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2005 Lincoln Town Car

$467 — $14,127 USED
Sedan
6 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Ride comfort
  • Five-star crash-test rating
  • Stability
  • Driving ease

The Bad

  • Brake performance
  • Seat support
  • Resale value
  • Price
  • Fuel economy

What to Know

about the 2005 Lincoln Town Car
  • 239-hp, 4.6-liter V-8
  • RWD
  • Body-on-frame construction
  • Formal appearance

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Lincoln's rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan earned a substantial reworking for the 2003 model year. Flaunting a new stand-up hood ornament, the four-door Town Car's appearance grew noticeably more formal.

Model designations have changed for 2005. The previous Ultimate models have been discontinued, but new Signature Limited and Signature L models are available. The Signature L sedan has a longer wheelbase and is 5.2 inches longer overall than its mates. Many of the extended-length editions go to limousine operators.

The optional navigation system offered this year incorporates new THX-certified audio and satellite radio compatibility. Sirius Satellite Radio is available as a dealer-installed option. New front crash-severity sensors have been installed, and the front passenger seat gets occupant weight and seat track position sensors.


Exterior
The Town Car's formal appearance leads off with a chrome vertical-bar grille that's flanked by quad-beam halogen headlights. A stand-up ornament is mounted at the front of the hood. High-intensity-discharge headlights are optional on uplevel models. Large taillamps bring up the rear of the sedan.

Standard models are 216.2 inches long overall on a 117.7-inch wheelbase, while the extended-length L sedans measure 221.4 inches long overall with a 123.7-inch wheelbase. All models have 17-inch tires on aluminum wheels. A powered glass moonroof is optional.


Interior
Equipped with a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, the T...
Vehicle Overview
Lincoln's rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan earned a substantial reworking for the 2003 model year. Flaunting a new stand-up hood ornament, the four-door Town Car's appearance grew noticeably more formal.

Model designations have changed for 2005. The previous Ultimate models have been discontinued, but new Signature Limited and Signature L models are available. The Signature L sedan has a longer wheelbase and is 5.2 inches longer overall than its mates. Many of the extended-length editions go to limousine operators.

The optional navigation system offered this year incorporates new THX-certified audio and satellite radio compatibility. Sirius Satellite Radio is available as a dealer-installed option. New front crash-severity sensors have been installed, and the front passenger seat gets occupant weight and seat track position sensors.


Exterior
The Town Car's formal appearance leads off with a chrome vertical-bar grille that's flanked by quad-beam halogen headlights. A stand-up ornament is mounted at the front of the hood. High-intensity-discharge headlights are optional on uplevel models. Large taillamps bring up the rear of the sedan.

Standard models are 216.2 inches long overall on a 117.7-inch wheelbase, while the extended-length L sedans measure 221.4 inches long overall with a 123.7-inch wheelbase. All models have 17-inch tires on aluminum wheels. A powered glass moonroof is optional.


Interior
Equipped with a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, the Town Car seats up to six occupants. The seats are trimmed in premium leather. Panels with burl walnut applique decorate the instrument panel and doors, and an elegant analog clock is installed. Heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood inserts are standard in the Signature Limited model.

Standard equipment includes eight-way power seats for the driver and outboard front passenger, power lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control and power-adjustable pedals. The extended-length Signature L sedan has heated rear seats, a folding rear armrest, remote audio and climate controls, and rear-located controls for the outboard front passenger seat.


Under the Hood
The Town Car's 4.6-liter V-8 develops 239 horsepower and 287 pounds-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic is the sole transmission available.

Safety
Dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags and antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard.

Driving Impressions
Current models deliver a more secure, confident sensation than pre-2003 Town Cars by offering a greater connection with the road. This sedan yields a surprisingly appealing driving experience.

The Town Car is exceptionally stable on the expressway and is especially easy to drive; it has a smooth yet controlled ride. The sedan is very quiet, but you can hear the engine. Braking is less pleasing as the pedal may exhibit a long dead spot before the brakes become effective.

The seat bottoms are fairly long and well cushioned, but support could be better. Interior space is abundant, and rear legroom in the extended-length L sedan is massive.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
26 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

A Classy Look and a Comfortable & Reliable Ride!

by Frank from Baltimore on April 26, 2018

Reliable, safe, comfortable ride. Loved the look of the car. This car feels like it glides on the road... even bumpy roads! Loaded with great features for convenience and comfort for all riders. ... Read full review

(5.0)

Car for life

by Lincoln lover from Houston Texas on April 13, 2018

This car is for life, strong, comfortable, it is a collection car. Save gas, luxury style to have a stretch limousine or just a sedan. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Lincoln Town Car currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Lincoln Town Car has not been tested.

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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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