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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.
2003 Lincoln Navigator - Ultimate (220B) 4x4
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.
2003 Lincoln Aviator - Premium (210A) AWD
Pros: I have covered it.
Cons: A little high in price.
Advice: For those into roomy luxury SUV's, it puts the competition to shame! I highly recommend it!I have to admit. It is a little too high-priced. It is even for a luxury SUV. However, it rides smooth. It has plenty of power. It has enough cargo and seating room. It has a lot of standard and optional features. It has great traction. It puts other luxury SUV's in its class to shame! It includes the Acura MDX. Its 5-speed AOD with lockout is a plus. It is great overall for a luxury SUV. I highly recommend it!
2003 Lincoln Navigator - Ultimate (220B) 4x4
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.
2002 Lincoln LS - V8 Auto Premium (210A)
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.
2003 Lincoln LS - V6 Premium (120A)
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.