Went by the auction shop the other day, they had a Lincoln LS. Color
was a pastel green... looked bad, but i thought i'd check it out anyway...
Always really liked the looks of these cars and thought i might want to
how the hell does one work on the engine? theres nothing but plastic
under this hood?!?!?@
Inside, they appear to be built somewhat better than a focus... but
still pretty cheap, the seats were fair, the console, dash and door
panels all felt pretty cheap....
i own a 2004 GMC pickup, 99 crown vic, wife has a 99 honda civic, and i
have an 05 F150 for work, none of these seem cheap in assembly when
compared to this Lincoln LS. Seemed like just a lot of sloppy
manufacturing in this vehicle.
I still like the looks of them, and I may not be giving the LS a fair
shake... after all it is an auction car. It has 93,000KMS on it... (55k
mi?) Few things about it that just shows that the previous owner maybe
didn't take care of it... like many many scratches below the fuel fill
spout... i still to this day can not figure out how people get so many
scratches there?!?! NONE of my vehicles have more than 1 scratch there
(not even the work truck and i maybe don't take the care in that i do
with the other vehicles).
Unfortunately I cannot afford to buy new vehicles, but looking for a
used one is very difficult, as people don't seem to take as good of care
as I would for them.
Many years ago.... one of my customers sold a clapped out old F350 dually
deck truck to another of my customers... Both of these are grown, adult
men... The purchaser didn't bother asking me what I thought of the truck....
And then the whimpering started.... with me, inexplicably, trapped in the
The seller explained it in a way I never could.... "If it was any forking
good, do you think I'd be selling it?".
In a similar vein... I love brocolli (in spite of its side effects)... many
don't. A fact hardly worth boring readers with.
You want cheap? Look inside a Volkswagen.... Gaudy and pretensious - the
Hummer fills the bill.
As for buying new.... the first years depreciation is enough to curl your
toes (my first brand new, never before previously owned car as $9000... last
year I purchased a two year old Mustang convertible for my loving bride....
nearly $20G... OUCH!!).
Now... call me old fahioned...You folks can help this jaded old fool out.
Nearly every forum I visit on the web has posts that include "my wife has
a..." or my wife owns a....". Not really car related but are these people
actually married or are they just associated until something different comes
My wife and I own many things.... those things that she uses most get
"called" "her things". Those that I use most are considered "mine"... still
with no clear boundaries regarding "ownership". Let's face it.... while our
pooled earnings purchased my tablesaw.... and her sewing machine.... the end
user is going to be declared the "owner".
But this overwhelming need to declare " I have a.." and "my wife has a..."
makes me feel like marriage is viewed as an arrangement rather than a
commitment. But I guess nearly 35 years will do that to you....
Sorry for the digreesion... but I have stuff to do around the house that I
am trying to avoid....
The LS was a great car, one of the best Lincolns ever built. I owned four
of them. The last year they were available I bought one just to keep at my
home in Key West. I intend to keep until it dies or till I die even
thought I generally buy a new vehicle every two years
If it were me I would look around for other used LS, if the LS is the car
you want. There are plenty of them around with low mileage; I just saw a
2003 at a dealership, with only 23K, that looked like new.
a number of my friends have had LS's and they all liked
them......personally, I think FoMoCo pulled the plug on them too soon
(they're probably making twice as much on all the
Mazda/Fusion/Zephyr/MKZs they're selling). main conplaint about the LS
was it's just a tad too small inside......I understand we'll finally
have a Lincoln version of the Five-Hundred/Taurus: that should be nice.
As with all recent cars as used cars: 100,000 miles is the magic number
for a lot of maintenance.
This seems to be a trend in the industry. My SO's RAV4 has most things
ini the engine compartment under plastic covers. They aren't that hard
to remove. What do you think you are going to have to work on? I owned
a 2004 Thunderbird (same engine as the V8 LS), and never had the need
to remove a cover.
Apparently you haven't riden in a Lexus ES350.
Back in 2000 when the LS was a new vehicle, my Mother was interested
in one. We test drove one and I really liked it - BUT - my Mother
thought it was too small. She bought a Grand Marquis instead. That was
the only LS I actually drove, but I thought it was a fine vehicle. The
2004 Thunderbird I owned shared many items with the LS (suspension,
drive train, instrument panel layout) and it was built in the same
plant as the LS. I never felt it was cheaply constructed.
In August of 1999 I was looking to replace my Lexus LS, it was a 1997 and my
fourth Lexus V8. The Lexus dealer wanted a small fortune to put me in a
1999, the 2000 was not yet avaialble. He was charging me over MSRP and
giving less than wholesale for my 97, I said no.
Just down the street was a Ford Lincoln Mercury dealer and a truck was
unloading a car that caught my eye, I so I stopped. It was a 2000 LS V8.
As asked to take it for a ride and they said that one needs to be checked
out but we have another that you can drive.
I loved the car and drove it home for nearly 25K less than the Lexus dealer
wanted from me to drive home the Lexus V8.
The Lincoln LS proved to be such a great reliable car that I bought a three
more a 2002, 2004 and a 2005 as a second car to keep at my home in Key West.
I traded the 2004 LS on a 2006 Lincoln Zephyr and then it on a 2008 MKZ.
Nice cars priced right but not as great a car as the RWD LS.
When I bought the 2000 LS in 1999 I also bough a 1999 Mustang GT, for a just
a few thousand more than I the 25K that I saved by not buying another Lexus.
The FLM dealer treats me so well I have purchased five more Mustangs GT
convertibles from him as well, a 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and I recently
ordered a 2009.
One can buy a lot of fine automobiles today because they are all building
great cars, the only difference I see is style, drive home price and how the
dealership treats its customers. The FLM dealer takes care of me better
than any with whom I have dealt and I give him my repeat business as a
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