Panther Week Comparison: 1988 vs 2006 Lincoln Town Car

Posted on 21. Sep, 2010 by in Auto News

Kudos to Baruth that the stones to (re) the Mehta and countless other pro-Panther families come to the dark side: is no small feat considering he is a famous Audi / Porker racer extraordinare. What a universal fact: it's okay for the American land yacht car people love, even if modern Detroit hoping we would forget about the past. For this purpose, please send two Lincoln Town Cars that often grace my driveway.

My dad can be a stereotypical Indian: he loves luxury goods, but do not always want to pay for it. His pre-owned BMW 750iL was that disappoint at every non (unscheduled) service interval, but his 2006 "Designer" Series Town Car, to boot with THX navigation / audio and the back seat of the long version loaded. I have a monochrome Navigator-esque paint job, a resonator-free recording, silencer from the 2010 Mustang GT (yes, it sounds like a Mustang now), semi-metallic pads, and a Crown Victoria Police Interceptor rear stabilizer (2mm thick) to the mix: The Lincoln is better than new.

My aunt drove Dearborn flagship, since I was a child, helping my frame collective respect for these machines. Their 1988 Signature Series embodies everything that was right with America: traditional styling, pillow-topped brown velor, power everything, and a minimum level of modernization on vacuum fluorescent indicators and an advanced 5.0-liter V8 SEFI with overdrive.

While both relatives could do better, they do not really. If you require flagship luxury on a budget family sedan, the Town Car is is. Northstar Cadillacs? I prefer my screws intact. All imported? Some luxury are not crystal clear, until the repair bill comes at a modest problem: to consider a truly non-luxury concept.

The 2006 Town Car is no slouch on sane driving inputs. Mehta also sans modifications, it feels better in a corner as America's mainstream treasure, the Toyota Camry LE. With its relative lack of drivers and nannies ready V8/RWD architecture that is miles ahead of Town Car products pull back on their electrical chokes, driving the wrong wheels, even control their tillers and spinning rubber band tires, bang on pavement joints. Unlike any other luxury car, is to be cool with yourself cool the Town Car with you.

It is possible to a corner without taking seasick, but why bother? Instead, be cool: thanks to this bar Police Interceptor, the '06 Town Car is a blast, if gently easing into a corner, over the crown and hammered the throttle. Exploding out of a corner like a scene from COPS This car is fun.

And when its time to relax, the "designer" of Houston Slim Thuggin promotes go ", 'workin' that wood grain wheel in the next parking lot. Pity that the live axle crashes on speed limits, and BeatBox depths not against the ups and of modern music demanded. Ditto the lack of A / C seats, rich carpets, SYNC interface or the Mustang GT powertrain is awesome. Ford even threw the THX / navigation option in 2008 to add insult to injury.

That was no problem for Lincoln back in 1988. The Signature Series sports the best thrones front and back, shame undermines the "designer". The suede is softer than any automotive leather, thigh support downright cheeky, and the 80-watt "Premium Sound" system is frighteningly relevant if you are a hit of the old school in the tape deck.

I found the need to "Loc'd After Dark" are uncontrollable, so I hit on the highway and reduced the power vent windows, put a hand on the top of the tiller and let the digital instruments or dance to the beat of the up-down cycling this amazing powerdome hood and pointed wings. A ride in a real 1980th the Town Car at speeds not-quite legally and you're straight-up ghetto fabulous, Homie

The older Town Car is just that incredibly entertaining, feel better, the faster you drive. In a straight line: with over 100k on the original clock on a 100% mount, this unit has absolutely no street location. And what about live axles? You can not feel a damn thing with soft tuning this. While not a threat to the audience, the leaky Motorcraft shocks and low-rider springs means I should. "Piston Slap" this car to my aunt's name But the economy sucks and '88 is still a looker with a clean set of Michelin whitewall tires.

So what Town Car is better? No doubt, the 1988 all you could wish for a luxury purist: add the benefits and technological advances in the new Mustang GT, add the inner bits of the navigator and the car-as-sitting would rule the world. Take it from someone who drove a Rolls-Royce Phantom, this is the machine. I could not resist sneaking a look at the distinctive, 1960 Continental-inspired profile in an office building glass wall, and there were too many "Gawd damn it!" Of passengers on entry into the tub of brown velor not announce the 1988 Signature Series of Champion. It's a shame: the new model never had a chance. Sorry, Dad.