Lincoln Town Car - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Lincoln Town Car owners have reported a total of 2,278 problems for their cars built in the 16 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Lincoln Town Car. The 1997 Lincoln Town Car cars have the most problems reported (394 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Lincoln Town Car

  Common problems of Lincoln Town Car

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Lincoln Town Car cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (312 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (260 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Lincoln Town Car

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
312
  Vehicle Speed Control
260
  Service Brakes
236
  Suspension
232
  Air Bag
226
  Steering
142
  Electrical System
132
  Visibility
100
  Structure
99
  Exterior Lighting
75
   
  Seat Belt
71
  Power Train
70
  Equipment
63
  Gasoline Fuel System
46
  Tire
41
  Unknown Or Other
37
  Wheel
33
  Seats
32
  Latches/locks/linkage
28
  Other Fuel System
22
  Air Brake
9
  Interior Lighting
5
  Parking Brake
4
  Electronic Stability Control
2
  Traction Control System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Lincoln Town Car of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Town Car model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Lincoln Town Car model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Town Car Model Years

Town Car
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2011 513,3077    
0.05
  2010 109,5678    
0.13
  2009 611,1619    
0.06
  2008 2511,30910    
0.22
  2007 8935,29311    
0.23
  2006 17940,21312    
0.37
  2005 14146,75313    
0.23
  2004 9155,04414    
0.12
  2003 21975,46915    
0.19
  2002 6836,60416    
0.12
  2001 19968,78317    
0.17
  2000 13989,01018    
0.09

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Lincoln Town Car is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2009 Town Car
1
  2007 Town Car
12
  2006 Town Car
17
  2005 Town Car
16
  2004 Town Car
17
  2003 Town Car
13
  2002 Town Car
16
  2001 Town Car
27
  2000 Town Car
18
  1999 Town Car
16
  1998 Town Car
26
  1997 Town Car
24
  1996 Town Car
24


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