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#13210 of 15500 LS-8 Sport Delivered Dec. '99
Mar 14, 2004 (7:48 pm)
Regarding earlier vintage Lincoln LS experience:
We have 47K miles on our LS-8 Sport. We had a problem early on with a loose connector on the PATS that caused the car to not start because it didn't think our key was legitimate.
Other than that, the dealer replaced the rear licence plate trim plate because it wasn't lying completely flat against the trunk. That is the extent of our failures of this Consumer Reporrts "unacceptable reliability" automobile.
The original brakes still look good. Our LS still performs as well (or better) than new and is completely tight with no rattles, squeaks, leaks or other unnatural noises. We get 18-19 MPG in city driving and 23-26 MPG on trips.
If the rumors are true that Lincoln has been "dumbing down" later models and don't offer the rain-sensitive wipers after 2003, We'll just have to trade this one in on a 2003 model when we are ready to replace this one. I won't go without the rain-sensitive wiper feature for our major trip car. I consider it a "must have" after being spoiled by our 2000 LS.
#13211 of 15500 Does Lincoln Mercury,............
Mar 15, 2004 (6:36 am)
offer extended warranties? The 5/50 is good but coverage to 100K would be nice if available at a good price. The V6 for $24,999 is very tempting. A 2 year old V8 might also be a used bargain as long as it wasn't "hotrodded" around. I would like to think that most people who buy these new are past 40 and have calmed down a little!
Mar 15, 2004 (7:08 am)
who get one new (present company excepted) need to have a piece of tissue paper put in front of their noses to determine if they are still breathing.
Your odds of getting an LS that was "abused" by being driven as it was intended by the team that designed and developed it are sadly very, very slim.
Mar 15, 2004 (8:01 am)
I never buy them and don't recomend them but it's the same Ford ESP warranties available on all other Ford products.
Even if the V8 was "hot rodded" that doesn't mean it's a problem. These cars hold up very well.
#13214 of 15500 My "hot rodded" LS
Mar 15, 2004 (10:08 am)
is meticulously maintained to the nth detail. I regularly autocross my LS with the Arizona SCCA in the Solo II program, and I regularly trophy. I even have an extra set of 17-inch rims and have R-compound race tires mounted on them now. I'd place my car up against ANY LS, regardless of model year with more 20K miles (mine has 38K miles) to see which is better maintained and has fewer blemishes. This car is tight and kicks butt.
Mar 15, 2004 (12:12 pm)
"Your odds of getting an LS that was "abused" by being driven as it was intended by the team that designed and developed it are sadly very, very slim. "
My last 2000 LS8 was majorly "hot rodded" (but yet, not ornate or ghetto-fied in appearance) and easily lasted up to 120K when I traded it in for a newer LS. I pity the victim that bought it considering the tremendous abuse the vehicle undertook, and only item that died was the alternator at around 100K. But aside from the engine and wheel modifications and much more soundproofing (I dislike any type of noise), they person would be hard pressed to know it's hot-rodded unless they looked under the hood.
So maybe buying one from some little old lady might quell some concerns.
Mar 15, 2004 (9:09 pm)
I don't abuse my car, but I do drive it the way the engineers intended it to be driven. Other than wearing out tires and break pads quicker, theorhetically there should not be any more mechanical damage than if the car was driven by a little old lady to and from church every Sunday. Thats not saying if I were buying used and had to choose between the two extremes that I wouldn't go with the lesser "abused" model, but if a car(any car) is engineered well, it should be able to take agressive(not abussive) driving. My 01 LS V8 now has 34K on it and while I have no idea how it was driven prior to me buying it at 26K, I do know it has handled the last 8000 miles with no problem. Again, I don't abuse my car but you won't catch my LS puttering along like a Town Car either.
Mar 15, 2004 (9:14 pm)
I'm spoiled by the rain sensing wipers too. I have never had that feature on a car before and never thought much of it, but now I like it. From what I've heard they were discontinued on 04s, but I've seen some pictures of 04s and they have the little black box on the windshield behind the rearview mirror. Maybe Lincoln changed their mind.
Mar 16, 2004 (10:37 am)
I really hope the rain sensing wipers stay. The last Town Car I rented in Florida had them.
Mar 16, 2004 (11:27 am)
I'm pretty sure they're already gone. If you go into Lincoln's web site they do not come up, even as an option. Wipers are :speed sensitive, variable intermittent. Lincoln has apparently chosen to delete them.
I have them in my '03, and I've grown to like them.
As an aside, I read in R&T yesterday that the the BMW 5 series has made rain sensitive wipers standard in the new ones.