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Pros: The V8 performance & styling
Cons: high octane gas required
Advice: lease one for three years then turn it back after the leaseWhen I purchased my LS I had been working at a Lincoln dealer at the time as a sales manager. Never thought I would buy a ford product but did, only because of the great lease program at the time, as far as styling and performance the LS is great, but as far as durability it is terrible, I was the used car manager and saw two year old LS and was not impressed at all, and even the ones that came in for service, a mechanic asked me why did you buy one, last time I buy a ford product.
Pros: Great handling, fun to drive, V8 power, value
Cons: Some interior detail: too much metallic finish, dash vinyl not high quality
Advice: Don't shy away from this car because its American. There are lots of rebates and discounts.Exterior styling is elegant, clean & well proportioned. Doors close solidly. Aluminum hood has a light feel opening. Interior is in good taste & well organized. Leather front seats are thick & supportive. Front seat controls allow plenty of adjustment. Steering wheel & foot pedals are power adjustable. Rear seats are raised, to help seating position. Dash is very well laid out & logical, better than BMW. Controls are easily accessible. There are many standard goodies. Interior storage is good: deep arm rest storage with coin holders, glove box , dash utility tray, door map pockets, pockets behind front seats. Radio has great sound, 6 speakers & in-dash CD. All controls are lit at night. The Lincoln LS drives great. The ride is smooth and comfortable and the interior noise level is well muted. The handling is wonderful and precise. My car came with 17-inch 235/50 VR Michelins. With both engines the acceleration is brisk, but of course the V8 has more pick up at all speeds. Making quick lane changes and sharp turns feels secure (the car has traction control). Driving on rough roads is controlled well, in that the vibrations are minimal and the noise is muffled. The turning radius is excellent. Braking is controlled electronically so that even if you slam on the brakes the progression is smooth. I haven’t measured the acceleration to five decimal places, but the LS’s acceleration is similar to that of BMW 540 or Infiniti G35, more than good enough for the drive to work. Haven’t tried to test the top speed, but I’ll leave such useless tests to car magazines. Areas of improvement: The vinyl covering the dash, door panels and center arm rest is of low quality. In this class these should be covered in leather. The trunk door hinges are the gooseneck luggage crushers. Lined trunk is good size, but maybe a bit shallow. The interior has too much metallic finish - that may be the latest rage, but it is dull and gets old fast (available real wood trim helps dress up interior). Needs more leg room for rear seats. Front seat head rests should be smaller (they are huge). The seat sitting surfaces can be softer, especially the rear seats. Ford should spend some money in advertising. The LS doesn’t get enough recognition & advertising. Overall package is very competitive & ride, power, & handling come very close to BMW 540. Beyond the handling characteristics, this is a better car than the BMW. If it weren’t for the depreciation, this car would be a bargain, given its qualities & features. Battery in the trunk has several benefits. I don’t yet know about its long term reliability, but based on all the information available on the Internet, I can conclude that reliability is no worse than European cars, better than GM cars, & maintenance costs will be less than the others. This car comes with 4 years of roadside assistance & 3 years of free routine maintenance.
Pros: The styling and drivabiltiy
Cons: Handling in the snow.
Advice: Drive on the interstate to see full potential of the car.I have just bought a 2002 LS and I am very impressed with the overall car. The styling is what sold me until I got inside. The interior is great it feels like a race car. All the instruments are in a good place and everthing is in good position to control. My favorite is driving on the highway. Did I say it feels like a race car, the car handles great at higher speeds. In town driving is a breeze. The car has great capabilities under 50 m.p.h. I will own many of these before it is all said and done.
Pros: 6 change in dash cd player.
Cons: Overall quality of vehicle.
Advice: Inquire about these issues. I have spoken to other LS owners and have found they are not unique to me.I am now on my second LS. This is not by choice, but due to the fact that the dealer was forced - by my attorney - to replace the first LS. The first car had problems that included, wiper arms falling off, door panels that did not fit and eventually pulled away from the door, window regulators that utilize a nylon strap which tends to snap, cuasing the window tro fall into the door, the hood was not able to be properly latched and would open while driving, a cpomplete replacement of the automatic trans and a bad tie-rod. this was all within 4 months of purchasing the vehicle. The second - the replacement- Ls has gone through 5 window regulators and 2 steering columns.
Pros: Engine and handling
Cons: Small trunk and a few minor paint defects (fixed under warranty)
Advice: Carefully inspect the vehicle prior to deliveryThe car rides and handles very well. I like the 'cockpit feel' that it provides. High RPM performance is very impressive (e.g., passing on the freeway), but low-end performance (e.g., stop-and-go driving) is just average. Still, it is a lot of fun to drive. My car is the LSE which has very little exterior chrome, enhanced ground effects, larger wheels and stiffer suspension. It does handle better than the standard LS with only a very minor difference in ride quality.
Pros: Road handling
Cons: Sub-par fit and finish
Advice: Listen for whines and insist on repairs. That isn't the 'way they're supposed to sound.'This is our 2nd LS. The first was good, but had the problems of a 1st model year. This one has a better finish. Xlnt ride and power. Good value for money. Lighter paint colors are better. The black exterior paint is very poor. Transmission is a bit hesitant when shifting. And both cars had some degree of rear-end whine (though the new one got a Ford recommended rear-end replacement at 5K miles and now has very little whine). Very quiet and smooth ride with good stability on all sorts of roads. Test drive a few and you will notice that some have more wind noise than others. The exterior fit is not always tight. Interior plastic parts and trim should be upgraded by Lincoln.
Pros: convenience of steering wheel radio controls
Cons: Needs more console/cup holder space
Advice: Be prepared to buy a good set of winter tires!Liked it the moment I got in! Loved it the moment I drove it off the lot! The only thing that could make this car better would be convertible top!!!