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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2003 Lincoln Town Car Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2003 Lincoln Town Car Overview

Traditional Luxury for the 21st Century

At the other end of the "built-in-America" spectrum is the full-sized, rear-wheel drive Lincoln Town Car. Many people refer to this class of car as "traditional luxury." The Town Car does not have the technical wizardry of the Lexus or Cadillac, nor does it possess the nimbleness of the BMW. What it does seem to have in abundance is presence. You won't mistake the Town Car for any other make, nor are you likely to lose it in a crowded parking lot. Anyone over 40 probably remembers a time when a Town Car was the ultimate aspiration of their parents or grandparents. Though no longer king of the hill, the Lincoln name and the history still hold sway with a great many people.

For 2003, Lincoln has completely reworked the Town Car to give it a stronger family resemblance to the rest of the Lincoln line. Improvements to the ride, handling and luxury content are immediately noticeable. The Town Car is offered in three trim levels: Executive, Signature and Cartier. In addition, the Executive and Cartier cars include an L model, which is stretched an additional 6 inches. The L cars are very popular with livery services and make more than their fair share of appearances at Hollywood premieres, highly-visible political events and weddings.

A 4.6-liter V8 engine generating 240 horsepower provides power for all Town Cars. A new front suspension and revised shock and spring settings have transformed the Town Car from lumbering hulk into agile sedan. The steering response is vastly improved over the previous model, as is the braking, thanks in part to the standard 17-inch wheel and tire package. The Town Car's larger tires also help it to feel more poised when negotiating tight curves at high speeds. All of this has been accomplished without any deterioration of the velvet-smooth Town Car ride.

The Town Car interior combines the best aspects of traditional luxury with contemporary design elements. The soft leather seats can accommodate up to six persons and feature a series of new stitch patterns unique to each trim level. A new front-seat armrests doubles as a deep storage compartment and has a clever cover that is hinged on both sides, offering easy access to both driver and passenger. To further distance the Town Car from its lesser Ford and Mercury cousins, the look and feel of the interior plastics has been upgraded. The dash has been freshened with a prominent center console design that places the audio and ventilation controls front and center; an analog clock with chrome chaplets (wing-like decorative dressing) adorns the new center stack. The Town Car's trunk volume has been increased and the compartment is now neatly organized to make loading and unloading much easier; a power trunk pull-down has been added this year as standard equipment.

The Town Car's impressive list of standard features includes eight-way adjustable power seats, power lumbar support, dual-zone climate control, door-mounted keyless entry keypad and full leather interior. Signature and Cartier models include memory adjustments for seat, mirrors and adjustable foot pedals, heated front seats and windshield wipers that activate when they sense precipitation. For the ultimate in luxury, Lincoln offers a rear seat package that includes heated rear seats and redundant climate and audio controls in the folding center armrest.

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