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2001 Lincoln Town Car
2001 Lincoln Town Car
Combined MPG: 18
Trade-in value: $2,900
Verdict: Crush it
The Lincoln Town car is an amazing survivor, but it won't survive its "clunker" designation. These cars get a combined city and highway fuel economy of exactly 18 mpg, exactly what's needed to qualify for a government rebate.

The same goes for its "Panther platform" cousins, the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis: Big, heavy real-wheel-drive sedans with the same sort of body-on-frame structure usually found only on pick-ups and heavy-duty SUVs.

The Town Car is sold almost exclusively to fleet buyers today. For taxi companies, limousine fleets, police departments and others who rely on them, these cars offer a unique combination spaciousness, a smooth ride and a rock-ribbed structure that can stand up to big city potholes.

After years of hard service, many of them end up as "cheap used cars" in the hands of private citizens -- exactly what the government wants to avoid.

So, even if you sell it yourself, a base 2001 Town Car wouldn't net much more than the voucher amount, so it's the ideal candidate for the "cash for clunkers" crusher.

NEXT: 2001 Cadillac Seville SLS

Last updated July 29 2009: 2:26 PM ET
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