I test drove a 2000 Lincoln LS and have the following observations:
Engine was powerful, no . . . very powerful!
Car was almost silent in park, nice and quiet.
However, I didn't like anything much more than that. Still has too
much granddad on the interior. Lots of blind spots, leather was kind
of stiff and uncomfortable.
Suspension seemed questionable.
Battery in trunk was sort of cool.
Overall rating B-
I would much rather drive a Camry or Accord. Ford still has a long way
Any opinions here? I'm not trying to troll. Just a long time Ford
owner who would like to return but I don't feel comfortable with their
products. I've been burned too many times.
I doubt Mr. Noble is an expert in automotive engineering or suspensions.
However, he is welcome to express his opinions.
While I would argue that there are many people who like the LS and he should
respect these people's decisions (after all, some of them I would bet like
the "granddad" part of the car, because they are granddads), he does not
have to be an expert to share his views with us.
Personally, I would not like the LS. I believe that when it came out it got
good reviews in Car and Driver for those types of people who like big
"granddad"-type cars. I am sure that if I did like that sort of car, the LS
(especially with the manual transmission) would be one of the cars I would
look at and consider.
To each his own.
V.B. - I think that's a matter of opinion when comparing midsize
sedans. I don't think RWD vs FWD becomes an issue when referring to
dependability and comfort. But everyone has their own opinion. Aint
Its really not worth arguing over. I had a rack and pinion replacement
AND an air leveling system replaced. $1300+ Do I need to mention water
pump, starter, and an O2 sensor all within the first 50,000 miles?
This will be my last post. Ford has a long way to go.
And I owned a Toyota Cressida once and it was the most over priced
unreliable piece of crap I ever owned. I personally won't buy another
Toyota. I know making a decision based on one bad car is not completely
rational but I personally think Toyotas are dull, over rated, and over
priced, but others can have their own opinion. And as for Lexus - it
like paying double the price to own a modern Rambler. To be fair I have
probably spent a little bit more on repairds to Fords than repairs to
Toyotas, but then I have owned 10 Fords and only 1 Toyota - and the
Toyota is only a few dollars behind the total for all the Fords
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I have had a 2001 LSV8 Premium Package since new, and consider it to be
the best car I've driven, by far! This is not a revamp of your
Grand-dads Continental by any means. Many people don't understand that
this car was designed from the ground up by Ford's PAG to be a strong
domestic response to all the foreign cars that fill the luxo-sports
group, such as the BMW 3 & 5 series, various Lexus, Infiniti, and Acura
models, lower end Jags, etc. As such, I believe that they hit the nail
square on the head! This car can run with the best of them in
acceleration, braking, handling, and, wait for it - reliability! Power
is not an issue - the 3.9 liter engine is in a class of its own for
smooth powerful sophistication. The 5 speed auto is right up there, and
makes most GM slush-boxes seem just that. The suspension is definitely
European in character, and in combination with good rubber (like
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S) can easily leave the Bimmers et al behind on
the twisty bits. The suspension design and application is nothing less
than outstanding for any car in the class, and is better than many in
classes above. The battery in the trunk is not there "to be cool", it's
there to help this rear wheel drive car deliver an almost perfect 50/50
weight distribution. I could go on and on... The seat is firm but
comfortable, as any car that can give you a nosebleed from the cornering
forces it can generate needs to be. I've driven the car through two
tanks full on a straight run and have not been the slightest bit
uncomfortable. I've basically beaten the crap out of the thing since I
picked it up 40K miles ago, and have had no problems whatsoever, other
than rear window controllers replaced under warrantee, with a smile
(known problem 'til mid 2001 production).
Anyways, if you can't tell I don't like this car, suffice to say that it
will be replaced with an '04 this fall. And, no, I don't work for Ford.
Actually used to be a GM kind of guy...
So, Ford's big secret is this - if you want a true Bimmer-beater for
$10K to $15K less, with equal to better reliability (J. D. Powers), a
stealth car that excels in all it does, a luxo-sleeper, just pull into
your local Lincoln dealer. Don't be put off by the fact that the other
customers are old enough to be your parents / grandparents. They're
there for the Town Car. If you're looking for a Camry or Accord
equivalent, you're in the wrong place altogether!
Just my opinion...
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Don Noble wrote:
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