2000 Lincoln Town Car Review

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy, good ride and handling balance when equipped with Touring Sedan option.
  • Funky front end, lack of horsepower, awkward-to-use trunk.
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A Lincoln Town Car at Lincoln Town Car prices. Buy a Grand Marquis with all the trimmings instead.

Vehicle overview

Lincolns have always been big, comfortable cruisers designed to coddle drivers and passengers in silent, swift comfort. In 1998, the Town Car was updated with new exterior styling, a new interior, traction control, and an improved rear suspension. Overall, the new style is clean, with a profile that is chiseled and strong. The only discordant element is the strange headlamp design that appears as though penned by an action comic-book artist.

Three trim levels of the Town Car are available: the base Executive, midline Signature, and top-of-the-heap Cartier. The Executive comes loaded with luxury: leather seating, power-adjusted front seats with power recliners and automatic climate control are all included in the entry-level Town Car (why Lincoln spoiled this classic name with that "Executive" tag is beyond us). Safety features abound as well, with antilock brakes, traction control and front side-impact airbags among the standard fare. Stepping up to the Signature adds a few perks such as power lumbar supports in front, a powerful Alpine stereo system, and steering wheel-mounted controls for the stereo and climate-control systems. The Cartier gilds the lily with higher-grade leather, heated seats, chrome wheels and, of course, a Cartier clock.

The 2000 Town Car continues this tradition with a 4.6-liter V8 that makes 205 horsepower and 280 foot-pounds of torque. The Cartier and Signature Touring Sedan Town Car models are equipped with a dual exhaust system and deliver 220 horsepower and 290 foot-pounds of torque at 3,500 rpm. While not exactly a performance car, the Town Car will get you up to speed with little effort and even less drama.

The changes for 2000 consist of the same safety changes that Ford has implemented across most of its model line. The emergency trunk release allows people who are trapped in the trunk to release the hatch. The child seat-anchor brackets in the back seat provide parents and caregivers an improved method to buckle in their child safety seats more securely. The system secures child safety seats using tethers that attach to the anchor brackets, in addition to traditional safety belts. The Belt Minder system consists of a chime and an indicator light to remind drivers and passengers to buckle up.

The Town Car hasn't had any domestic competition since the rear-drive Fleetwood and Buick Roadmaster were canceled in 1996. Strangely enough, the 2000 Town Car might find competition from within the Ford camp. While it's smaller, the new Lincoln LS offers a considerably more refined and sporting character.

2000 Highlights

The Town Car receives additional safety features, including an emergency trunk release, child seat-anchor brackets and Lincoln's Belt Minder system. A new storage armrest has been placed on the front-passenger door-trim panel. One new exterior color has been added: Autumn Red Clearcoat Metallic.

Consumer reviews

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My Dream Car
Executive 4dr Sedan
This is my first Town Car and believe me, it wont be the last. I wish I had driven one sooner. It rides like you are driving on clouds. It acts as if bumps and pot holes were not even on the road. The interior is all leather and the seats are very comfortable. There is a large amount of cabin space and I was surprised at the leg room in the rear passenger compartment. I am 6'3" and have plenty of leg room in the back. The V8 engine is very strong with a lot of torque. This car gets moving in a hurry. I am also surprised at how quite the ride it. At 65 mph, there is very little road or wind noise.
Hidden Gem
Mike E.,10/10/2015
Signature 4dr Sedan
Here in the Pacific Northwest people pay a premium price for worn iut Subarus and trucks. This 2000 Lincoln Town Car with 79,000 miles on it set me back $4,000. A Subaru Outback with 160,000 miles will cost you $5,500. I'm a 40 year old guy and people might say that I bought a grandpa car. Well maybe so, but it's by far the best car that I have owned. It is fast, quiet, has a great sound system, the comfort level is almost extreme. Make sure you don't fall asleep when driving the Town Car. If you can find one of these gems and don't mind the snide comments buy one. Ford nailed it with this car and because there is no nitche market for these (not many people looking to buy used Lincolns) the prices, at least in Washington state, are great.
Best for the money- by far
Tom Anderson,12/03/2010
Signature 4dr Sedan
I have owned it for 10 years, and have 274,000 miles on it. Just came back from 2500 mile trip, 80 mph and 25 mpg, sailed along like it always does. Snobs can drive other things, this is the best for a car load of toys and presents and smart driving. I don't care what the others think, they're wrong. This is a tough, solid car. Had one before totaled, t-boned by squad car, and i didn't even get a scratch. Want to live and live good? Get a towncar.
One Great Automobile
Dr.Christopher Hahn, Phd,05/09/2016
Signature 4dr Sedan
I bought my Town Car new in 2000 and it now has 154K in miles. Still rides and drives like new. Still looks new. It is my second town car and if they built today, I would buy again without question. Love the ride and people who see it and ride in it love it. By far one of the very best American cars made.


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 2000 Lincoln Town Car
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Lincoln knows its Town Car market. Room, comfort and a relaxing driving experience are what this older demographic seeks. And with the Town Car being Lincoln's bread-and-butter vehicle (in addition to having a nearly 60 percent repeat buyer rate, Lincoln owns 75 percent of the limousine and livery business), the company was careful with the evolutionary changes it made to the 2003 Town Car. You could say that it didn't want to...ummm, rock the boat.

Immediately noticeable, however, is the new facade. Gone is the sucked-on-a-lemon grille, replaced by a wider chrome unit similar in design to the Lincoln LS's. Headlamps are now separated from the grille, contributing to the new nose's more upscale appearance. In profile, not much has changed apart from the wheels, which now measure 17 inches versus the former 16s, and for a cleaner look, the wheel balance weights are now located on the inner side of the rim. The Town Car's rump is also revised with new taillights and rear fascia, though at first glance it's hard to see any difference between the new car and the old.

Most of these updates are not merely cosmetic changes; there are some real benefits to these alterations. The new headlights are 60 percent brighter than last year's lamps; the trunk's sill opening is nearly 8 inches wider, and the spare tire no longer hogs the trunk's upper shelf — it is now stored vertically, out of the way on the right-hand side. All Town Cars have a power pull-down trunk lid, but on the top-of-the-line Cartier models, the trunk is fully opened and closed by power (no doubt something that will be appreciated by chauffeurs who specialize in airport runs).

As with the exterior, the cabin sees minor but worthwhile changes. Dual-zone climate control debuts, as do a number of new bins and pockets that provide 44 percent more interior stowage for all those golf tees, scorecards and pencils. The front center armrest now flips open on either side, making access easy for both driver and passenger. The longer-wheelbase "L" models (6 inches greater than the standard Town Car) have an astounding 47 inches of rear legroom, making their rear compartments roomier than that of any other car currently available.

The really big news, however, is under the skin. A redesigned frame incorporates hydroform technology for the front rails. As the name suggests, hydroforming uses water under high pressure to form the molten metal into seamless rails that are devoid of weak areas inherent in a more conventional welded design. The chief benefit of this construction is a reduction in flex, translating into more composed handling and ride characteristics.

Major revisions to the suspension systems were made, as well. The use of more lightweight components, new bushings and mono-tube shocks (that are more consistent in their performance than less costly twin-tube dampers), along with revisions in geometry, are geared toward sharpening up the Town Car's handling dynamics without losing the comfy ride it's long been known for. To that end, last year's recirculating-ball steering system has been replaced by a more precise variable-ratio rack-and-pinion setup. The power assist is also variable, making for light, easy steering during parking lot maneuvers and a reassuring wheel heft at higher speeds.

More power is always a good thing, and all Town Cars now boast 239 horsepower, versus the 220 horses and 235 horses of last year's Signature/Executive and Cartier series, respectively. The 4.6-liter overhead-cam V8 achieves fuel economy ratings of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway; the highway figure goes up 2 mpg due to a more slippery body and decreased rolling resistance. As before, power is transferred to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission, recalibrated this year for quicker downshift response time.

Braking is upgraded, as well, and a trio of systems assures the most effective braking possible. In addition to the expected ABS are Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (that apportions braking power front-to-rear to maximize braking efficiency) and a new "panic assist" feature that automatically provides full power braking if the driver suddenly hits the pedal.

Once again the Town Car is available in three trim levels: base Executive, mid-line Signature and loaded-to-the-gills Cartier. The Executive comes with power-adjustable pedals, a trip computer and steering wheel-mounted audio and climate controls in addition to the expected luxuries such as power everything, cruise control and leather seating. The Signature ups the ante with a 145-watt Alpine audio system with a subwoofer (for those times when Sinatra must be cranked up), a wood and leather steering wheel, heated front seats, a memory system (for the seat, mirrors and pedals) and rear parking assist. Go full-bore with the Cartier and chrome wheels, high-intensity discharge headlights and the full power trunk are added to the mix. If you require more features, "Premium" versions of the Signature and Cartier are available, as well. But only the Cartier can be had in that longer-wheelbase "L" model mentioned earlier.

For safety, Lincoln has included traction control, dual-stage front airbags (that adjust the deployment force of the front bags according to the severity of the impact), seatbelt pre-tensioners (that snug up the belts at the time of impact) and side airbags for front passengers.

At the Town Car's press introduction, we had a picturesque 120-mile drive mapped out for us that took us from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, Calif. But before we embarked on our brief journey, we had the opportunity to take a quick spin in a 2002 Town Car for comparison. After that brief jaunt, we jumped in an '03 and headed up Pacific Coast Highway.

The engineers' efforts did not go unnoticed. The TC's steering now has some feel to it; there's no dead spot at center, and the response at the wheel is much sharper and linear. Body roll is also kept in check thanks to the revised suspension. Maybe it's not going to have enthusiasts trading in their 5 Series Bimmers, but for a big luxury car, the TC handles itself admirably in the turns while still providing that magic carpet ride.

We didn't really notice the extra horsepower — not a big surprise given that the car has gained about 200 pounds this year. The thrust is certainly adequate for the target market, and freeway cruising at 80 mph is hushed. At one point, while driving on a scenic two-laner in farm country, we came upon a trundling stake-bed truck. Once we approached a passing section, we dipped into the throttle and the Lincoln's tranny kicked down quickly and seamlessly, allowing our Cartier edition to whisk past the rolling obstacle with ease. No complaints with the passing power. Later on, we used an abandoned road to give the brakes the panic test. When the pedal was spiked, the big Lincoln hauled itself down in seemingly short order, with minimal nosedive and ABS histrionics. And for the record, we averaged around 20 mpg, not bad for lead-footed journalists.

Lincoln is the only domestic automaker offering big rear-drive luxury cars. Despite being the only game in town, the company has done well with its new Town Car. Whether you've got a 500-mile day ahead of you or it's your turn to take the foursome to the course for 18 holes, a classy Town Car isn't too tough to take. Look for '03 models to be arriving at Lincoln dealerships in the summer of 2002.

Used 2000 Lincoln Town Car Overview

The Used 2000 Lincoln Town Car is offered in the following submodels: Town Car Sedan. Available styles include Cartier 4dr Sedan, Executive 4dr Sedan, Executive L 4dr Sedan, Signature 4dr Sedan, and Cartier L 4dr Sedan. Pre-owned Lincoln Town Car models are available with a 4.6 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 205 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2000 Lincoln Town Car comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic.

What's a good price on a Used 2000 Lincoln Town Car?

Price comparisons for Used 2000 Lincoln Town Car trim styles:

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Should I lease or buy a 2000 Lincoln Town Car?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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