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2002 Lincoln Continental Sedan

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  • $38,185 original MSRP
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2002 Lincoln Continental Sedan

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2002 Lincoln Continental

Source: New Car Test Drive


Lincoln Continental delivers comfort and technology in a stylish, full-size package. Packed with technology, computer electronics are applied to nearly every facet of the driving experience.

Advanced electronics allow Continental drivers to tailor suspension dampening and steering effort to their personal taste and driving style. An optional Memory Profile System allows two drivers to personalize settings for eleven features. A few of its appointments may be perceived as mere gadgets, but many represent genuine innovations. The sum total is a thoroughly modern luxury sedan that's quick and maneuverable yet supremely plush.

The Lincoln Continental costs considerably less than Cadillac and Lexus luxury sedans and it compares well with the Buick Park Avenue. The design of the front-wheel-drive Continental is dated, however. It will be phased out in the fall, at the end of the 2002 model year. Incentives may be available.

Model Lineup

Continental ($38,010) comes standard with leather upholstery, self-leveling rear suspension, and all the other goodies you'd expect in a full-size luxury car including a memory system for the driver's seat and mirrors.

A 4.6-liter V8 delivers power to the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard. Side-impact air bags are also standard, in addition to the requisite dual front air bags.

A series of option groups, each on building on the next, is available: Driver Select ($38,615) adds a semi-active suspension, along with steering-wheel audio controls, an expanded memory profile system, and automatic dimming for the left outside mirror. Personal Security ($39,600) adds polished aluminum wheels, a tire-inflation warning system, and run-flat all-season tires that can keep going (up to 50 miles) after losing all of their air. Luxury Appearance ($39,720) features chrome wheels, a chrome grille, heated seats with two-tone upholstery, and a real wood steering wheel. Any of the above may be ordered with the Select Package, which combines a power moonroof with an Alpine sound system and six-disc CD player. Lincoln lists the Select Package as a $2705 value, but discounts it to dealers so that it can be offered at no charge to consumers.The CD player, Alpine stereo, moonroof, chrome wheels, and heated seats are all available as stand-alone options.

New for 2002 is a Vehicle Communication Package ($1295). This includes a hands-free, voice-activated, digital/analog, MotorolaTimeport phone (a Sprint PCS plan is required), plus voice-activated news, weather, sports, and stock quotes. A Safety and Security Services (SOS) button summons emergency roadside assistance and activates automatically if the air bags are deployed and no one responds, and another button connects owners to route guidance.

Continental's four-year/50,000-mile warranty is longer than the standard three-year/36,000-mile warranty. Last year, Lincoln sweetened the ride with complimentary regular maintenance for the first three years or 36,000 miles.


The Lincoln Continental makes a distinctive design statement. A rounded interpretation of the Lincoln waterfall grille blends with the headlamp clusters to sweep into a brightly trimmed front fascia, while massive tail lamps wrap around into the muscular rear quarters. The overall impression is round, organic, yet solid and impressive.

Front fenders, hood and deck lid are made of a sheet-molding compound that is more resistant to dents and dings.

The large door handles use the lever-style design that requires flipping your hand over. I can manage to pinch my pinky in them because I'm clumsy and often in a hurry. The driver's door is fitted with a keypad for unlocking the car without a key; many longtime Ford buyers like this feature and it's being used on the latest 2003 models, but we think it detracts from the appearance of the car.

The trunk boasts nearly 19 cubic feet of cargo capacity, considerably more than the Cadillac Seville, comparable to the DeVille and Buick Park Avenue Ultra. The trunk lid raises high and out of the way, while a low lift-over height makes loading and unloading a lot easier.

Raising the hood reveals an attractive engine compartment. The washer fluid container, oil filler and other necessaries are out in the open, and the cooling system is maintenance-free.

Interior Features

The Continental's interior is handsome. The design of the instrument panel, the real wood accents, and the leather work together to provide a pleasant atmosphere.

The seats in the Luxury Appearance Continental are swathed in two-tone Connolly leather. The hides in our test car were medium and light gray and, combined with light-colored wood trim and premium carpeting, lent an open, airy feeling inside. Light coming in from the moonroof and windows added to the bright, open ambiance.

Electronics aid driving and comfort. Switch on the ignition and a blank area where the instruments should be lights up with seemingly three-dimensional gauges. The instruments are lit from behind, and the red pointers for the tachometer, speedometer, and fuel and temperature gauges appear to float above the instrument faces. It looks slick, and yet it's highly legible.

Mounted on the dash just to the right is a set of controls used to adjust ride quality and power-steering assist to the driver's preference. In the same cluster is a trip computer that calculates miles-to-empty, average mpg and instant mpg, among other road-trip data. Push the Check button and it displays the status of various systems.

Owners can program a myriad of other functions, such as whether to have the doors lock when the car moves forward, or to have the horn chirp when the remote locks the doors, or to have the rear-view mirrors dip when the transmission goes into reverse. Moreover, all of that can be stored in a pair of memory buttons, so two different drivers can have the car set up for their individual preferences, eliminating potential trouble between drivers. It's easy to program: Simply push the driver ID button; select 1 or 2 and all your (automotive) desires are remembered.

Continental's standard front seating is a split (50/50) bench. Comfortable front bucket seats and a full-length console are listed as a no-cost option. Either way, there's lots of rear-seat legroom. Three adults can sit in back with reasonable comfort, and shoulder belts are available at all three positions.

A passive anti-theft system depends on matching an encoded radio frequency between the key and the ignition. It's capable of generating 72 quadrillion codes, making it virtually impossible to be beaten by even the most persistent bad guy.

Driving Impressions

The Continental delivers on the promise of comfort, ride quality, handling and performance.

The 32-valve V8 provides plenty of power to move this big sedan with authority. Merging on to the freeway is easy. Passing on two-lane roads is never an issue. The double overhead-cam engine produces 275 horsepower and 275 pounds-feet of torque. The ignition system has a coil for each plug for reduced maintenance and a cleaner appearance. Knock sensors mean premium fuel is no longer required, although it is still recommended for maximum performance.

The engine drives the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission linked electronically and mechanically to the engine. A constant dialogue between engine and transmission means shifts are remarkably smooth. Traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard.

In spite of its size, the Continental does not feel heavy, unwieldy or sloppy going down the road. The semi-active suspension should appeal to owners who want more control and driving excitement. The driver can select soft, normal or firm settings for the rear shocks. On the highway, we preferred the firm setting for a more controlled feel. On rough roads, we liked the plush setting for absorbing bumps, potholes and vibration. The front suspension is independent with MacPherson struts. Ford's short- and long-arm independent rear suspension is designed to maximize control of wheel movement for better ride and handling.

Speed-sensitive power steering offers driver-selectable settings for low, normal and high effort. The change in effort is most noticeable in tight maneuvering, such as turning into a driveway. On the highway, the steering automatically increases effort for improved road feel.

Overall, the Continental is tuned toward traditional American tastes. It does not feel as taut as a BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Nor does it offer the responsiveness of a Cadillac DeVille. But it costs less than any of these.

Flat tires are less of a concern with the Personal Security Package, which equips the Continental with run-flat tires and an air pressure alert system. The system will tell you when you've lost air, and you can continue home even if you've put a hole in your tire the size of a golf ball. A lamp on the overhead console alerts the driver when the pressure in any tire drops below 18 psi; at 10psi it starts to flash.


Lincoln Continental offers distinctive exterior design and a cozy, integrated interior. It offers plenty of power and nice road manners. The Lincoln Continental is priced lower than the Cadillac DeVille and Seville and large import luxury cars and it compares well with the Buick Park Avenue Ultra.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Continental ($38,010); with Driver Select ($38,615); with Personal Security ($39,600); with Luxury Appearance ($39,720)
Engines: 275-hp 4.6-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual front and side airbags, ABS, traction control
Safety equipment (optional): run-flat tires, tire inflation warning system
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Wixom, Michigan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Continental with Luxury Appearance ($39,720)
Standard equipment: tow-tone leather seating surfaces, air conditioning, air filtration system, anti-theft alarm, memory seat and mirrors, message center, keyless remote locking, power windows, power brakes, AM/FM/cassette stereo, cruise control, ABS, traction control); programmable garage door opener, semi-active suspension, driver adjustable ride control, memory profile system, steering-wheel audio and climate controls, automatic dimming left outside mirror, chrome six-spoke wheels, wood trim special floor mats, chrome/argent grille; heated front seats; Select Package (NC) includes power moonroof and Alpine sound system; bucket seats and console (NC)
Options as tested (MSRP): N/A
Destination charge: ($745)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $ 40,465
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 4.6-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 275 @ 5750
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 275 @ 4750
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 17/25 mpg
Wheelbase: 109.0 in.
Length/width/height: 208.5/73.6/56.0 in.
Track, f/r: 63.0/61.5 in.
Turning circle: 41.1 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 38.9/55.7/41.9 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 38.0/56.5/38.0 in.
Trunk volume: 18.4 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: 1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: Independent
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3848 lbs.
Tires: P225/60HR16
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity: 20.0 gal.



Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 01, 2001.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-392-3673 - www.lincolnvehicles.com

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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 6 model years or newer / 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

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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