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9. Option Installment Rate

Generally, when you order a new car you have a choice of factory-installed options. When you buy a pre-owned vehicle the choice is limited to what was actually installed on vehicles sold in that model year. Use this option installment rate as a guide to the chances of finding particular options on a pre-owned vehicle. Source: Ward's Automotive Yearbooks

As one would expect in a luxury car, most creature comforts, such as power accessories, automatic climate control, etc. are included as standard on the Town Car.

1992 Model Year

Installment Rate

Traction Control: 18%

Leather Seats: NA%

Keyless entry: 87%

1993 Model Year

Installment Rate

Traction Control: 23%

Leather Seats: NA%

Keyless entry: 89%

1994 Model Year

Installment Rate

Traction Control: 25%

Leather Seats: NA%

1995 Model Year

Installment Rate

Traction Control: 78%

Leather Seats: 94%

1996 Model Year

Installment Rate

Traction Control: 80%

Leather Seats: 96%

1997 Model Year

Installment Rate

Traction Control: 78%

Leather Seats: 96%

1998 Model Year

Installment Rate

Traction Control: 100%

Leather Seats: 98%

10. Production/Sales Volume History

Normally a model year runs from October to September. Often though, when a new version is introduced it hits the market before October. Legally, a model year can start as early as January of the preceding year. Accurate model year sales counts are almost impossible to collect as different model year vehicles are regularly sold side-by-side for several months. Production figures, when listed, often include vehicles made for export to Canada, Mexico and overseas. Source: manufacturers/Ward's Automotive Yearbooks

1992 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1991 through Sept. 1992

Total number produced: 109,094

Total no. sold in U.S.: 111,697

1993 Model Year

Production run: Oct.1992 through Sept. 1993

Total number produced: 118,040

Total no. sold in U.S.: 110,371

1994 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1993 through Sept. 1994

Total number produced: 117,448

Total no. sold in U.S.: 118,300

1995 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1994 through Sept. 1995

Total number produced: 109,628

Total no. sold in U.S.: 103,045

1996 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1995 through Sept. 1996

Total number produced: 96,591

Total no. sold in U.S.: 92,426

1997 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1996 through Sept. 1997

Total number produced: 108,966

Total no. sold in U.S.: 90,590

1998 Model Year (first year of new model)

Production run: Oct. 1997 through Sept. 1998

Total number produced: 98,346

Total no. sold in U.S.: 83,035

11. Awards and Commendations

1994

"Among the Top Ten in Initial Quality" - J. D. Power and Associates

12. Quotes

"Typical of American luxury cars, the Town Car rides smoothly, but it protests during corners or sudden maneuvers. The optional, and rare, handling package makes the Town Car far more satisfying to drive." - Jack Gillis, The Used Car Book 1997-1998

13. Recalls (Only major recalls listed)

ID Number: 95V151000

Component: structure: hood assembly: latches

Potential Number of Units Affected: 73,837

Year: 1992

Manufactured From: Apr. 1991 To: Oct. 1991

Year of Recall:'95

Summary: The secondary hood latch may not engage when the hood is closed. In the event the primary hood latch releases or is not properly latched when the vehicle is in motion, the hood could fly up obstructing the operator's vision, and increasing the potential for a vehicle accident.

ID Number: 98V322000

Component: suspension: independent front control arm: lower: ball joint

Potential Number of Units Affected: 158,191

Year: 1990-1998

Manufactured From: 1990 To: 1998

Year of Recall:'98

Summary: Certain police, fleet, natural gas, and limousine vehicles equipped with ball joints containing one-piece bearings or a front lower control arm containing a ball joint with a one-piece bearing. On certain 1990-1996 Lincoln Town Car limousine vehicles that have been serviced with either a ball joint containing the one-piece bearing or a front lower control arm containing a ball joint with a one-piece bearing. The one-piece bearing within the lower control arm ball joint can weaken slowly during use and eventually crack. This could result in separation of the ball and cap of the joint, allowing the control arm to drop to the ground. If this occurs while the vehicle is moving, reduced steering control could occur, increasing the risk of a crash.

ID Number: 99V124000

Component: electrical system

Potential Number of Units Affected: 279,000

Year: 1992

Manufactured From: Nov. 1991 To: Nov. 1992

Year of Recall:'99

Summary: The Speed Control Deactivation Switch can develop a resistive short in the electrical circuit that could potentially result in an underhood fire. A fire is possible both when the vehicle is running and when the vehicle engine is off. Also, the short could disable the speed control system or cause the brake light fuse to open. A fire can originate in the left front underhood area.

ID Number: 94V152000

Component: brakes: hydraulic system

Potential Number of Units Affected: 214,000

Year: 1994

Manufactured From: Nov. 1993 To: July 1994

Year of Recall:'94

Summary: The nuts and bolts that attach the rear brake adapter to the axle housing flange can loosen and eventually separate. If one or more of the nuts come off the bolts, damage to the parking brake assembly or to the antilock brake system (ABS) sensor and sensor ring (if so equipped) will occur. If all four nuts on one end of the axle come off the bolts, damage to the brake hydraulic line or the parking brake cable can occur. Occurrence of any of these conditions can result in a loss of braking capability and possible accident.

ID Number: 95V063000

Component: fuel: fuel tank assembly: pipe: filler: neck

Potential Number of Units Affected: 100,000

Year: 1995

Manufactured From: June 1994 To: Dec. 1994

Year of Recall:'95

Summary: The seal material between the fuel filler pipe and fuel tank may not have been fully cured during the molding process which could allow for fuel leakage. Fuel leakage could result in a vehicle fire if an ignition source were present.

ID Number: 96V135000

Component: steering: linkages: arm

Potential Number of Units Affected: 72,000

Year: 1995-1996

Manufactured From: Aug. 1994 To: Apr. 1996

Year of Recall:'96

Summary: The Pitman arms were not fully lubricated at the assembly plant. The "ball joint" at the outer end of the Pitman arm can become contaminated and corrode. Such corrosion can result in abnormal wear of the joint, resulting in separation of the joint. Loss of steering control can occur increasing the risk of a vehicle accident.

ID Number: 96V070000

Component: structure: door assembly: latches and locks

Potential Number of Units Affected: 73,500

Year: 1996

Manufactured From: Feb. 1996 To: Mar. 1996

Year of Recall:'96

Summary: The driver door latches, when in the secondary latched position may open when subjected to transverse loads less than that specified in FMVSS no. 206, "door locks and door retention components." Consequence of non-compliance: the driver's door, when closed only to the secondary latched position, may not sustain a 1,000 pound transverse load.

14. Cost of Parts (relative to other vehicles)

Headlight unit: $171 (average)

Side marker lamp: $106 (above average)

Door (left front): $610 (average)

Fender (left front): $425 (above average)

Note: these are estimated retail prices for commonly replaced body parts on a 1995 model. Prices are current as of mid 1999 but will vary from region to region and are subject to change at any time. Source: ADP Collision Repair Services

The Rettie Report and Pre-owned Profiles contain objective information from a variety of sources. The subjective comments are those of John Rettie.

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