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The light switch? Or the light control module?
I had a similar issue years ago and it turned out to be the actual light switch.Replaced it and all was good.
New here so any help would be much appreciated. Have a 2003 Lincoln TC that every once in awhile, the dash lights go out. They flicker on & off and if I hit the dash, they will pop back on. Its all the lights on the extreme left side of the panel, so I lose my odometer, digital speedometer etc. Has nothing to do with rain since it happens with or ... Read More
Suggest that you clean the mass air flow sensor. Be careful while cleaning it. A squirt of electrical parts cleaner is usually enough to clean the little wires in the unit.
I have a 2003 Lincoln Town car that starts but does not idle. This usually happens when it is warm or hot outside. I can travel for an hour, make a stop and turn off the engine. Ten minutes or more later I go to start my car. It starts but it won't idle. It cuts out and shows a picture of my battery and just quits. After about an hour ... Read More
I have a 2003 Lincoln town Exec. My problem is when it rains or I hit a puddle of water all my dash indicators flicker or stay on including battery light, when that happens my headlights will sometimes cut out and the car will overcharge the battery and will in most cases make battery over heat to where the battery wont hold a charge? The indicators will sometimes flicker or stay ... Read More
If you chose the fluid change, don't let them "Power Flush". When my AOD was power flushed, it blew the dipstick seal & that cost more to repair. We suggest you drop the pan, change the filter, & install new fluid. Drain the torque converter as well.
Converter was not overyly expensive. If fluid change did not fix it, my bet in the TC. That change to OD is where you will feel it most. Mine was not every time, just under certain conditions that progressively became closer to every time.
I have a 2004 Town Car and on the weekend with my young daughter driving it I felt the shudder and swore we were going over rumble strips. It did this about 4 times in the course of 20 miles and it seemed to happen when the car was going between 3rd and overdrive 4th gear. The local trans shop says no cure except to replace the 4th gear clutches and ... Read More
Had to replace the converter on my 2002 TC. When the shutter starts, it is almost too late to change the fluid. I had myine changed at a local shop whose owner was the shop forman at the local L/M before it bellied up and sold out.
I did some research on the transmission shudder that feels like your driving over rumble strips usually between 3rd & overdrive gear and found that its something to do with the tourgue lochup converter which can be remedied by changing the transmission fluid. I have not done it yet but I contacted aamco transmissions who also now offer other car repairs because they have a service that will flush the tranny ... Read More
I endured a problen like this on my 2003 lincoln town car. horn would sound any time,things progressed to doors would not lock. trunk lid inop, interior lights would not go off. I took it to my local Lincoln dealer for a diagnosis,$130.00 later they said they were 95% sure the lighting control module was bad because their computer could not communicate with it and for slightly less than $1000.00 they ... Read More
I just purchased a used 2003 Lincoln Town Car which has the jittery ride you may be referring to. Even the slightest bump makes the suspension shudder...especially in the rear. A 2001 towncar I had test ridden earlier was ultra smooth by comparison. Can anyone suggest a fix?
If you get static on the radio when you turn on the rear defogger,that's a Ford issue and the have a fix.I forget what it is,but I think it means replacing the rear window!
i have a 2003 lincoln town car signature series and recently i starting having a problem with the key fob dosent work, seat wont move(drivers), heated seat dosent work(drivers) trunk latch wont open trunk and door locke wont work from any door> this problem occored suddenly and three days later went away. a week later it happened again for a few hours then has been random since. any help appreciated
I have a 2003 Lincoln Town Car - Cartier L - long wheel base edition. Very recently - the power trunk funtion has stopped working. I can use the key to get in manually and the pull-down motor will come up - as the trunk opens, but there are no trunk lights and the power up and down motor does not operate at all. Neither the door button, or the key ... Read More
What was the answer to you 2003 Lincoln towncar radio issue (everything worked wxcept for static on the radio?
cd, casset, everything plays fine but the radio,nothing but static, checker antenna ok sub woffer and amp ok, what els can I do?
It has been 7 weeks since my 2003 Lincoln Town Car has been at the Dealer, dead as a door nail. After week 1, the dealer told me I needed a new harness and 'FORD QUIT MAKING THIS PART'. This is only a 6 year old vehicle that Ford has quit making the part for. The dealer kept me hanging on for 3 weeks, saying that they were waiting to hear ... Read More
2003 Lincoln Town Car- Will not start. No clicking, whirring, or anything else. Totally dead. Replaced battery, starter, ignition switch, park/neutral safety switch, fuses (even though they looked good), starter relay, you name it! If it's in the starting system, it's new, except the wiring. The car still won't start, nothing, totally dead. I am hearing that there is a fusible link somewhere near the starter. Is this something you can ... Read More
Thanks to everyone that replied to my message. I just got back a couple of hours ago from picking up my Town Car.... :) :) :D . For the past couple of weeks I nailed down 7 cars that I was interested considering year, price, general condition and miles. Yesterday I ran a car fax in all of them and what a surprise, of the 7 only 4 were completely clean, ... Read More
what side in the rear?-if it's the passenger side rear it might be the fresh air vent- I fixed mine on my 99 Towncar-not sure if the 2003 is the same design- if it's the driver's side rear it could be the hood release grommet in the firewall that's allowing water in. Also check to see if your floors are wet in the front under your carpets or near the firewall. ... Read More
My car is a 2003. And to your 2007 - I bet it is a great car, for now. Wait until its nearing it's 3rd birthday. You'll have a great ride but with several little items breaking. My hood squeeks when I shut the drivers door - started after the 2nd year and I hear in the same thing in limo's. They haven't fixed it - Lincoln that is - and ... Read More
This is my 2003 TC- problem started few days ago, in slow speed or 1st gear car feels like sometimes it will die on me. I took it to mechanics shop, 1st day- they changed gas filter & oil change, problem didn't solve. 2nd day- they changed fuel pump, problem didn't solve. 3rd day- they changed transmission full oil & filter, and a little spring underneath the trans. (sorry I forgot ... Read More
You're welcome; looks like it got cut off, so here's the rest: Quieter Cabin: In addition to the powertrain NVH actions, the team made several significant changes to the Town Carís body structure to reduce noise intrusion into the cabin. * A new laminated steel dash panel replaces the previous modelís single-ply design. * Thicker sound insulation is used in the wheelhouses, roof, body pillars and doors. * An aluminum floor ... Read More
The Town Car has long been Lincoln's bedrock -- it is the brand's highest-volume model, and it boasts extremely high customer satisfaction and loyalty. Lincoln's goals for the redesigned 2003 model were to enhance the qualities that define Town Car -- room, ride, comfort and safety -- and instill newfound precision in the car's driving dynamics. For 2003, Town Car will be offered in Cartier, Signature and Executive series, as well ... Read More
Copy of letter/announcement i found on a news server : Ford recalls vehicles a second time Automaker to notify dealers, customers Bernadine Williams and Harry Stoffer Automotive News January 31, 2008 - 1:20 pm ET UPDATED: 1/31/08 4:19 p.m. EST DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. began notifying Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers this week of a safety recall covering about 225,000 vehicles that were previously recalled for improper wire harnesses. "The ... Read More
On my 2003 Lincoln Town Car, whenever I'm driving in heavy rain for a long period of time, like on the turnpike, my air bag light comes on a stays on. Once I stop for the night and start again in the morning the light is off. I recently had the car washed in a high pressure touchless car wash and the light came on, but did not come on the ... Read More
I hope someone will post information on a 2007 Town Car but just in case they don't I will share this. owning a 2005 has been a very good experience for me, I also own a 2006 DTS which was bought new about a month ago. I had some problems with the new DTS, defective battery and electrical problems. I bought the Town Car in July 2006 with 17,000 miles on ... Read More
I have a 2003 TC and the panel lights will dim down automatically when I go into somewhere dark a tunnel carwash, or under thick trees. It dos this independently of what position the headlight switch is in. Turn up your pannel light dimmer switch to full bright at night as see if the same thing happens.
Hi, Don't know if this will help but I have a 2000 town Car and it kept stalling after starting and after some time it would run okay. The problem turned out to be the Air Intake Valve. It was a fairly easy fix and not too expensive. Hope this helps. happy riding. Kevin
If you have a lot of miles on the car, check out the quality of the air by pass valve located behind the air filter housing.
Here is how it happens. I drive it to a shopping mall, stop the car, go shopping, when I come out, the car promply starts, but stalls. If I start it again, and let it run at a 1000 rpm or so for a while, it might then idle and run fine. 2 weeks later, it might do it again, except it may not go away. I, then drive the car ... Read More
There are a series of step in your owners manual that you can follow to remedy all of those issues. I own the same vehicle (actually several of them) I have never had a problem with reseting the oil %. Maybe hold the button longer??
When I complained of brake pedal overtravel on my 2003 TC, the dealer suggested that I back off the pedal position from the full bottom position. I did so, and the brake pedal has a more firm feel. If you have your adjustment all the way down, you might try that.
The 03 does have the improved rear suspension Check out the 03's on e bay. For example --- Lincoln : Town Car 2003 Lincoln Towncar Executive LOW 9,737 MILES BEAUTY Miles: 9737 Doors: 4 doors or more Transmission: Automatic Interior: Gray Year: 2003 Warranty: Existing VIN Number: 1lnhm81w93y632683 Get the Vehicle History Report Title: Clear Exterior: Silver Condition: Used Inspection: -- Engine: 8 CYLINDER 4.6 LITER Standard Equipment: POWER DOOR LOCKS ... Read More
Hi Folks. I'm looking for a used Original Equipment in dash GPS system for my 03 Signatue Series Lincoln. Should you know of one please let me know. Thanks, J/N
I tried re-setting the Oil life thingy as directed via the Manual, didn't work. I bringing it to the Dealer tomorrow for a couple of other things I'll have them look at that as well.. Txs, JH
Your manual should tell you how to reset the oil life indicator. It's usually a combination of buttons that you push to do it, just like de-programming the horn chirp.
euphonium, thanks for your reply. I have solved the Horn noise by checking the Owners book. You can discontinue that feature by going through a set procedure with the key in the ignition and pressing the remote door lock switch. As for the seat belt dinging indicator, you can trick it by starting out with the seat belt on while the car is in motion. Once your under way you can ... Read More
You can silently activate the alarm by using the driver's door outside keypad. Press buttons 7/8 and 9/0 at the same time twice. A considerate feature when you don't want to wake the neighbors. Seat belt not fastened/annoying dinging noise. My guess is there is a sensor connection under the seat that could be disconnected, but of this I'm unsure. If your seat belt is too short, you can buy extensions. ... Read More
Hi, I just purchased a 2003 Town Car (Signature) series and would like to know how to eliminate the annoying dinging noise that sounds when the drivers seat belt is not fastened. #2. Can the chirp of the horn be shut off when activating the alarm. #3. I changed the oil today and am unable to re-set the over head console to 100%. It reads 39% and will not re-set even ... Read More
We have a 97 TC, (actually this is my husband's car -- he really loves the look and most of the car) thinking of trading it for a 2003 or 2004 TC -- after reading your post, don't feel too confident about a new Lincoln. Like the drive, comfit and all about the TC (except for the Engine Light being on most of the time - computer diagnostics have not found ... Read More
RE: Factory Installed AntiTheft Alarm System Problem In our - 2003 Lincoln Town Car. I just read a post made by a Toyota Sienna owner whose description of his problem with an anti theft alarm system was described on this website, exactly the same experience that we are having. The alarm is silent for weeks, then it goes off at different times, different places. We were told by the dealer 4 ... Read More
So i have a 1988 Lincoln Town car and was driving it today through boston when the gas pedal started to stick a little bit. I had to pull over and turn the car off and fidget with the gas pedal and the line hooked up to it to make it free, it seemed to help but the pedal felt alot lighter than normal and was not giving much resistance, then ... Read More
I had a Prestige Remote Engine Starter installed on my 2003 Lincoln Town Car. Whenever I use the remote control to lock the car, the burglar alarm goes off in 5 to 20 minutes. I have already taken it back to the original installer, as well as to a local Chicago-area tech several times, and it keeps happening. Anyone else have this experience, or more importantly, know how to fix it? ... Read More
Sur hope my 2003 town car will last a long long time as I don't think I would buy a FWD lincoln. Oh well I am 69 so maybe it will last twenty more years as I will quit driving then. I did buy the Silverado truck and am well pleased with it.
Can't argue with that logic. I think the 4.6 is a good engine but like you say it is a ford engine used in many applications and doesn't produce the power of the 4.6 caddie engine. The 2003 and 04 towncars have dual exhausts which is why they produce 239 hp instead of the 210 for the 2002.The sound from the exhausts are quiet which indicates they are still restricted from ... Read More
I see, ehardison1. Thanks a lot! The trunk is not actually that bad then. The shape of the cargo space has been criticized a lot. I know now anyway it swallows a lot, my suitcases and more. Thanks again:). P.S. I had a quick look at your profile; I hope you get your dream Lincoln one day:). Thanks once more:).
Thank you heaps, ehardison1! You helped a lot. Estimating from a photo I found from the Web, I suppose if I'd place (1) one box that would be of an exact size 14"x32.5"x 26" to the deep part of the trunk, (2) another box of the same size on top of it, (3) a 3rd box of the same size on the upper compartment closer to the rear seats, all boxes ... Read More
Hi everybody! I am planning to get to know Lincoln Town Car 2003 during my visit in States, impressed by its long history and good reviews in some of the magazines available in Europe. I am wondering now, if any of you know about the exact dimensions of its trunk. It has been told to be huge (21 cu.ft), but the exact dimensions of it are difficult to find on the ... Read More
Had the first oil change for my 2003 town car today. Took it to the Lincoln dealer as they give free maintenance for 36,000 miles. They put the recommended motorcraft 5w20 synthetic blend oil in and that stuff is clear as water. You can't hardly see it on the dip stick. Seems like some good stuff. Any comments from any one that is useing this oil.
can someone please tell me if the easy pass in use in the north east area will work on the windshield of 2003 Lincoln cars.I have been told that due to the composition of the windshield you may have to use an exterior unit.Thank you.
Messages Messages Page 1 of 1 Go To Msg # Search This Discussion All Messages Displayed #1 of 2 Just purchased 2003 Lincoln Cartier Towncar by wotan1 Nov 01, 2003 (12:57 am) Purchased left over new 2003 Lincoln Cartier Towncar. Did considerable research before purchase. Would like to know what owners of this same vehicle like or dislike about their car even though I'm comitted now no ... Read More
I purchased a 2000 Lincoln Continental with 63k miles on it in March of 2003, very clean & like new, it is now Sept 2003 and it has 84k miles on it. Thats over 20k in about 6 months. I drive 200 miles total a day, at about 85 mph, commuting to and from work. I get about 25 miles to the gallon and have changed the oil about every 3k ... Read More
The Ford dealer tells me that my 1997 Town car, 66,000 miles, needs a new servo for the Cruise Control which costs about $200. installed. Probably reasonable, I guess. But they also say I need left inner and outer tie rods, $275 and lower ball joints $ 300. and alignment $60. I can't believe it, at 66,000 miles. I have never, in 40 years of driving had to do this sort ... Read More
Though we did not seek it out, we got a great deal of experience in the never ending snows of 2002-2003 in the metro New York area. We have always shod our Lincolns with Michelin tires, and especially liked the "Rainforce" model. We are far less happy with the "Symmetry", having had an unusual number of flats that totalled the tire. As a result, we switched to Continental "Contact Touring" on ... Read More
I just purchased a new 2003 town car,executive series. It is my first Lincoln since my 1973 continental Mark3.So far I love it and just wanted to get on the board as I hope to be asking some questions and maybe answer some questions
I have owned 7 Lincolns starting with '73 Lincoln. This '03 is better than the '73. Better than '98 and '00. The last two were below Lincoln quality IMO. Day and night. My 2003 certainly sets the standard high. Keep up the quality on upcoming cars, Lincoln. Perhaps I can buy number eight!!!!
The 2004 Town Car will not see any improvements, for 2003, enough was done. If anything, a few packages might be shuffled around, and a new Navigation system might be offered, but thats about it. Also, these rumors of a larger V-12 engine, are not true. These came from a spy pic, as one was testing the 6.8 V-10 Triton engine. Making some journalists believe a V-12 version, was the answer ... Read More
and also enjoy the vehicle with 105,000 miles. Several of our friends have opted for new cars ranging from the Avalon to Lincoln LS. I admire the 2003 Executive, however, our portfolio of equities enable us to hold fast to that which is good and the 94 Towncar is still very good. If you can pay cash for a new Towncar and not draw down your retirement funds below one million, ... Read More
FYI: 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 ... Read More
I have driven the big Lincolns since I bought my first '57 Premier coupe in 1967, I had to give $85.00 for it, it needed a battery. I soon bought another one that was minus the trans., from one of the mechanics at the local L/M Dealer, My first experience was when my Mom and Dad brought home a '57 Premiere Landau four door it was that Wimbeldon white and had ... Read More
I rented a 2003 TC while on a business trip this week. In the past, I have frequently rented TCs but this was my first experience with the new model. I am a pretty loyal "Ford" man and currently own a Lincoln LS among others. My comments are not meant to rile anyone up, but rather express honest opinions. Steering: I thought the new TC had a huge improvement in steering ... Read More
What's your opinion regarding the present Lincoln buyer opting for the Marauder just to get the performance? Any significant numbers yet? In the last few years at the end of the model year, area Lincoln dealers have been selling Executive Towncars for $29,995. I intend to buy a 2003,True Blue, then. The LS has a Vivid Red, but not yet in the TC which is stuck with 'dried blood red', or ... Read More
When will the Town Car have a Lincoln engine like the Cadillac has a Cadillac engine rather than the same basic engine that's in the Crown Victoria? For the last several years Cadillac has 300 hp and for 2003 the Towncar will have less than 240 hp. General Motors doesn't power their Cadillacs with Chevrolet engines. I know Lincoln has done this traditionally since 1980, but it's time Lincoln had a ... Read More
What's your opinion of the Continental; plusses and minuses? With the pssibility of getting a new 39K list Continental for the mid 20's OR LOWER, (12K off list + Ford Z plan + Lincoln owner discount) I just may pick up one and wait for the stock market to improve before buying a second car "toy" (2003 TBird or something else enjoyable to drive). Price is just too good to ignore. ... Read More
The older generation of buyers just don't seem to want anything but a true six passenger seating arrangement. All the time I have been with Lincoln I have never had anyone even ask for a floor shifter version. except a couple on edmunds... remember the T/C is primarily built because of fleet not because of retail buyers... This is why fleet/livery dictate so much of the cars build. Almost every change ... Read More
Lincoln dropped it's price for a 2003 Signature by an additional $1,000 for present Lincoln owners. MSRP $45,025; Z plan plus incentives price $37,214. Latest $1,000 incentive may be short lived. Very attractive price for someone who's Z plan eligible and looking for a plush touring sedan.
We do not expect Lincoln to offer an optional engine on the T/C...The 239hp will the the only engine offered unless they make an abrupt change in mid-year. On the 2003 they changed the axle ratio to 3.27 from 3.08 on the Exec and Signature and 3.55 on the Touring sedan T/C...This should help to get the land yacht off the line a bit quicker. For those who didnt realize...the HP ... Read More
Do you think Lincoln will offer an optional 300 hp engine in 2003? I'd pay up to $500 more for the privilege enabling the navigation of mountains better. Around here, new Executives are advertised for $29,995. I choose to wait and get a 2003 in about a year for that price and perhaps within that year the optional power package (300 hp) will be available. Your thoughts?
I have heard that Lincoln does intend to come out with a 300hp TC. I also heard that it will have a center console making it a 5 passenger car. Can anyone verify any of the above? The 2003 Town Car claims to have greater trunk space but when you read the specifications it is the same size as the 2002 Town Car which is 20.6 cubic ft. What gives?
I agree the car should be more of a stand out...but Everyone forgets that fleet dictates what the town car gets. Limo/Livery companies essentially dictate to Ford what will and wont be on the T/C Until Lincoln decides that they want to retail the T/C to people and not Fleet, the car will not be a world class competator in the luxury segment. The T/C is Certainly a nice car but ... Read More
Lincoln should realize that this car is a LINCOLN, not a plain CV or GM. The motor should be different than the motor in those cars. I'd hate to see the TC go the way of the Continental as buyers realize that they can buy the CV/GM and basically get the same car mechanically at a lot less cost.. I'd be willing to pay a few thousand more for a 2003 ... Read More
Many of us love the TC, but it will never gain market share until FORD offers at least 300hp (even as a performance option). The Caddy has had 300hp for years, and will soon move up even higher - also will go to RWD soon. Unless the TC makes some substantial changes to the drivetrain, market share will continue to decline. If the Lincoln dealers did not have the LS models ... Read More
I drove the car today...We are all in agreement that extra HP would be nice. We were wondering why they didn't use the 302 hp V8 that the aviator is getting. The 2003 has a quiter ride, we all noticed this right away. The rack and pinion steering is a big improvement. The car does not wander as much as the previous TC. The interior is much "dressier" than the 2002. ... Read More
new 2002 Towncars for $29,995. In your opinion, is the list of improvements on the 2003 worth the many thousands of dollars difference? IMO, the TC still needs 300+ hp to compete with Cadillac and 235 is only adequate.
JOHNNY LINC Am I understanding what you wrote? You are saying that since there are 2003 models back in NY that Lincoln is here to say. Oldsmobile went out and they are still trying to hang on with limted models and production. I am going to call Lincoln and find out. This he said she said stuff is driving me nuts.
Joker2108: Lincoln is absolutely, positively, unequivocally NOT going out of business. No way, no how, period. Maybe your limo-owner friends wouldn't lie to you, but they certainly don't know what they're talking about--they are wrong, wrong, wrong. At this very moment, at the New York Auto Show, the 2003 Lincoln Town Car, Navigator, and Aviator are on display, as are a 2003 Town Car limo built by Picasso Coach and a ... Read More
Not at all true. The Town Car and Navigator are being reengineered for 2003. Lincoln has the new Aviator for 2003. The LS will also be updated for 2003. A new Continental, probably on a stretched LS platform, is planned for 2005, along with a restyled LS and possible convertible for 2005 or 2006.