2002 Lincoln Town Car

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of the 2002 Lincoln Town Car. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    20 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    220-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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2002 Lincoln Town Car Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Lincoln’s rear-drive luxury sedan, the traditional favorite of older buyers and limousine companies, will probably earn some appearance changes for 2003. These revisions may include a raised hood to accommodate an optional 300-horsepower V-8 engine, a reworked front end with a smaller grille, a revised suspension, 17-inch tires and a bigger trunk — an improvement that limousine drivers should fully appreciate. The Town Car was last redesigned for the 1998 model year.

The Town Car is basically the last vehicle of its kind on the market. For 2002, it gets a new Vehicle Communication System (VCS) as an option. The system includes a transportable digital/analog Motorola Timeport phone with voice activation and hands-free capability. VCS offers automatic emergency service notification upon airbag deployment, route assistant, and news and information services. The 4.6-liter V-8 develops either 220 hp or 235 hp, depending on the model. Both standard-length and extended-wheelbase versions are available.

This big sedan best conveys the image that most consumers still have of Lincoln. But to keep up with the times, the company has been trying to alter that image by introducing such vehicles as the LS sedan and the Navigator sport utility vehicle. Another SUV, called the Aviator, will be joining the Lincoln lineup later.

Exterior
In standard form, the Town Car rides a 117.7-inch wheelbase and measures 215.3 inches long overall — about 8 inches longer than it...
Vehicle Overview
Lincoln’s rear-drive luxury sedan, the traditional favorite of older buyers and limousine companies, will probably earn some appearance changes for 2003. These revisions may include a raised hood to accommodate an optional 300-horsepower V-8 engine, a reworked front end with a smaller grille, a revised suspension, 17-inch tires and a bigger trunk — an improvement that limousine drivers should fully appreciate. The Town Car was last redesigned for the 1998 model year.

The Town Car is basically the last vehicle of its kind on the market. For 2002, it gets a new Vehicle Communication System (VCS) as an option. The system includes a transportable digital/analog Motorola Timeport phone with voice activation and hands-free capability. VCS offers automatic emergency service notification upon airbag deployment, route assistant, and news and information services. The 4.6-liter V-8 develops either 220 hp or 235 hp, depending on the model. Both standard-length and extended-wheelbase versions are available.

This big sedan best conveys the image that most consumers still have of Lincoln. But to keep up with the times, the company has been trying to alter that image by introducing such vehicles as the LS sedan and the Navigator sport utility vehicle. Another SUV, called the Aviator, will be joining the Lincoln lineup later.

Exterior
In standard form, the Town Car rides a 117.7-inch wheelbase and measures 215.3 inches long overall — about 8 inches longer than its long-time archrival, the front-drive Cadillac DeVille. Though it is built on the same basic rear-drive platform as the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis, the Town Car is larger and displays entirely different styling, led by a waterfall vertical-bar grille.

The Cartier L extended model is far heavier than the standard trims, and it is exactly 6 inches longer than the base Executive model in both wheelbase and overall size. All Town Car models are 78.2 inches wide and about 58 inches tall.

Interior
Even in standard form, six occupants have space to stretch out in the Town Car’s wide interior. But passengers in both center positions must straddle the driveshaft tunnel and can be considerably less comfortable. Both the driver and front passenger have eight-way power-adjustable seating with power lumbar adjustment of the split bench. A memory feature controls the front seats, mirrors, and power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedal settings.

Tall, wide doors make it easy to get in and out of the Town Car. An optional easy entry/exit driver’s seat feature moves the seat rearward when necessary to ease access. The seats are trimmed in leather. In both models, the trunk holds an ample 20.6 cubic feet of cargo. Because the spare tire hangs over the forward end, much of that space consists of a deep center well that makes it difficult to load and unload the trunk.

Under the Hood
A 4.6-liter V-8 engine and four-speed-automatic transmission go into all Town Cars. The V-8 for the Executive and Signature editions produces 220 hp. Dual exhausts are added to the Cartier models and the Signature Touring Sedan (STS), and output climbs to 235 hp. All-disc antilock brakes, all-speed traction control and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard.

Driving Impressions
The Lincoln Town Car sees plenty of service in livery fleets that hover around airports and convention centers, because it’s the only large rear-drive luxury sedan that remains on the market with a fairly reasonable price. A little smaller in size than the previous-generation Town Car of the 1990s, it’s also more agile. But it’s still not ready to take on tight, fast curves without a protest. As it has always been, the Town Car is basically this: a cushy, quiet, traditional American luxury sedan with a suitable ride for its passengers and power that’s more than adequate but not startling.

Cadillac’s front-drive DeVille feels more refined, and its Northstar V-8 engine is more powerful, but plenty of affluent consumers would rather ride in this familiar Lincoln.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

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Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Smoothest riding car ever made

by Ronslincolns from Philadelphia on July 8, 2018

Just purchased a MXZ in addition to my Towncar. Lincoln quality. 2015 with 7,000 miles. Half of the original sticker price. Why pay $42,000 when $20,000 works better? Read full review

(5.0)

A very nice car to own

by Erick from Savannah TN on March 7, 2018

It's a very nice car. Plenty of space and leg room. The leather seats are so lucious and comfortable. It has pedal adjusters. Six way seat settings and heated seats. Great gas mileage for a big car. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2002 Lincoln Town Car currently has 1 recall

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Town Car received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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