The Lincoln Town Car Was the Last True American Luxury Sedan

The Lincoln Town Car Was the Last True American Luxury Sedan

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this is a 2005 Lincoln Towncar and it is the last true American luxury sedan yes there are still American luxury sedans from brands like Cadillac and Tesla and even Lincoln but this was the last old-school full-size old-fashioned American luxury sedan and today I've borrowed this well-preserved Town Car to show you what I mean [Music] now before I get started here I have
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some news people are always asking me for Doug de Muro merchandise t-shirts or hats or whatever but I think that youtuber t-shirts are kind of played out and do people really wear t-shirts for their favorite youtuber I don't know so I've come up with a different idea signed photos right now you can go to Doug Deane eurocom the link in the description of this video and you can get a signed photo you can choose between a few different cars and I will sign my name and send it out to you which is kind of cool or for extra money
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you can have a personalized signed photo which i think is kind of a neat thing you can get up to 90 characters and you can have a personalized so you guys have it say happy birthday or congratulations or I don't know what people are gonna want to have it say but I will write it and then I will sign it on a photo and send it to you now there are a few rules no profanity obviously the photos are all this size no bigger no smaller just this size only the cars that I have selected you can choose from and right now I'm only sending it to us people the
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United States addresses now the cost of these photos is going to be $35 for the top one the signed Doug de Muro photo and $50 for the bottom one the personalized and signed Doug de Muro photo I realize that's a lot of money but I also realized as I was putting this together that if I charge like $10 and I get hundreds and thousands of orders that I'm have to sit there writing all of this stuff since I've hand writing it and signing it so it's a little bit more expensive maybe to try it out limit the order in take a little
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bit so anyway go on Doug Dean eurocom buy a signed or personalized Doug DeNiro photo and I will send it out to you in the next few weeks first a little overview now years ago the Town Car was a trim level that signified the most luxurious and the most expensive version of the Lincoln Continental in the early 1980s the town car was spun off to be its own model and it was a traditional American luxury sedan in the truest sense with basically
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no effort their attention paid to making a thrilling driving experience but instead a focus on making a big sedan that was as comfortable and as smooth as possible the last generation of the town car was sold from 2003 all the way to 2011 with only minimal changes the minimal changes were because Ford was winding down production of the panther platform which carried the town car along with the Ford Crown Victoria and the Mercury Grand Marquis so there was
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no sense in changing and updating the car to keep it fresh in the face of its impending demise but just what makes them so ancient well for one thing the town car is body-on-frame which means that the body and the frame are separate units which is an old-school way of constructing cars that you just don't see anymore except for full-size pickups in some large SUVs and in the town cars rear-wheel drive which is increasingly unusual then there's the engine the Town Car used a 4.6 liter v8 that made only
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239 horsepower which is a relic in today's world of smaller engines and fuel economy regulations and turbo charging and then there was the driving experience today's luxury car buyers want some sport and performance with their luxury car but the town car was made for an old-fashioned type of luxury car buyer who just wanted a comfortable smooth simple full-size luxury sedan when the town car went away after the 2011 model year was the end of an era and big v8 full-size rear-wheel drive
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body-on-frame American luxury sedans that were once so common simply don't exist anymore but today I'm gonna take you back in time and I'm gonna take you on a tour of the last traditional full-size American luxury sedan and I'm going to show you all a it's quirks and features then I'm gonna get it out on the road and drive it and then I'm going to give it a dug score and four more of my thoughts on the Town Car click the link below to visit autotrader.com slash oversteer where I've also rounded up a list of the best-preserved big old American luxury
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sedans currently listed for sale on auto trader now I'm gonna start the quicksand features on the outside of the car in fact not even with the car itself but rather with is a key fob and I mentioned it only because it is the exact same key fob I have in my Ford GT by one hundred fifty two hundred thousand dollar supercar shares its key fob with the old-school traditional Lincoln Town Car but they all came out of Ford in the same era so it's not really all that surprising now my favorite thing about the key fob is the fact you can see there are four buttons on it you have
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lock unlock the panic button and then the trunk opener button I love the fact that the trunk opener has a little arrow on it pointing to the back of the car just to make sure there's no confusion that it opens the trunk and not the hood next up one thing I like in front you can see the grille has a nice Lincoln and blum on it and then right above the grille you have the hood ornament which is the exact same Lincoln emblem again but of course they must do that because a true old-school luxury Lincoln has a
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big long hood with a Lincoln hood ornament at the end drivers of this car wouldn't want it any other way now next we move on to the trunk and if you want to open up the trunk you press that little trunk opener button on the key fob and then it pops open completely automatically it doesn't just pop it up so you can do the lifting it opens itself now that's pretty cool but the coolest part is the fact that if you press that button again when it's open it automatically closes itself just like a true old-school luxury car and one
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interesting item worth noting is the fact that if you have the trunk open and you don't close it with the power operator if you close it yourself it will soft close to completely latch itself so you don't just slam it down now when the trunk is open you can clearly see that it is absolutely massive this is an aid school luxury car and so it has a big old-school luxury car trunk where you can put in about 40 golf bags if that's what you want but there's also an on/off switch in here
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now that's which disables the air suspension that this car has in order to provide the most comfortable ride possible but if you're trying to jack it up to change the tire any of the air suspension on it will level itself and it can relate mess itself up on the jack so you can turn it off by pressing that little switch and then you can change your tire next one other interesting item worth noting with this car before I move inside I want to talk about the exterior styling now I already told you all the ways this car is old-fashioned the engine the body on frame the rear-wheel
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drive but also the exterior styling is really old-fashioned this looks like an aged school full-size car you have this rounded look behind the c-pillar behind the rear windows which is a design element that no one is using anymore you have this rounded look on the back by the taillights again a very uncommon design element in modern cars you also have very large overhangs both front and rear whereas most automakers are trying to trim those in order to make the car seem and feel as sporty as possible this isn't just an old-school electricity and construction but also in
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style and design as well they are mixed up climbing inside the town car there are quite a few interesting quirks and features I'm going to start with the door poles now most cars to pull the door closed they've integrated the door pole into the door panel but not in this vehicle as part of the traditional luxury sedan experience you have your own dedicated door pole sticking out from the wood and the door panel and you use that to pull the door closed may not seem like a big deal but that is a traditional old-fashioned luxury car feature that carries on into the town car and very few other modern vehicles
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now speaking of the door panel there are a few interesting items with the door panel that are worth noting starting with in the two buttons at the base of the door panel that are unlabeled it's not immediately obvious what they are the larger of those two buttons with the key slot that opens the trunk and it is the key slot because you can put the master key in there turn it and then you give the car to a valet and a valet key doesn't have access to turn that and open up the trunk the other button there opens up the fuel door you press it and the fuel door opens next up on the door panel one other unusual item this car
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has the very same door locks as all the Ford models from this era but Lincoln classed it up a bit instead of black like they are in Fords they're silver in the Lincoln to add to your luxury car experience same thing with all the windows switches they're the usual Ford windows which but they have little silver strips around the edges to provide an air of luxury that you don't get in a simple Ford next up a nice luxury feature that this car has is power adjustable pedals it has become a fairly common luxury car feature but it was less common when this
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car came out you have this little switch over to the left of the steering wheel you can press it and then that adjust the pedal placement and that means that even short drivers don't have to sit too close to the steering wheel and thus the airbag instead they can move the pedals further out which provides a safer driving experience and then we move on to some of my favorite features of the Lincoln Towncar and those would be the old people features now I mentioned this is an old-fashioned traditional full-size luxury sedan and that means that primarily the purchasers of this car were old people who liked the
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old-school luxury sedans of the 60s the 70s in the 80s and so Lincoln knew that and as a result they gave the car some very specific features geared it towards old people I'm gonna start with the buttons on the steering wheel for a lot of cars you have your typical volume switches your cruise control in this car they're just massive and the owner told me that there was a steering wheel in the earlier model years that had smaller buttons and Lincoln changed the steering wheel for the o-5 model year to enlarge the buttons probably after they got complaints from some of their or advanced aged customers who wanted
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larger buttons that were easier to press that is it the only funny old person item in this car though how about the gauge cluster for one thing the speedometer is front and center not only that but the font size on the speedometer is very large so it clearly indicates how fast you're going in case maybe your eyesight isn't as good as it used to be anymore but just in case you can't see that Lincoln has added a second additional speedometer this one with a digital readout over on the left
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of the speedometer giving you an extra way to see how fast you're going just in case you can't read the traditional center speedometer and speaking of the traditional Center speedometer because Lincoln made room for that digital one there's no tachometer in the gauge cluster I guess I configured the old people who want the smooth driving experience in this car they don't really care how fast the engine is turning they just want to see how fast they're going in large now it's worth noting that within that gauge cluster there is also a second screen over on the right and it shows
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various vehicle items like for example your trip miles your average speed your average fuel economy your fuel distance to empty and you can cycle through all of those different various items by pressing this select button to the right of the steering wheel which in itself is rather large again no small buttons you want to be able to find everything and press it very easily in this car next we move into the center or you have the center control stack which includes the radio the climate controls and the clock which is this fine analog clock
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that says Lincoln in the middle now for style sake and as these two silver like wings coming off the clock I was wondering what are those it turns out those are the hour and minute and adjuster it looks like the clock is flanked with these cool wings that give it character but actually those are just the largest hour and minute adjusters in the entire history of in car clocks now below the clock you have this stereo controls nothing unusual compared to other cars of this era and then you have the climate controls again nothing particularly unusual except there is a button marked ext you press that and it
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will show the current exterior temperature in place of the current climate control temperature I guess so you can set your climate control based on the exterior temperature now below the center control snack we have one of my favorite features in the car and that would be you have this little plastic door off-center its over towards the passenger side and on the door it says power point yeah this is it where you get a Microsoft slide presentation instead you open it and it's a little power 12 volt charge point it's odd usually it would say outlet or 12 volt but in this car they call it the power
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point next up there is one more screen on the ceiling of the car next to the rear-view mirror and it tells you what direction you're going and it does something odd it actually spells out the direction you're going so instead of saying NW or SW it actually says Northwest Southwest I don't know I've ever seen that in any other car I guess Lincoln felt it gave you a more luxurious experience by spelling out in the direction you're heading it's also weird learning there is a mode button on there if you press it it will change modes but there is only one mode to change to it will tell you your current
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oil life remaining so you have two mode options no West or oil life now next up in the middle here down the seat we have a couple of interesting items one is the fact that this is actually a seat in itself you fold back to center console and then there is an additional seat here which has its own seat belt and seat belt buckle but assuming you're not trying to carry six people in your vehicle you can use various items in here for other things for example the very front part of that seat folds forward and reveals cupholders which is nice and useful and obviously the top of
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the seat folds down and reveals a center console and the thing I like about this center console is it has a magical lid you can open it from the passenger side or you can close it and then open it from the driver's side and it opens again so you can open it from either side and access the same Center storage area that's some wizardry from Lincoln in the Town Car next up we move on to the glovebox and the first thing I'll find in there is the original window sticker and you can see the original sticker price this car was forty-seven thousand three hundred and fifty-five dollars and it had only three options
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one was the paint color this pearlescent paint called cashmere that was five hundred ninety five dollars it also had all season tires which were a hundred and twenty five dollars extra and it had 17 inch chrome wheels which were eight hundred and ninety five dollars extra bringing the price to that 47 355 not bad for a luxurious traditional full-size of American car experience also in the glove box in this car you will find the owner's manual and the original owners manual pouch I looked through the owner's manual it wasn't anything particularly interesting
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in there but in the maintenance guy and you will see that the cover has a tree on it I'm not sure how it relates to maintaining your Lincoln but that is the graphic that they chose now the weird thing about the maintenance guide is you open it up to the section on choosing a tire and a lot of automakers will give you a specific tire brand that they recommend this car they give you every tire brand looks like twelve different tire brands on here they don't recommend any they just recommend choosing one I guess pick a tire brand we recommend
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them all next up we move on to the back of the town car where there are a few interesting quirks alar not all that many but one of them is the fact that it says Lincoln on the rear door sill now that surprises me because I get into a lot of luxury cars some very expensive luxury cars that only have the brand name on the front door cells and nothing on the rear door cells my assumption is that Lincoln did this because they know a lot of these were used as chauffeur cars and livery cars in New York City and elsewhere and they wanted passengers who are being chauffeured to be very aware of the fact that they were getting into a Lincoln so
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Lincoln stuck that Lincoln script on the rear door sill as well as the front other interesting items back here one is the fact that the rear seat is just so pillowy and smooth obviously there's a lot of room back here this is a big car but a lot of luxury sedans have room not a lot of luxury sedans have a rear seat that is just so comfortable and smooth you just kind of sink into it and it is a common feature of luxury sedans in the 70s 80s 90s pillowy seats but it has very much gone away the 2005 Town Car
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still had it and it feels great back here it would have felt great to be driven around in one of these in New York City after a hard day in the finance world now speaking of rear legroom it's worth noting that this town car is a signature limited model which was the top trim level of the town car if you got the short wheelbase version there was also a long wheelbase version which had a little bit of a stretch back here and limo companies chauffeured vehicles those were commonly the L model because they gave rear seat passengers a little bit more room the owner told me it's
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really hard to find those L models now because they were all snapped up by limo companies and driven huge distances but if you wanted more rear seat room that was available now the only other interesting item back here is the fact that the center armrest can pull down from the center and you got a couple of cupholders in there nothing particularly interesting or special but it's there the back seat in this car is not particularly unusual or complicated or weird but it is simple and comfortable much like the rest of this car finally we move under the hood but just getting
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under the hood is a little bit interesting in this car you pulled the release located in the drivers footwell in the pop the hood open and then the hood latch shoots out of the grille and it sticks out like four inches and it kind of looks like a knife blade it looks like so I'm gonna stab the grill and left their knife blade protruding from it but you pull that and you open up the hood and then you can see the engine and like I said this old-school point six liter v8 that only made 239 horsepower it's an unthinkable power to leader ratio today but back in the day
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that's how it went down next up another interesting item in this car is the cornering light and check this out you're driving along at night you have the headlights on and you put on the turn signal the turn signal isn't the only light that comes on there's also a white light that comes on on the side corresponding to whichever turns on you put on left or right and it's designed to provide additional lighting to light up your path in whichever direction you're turning it's actually a pretty good idea and a good feature some modern luxury cars have a similar feature that will turn on a light as you turn the steering wheel at low speeds
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but the Town Car has it as well and it's not something you see in every car and so that's a tour of the quirks and features of the 2005 Lincoln Town Car now it's time to get it out on the road and see how it drives driving the Town Car now the first thing you notice when you get in the Town Car you just sit you get in the seat and you just sit you go down they don't make sedans like this you know nowadays every
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stand it's a luxury car has to also be a sports car has to also be a family car blah blah blah people are only driving SUVs anyway but this this was the old school of luxury and that meant you don't get the latest technology you don't get you know front-wheel drive turbo engine just save fuel economy you get this old-school car and you just sit back and you kind of cruise the owner lives here in LA and he's like you know this is a nice car for LA because you
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just sit and you relax and you're not stressed in it and that is a great way to describe the feeling of this car it's not modern it's not high-tech but what it is is just comfy and smooth all you want to do is sit here and just drive around and simple full-size luxury sedan bliss going between the retirement village in the golf course these were just great and the thing that primarily most people like about them today is that they were just durable as health
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you know they had a big old-school motor there's a ton of parts support for it they weren't high stress motors with twin turbos and all this stuff is an easy platform to work on they were made for decades it was just a it was a durable car there's a reason that the the mainstream version the Crown Victoria was used as a New York City Taxi Cab for 30 years and that these were used in New York City as livery cars for years they they could tolerate that level of abuse the bad roads the heavy stop and go people getting in and out they were they weren't the nicest
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cars but they were simple they were easy they were usable this is a great car for people who get in modern cars and like the tech I don't need anything I want anything crap I just want something that I can drive around and relax and I'm into the tech I like the new features I like the adaptive cruise the lanky this is but you can see the point all right acceleration drop the throttle they're the fastest car in the world it doesn't move incredibly quickly it's not uh but that's not really the point of
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this car I'm flooring it I mean you know it goes it's just it just wasn't that much power but I got the sense that nobody who bought this car cared about that I bet they got no complaints about engine Fenner it just wasn't on the radar of most of us Jennifer's excellent quality obviously at the expense of you know handling and sportiness and that's everything you could get one of these for 50 grand which was half the money of an s-class and it wasn't dramatically less comfortable yeah it didn't have a tack
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and it didn't have the stability and speed and I didn't have the brand name blah blah we knew all that but if you just wanted pure luxury comfort sit here and chill you know this was a bargain back in the day and so that's the last Lincoln Town Car the end of an era in American luxury sedans this car wasn't sporty it wasn't high-tech it wasn't fast or fun or modern but that's the beauty of it it was a simple comfortable
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old-fashioned American luxury sedan and it was the last of its kind and now it's time to give it a dug score starting with the weekend categories and styling the town car is a bit below average it's not just a dull but very dated and it gets a 4 out of 10 acceleration it's slow when it gets a 1 out of 10 handling is floaty and soft and not very sporty and it gets a 3 out of 10 fine factor is very very low this car is about comfort and decidedly not about fun and it gets a 1 out of 10 cool factor is also low I suspect these will someday be very cool
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as supplies dwindle but for now they're not that exciting and it gets a 3 out of 10 for a total weekend score of 12 out of 50 next up are the daily categories and features this car is basic intentionally so that's what people liked about it and it gets a 3 out of 10 Comfort is wonderful this car is cushy and relaxing and soft and gets an 8 out of 10 quality is good the interior isn't that nice but these are famously indestructible and it gets a 7 out of 10 practicality is normal for the class and it gets a 5 out of 10 finally value and these aren't appealing to many people but if you like too soft
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cushy old-fashioned cars these were great bargains used and it's easy to find them in Nice shape since so many were owned by old people who didn't drive them all that much it gets a 7 out of 10 for a total daily score of 30 out of 50 added up in the dug score is 42 out of 100 which places the Town Car here against some other luxury sedans it's not the best but in terms of comfortable traditional American luxury sedans it's certainly the last and this was a fun trip back in time [Music]

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