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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2004 Lincoln Town Car Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2004 Lincoln Town Car Overview

Where Luxury Meets Mass

The Town Car represents the last of an era; one where huge rear-wheel-drive V8- powered leviathans once roamed the freeways with all the frequency of today's SUVs. American luxury was not only defined by size, but by sheer opulence; cushy velour seats, exterior opera lamps and power everything exemplified to the world the level of your success. The Town Car was actually born during this time, a high-end trim level to the 1975 Lincoln Continental. One by one, as the competition faded from view, the Town Car grew stronger, absorbing the masses of luxury car buyers who were not ready to make the conversion to sporty European-like sedans. Today, the tradition that created the Town Car is still strongly engrained in the current vehicle, though much of the sloppy handling and fuel thirsty attributes of old have been permanently excised from the platform.

Lincoln builds two versions of the Town Car, the base and the extended L. L models have their wheelbases stretched an additional six-inches, all of which is gifted to rear-seat passengers in the form of pure, unencumbered legroom. Most L models go to limo companies and corporate fleets, but if you decide on one yourself, your passengers will love you (plus you may end up becoming the designated driver far more often than you'd like). The other Town Car is the standard wheelbase model, which in no way is weak when it comes to interior room. The Town Car is offered in two trims, Signature and Ultimate. Extended L models come only in Ultimate trim and are pretty loaded with only a few options. The Signature model carries slightly less standard equipment than the Ultimate and feature a more conservative sew pattern on its comfy leather seats.

No matter which trim you choose, you'll find the same basic suspension and drivetrain on both. Though the Town Car's ride is probably one of the smoothest you'll find at any price, its new suspension upgrades provide it with surprisingly good road manners. The Town Car is by no means a performance sedan, but the feeling encountered once behind the wheel is one of control and moderation, without the floating disconnect that used to plague older Town Car models. New 17-inch wheels and tires help keep the Town Car's rear-end firmly planted in the curves (as does the standard traction control), yet still have enough sidewall to keep the ride cloud-like over rough and broken pavement.

Power for the Town Car comes from Ford's modular 4.6-liter V8 engine. Though not the most powerful V8 on the market, the 240 horsepower available has no problem propelling the Town Car's vast bulk, nor is it short on torque. Off-the-line acceleration is strong in the Town Car and its four-speed automatic transmission ticks through gears with all the precision of a Swiss watch. Once up to speed, wind and road noise are completely shut out, leaving you a space where conversations can almost be conducted in a whisper.

Of course, the Town Car's leading attribute is its ability to pamper and please. Here, Lincoln has done an outstanding job, with a newly revised interior that finally moves the Town Car away from its cousin vehicles, the Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria. The seats feature improved foam padding that provides much better support while still allowing you to sink into them, much like a fine chair; on Ultimate L models, you'll find the rear seats are heated. Around back, the massive Town Car trunk—legendary for the volumes of luggage and golfing equipment it can swallow—has been reorganized to make accessing the spare tire easier.

The Town Car's prominent center console design features a vast swath of wood that runs the length of the front panel and places the audio and ventilation controls front and center. A nice touch is the new analog clock with chrome chaplets (wing-like decorative dressing) that adorns the new center stack. On the door armrest, you'll find redesigned power window switches that feature backlit black buttons wrapped in aluminum trim. The steering wheel has more buttons than a Bill Blass shirt, allowing you to control everything from the stereo to the climate control without ever taking your hands off the wheel. Another huge improvement to the optional equipment list is the introduction of an on-board navigation unit. When so equipped, the navigation screen occupies the space normally reserved for the audio head unit.

The Town Car's impressive list of standard features include eight-way adjustable power seats, power lumbar support, dual-zone climate control, door-mounted keyless entry keypad and full leather interior. Ultimate models include memory adjustments for seats, mirrors and adjustable foot pedals, a fully power-operated trunk lid that opens and closes via the remote fob, heated front seats and windshield wipers that activate when they sense precipitation.

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