As of this writing (10-06-2014) I have had my 2000 Lincoln Town Car Cartier nearly a year. It was purchased on Columbus Day 2013, which was October 14. As today is the one-year anniversary of my joining the Lincoln Club, it seems a good time to catch everyone up on what it’s been up to. Well, it has been a pleasure! It is the nicest riding car I’ve ever owned, the mileage has been better than I initially estimated, it has ferried me and my folks to several great restaurants, and as for maintenance–can you say painless?
Over the past year, I’ve put approximately 3,000 miles on it. Despite all the many naysayers regarding Lincoln’s air suspension, my car’s system has operated flawlessly, and in great comfort. The only thing that I had an issue with is the cruise control. The very first time I used it, it operated fine, but the second time (weeks later; my car usually doesn’t go far from home base) it did not work at all–the light on the instrument panel didn’t even light up. I of course will get it fixed, but since it usually stays in town, I’m not in a rush.
Nearly a year; how time passes by! I still remember calling my mother and telling her about the car. She was less than enthusiastic about my potential purchase. “You want to buy a fourteen-year-old car? And you have a one-car garage…” She was just looking out for me, and after seeing the car and riding in it, she did agree it was very nice. If I’m at my folks’ and we decide to do dinner, I always volunteer the TC if I have it that day. Dad rides shotgun, and Mom enjoys stretching out in the commodious back seat. “Let’s take the limo!”
Yes, I still love the car. It has been great, and I am also happy about rescuing it. There are still many 1998-2002 Town Cars around here, but most of them are on their fourth, sixth or eighth owner, and their condition is generally tired. If I hadn’t bought this one, some cheapskate to whom “maintenance” might as well be a foreign language probably would have gotten it, and it would have been downhill from there.
This car also represents a lot of firsts for me. First American car, first V8, first air suspension, first full-size car, first Lincoln, first car with chrome wheels, and first car WITHOUT a sunroof! Sometimes, after I’ve washed it, I like to just sit down and look at it.
When the 1998 Town Car appeared, I was not a really big fan, for I loved the 1995-97 Town Cars. This looked like a cut-rate, bigger Jaguar to me when I first saw a preview picture in Motor Trend. But with the disappearance of the Fleetwood after 1996, the Town Car was the last big luxury car standing. I later warmed to them more and more, and now appreciate the styling much more. And the interiors are still quite luxurious, especially in top-trim Cartier form.
And room! You can really stretch out in this car and relax. I have been known to on occasion drive the TC one-handed, with my right arm draped over the bench seat, as if sitting on the couch at home and watching Murphy Brown. So comfy! And I still miss that show!
The neatest thing of all, however, was hearing from the daughter of the original owners, who traded the car in to McLaughlin Cadillac-Volvo-Subaru for a new Forester.
On my original post on this car, she left this comment:
This actual vehicle was my parents’ car from 2000 to 2013 when they traded it in for a new Subaru Forester. The dealer gave my parents a printed copy of this posting about their car. They were so happy that it was sold to someone who would appreciate it. My Father took excellent care of the vehicle over the years. They took many trips in it from Illinois to a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania where my Father was born for annual family reunions. They loved to travel in that car, it was so luxurious! The Subaru was purchased for practical considerations. They no longer make the annual trek back east – my Father is turning 85 years old on July 1, 2014!! He still misses his Lincoln! It was a vehicle that he always wanted to be able to afford to purchase. Not bad for a boy born in the depression year of 1929!
Thanks for posting this article about their beloved vehicle! I will be showing them the full color pictures of their former car on this website!
PS It is true that the back seat was rarely used. All of their children were grown up when they purchased the car. I believe that there might be a small mark on the back seat from a grandchild’s car seat (right side?). I do remember my father complaining (or perhaps just commenting!) about it.
Now that was very nice to read, and only increased my resolve for keeping this car forever and giving it the good life. And as the title of this post proves, the Cartier has been very good to me! The battery was replaced this spring, but I really couldn’t complain as the original was old–from 2007. And just a couple weeks ago, it had its first oil change and inspection at Strieter Lincoln in Davenport, IA. It does need the transmission service (a flush, new oil and filter) and coolant flush as well, and it will all be done, but as much as I baby this car, it is not crucial at this date. Panthers are great cars. I’m keeping mine!