Dear Car Talk:
I read your column every Saturday in the newspaper. Today you responded to a letter with the answer for “Romanticizing cars of decades past”, which prompted this question.
I plan to replace my 2006 Impala which I bought new. It now has 148,000 miles.
My body shop tells me most six cylinders are good for about 200,000 miles and recommends getting rid it by 185,000.
My late husband’s 1988 Lincoln Town Car was a great highway car. I kept it for 27 years until it was getting too expensive to maintain. In 2015 I donated it to charity. I also had 2 others previously, and they were super road cars, too.
My question is that I would like that same ride experience of the old Lincoln Town Cars, but my mechanic is trying to steer me away from Lincoln and recommends a Japanese car. He thinks they are built better.
I have been drooling over the new Continental, but he thinks it is a bad choice.
I also have to make the decision to lease or buy. When I went to see the Lincoln salesman, he said nobody buys luxury vehicles - they lease them.
Between Lincoln and Lexus what would be the points I should consider when making my decision?