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2001 Lincoln Town Car Sedan

4dr Sdn Executive

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2001 Lincoln Town Car Cartier L

Source: The Car Connection

The best way to get to the airport’ That’s a stretch.

by Marty Padgett

Some auto reporters are on a mission: questing for a rock-’em, sock-’em, robotically precise driving experience that bashes your kidneys as if they were a Florida election official on The O’Reilly Factor.

Now, in the face of blade-sharp machinery like a Miata, MR2 Spyder, or XKR, I’m all about that, too. But as my commutes to the airport get more frequent, and the drudgery of sitting in traffic only to sit on the runway hits home (“We’re number 24 for takeoff”?), I find myself strangely attracted to the likes of the Lincoln Town Car - specifically, the stretched Cartier L edition they extruded last model year.

If you’re looking for companionship, human or machine, you’ll have to hit redial for that last 900 number you punched “by mistake.” The whole experience of driving one of these leviathan, happily retrograde machines is one of insularity. The engine emits no more than a distant hum, the steering maintains a sense of professional detachment, and rear-seat passengers, farther away than ever, can be seen in the rear view mirror but rarely heard. (The obverse is also true, for those of us lucky enough to be chauffered everywhere, like my 10-year-old niece, whose volume of social appointments exceeds my own by a factor of four.)

All of this makes the Town Car the ideal open-highway car - an executive perk to shuttle the elite back and forth, even up and down the East Coast if need be. At the same time it’s hardly ideal for around-town driving. The fenders are way, way out there, making parking a Leonard Nimoy mystery at every turn, and spaces wide enough to accommodate the Townie are rare, even in the big-box shopping centers and early-bird eateries where you usually find these creatures and their aging pilots.

There’s a reason why limousine makers love this car, and it’s the same reason you should shop somewhere else if you like your cars nimble and playful.

Back-seat finagling

You may look at the picture above and think we’ve been playing with Photoshop. While we will confess to doctoring our own bio pics (version 5.0 and still, no de-wrinkle command, drat), we haven’t messed with the Town Car’s lines - Lincoln has. Last year, the Town Car received the kind of implant that some drivers may be pondering for their own physiognomy. A total of six inches are added between the wheels of “L” models, granting it a lascivious amount of room fore and aft, all without any accompanying stretch marks.

Whether you’re invisible middle management or a Dallas Maverick or both, the rear seat is the place to be. You could hold a board meeting for dot-coms in the back seat, and they’d be able to drown out the frenzy with stereo and climate controls sutured into the rear-seat armrest. With acres of leg room, the only thing holding you back from total peasant-slapping luxury is the somewhat middling grade of trim. Sure there’s leather, wood and plush carpet, but for a vehicle hovering right under $50,000, we’d like to see finer finishes and woollier carpets.

The only thing holding you in, unfortunately, are the three-point seatbelts and the rear armrest. Passengers have an alarming tendency to shift during flight. One sharp turn of the wheel and you can put them in each other’s laps - great for prom night, not so great while you’re trying to make your cell phone and your PDA make nice with each other.

Cartier fixin’s

The Town Car is truly a tale of two cars. If by dint of employment you’re the one stuck in the front half, you’ll find enough power and luxury features to keep you occupied while your boss entertains his boss/clients/mistresses.

The engine is the same 4.6-liter V-8, now upped to 235 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque in Cartier models (the Executive and Signature series stand down with 220 hp). A four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard, along with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and traction control standard. Other safety equipment includes dual front and side airbags, an emergency release in the trunk, adjustable foot pedals, and the ISOFIX child safety-seat mounting system in the rear seat.

For the mass it’s pulling, the powertrain does an admirable job, without wheeze or fuss. You can even tow a ton of trailer if you’re so inclined. A five-speed automatic would help to keep the engine in its powerband longer, though - and on paper, it would look better for international bragging rights.

Handling? Um, yes, it has handling. As you’d expect, the added length does nothing for response times. The longed-out Cartier steers sluggishly, with sharp movements taking a few steps to make themselves known. Body roll is generous. The ride is creamy, though, as if the car were a sedan chair, with folks underneath using their legs to cushion the way over unduly harsh surfaces.

As for the name-dropping within its own name, the Town Car’s Cartier edition doses the vehicle with the customary gold trim, cutesy analog clock and like-minded killer pimp accoutrements. More useful are the killer Alpine sound system with DSP, which is supposed to give you the impression you’re listening to music in a concert hall. Which, of course, you are.

Now that Namibia’s been commercialized (trekking there? How 1998...) and even North Korea has shown signs of wanting to join our secret club, decoder ring and all, the Town Car’s back seat might be your last chance to get away from it all. Just make sure to tick off the option that will make that all the more easier.

That’d be the optional hearse package.

2001 Lincoln Town Car Cartier L

Base price: $49,230
Engine: 4.6-liter V-8, 235 hp
Transmission: Four-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Length/width/height: 221.3 x 78.2 x 58.0 in
Wheelbase: 123.7 in
Curb weight: 4200 lb (est.)
EPA city/highway: N/A
Safety equipment: Dual front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control
Major standard equipment: leather seating surfaces, automatic climate control, anti-lock brakes, traction control, front and side airbags, and memory seating, heated seats, chrome wheels and, of course, a Cartier clock
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles

© 2000 The Car Connection

 

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Lincoln Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

6 years or 100,000 miles comprehensive limited warranty coverage from the original in-service date

Rental Reimbursement $45/day
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years 2010-2015 / less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 200
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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