2003 Town Car New Car Test Drive
The 2003 Lincoln Town Car has been completely re-engineered for 2003. The result is substantially improved ride and handling.
Town Car is appealing for its spacious seating for six people and a trunk that provides cavernous storage for luggage and golf clubs. This is a traditional American luxury sedan. It's roomy and comfortable. It's smooth and stable. Its V8 engine and rear-wheel-drive layout give it a traditional feel. And it's luxurious.
Those who buy Town Cars like them; The Town Car is the highest-rated American car in the mid-luxury segment according to a J.D. Power and Associates customer-satisfaction study; 60 percent of all Town Car customers are repeat buyers. Some 75 percent of limousine and livery fleets are made up of this large American luxury sedan. Yet individuals still account for more than 65 percent of all Town Car sales.
For 2003, Lincoln re-engineered the Town Car with the objective of improving its handling. The new Town Car boasts a new frame, a new rack-and-pinion steering system, a new brake system, and new front and rear suspensions. Revised front and rear styling distinguish the new model, but the changes are subtle and only careful observers are likely to notice. A new instrument panel and improved trunk space highlight the interior changes.
The 2003 Town Car is available in three trim levels: Executive ($40,270); Signature ($42,730); and Cartier ($45,240) ride on the standard wheelbase.
Also available are two long-wheelbase models: Executive L ($44,245) and Cartier L ($50,700) are six inches longer overall. The longer wheelbase provides more headroom for all passengers and nearly six inches of additional legroom for those sitting in the rear seat. Both long wheelbase models have larger rear doors and special rear seat amenities that include audio and climate controls, power outlets and a button to slide the front passenger's seat forward to create even more rear legroom. Cartier L models have heated rear seats.
Executive is a fully equipped luxury car minus some of the wood and leather trim items and standard equipment that pertain to the Signature and Cartier series. The 2003 Executive comes with a long list of standard equipment that includes brighter headlights, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, a new analog clock, new interior storage compartments, dual-zone climate controls. All Town Cars come standard with CD players, but a trunk-mounted six-CD changer is optional.
Signature and Cartier models come with an even higher grade of leather on the seating surfaces. Signature and Cartier versions have upgraded Alpine audio systems. The Signature version gets a wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium leather seats (heated in the front) with a memory feature that positions the gas and brake pedals in addition to the seats and mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, 20-ounce Shiva pile carpeting, special 14-spoke wheels and a new extended rear park-assist system that uses both ultrasonic and radar sensors. A power-sliding glass moonroof is optional.
Cartier models add a power trunk lid that opens and closes at the touch of a button on the key fob. Cartier versions also have a specially outfitted trunk with a large, removable, covered storage bin that is optional on the other models. Cartier comes with fog lamps and nine-spoke alloy wheels that give it a more formal appearance. Cartier versions have seats and floor mats embroidered with the familiar Cartier logo as well as special headliner and roof pillar fabrics. The Cartier versions come with high-intensity-discharge lamps, which are optional on the Executive and Signature versions for $435.
Town Car options include the Lincoln Vehicle Communication System ($1,295) with a hands-free Motorola Timeport phone with such personal information services as news and stock quotes. Two-tone paint schemes will cost you $260, and white pearl paint is $375 extra. Whitewalls, on all but the Cartier L, are $105.