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#75 of 103 New Member Profile
Jan 01, 2004 (11:22 am)
My name is Russ Engs and I just recently discovered the Edmunds Town Hall. I own a black 2001 LS V6 Sport with manual trans that I bought in 2002 from a small dealership in Caledonia, Ontario. The car had been driven for a year by a Ford executive and was essentially showroom new (eg. back seats and trunk never used and not a scratch on it). The car came with advance trac, upgraded Alpine stereo, and 17" Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires. I recently installed Silverstar headlights and 60W foglights and purchased a set of Goodyear Ultragrip Ice tires on 16" American Racing (Touring) alloy rims for winter driving (usually we get lots of snow here in Ontario).
I was not really in the market for a new car and test drove this car just to see what it was like. I was so impressed with this LS that I made an offer on it when I got back from the test drive and then had to go home and break the news to my wife that I'd bought another car (to add to the 4 cars, 1 motorcycle, and 1 boat that we already own!). Once she saw and drove the Lincoln, however, she agreed with my decision and now loves it too. The car handles like a dream and, although a little short on brute power, is still a lot of fun to drive. We plan to make some exhaust and intake modifications to increase the car's power and then hope to keep it for a long time. So far, except for one rear window regulator, the car has been 100% reliable and the only money spent on it has been for oil changes and wiper blades (touch wood).
I live in the city of Cambrdge, Ontario (about 50 miles west of Toronto). I am 51 years old and I work as the senior physics teacher at a local high school where I also run the school jazz band. I have many interests that include motorcycling, offshore power boating, music, photography, investing, weight lifting and physical fitness, travelling, automotive mechanics, high performance and collector cars, and for a while I operated an automotive specialty repair shop and dabbled in other entrepreneurial activities.
Cars have been a lifelong passion of mine and over the years I have owned many. Some of my high performance and sporty cars that I remember fondly include the following:
1965 Corvair Corsa 140
1973 Firebird Esprit 350
1973 Firebird Formula 455
1973 Trans Am SD-455 (black)
1973 Trans Am SD-455 (white) - still own
1974 Trans Am SD-455 (red)
1975 Bricklin SV-1
1977 Corvette L82
1979 Mazda RX-7
1980 Porsche 928
1982 Porsche 928S
1983 Mercedes SL convertible
1984 BMW 533i 5 sp manual - still own
1984 Pontiac 6000 STE
1994 BMW 740i - still own
2001 Lincoln LS V6 Sport - still own
Out of all the above cars, the Lincoln LS has to rank as one of my favorites. My wife and I fight over who is going to drive it and after mastering its manual trans, my eldest daughter now wants her first car to have a stick. I just wish that Ford had not decided to drop the manual transmission as an option. I would love to have owned a manual LS V8 or supercharged/turbocharged high performance V6! Oh well, perhaps at some point in the future they will reconsider.
I am glad I discovered this web site and look forward to communicating with all of you in the forum.
#77 of 103 Gotta Love. . .
Apr 07, 2004 (5:58 pm)
the furious activity in this and other boards relating to the LS.
A real enthusiast's vehicle, eh what?
I arrived here via a link in a much older post, and found the thread interesting.
"Back in the day," the LS enthusiasts were willing to share lots of information. Either there are fewer of them/us now, or there is less information.
#78 of 103 New Member Profile
Sep 28, 2004 (1:30 pm)
Hi, My name is Mike. I just bought a used 2002 Linc LS V6. I don't have much experience for this luxery sport seden. I choosed it because its safety.
Oct 05, 2004 (9:47 am)
Congratulations on your purchase. You got a real bargain there - a highly engineered car, for a great price.
#80 of 103 LS Manual Transmission
Nov 21, 2004 (7:54 pm)
I'm the original owner of a 2000 LS early production model with a 5-speed. I have about 58,000 miles on it. It has a bad bearing in the transmission that cannot be repaired by the dealer. A replacement will be $2,000 plus. The dealer and Lincoln refuse any warranty coverage citing the mileage. This is an obvious manufacturing defect in my mind as a typical manual transmission should last the life of the car if it is not abused and is properly maintained.
The car still has the original clutch and the factory back brakes, so it has not been abused. The gears and synchronizers are fine. Only a bearing is shot.
Has anyone heard about problems with these units?
I think 4 of my last 5 cars and trucks have been from Ford. That said, I'll never buy another Ford / Lincoln or other Ford product as this kind of failure is inexcusable and Lincoln's attitude to me has been to "drop dead". I plan to buy two new cars and a new pickup in the next six months. I think I'll go Japanese (Lexus and Toyota Tundra) for the first time in my life.
John in NC
#81 of 103 Re: LS Manual Transmission [jlesnik]
Nov 22, 2004 (5:15 am)
I have almost 75K miles on my '00 with a manual and (knocks on wood) no problems so far. Also have the original clutch, w/ 4.5 years of Phoenix rush-hour commuting.
This is supposed to be the same transmission (Getrag) used in the BMW, but one never knows. Since only a few hundred were ever sold, it'll take forever to figure out if this is a prevalent issue. Except for one, every vehicle I've owned has been a manual, and the only transmission issue I had was with one of my Miatas, later traced to (wait for it) a Ford-induced defect.
Just to add to the misery, when you do get the transmission fixed, you can be secure in the knowledge that the mechanic doing it has never done it before and will probably never do it again.
You might want to post your message in the regular "Lincoln LS" board and the "Lincoln LS, Problems & Solutions" board as well. This one gets a fraction of the traffic those do, and of course none of them gets anything like they used to.
I've owned a number of Asian vehicles in the past, and will most likely go back when the LS is used up. I think you'll be pleased if you do. Anyway, good luck, and keep us posted.
Nov 22, 2004 (7:45 am)
Isn't the transmission part of the "powertrain" and therefor covered by the 10yr/100000 mile part of the warrenty?
Nov 23, 2004 (5:11 pm)
Which 10 yr - 100,000 powertrain warranty would that be?