96-98 Lincoln Mark VIII Years

Lincoln Mark VIII

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    PNWLINCOLN Active LVC Member

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    Hey boys and girls been a long time since I have visited here, life and family have taken up a lot of time. But all that being said I have own a couple LS in the past but now Im looking at the Mark VIII and there are a couple here locally anywhere from $1000 - $2500 that need some work and Im curious which one's I should be more serious about, I know throughout the years they have changed but what are your guys thoughts on the 96 or the 98's. Thanks in advance! I also if this has been discussed before could someone point me to the thread!
     
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    I did a lot of reading on the same issue and came up with a late 97 or 98. #1, the late build 97 n 98 had a trans upgrade. #2, no plug wires or distributor, has contemporary CDI spark plug system. I think those are the biggest drive train differences. The rest is looks. My ultimate pick would be a 98 LSC with no sun roof. I'v seen a number of pictures on sun roof cars with trashed interiors because of leaks. New sun roof gaskets are NA. I'm pretty happy with my 97 base.
     
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    PNWLINCOLN Active LVC Member

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    Thanks for the reply, yeah 98 LSC would be the ultimate IMO as well if I have an opportunity to pick up a 97-98 any of them I wont be to picky!
     
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    My wife and I have a toreador red 97 base and its love hate mostly love though lol
     
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    Hello, good luck on your purchase, which ever year you choose. I have 1995 and I love this car! I have owned it for 22 years. There is a place in my hometown called "Lincolnland," they have been my savior for parts. They always tell me about the difficulties owners face acquiring parts for 1997&1998 models. 1993-to-1996 models are very similar, you might want to keep this in mind during your search.
     
  6. NoLimit95

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    There are some 96 parts that are even more rare, such as the VCRM, ECU. Like Tony, I also have a 95. Been driving it since 2010. I'm still on air because right before the Gen 2 Motorcraft front air shocks were obsolete, I bought a pair. Has new air springs on the rear. Jmod has been done. I'm currently at 159K and nothing major so far.
    As for the 97-98, they do have a cleaner looking engine bay since there are no plug wires. Also, the IAC is much much more accessible on a Gen 2, and the TPS. Some say Gen 2 interior is more comfortable than Gen 1 but I don't have any complaints with comfort. I took the black out of my 94 and put it into the 95, but left the graphite dash and console. Good luck on whatever you choose. 20140412_145946.jpg
     
  7. Tony Tusk

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    Hello "Nolimit95," your interior is sick!! Beautiful job with your color choices. Do you have any exterior photo's of your 95 Mark VIII? BTW, I am still riding on air also, I love the ride that the air struts provide. Once drove a 97 with the coil spring conversion, the ride was fine, but I prefer air. Once again, beautiful interior!!
     
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    For real your interior is really nice.
     
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    Thank you both! I do have exterior pics. My son (17) takes them all the time. Some other things I had bought for it before they sold out were headlight housings, side-parking light housings and a new grille. Most of it came from Tasca Parts 20140410_175524.jpg 20140503_181142.jpg 20170905_161659.jpg 20150505_235518.jpg
     
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    Oh wow that is one good looking 1st gen I like the subs in the trunk too
     
  11. Tony Tusk

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    Damn! I am so jealous! You have the Octastar wheels! Totally sick!! Beautiful Mark VIII!! Did you replace the rear window seal? No waffling.
     

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