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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,757 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Lincoln Town Car engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Lincoln Town Car Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 202009

Town Car

  • 102,783 miles


1998 Lincoln towncar plastic intake leakage problems from cracks that originated from oem faulty design. I would like to state, "Ford and/or his legal distributor did not disclose that the design of the plastic intake manifold was defective and did not contact me thereafter in regard to this matter when and after I purchased said vehicle". if Ford's legal distributor had disclosed the defective design I would not have bought the vehicle. The cost for the repair and the possibility of engine damage is enormous. Ford should be held liable for neglect to disclose this information for buyer's of this vehicles.

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 072006

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
: the contact stated several times in the last two months, the vehicle will start, but not go anywhere when put in gear. The vehicle will then stall; it will restart and go after waiting 20 minutes. The dealership is unable to diagnose a problem. Also, the driver side window works intermittently. The dealership has not inspected the vehicle for this problem.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 212003

(reported on)

Town Car 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The vehicle stalled without warning.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 192003

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
I have a 1998 Lincoln towncar. On January 11th, my car was being serviced for an oil change. The mechanic notified me that the headgasket was leaking at the 4th cylander and advised me to take it to the dealer. The dealer charged me $300 and stated in writing that nothing was wrong with the head gasket. On January 19, my car stopped running and I had to have it towed to the dealer. The next day I was notified that it was my headgasket and they overlooked the leak at the exact location I told them based on my mechanics advise. Now they want an additional $1200 to fix the problem. My mechanic advised me that this is a common problem for this vehicle and to file a complaint against the dealer. My concern is now the engine may have been damaged by the lack of proper attention by the dealer.

- Dale City, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 291998

Town Car

  • miles
Car was driven at various speeds and the vehicle just cut off. It was easily started right back up, and the dealer was contacted two times and cannot duplicate the problem.

- Evansville, IN, USA

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