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2002 Lincoln Blackwood - Base
Pros: THE OVERALL FAVORITE FEATURE IS THE AC/HEATED SEATS.
Cons: THE SOUND SYSTEM
Advice: GOOD LUCK ON FINDING ONE WITHOUT AND ELECTRICAL PROBLEMSGREAT SMOOTH RIDE ,I JUST WISH THE GAS MILEAGE WAS BETTER. THE APPEARANCE JUST TURNS HEADS ALL OVER TOWN.
2003 Lincoln Town Car - Cartier (300A)
Pros: Eight way adjustable seats, both driver and passenger.
Cons: No daylight running lights.
Advice: Buy a Towncar now!The more I drive my Lincoln Cartier Towncar the more I enjoy it. I just about have all the amenities a person could desire. The smooth ride and lack of extraneous noise, along with a excellent 6 CD, tape, stereo sound system, makes travel something to look forward too. The centralized steering wheel controls are not only convenient, but also a safety factor. The fact Lincoln met government safety requirements and has radar/ultra-sound protection when backing the vehicle, gives one that extra feeling of confidence. Both my wife and I love the multiple seat setting ability, the push button trunk lid, extra valet key and plush seating space. Our Lincoln seems built solid, looks gorgeous and shouts 'quality'.
2003 Lincoln LS - V8 Premium Sport (222A)
Pros: The power from the V8 engine
Cons: I liked every thing on the car
Advice: Buy a New 2003 they have 3/36 oil changes and fluid replacementThis is one of the best lincolns I have ever owned, I've owned a 93 Mark 8 and a 98 Mark 8 and Lincoln has learned from those vehicles. They truly have put together an automobile that can compete with the Japanese and European sedans.
2003 Lincoln Aviator - Premium (110A) 4x2
Pros: The appearance of the vehicle and comfort of the ride.
Cons: gas milage
Advice: Go for it!Finally, a mid-size SUV that truly represents the Lincoln name! The Aviator rides like a dream. It's smooth and has power! The interior is gorgeous! Leather combined with the walnut and satin nickel bring back elegance and style to the SUV. There is nothing I would change about the look (outside & inside) or the ride of this vehicle!!
2002 Lincoln LS - V8 Auto Sport (220A)
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.
2003 Lincoln Aviator - Luxury (300A) AWD
Pros: Smooth transmission and acceleration
Cons: whining rear end
Advice: Ask why does the rear end make a whining/droning soundI own 2 Lincoln Aviators. One is smooth and quiet, the other has a whining/droning sound coming from the rear end. My brother also has the same problem. Ford/Lincoln/Mercury kept my car for ten days and told me they have no fix for this problem.
2003 Lincoln LS - V8 Sport (220A)
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.