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Pros: Easy Drive and COmfort
Cons: Fuel consumption
Advice: Great CarI leased a 2003 Navigator and am trying to decide whether to buy this one out or roll into a new lease. It has 47000 on the clock. Despite reading many reports to the contrary, and being heavily dissuaded to keep the vehicle by the Lincoln service department ( without buying an additional warranty), the vehicle has been nothing short of superb. I am very tempted to buy the lease out. I have had few problems , the cold seat on the drivers side has been a bit hit and miss, but apart from that it has been very very reliable. Did I just get lucky ?
Pros: it is a beautiful car
Cons: window control placement, lack of space around gear shift for personal items
Advice: be careful!Purchased new in 2003. Beautiful car...however...this car has had problems from the start, in the shop at least eight times ... replaced under warranty so far... 3 stereos, 2 rearview mirror motors, 1 automatic seat motor (and the seat will not move again now so will have to be replaced again I am sure)... Whopper: a new alternator within only 20 months of purchase - had to be towed from the side of the road last summer in 100 degree heat! Window washer fluid has always leaked but has never been fixed. Now when anything of an electrical nature happens: i.e. cell rings while charging, auto door lock upon acceleration, air conditioner turns on - the radio makes this popping buzzing noise. Sounds like my volkswagen I drove in college - at ten times the price!! I am afraid that one day soon - it will just stop running all together! Warranty ends soon - we will have to find another car to avoid the continuing money pit.
Pros: The automatic tailgate, The GPS system.
Cons: The running boards, I'm affraid they are going to break from going in and out so much.
Advice: Get the GPS.The suspension is great. Looks great in the front but the rear needs to be updated. Smooth ride...
Cons: Extremely unreliable
Advice: Buy anything else but as Navigator.I purchase my 2003 Navigator new and it has been Extremely unreliable. It has been in the shop at leat 9 times + within the first year for the same repeat problems (windshield leaks, rear view mirror, electrical etc.) The Navigator is a GREAT LOOKING suv But don't be fooled by its looks. Very poorly designed and cheaply made. I have owned many SUV's however the Navigator is the Worst car I have ever owned.
Pros: automatic tailgate and the dual climate control
Cons: The sound system is of poor quality.
Advice: If you like luxury and a really smooth ride then the Navigator is for you.The clock display is poorly displayed. Driver seat controls are difficult to access.
Pros: I love the idea of a middle counsel that act as if you have a stick shift.
Cons: Poor interior lighting and gas consumption
Advice: The Lincoln Nav is a smooth looking vehicle, but be aware that your gas bill will increase drematically.The only bad part about the 2003 Lincoln Navigator is that it needs more horespower (350hp would be great), add ash trays for passengers, provide a better quality audio system, and definitly add more interior lighting overall. The front passeger side needs a little more room, Moon roof needs to have a rain catch in case you leave it open in a tilted position.
Pros: Gimmicky, cheap components
Cons: Cheap components, poor craftsmanship
Advice: Compare carefully to other luxury SUVsThe ride and overall handling is comparable to other popular SUVs including the Ford Expedition and Chevy Blazer. The materials and craftsmanship are second rate. The sound system used is the same one used in Fords low-end vehicles. The 6 CD 85 watt AM/FM receiver is mass produced by Visteon for Ford and is insufficient for providing quality sound in a vehicle this size. The 9 speakers are mass produced for Ford by a company in Brazil, and the sound quality is on par with low-end vehicles such as the Ford Escort. Most of the other components in this vehicle are the same components found in lower end Ford vehicles. Lincoln engineers must have assumed people purchasing luxury SUV are more concerned with outward appearances than quality components. Overall Review: The Navigator is the Ford Expedition done right, but discerning buyers will quickly recognize the poor craftsmanship and low quality components. The Navigator compares well to other popular SUVs including the Chevy Blazer, GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition in handling, however, the vehicle is significantly more expensive for what amounts to a few style changes. This vehicle should not be considered a luxury SUV because the components used to manufacture the vehicle are substandard and the quality of worksmanship is poor.