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Full-size luxury - 2002 Lincoln Town Car sedan

With modern styling that complements the classic Lincoln image, the 2002 Lincoln Town Car sedan delivers the ultimate in comfort and convenience in a full-size package that provides a relaxing driving environment. Not to be confused with performance of the luxoboats of old! The Town Car responds immediately to every command even when taking tight corners as fast as they come -- as if the driver and this extraordinary sedan have joined together as a seamless unit in the joyous pursuit of new back roads to cover, more asphalt to cross.

Wait a minute -- Lincoln? Town Car? Yes, that tried and true mount was completely redesigned in 1999 with world class handling, performance, and comfort attributes. Built exclusively at Ford's Wixom, Mich., assembly plant, the rear drive Lincoln flagship positions the Town Car for the 21st century while offering current owners an up-to-date package that conveys timeless elegance with the new design. Ford's sophisticated 4.6L V-8 SOHC, 32-valve engine joined to the 4R70W four-speed electronic automatic transmission with overdrive is the only powertrain offered.

Available in Executive, Signature and Cartier models, the Town Car is a functionally balanced sedan, representing the next generation of luxury refinement. During the 2000 model year, Lincoln introduced what the nameplate billed as the "ultimate" Town Car -- the Cartier L. As the first factory-produced long-wheelbase Lincoln Town Car, the luxury sedan was extended six inches at the factory, providing an additional 7.5 cubic feet of luxurious space and increased leg room for rear cabin passengers.

Additional equipment found on the Cartier L includes six-inch door extension, dual exhaust, P225/70SR16 WSW tires, gold exterior ornamentation (gold Cartier badges on "C" pillar, gold Town Car badges on front fender, black background with gold "Lincoln Star" on front and rear ornamentation), heated folding rear amenities armrest with storage bin, two cupholders, redundant audio/climate control & redundant front passenger sear fore/aft control and two power points.

Fleet and livery dealers may purchase a similar stretch Town Car called the Executive L.

For those drivers that crave more performance, Lincoln offers a $710 optional Touring equipment package for the Signature model that includes a higher output version of the standard engine that delivers 15 more hp and 10 lb/ft additional torque, unique torque converter, 3.55 axle ratio, larger P235/60TR16 tires, dual exhaust and revised springs, shocks and stabilizer bars.

On the road, the Town Car is big and comfortable while quick and responsive. The combination yields enjoyable driving mile after mile, regardless of road conditions. The powertrain delivers gobs of useable power at all speeds.

Rigid body-on-frame construction creates a solid foundation for the suspension hardware that includes a front independent system featuring unequal-length control arms, coil springs and ball joints. The rear suspension features a four bar link system with Watt's linkage and air springs. The standard rubber for the large Lincoln sedan is P225/60SR16 tires.

Inside the cabin, well-laid out displays and controls are coupled with comfortable seats to make traveling a refreshing experience for driver and passengers alike. Armrests and cupholders are decent for front and rear occupants. Back seat passengers are welcomed into a friendly environment. Trunk space is still a Lincoln strong point, with some 20.6 cubic feet available. In all, the new Lincoln Town Car is hard to resist for those individuals that love to drive or love to ride.

Ratings & specifications

The standard powerplant makes 220 hp at 4,750 rpm and 265 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Cartier and Signature Touring models are equipped with a dual exhaust version that bumps the horsepower to 235 at 4,750 rpm and torque to 275 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. EPA fuel economy figures are 17 city/24 highway using regular unleaded gasoline. Underhood fluids are clearly marked and easy to reach.

Standard safety/security equipment on the Lincoln includes dual front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, all speed traction control, side impact door beams, cornering lamps, smart lock anti-lockout system, keyless entry keypad, remote keyless entry and Securilock passive anti-theft system. Signature models add universal garage door opener.

Optional equipment includes vehicle communication system ($1,295) that includes an analog voice-activated hands-free phone and safety & security button.

The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranges from $39,795 for the Executive to $48,860 for the Cartier L. Destination charges are $745 additional. Supplies of the Lincoln are good and there are no rebates.


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