Are air ride suspensions reliable? Or a deal breaker?

10-23-2014, 11:16 PM
I'm in the market for a new car, and am looking at either a crown vic, grand marquis, or town car. I had a Deville, but after paying every 6 months for repair after repair I sold it and am looking for something just as spacious, but without breaking all the time. I've seen a lot of Panthers I like, but a few have had air ride suspension, which scares the life out of me. I did some research, and I saw most people replace theirs with regular suspension because of it breaking. As of now if I see a car with an air ride I immediately cross it off, because the reason I went away from a caddy was to avoid luxury style stuff that breaks all the time and costs me and arm and a leg to fix. However, I did really like the ride of the town car I drove that had it. So my question is, are air ride suspensions that prone to breaking? Or am I just over cautious because of my crappy northstar engine? Also off topic is there anything else I need to know or look for when searching for a panther? Is there a year to avoid, or any specific thing I need to look for? I'm a complete idiot when it comes to cars, so assume I know nothing about anything automotive haha. I also posted this in the grand marquis section, but I figured here it would get more views.

11-10-2014, 11:26 PM
I had a '93 Crown Vic with air suspension, it worked just fine - scared me the first couple times I was pumping gas, but did keep the rear end height consistent no matter what was in the trunk. I can't speak for the current models, but I never had one issue with that system (or the vehicle) from 99 to 00 when I got Tboned and it was totalled.

Good purchase any way you look at it.

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