Lincoln Cars

Lincoln is an automaker with a long history of building upscale vehicles for the American market. A division of Ford, Lincoln differentiates its vehicles through additional luxury features, more powerful engines and unique styling. The automaker's lineup includes cars, pickups and SUVs.

Lincoln Mark VIII

Lincoln Mark VIII Accessories Overview

Depending upon how you feel about the ovoid school of design that permeated Ford during the 1990s, you either love or hate the Lincoln Mark VIII. With nary a straight line in sight, it's the diametric opposite of Cadillac's current Art and Science stealth fighter school of design, and as such looks somewhat dated. However, the absence of flip-up headlights, the smoothly integrated suggestion of a continental kit on the decklid, and comparatively large wheels and tires keep the Mark VIII from looking downright old. It's a slippery shape from the aerodynamic '90s and carries that mantle well.

Under that sleek bodywork lives a thoroughly up-to-date powertrain if you overlook the 4-speed automatic transmission. Ford's modular DOHC 32-valve V8 engine displaces 4.6 liters on the Mark VIII and gets the Lincoln moniker "InTech," also found on Navigator badging. It's a smooth, reliable powerplant that's also proven itself amenable to tweaking should you be so inclined (blower and nitrous, anyone?), though the 280-290 bhp it produces stock provides a satisfying rush. The aforementioned automatic transmission only has four forward gears, but it is electronically controlled for improved shifts and decent mileage. Elsewhere, the Mark VIII is a modern design, with all-independent suspension and large 4-wheel disc brakes when it's time to reign in the fun.

Lincoln Mark VIII PartsGiven that the Mark VIII was Lincoln's top-of-the-line executive hauler during its time, no expense was spared on amenities and creature comforts. Leather upholstery, power-assisted everything, a variety of electronic doodads, and even air-ride suspension adorned most Mark VIIIs that left the Wixom plant. How much of that gadgetry is still working depends on the previous owners of the particular Mark in question, but spares availability for any crapped-out parts is fairly good. A quick check of the online junkyard shows 350+ listings for Lincoln Mark VIII accessories which still translates to a couple hundred real listings after the car covers and underbody neon kits are filtered out.

Back to the styling: Thanks to the ubiquitous continental hump and various questionable exterior styling touches (chrome cookie-cutter wheels, for example), the Lincoln Mark VIII came from the factory in mildly pimpiliscious form. Whether that's a negative or not is dependent upon your personal taste. And whether you're a pimp or not. For some reason, the styling also makes me think of my grandfather, who was neither a pimp nor a Lincoln owner. I'm just sayin'.

Lincoln reliability wasn't bad in the 1990s, but it wasn't good either. While the drivetrain is generally as solid as they come, all the electronic bits can cause endless frustration from a diagnostic standpoint. Expect several of the unique amenities to be nonfunctional and not worth the time to repair. Unfortunately, that may also include part of the suspension: The air ride system will likely have suffered the same fate as nearly every air ride system attempted in the history of the automobile: severe leakage resulting in ass-dragging resulting in a retrofit with regular springs/struts.

Finally, the obvious: A personal luxury coupe is not a wise choice for someone with three kids and a big dog. While the Mark VIII is a relatively large car, it's not very big on the inside, and in true coupe fashion the rear seats are a chore to access. The trunk is a decent size for the vehicle's intended use - sprinting up the coast for a round of golf followed by an evening at a bed and breakfast. Hence the term "personal luxury coupe."

Lincoln Mark VIII Road Test