileage. The pollution control system is not so invasive that you cannot touch the car without having it become a problem, and the traditional styling and build are a plus for maintenance and/or modification.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Vehicle: 1996 Lincoln Town Car

Purchased in 03 with 52K, now has 265,000 miles. Engine has never had the valve covers removed. I have no plans of getting rid of her. These cars are cheap to maintain with plenty of original parts on ebay etc.. Obviously I have taken care of it.

Great car, terrible once things

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Vehicle: 1996 Lincoln Town Car

My first car, I bought my car for 3k with 168k miles on it. Ran fine for a week. Then things started to go, catalytic converters, the ac/heat (combined total of ~1200). The stereo went, and an aftermarket double din will not fit. All new rotors and pads; other than that, the car has been great, highway drive is amazing, my friends are jealous (they love driving it as well), sound system is great, heat is hot and the air is cold. I would buy another one, probably a Cartier with fewer miles. I did look at an 05 town car and it was nothing like the 96. Personal opinion, best year for the car.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Vehicle: 1996 Lincoln Town Car

My grandparents bought this car brand new as soon as it showed up at the dealer. I think the original list price was $47,000. My grandpa has since died, and in 2005, my grandma didn't feel safe driving anymore at the age of 88. She loved that car and wanted to keep it in the family, so she gave it to me, knowing I'd take the absolute best care of it. It had 31000 miles when she gave it to me. This is the most luxurious car Ford ever built. Has been very reliable, but when things have to be replaced, it's very costly for parts. It now has 102,000 miles and still drives like a dream. I never cared for the newer body style that started in '98 or '99. I'm very grateful to own such a classic car.

Best deal on wheels

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Vehicle: 1996 Lincoln Town Car

I bought this car with 78,000 miles in 2003. Now in 2010 I have 212,000 miles. The car will get good gas mileage with ac off and at 65 mph with Cruise control. Car has never let me down. Never been stuck with this car. Build quality is excellent. No noises after 212k miles. Jumbo trunk. I drive hard and the transmission is original. Changed transmission fluid 3 times or more. Engine uses a quart of oil in 3000 miles so then its ready for a change or a quart and a change in 6000. Best looking Lincolns a 94-97. Get a signature or Cartier or diamond anniversary edition.

Talk About The 1997 Town Car

1997 Lincoln Town Car Discussions See all Started By

I too liked the traditional Town Car of 1997 and earlier. You may like the CTS, if you don't mind a little less than world class interior. I bet they don't squeek like the '80s Cadillac after a few ...

Lincoln showed consistent sustainability when they produced the same Town Cars from 1990 to 1997 and again from 1998 to 2011....

I suppose people like me are partly to blame for the near demise of the Town Car. I've always liked TC, but prior to 1997 I couldn't afford one. After 1997 I could not warm up to the new design - it s...

Gas Mileage


  • 15
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  • 23
  • highway
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