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Lincoln Aviator, SUV
May 09, 2002 (8:08 pm)
PPG press release: 2003 Lincoln Aviator will have "laminated front door windows" which "offer enhanced security from the outside and a quieter ride inside." These "windows take 20 times longer to penetrate than standard tempered windows, and they can attenuate sound by up to 6 decibels". Laminated windows enhance comfort for occupants in a vehicle by improving thermal insulation against winter cold and summer heat, and block much of the harmful ultraviolet rays from being transmitted into the passenger compartment."
May 13, 2002 (2:22 pm)
I was told by Lincoln today there is a 7 week delay on the Aviator. Unknown reasons at this time.
I'll post the reason soon as I know why...
May 13, 2002 (3:25 pm)
Crappy FLM launch quality? Sounds like they are being extra cautious with the Expedition. Maybe they are doing the same with the Aviator.
As a side note I have a 95 Explorer that I actually like, so I am not a Ford basher. But you have to admit that their launch quality has been pretty bad lately.
#127 of 1950 Launch quality?
May 13, 2002 (11:28 pm)
It sounds like someone is taking the Aviator's name just a little too literally!
#128 of 1950 tidester
May 14, 2002 (6:32 am)
Hah. I get it.
I had to think about it for a second though.
May 14, 2002 (2:54 pm)
I agree...the recent Ford launches have been terrible. Not bad products, just bugs that are a PIA...
I think it's a little more than a quality hold, but I'm not concerned yet. Better to be safe than to screw up this major launch for Lincoln.
BTW: Rumor has it the price range will start in the low 40K's and fully loaded in the high 40K's.
May 14, 2002 (3:12 pm)
I can actually sympathize with Ford. I am the engineering manager for a medical device manufacturer. It is always the 1% of the details that you don't think of that come back and bite you in the butt. One vendor screw up can derail the timeline on a whole project. I can also relate to the internal struggles of launch schedule vs. letting the engineers work out the bugs.
I think Ford is a good example of all of the ill will that can be created by getting a product out there too early. I contend that you can test all you want, but until you build the volume of product that is involved in launching a product, there is always a chance that you may have missed something.
I would much rather see Ford delay something to make sure they get it right.
Off my soap box.
Jun 03, 2002 (12:25 pm)
According to Aviator factory employees, JOB 1 is scheduled for July 22. Your should see one at your dealer by early to mid-August. FINALLY!
#132 of 1950 I was in an Aviator this past Saturday......
Jun 04, 2002 (3:25 pm)
I visited the Concours D'Elegance in Greenwich Connecticut this past saturday morning, which is a very high end mostly classic & antique car show. A number of manufacturers apparently think that this is a good crowd to try sell their new products. As a result, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Cadillac, Lincoln, among others all brought their latest & even upcoming products. Lincoln brought the new Navigator, the new show Lincoln Continental (4 door) that has made the auto show rounds, a new Lincoln Mark ? coupe (gorgeous), and an Aviator. Personally, I'm not that enamored by the Aviator since I feel that it's essentially a gussied-up Explorer, with a bigger engine. I did sit in it and was impressed by the interior far more than the exterior. The interior is somewhat similar to the new interior of the Navigator. The dimensions and overall look to the vehicle is too similar to the Explorer/Mountaineer to really come across as a truly different vehicle. One of the PR people there was tying to convince me that the Aviator is unlike the Explorer because it is more closely related to the Mercury Marauder????? I quickly recovered from that experience & went on to examine the the new Navigator, which truly impressed me on the interior, but left me cold on the exterior...........
Jun 07, 2002 (9:45 am)
The Aviator has the same engine as the Mercury Marauder...perhaps this was his connection.