Even before Volkswagen’s 2015 emissions scandal quashed America’s taste for diesel-powered engines in passenger cars, automakers had a hard time selling them stateside. Small diesel engines might be super popular in Europe, but Americans are wary of them, especially after a run of woefully lackluster cars in the 1970s and ’80s amidst the oil crisis. One of the short-lived offenders was the Lincoln Continental Mark VII, which for the brief spell of 1984–85 offered a BMW-sourced 2.4-liter turbodiesel straight-six. People did not like it.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/01/03/lincoln-continental-mark-vii-bmw-turbodiesel