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Q: Buying Lincoln VIII with problems for $2500 on 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII

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110,121 miles and will have a few more as I drive it everyday to work. It has a new water pump and a new thermostat. The car has 3.73 gears and a traction lock, an SCT chip custom tuned by Lonnie @ It has leather interior thats in ok shape. It has the usual wear and tear on the drivers side seat. It has a computerized systems dash that tells you fuel mileage, distance, if everything is working ok, etc. The transmission fluid was drained and refilled and the filter and gasket was changed about 200 miles ago. It needs new front upper control arms which I will change before the car is sold. The passenger side seat does not move forward or backward, due to the seat motor not working, but is in the farthest back position. It has the factory JBL premium sound system with a cassette player and 10 disc CD changer in the trunk. It also has new plugs and wires replaced about 500 miles ago. It could use a front main seal and some spark plug tube gaskets, but other than that it runs and drives great. I have several pics that I will have to post later.
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I have a 93 Mark 8. Bought it 10yrs. ago for $14,000. Since then I have put over $15,000 into it and I still need to replace the free-on and starter cylinder. It has 110,000 miles on it also. All I can say is good luck, parts and labor are expensive just because it is a Lincoln. It seems as soon as I fix one thing, something else breaks down. It's a great ride, if you can afford to keep it running.
If your looking for a car that wont nickle and dime you, than avoid this car!!! it's a very problematic model!!!
I'd be a little concerned that it has been "chipped". That may mean that it's been driven really hard. Sounds like there's been quite a bit of good maintenance work done, but if you're serious, I'd have a technician inspect it and give you his opinion.

Have an expert put his hands on the car and tell you what needs to be done. Buying a car with problems is a little risky, especially one that is this old. If you're looking reliability for this price, you may want to look at late nineties Honda Accords.
I have one with 300'000 miles on it. Nothing major to change during the 15 years but remember there is air ride suspision on this car, very expensive to fix. The engin is italian and actually very high end for a lincolin so that would be the reason for the high cost to fix, very close tolerances.

If the guys has chipped it, then he has already run this car into the ground and knows there is something wrong.
This car for your children to drive is the biggest mistake of your life. I bought this car in 2006 with appox. 78K beautiful condition. My son burned and his girlfriend burned in this car less than three months later. This car carries defects in the design that can and may catch fire at any time. The cruise control switch recall was just one of the problems that this car has with potential fire risk.
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