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I have a 1986 deville a few of u may of seen my post... :( the radiator had a leak, the dealer fixed it.. but apparently it has eternal engine problems, cuz it still overheats... *i think it was becuz the radiator problem damaged the engine* so im very sad... forunentaly the guy is goina let me get into another car.. which will prolly be a 96+ lincoln contiental... but still.. tht 86 deville had 74,000 original miles on it :( with a 4.9L engine in it.. *tht wasnt stock* but basically I just wanted to tell yall... my dream car got shattered I have her right now but monday I have to bring her in :(... its just so sad... she was in mint shape for being a 86... and its just so hard for me to cope with.. but I guess being 18 I cant afford the gas 12-14mpg... which i think theres something wrong with tht.. but ive never seen over 14mpg on my display... but basically I just wanted to share this story cuz it really got to me... but I guess thts the way life is.. I have hopes and ambitions and dreams... and no money to back it up... I want to be a music producer/music writter/rapper... about positive stuff.. http://www.myspace.com/sofuldreamz and i dunno im just depressed... dont mean 2 tell people my life story...

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bye cadillac :((
 

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Sorry to hear about the Caddy. But even if the replacement isn't a Caddy stick around with us anyway.
 

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I have a 1986 deville a few of u may of seen my post... :( the radiator had a leak, the dealer fixed it.. but apparently it has eternal engine problems, cuz it still overheats... *i think it was becuz the radiator problem damaged the engine* so im very sad... forunentaly the guy is goina let me get into another car.. which will prolly be a 96+ lincoln contiental... but still.. tht 86 deville had 74,000 original miles on it :( with a 4.9L engine in it.. *tht wasnt stock* but basically I just wanted to tell yall... my dream car got shattered I have her right now but monday I have to bring her in :(... its just so sad... she was in mint shape for being a 86... and its just so hard for me to cope with.. but I guess being 18 I cant afford the gas 12-14mpg... which i think theres something wrong with tht.. but ive never seen over 14mpg on my display... but basically I just wanted to share this story cuz it really got to me... but I guess thts the way life is.. I have hopes and ambitions and dreams... and no money to back it up... I want to be a music producer/music writter/rapper... about positive stuff.. http://www.myspace.com/sofuldreamz and i dunno im just depressed... dont mean 2 tell people my life story...

**tear drops**

bye cadillac :((
Thanks for the heartfelt story. We of the forum share many, myself included. The one big problem I can see with a 1996 Lincoln Continental is that you wiill need a Tech2 device to read any stored computer codes. The V6 did not have a good reputation for longevity and suffered many the same problems as the NorthStar resulting from improper maintenance. All I can say now is be careful, and reconsider a different Cadillac in your price range.
 

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I second what 91TexasSeville said, Lincoln Continentals are one of the more unreliable cars out there. They're just too complicated for their own good. Not just the engine but the air suspension and computers especially. And parts are extremely expensive. I think that's a bad move, and would also recommend a Cadillac over the Linc.

What about a late 80's early 90's Deville? Ones with the 4.9 engine are known to fair very well, and before 94 they really didn't have as many computers either. I think your 86 experience was atypical, and the fact that you were getting 12-14 mpg was a sign that your engine was already having problems. You should be getting high teens at least, and probably low 20's if you do a lot of highway. It's almost as good as the Northstar on gas.

Keep us appraised.

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Don't Get Down On Yourself Too Much .we've All Been There & Done That. Get Yourself A Reliable Local Garage & Stay Away From The Dealers If You Can. They're Way Too Expensive. Have You Made Sure Your Water Pump Wasn't Shot & Causing The Overheating Problem. Or You Might Have A Slight Leak In A Hose. Or Your Thermostat Might Be Sticking Shut. Check Out All Possibilities Before Junking It. Dealer Is Probably Going To Sell You That Lincoln For A Arm & A Leg Also. How Hot Did You Get It When It Overheated? Is The Engine Making Any Weird Noises Or Puffing Whiteish Smoke. Check Your Hoses & Make Sure They're Not Old. If Hoses Get Too Old They've Been Known To Collapse At Higher Temps & Thus Creating Overheating. Check Out All Possibilities Before Junking It. Good Luck
 

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...ok, I'm not saying this is the problem, but maybe consider checking it out.
my girlfriend has a 90 integra, the car would overheat ALL the time, and one day, it overheated too much, and cracked the rad.. so we bought a new rad, and it was my first time installing a rad, so I didnt know if there were any special things I was supposed to do... well, needless to say, we drove about 100km's and bam! engine temp shot up again.. and well, cracked the new rad also.. so we towed it home, and then got another rad, and got my dad to install it, and he said, when you fill it with antifreeze, you are supposed to have the engine running. so you dont get any airbubbles in the system, causing it to overheat, in which it was constantly doing. Now the car temp hasnt gone over half way... so perhaps the dealer might not have had the car running while putting in the new antifreeze ? just a thought.
 

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gosh, the Ford 3.8 is a POS engine, I would never get a car with that..... the 3.0 OTOH is pretty solid.

V8 dual exhaust and leather?

could either be a Mark VIII or a Town Car..... not a Continental.... but yeah, air suspension on those is a big issue... but I like them atleast...
 

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na man, he is right.

A While back I saw a new continental like he is talking about in the junkyard. It seems to me Ford produced aFWD 4.6 V8 fora short period of time for the Continental. And it was a 32 valve as well.

Not sure if you remember your Ford history (I am partial to GM but I'm interested in all makes), the original 4.6 was planned to be a FWD to save wieght in all if the companies cars (they always got worse fuel mileage than the competition). It looks to me they didn't completely scrap the idea. I never rode in one but I bet it's a pretty quick car. And if the transverse 4.6 is even half as reliable as the regular ones in 2 of my buddies Grand Marquis, your in a for a treat.
 

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to put a good ending to this story... i have my cadi still....

its been acting up... it has chunks of carbon in the catalystic converter.. so i gotta replace tht... i still dont know if thts the total problem...

i know the battery goes dead offly fast... but when its jumped and we hook it up to the machine tht tells the volts.. it reads above average... but i was reading a post.. theres a way to get codes to were u kno what the prob is? and if so how do i do this?
 
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