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Lincoln Mark: The Six Things You Didn't Know

  • In 1984, the Lincoln Mark VII debuted to a fantastic and truly appreciative reception. It was the very first American ever to feature three things that have now become commonplace, if not required installations on all modern cars: durable yet flexible composite plastics in construction, stylish and functional aerodynamic headlights, and the now-ubiquitous anti-lock braking system!

  • In what is an odd bit of cooperation between nations, engine choices on the Lincoln Mark VII were a V8 and an exceedingly rare 2.4-L, straight-6 diesel engine with a turbocharger. Whereas most Lincoln engines were home-grown, this diesel engine was designed and made by German manufacturing giant, BMW. What makes this odd is that the two brands compete against each other in the luxury segment. The engine was eventually dropped after 1985.

  • Just to show that it is in with the times, Lincoln celebrated its 75th Diamond Anniversary with a technically impressive Mark VIII in 1996. This tech wonder featured full leather seats, a voice-activate cellular phone (in 1996!), JBL audio setup, an automatic electrochromatic dimming mirror with built-in compass, and driver-operated traction control.

  • In fact, long before that, the luxury car brand featured an "ahead-of-its-time" system in the 1978 Lincoln Mark V: a miles-to-empty indicator. Replacing the standard "low fuel" warning lamp, this system was an amber LED readout that would display how much more distance the Mark V could cover before hitting totally empty. This was another first in America-an in-dash LED display of a car's mechanical functioning.

  • Everyone who's anyone has heard of the American classic Dallas which followed the ups and downs of a rich American oil magnate and his family. What better car to have driven about by the truly powerful J. R. Ewing-scheming oil baron-than the Lincoln Mark V. Sometimes decked out with bull's horns up front, the 1977 model has become a staple car for the stereotypical rich Southerner in Hollywood.

  • Clearly, Lincoln loves its "Mark" marquee quite a bit. Apart from being the now-standard designation for nearly every generation of Lincoln and its sub-branch Continental, it is the designation-sans numbers-for even Lincoln's try at a pickup truck. The Mark LT was a three-year experiment by Lincoln to see whether it could penetrate the lucrative truck market. It did meet with some success until it was taken over by the EXT from rival, Cadillac.

Lincoln Mark Articles

  • Two Common Gripes with the Lincoln Mark Series 17 January 2013

    The Lincoln Mark series is certainly one of the finest examples of American luxury cars ever conceived. It is a well-earned reputation too. Over the long years that the company has been in operation, its client list is a veritable who's who of American celebrities, politicians, and power brokers. It isn't surprising, then that this is the car one get when one wants to project a "power vibe." Because of this reputation, and the need to protect it consistently, cars of the Lincoln Mark series are highly consistent when it comes to quality and dependability. Still, no brand is entirely perfect, so gathered here are the top two complaints people have had with cars of the Lincoln Mark Series.

    Poor visibility with rearview mirrors

    A commonly reported problem that is specific to the 1998 release of the Lincoln Mark VII is that the rearview mirror had a disturbing tendency to begin to vibrate at high speeds. As one increased their speed even more, the vibrations would become intolerable and completely be useless in viewing anything under the vehicle. While it might only seem like a minor inconvenience, this is actually very dangerous-potentially leading to very nasty crashes.

    While this problem is something of a rarity, the causes are many. Some have pointed to the tires as being at fault. In some cases, replacement of these tires has led to permanent alleviation of the vibrations. More seriously are the cases that tie the problem to the engine itself. The best way around this is to take the vehicle to the dealer or a registered mechanic to better narrow down the responsible component, and have it replaced straight away.

    Failure to start up with the ignition system

    An even rarer problem than the first mentioned, but again manifesting in the 1998 Lincoln Mark VII. People reported that the vehicle intermittently stalls out and dies without any warning at low speed. At its worst, this problem can cause a serious loss of control over the vehicle. Most cases peg this to the engine specific to the Mark VII, and so the only real solution is to return to the dealer for a full engine overhaul or possible replacement.

    Note that these problems are not manifested generally among Mark-series Lincolns.