: Test drove a '98 (Lincoln) Continental



I~LUV~Caddys8792
01-31-06, 08:43 PM
Alright so in my quest to find the perfect car to buy next I have driven many luxury cars. Off the top of my head I can think of: 1996 Lincoln Town Car, 1994 Lincoln Town Car, 1995 Cadillac Eldorado, 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII, 1990 Cadillac Brougham, 1995 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Regency Elite, and so on and so forth.

I decided to look into the 95-03 Continentals because they combine the Mark VIII's power, performance and sporty looks with the Town Car's smooth ride, roomy interior and more convienient 4 door configuration.

I found one nearby at the local Ford dealership. It is a white 1998 model with the nice saddle color leather, 110k miles for $5995 so today I decided to test drive it and here are my impressions.

First off, these cars look a lot more modern than my car does. They're a good looking car, not necessarily better looking than my '92, but I think its better looking than the 92-02 Sevilles, especially the 98-02. I bring this up because its the Continental's main competitor. I really prefer the rounded contours to the knife edge styling of the Sevilles, even though the Continental's styling is vaguely similar to lesser Fords such as the Contour's, and Tauruses.

I really liked the interior on the 95-03 Continentals, especially the redesigned dashboard after 1997. It has a very warm look and feel to it. I love the bird's eye maple wood trim. The dash is a lot higher than my deville's, but it still has good sight lines. The guages are very cool, when you turn the car on, the needles come on first, then the numbers light up. It's got a holographic effect to it, the needles appear to float above the guage. Of course, it's all digital, but it appears just like an analog dash. The seats look very warm and inviting. They're not as soft as the seats in my Caddy, but they have much better back support, and are heated too! (which work very nice.) The electronic climate control and stereo both work very well also. Overall, it feels much more modern than the deVille.

Out on the road, I noticed that the 4.6 Intech is a very nice sounding motor, a lot like the Northstar, but less throaty and aggressive. Its a quiet car, more so than my '92. But It doesnt feel as "american" as the '92 does. It doesnt have the hood ornament or long, flat hood that my car does. Those are too things I really dont wanna lose. Having such a large windshield and back glass was strange for me, there is some glare and distortion I wasnt used to. Anyways, the car has a lot of low end torque for a cammer. Its probably got more low end power than my car, and its a much smoother V8, and I know the Intech's would kill the 4.9 in the top end, but of course it would, it's got 75hp more! It's got a very nice adjustable steering and suspension. I could feel both working.

But I dont really like the idea of having a big powerful luxury sedan in FWD configuration, but thats really the only big drawback in this car.

I think I wanna get this next! But it won't be until atleast 2007, maybe 2008 when I get one.

Now I have something to dream about! :D


Any recommendations? Advice?

Jesda
02-01-06, 01:23 AM
I really enjoyed the 98 Continental I drove and came away with the same impressions. One thing I also disliked was how much the hood sloped down. Like on my (former) Q and my 525, I like to see the hood. It feels more commanding and makes parking a whole lot easier.

The absence of torque steer was amazing. Romping on it, I flew to 110 in no time at all. The one I test drove though had a weird issue where it took a dozen tries to start, intermittently. I learned that this is caused by a faulty IAC/AAC, which is a $110 part that takes just a couple minutes to replace. So if you buy one and it does this, dont worry, its nothing major.

The ADP (automatic drive positioner) feature in the Continental was faaaantastic. Not enough luxury cars have that these days. Credit goes to Jaguar and Infiniti for making it popular.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-01-06, 01:25 AM
Thank you Jesda, I knew you know a bit about these cars.

Whats the ADP?

I didn't really get a chance to get on this car at all, because the salesman was with me, but going 1/2 throttle from 25-50 was nice, not noticeably quicker than my deVille, but the Intech V8 really shines above 60 MPH.

Jesda
02-01-06, 02:29 AM
ADP is when you take the key out and it moves the seat back for easy exits, and vice versa.

davesdeville
02-01-06, 02:57 AM
Never liked the Continentals especially myself. It's main competitor was really the SLS, nice ride, & decent power. STS was in a slightly different leauge. IMO the 98-04 Sevilles are far better looking, but looks are subjective.

I figure if I'm going to get a car with a nice ride I may as well go with a Town Car. If I want a ride that's almost as nice, with some balls to it, I'll get a Deville. For sports luxury I'd go STS (or Mark/Eldo for 2 doors.) Continentals aren't on my map really.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-01-06, 12:34 PM
ADP- thats really neat, I think Auroras have that too.

How does a Continental stack up against a 95-99 Aurora?
They always seemed like the same type of car, but the Aurora was about $5,000 cheaper new.

Personally, I prefer the Continental out of the Seville, Aurora, SSEi, Park Avenue Ultra, etc etc

slk230mb
02-01-06, 06:08 PM
Credit goes to Jaguar and Infiniti for making it popular.

Don't forget Lexus. They have had it since the 1994 LS400 came out, I thought that was the coolest feature on my moms 94, granted I was only 9.

Blackout
02-01-06, 07:37 PM
I decided to look into the 95-03 Continentals because they combine the Mark VIII's power, performance and sporty looks with the Town Car's smooth ride, roomy interior and more convienient 4 door configuration.Close but not quite. The Continental has the SOHC 4.6 while the Mark has the DOHC 4.6.

Jesda
02-01-06, 08:07 PM
Don't forget Lexus. They have had it since the 1994 LS400 came out, I thought that was the coolest feature on my moms 94, granted I was only 9.

5 years after Infiniti. 10 years after Jaguar. :)

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-01-06, 08:18 PM
Close but not quite. The Continental has the SOHC 4.6 while the Mark has the DOHC 4.6.

Nope, its got the DOHC 32 Valver, the Intech V8. Somehow it drops down to 260hp in the 1995-97 models, than from 98-03 it was 275hp.

Jesda
02-01-06, 08:30 PM
Nope, its got the DOHC 32 Valver, the Intech V8. Somehow it drops down to 260hp in the 1995-97 models, than from 98-03 it was 275hp.

I think they did that to cut down on torque steer. Its amazing how the steering wheel almost never tugs on the Continental and Seville.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-01-06, 08:35 PM
Makes sense.. I just always figured they had to make the intake, and exhaust manifolds smaller to fit in transverse. Therefore cutting hp.


LOL!!!! NICE SIGNATURE!!!!!!

slk230mb
02-01-06, 08:49 PM
5 years after Infiniti. 10 years after Jaguar. :)

:thehand: But I was unborn and 4 at those times, cut me a little slack. :hide:

Blackout
02-01-06, 08:57 PM
Nope, its got the DOHC 32 Valver, the Intech V8. Somehow it drops down to 260hp in the 1995-97 models, than from 98-03 it was 275hp.Opps....my bad. 1997 was the first year for the DOHC 4.6. 95-97 has the SOHC. I got my dates confused.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-01-06, 09:02 PM
Actually the 95-97 Continental has the DOHC Intech motor too.

The Town Car was the only 90's Lincoln to use the SOHC 4.6. :)

Blackout
02-01-06, 09:12 PM
Actually the 95-97 Continental has the DOHC Intech motor too.

The Town Car was the only 90's Lincoln to use the SOHC 4.6. :)jesus christ! I am off tonight!!!:bonkers: