2008 Lincoln Town Car

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Lincoln Town Car. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    239-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Brake performance
  • Seat support
  • Price
  • Fuel economy

Notable Features of the 2008 Lincoln Town Car

  • Power adjustable pedals
  • 239-hp, 4.6-liter V-8
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Body-on-frame construction
  • Formal appearance
  • Regular- or extended-length bodies

2008 Lincoln Town Car Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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. Changes for 2008 are limited to the loss of trim levels and the optional navigation system.

Lincoln has removed the Designer and Signature trims, leaving the Signature Limited and Signature L. The Signature L sedan is 6 inches longer than its mates, both overall and in wheelbase length. Two additional series are available for limousine and livery use.

The Town Car's wheel selection includes machined-aluminum units with 10 spokes, as well as an 18-spoke chromed-aluminum wheel. There are front crash-severity sensors, and the front passenger seat has 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. Large taillamps bring up the rear.

Standard models are 215.4 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. Whitewall tires, two-tone paint and a powered glass moonroof are optional.


Interior
Programmable adjustable pedals, keyless entry and dual-zone automatic climate control are standard f...
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. Changes for 2008 are limited to the loss of trim levels and the optional navigation system.

Lincoln has removed the Designer and Signature trims, leaving the Signature Limited and Signature L. The Signature L sedan is 6 inches longer than its mates, both overall and in wheelbase length. Two additional series are available for limousine and livery use.

The Town Car's wheel selection includes machined-aluminum units with 10 spokes, as well as an 18-spoke chromed-aluminum wheel. There are front crash-severity sensors, and the front passenger seat has 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. Large taillamps bring up the rear.

Standard models are 215.4 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. Whitewall tires, two-tone paint and a powered glass moonroof are optional.


Interior
Programmable adjustable pedals, keyless entry and dual-zone automatic climate control are standard for 2008.

Also standard are eight-way power seats for the driver and outboard front passenger, power lumbar support and extended rear parking assist. Heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood inserts are standard.

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 analog clock is installed.

The Town Car features leather seating surfaces. The extended-length Signature L has heated rear seats, four-way rear head restraints, a folding rear armrest, remote audio and climate controls, and rear-located seat position 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. All-speed traction control is standard.

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

Driving Impressions
The Town Car yields a surprisingly appealing driving experience, offering a secure, confident sensation and good connection with the road.

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

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



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

best car ever

by v colonna from cleveland on July 3, 2018

excellent car..too bad they dont make them anymore..the town car is wonderful.best value for a luxury car.great resale value.just excellent.beautiful car. lincoln makes the best luxury cars . Read full review

(5.0)

Sedan

by Doug from Osprey,FL on February 4, 2018

Luxury sedan with the most comfortable ride Great value for the money the car Fabulous for my business Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Lincoln Town Car currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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