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#15469 of 15504 Re: Time for 'tuneup' and the 'other' site [heydudes]
Aug 19, 2011 (7:25 pm)
George, the other site is alive and well; though not as active as in the good 'ole days.
I had all that work done before my daughter inherited my 2000 V6. It now has over 175K miles and is running strong. I have to replace the compressor as she didn't run it and the seal dried out and leaked out all the R-134a. We actually have 3 LSes. My wife and I each have a 2006 and, like I said, my daughter has my old 2000. The '06s are everything the LS should be. They are excellent handlers (like you didn't already know....) and the V8 is something to be experienced! It is so much quicker than the V6 and doesn't run out of steam as soon. We just took a trip to Oregon and the computer says I averaged 22.1mpg over the ~2800 miles. Not bad for a V8 with the trunk loaded and my driving style. Weird, but nothing else floats my boat for a replacement. My LS has ~80K miles and my wife's about 56K. At this rate we'll be driving the LSes for quite some time!
#15470 of 15504 '00 LS V6 finally gone after 12 years!
Oct 31, 2011 (11:57 am)
Our silver friend in the garage is gone after all these years. Both mom and her '00 LS getting up their in years. Car was was starting to show signs of potentially costly wear in suspension and other areas. An early build '00 which she bought new in fall of '99. She has now traded it in. She misses it as it ended up being perfect for her in her old age. She loved the power auto seat retract feature and how easily she could get into and out of it and be comfortable in it. Had less than 90,000 miles. [She traded down to a '12 Hyundai Elantra because it was the only car in her size and price range that had 4 things she demanded: a wide-enough space in the direct center at the bottom of the steering wheel to allow her to drive with her best hand, a driver-door armrest that was up high enough, a shifter/armrest that allowed her to shift without hitting her bad elbow, and a trunk opening that allowed her to put things into her prefered boxes without hitting her head. Took me 2 months and a dozen car makes to find a car that met her specs and another month to find the right color/option combo. We never knew all these things were so perfect with the LS until she started test driving other cars and they all fail one or more parts of her test!]
Oct 31, 2011 (3:59 pm)
from you again. I see you changed your handle. Last I heard you were going through a divorce & I think you quit posting not long after.
This board is deader than Elvis -- 60 posts all year so far. A fair number of the old timers chime in from time to time though.
#15472 of 15504 Re: Good to Hear. . . [cdnpinhead]
Oct 31, 2011 (5:21 pm)
Oldtimer? It's only been 12 years Steve...........
#15473 of 15504 Re: Good to Hear. . . [cdnpinhead]
Nov 01, 2011 (5:32 am)
I traded my own '00 LS V8 in way back around 2003 or so but helped mom maintain hers. Then watched Ford and Lincoln commit suicide for rest of decade. Once Lincoln didn't replace the LS with an updated model, I lost all interest in what became little more than glorified Fords. Conventional wisdom says Lincoln has until about 2015 to seriously turn things around or suffer Mercury's fate (esp. since Lincoln only in North America). Can't expect much of a lively board when the product under discussion ceased being new about 5 or 6 years ago. By 2015 will anyone but old timers remember the LS? Still see a ton on the road but they are starting to decline. Was kind of cool parking next to a beautiful British racing green Jaguar S-type this past weekend. Brought back memories of how Ford used to own Jag and how the S-type and LS were siblings. Now all gone!
#15474 of 15504 Help - Heater problem
Nov 14, 2011 (6:41 am)
Hi - does anyone know why my heater would be doing this.....When I start my car in the morning to warm up it doens't blow hot air anymore! It has gotten worse over the past few months. Before at least it would blow semi warm air, and when I started to drive it would get hot. Now it blows cool air, then when I start driving it barely blows warm air. I drive to work. Then I go to lunch and it will blow much warmer air. I think I may have an air pocket somewhere? Is there a way check this without having to bring to a mechanic??
#15475 of 15504 Re: Help - Heater problem [jen0]
Nov 24, 2011 (10:23 am)
Yes! My 2000 (10/99 vintage) V8 did this back in Sept after 135K miles. It was the auxiliary/after-run coolant pump. Pump was $203, anti-freeze $14, and $65 to replace. Works fine now.
#15476 of 15504 Just acquired.....
Dec 23, 2011 (10:11 am)
I drove Lincolns from 1992 through 2006, one after the other, always leased them. Had a Continental, Town Cars, Aviators and Navigators. Although I tested the LS, and was very impressed with its performance, I never bought one because I need space for passengers, and the back seat is very tight for knee room. Also, styling was sort of bland IMO. Nonetheless, I gave it props for being the best "driver" Ford made.
So, I have a friend who wanted one, and found an 01 at the Auction where I buy cars often in nice shape, 80,000 miles. Interior was like new, everything seemed to work. Once again, I am love with the way they drive and handle. The V-8 is very smooth and fairly quick, but the steering, weight distribution, ability to drift, and high speed dynamics are amazing, even after 12 years of service. I continue to be amazed at the car.
I owned an 02 Thunderbird for a couple of years, and it was similar, the engine was identical, and it was pretty awesome in handling as well, but the LS, as everyone knows, was the purebred, and the Thunderbird was an adaptation, and lost some of the driving dynamics in the re-design. I will however mention how solid it was at 130mph.
It is so sad that Ford/Lincoln didn't continue along the path the LS began, and convert the Lincoln brand to performance and world-class driver's cars. They would not be where they are today, they would be creaming Cadillac, and competitive with BMW right now. The division would probably be carrying Ford, and I would still be driving Lincolns. I lament the loss of Jaguar as well. I know it never made money, but it was just on the verge after years of capital being poured into it to make it reliable and world class - now it's there, and Ford reaps nothing from their efforts and expense. But, I guess to save Ford, Mulally had to do what he had to. Although I recall, he got nothing for it really.
So, Kudos to the LS still - a magnificent car, overengineered for the price point at which it would sell, under designed aesthetically, which hurt sales, and representing the high-water mark of Lincoln/Ford in world class automotive competence. Long live the "remaining" LSes.
#15477 of 15504 A Year or So Later, . . .
Dec 24, 2012 (5:11 pm)
it's time to resurrect this thread, or try to.
I just (finally) put my LS up on Craigslist, after having spent the afternoon taking some pictures to include in the ad. Should be interesting. I've heard all sorts of horror stories related to the flakes who respond, but OTOH lots of cars get sold this way.
It's been a few months short of 13 years since I ordered my LS -- I wanted one with a manual transmission and only the audio upgrade. I used it as a daily driver until 2008, and not much since; it's accumulated 128K miles.
Dec 25, 2012 (5:53 am)
I live mostly in AZ, and see one or more LS's almost daily. If I were a decade or so younger, I'd be very tempted to acquire one, install twin Turbo 3.5 and a twin clutch 6 speed.
Does anyone want to join me in this fantasy?