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#146 of 1950 2003 Aviator Launch Delay
Jun 14, 2002 (7:18 pm)
Apparently, the 2003 Aviator was to go into production in July, but production has been delayed to September 22 due to several engineering problems discovered prior to Job 1. Problems with braking system, front suspension "shimmy", and 4.6 V-8 overheating.
If Lincoln has to delay introduction to get things right, then I applaud them. I believe the Aviator could win the TOYA against the other mid-size luxury SUV's with it's most powerful engine in it's class, but it must have a trouble-free launch. The VW Tourage and Porsche Cayenne will raise the bar in this segment and build quality is extremely important in the MBZ, BMW, VW and Porsche Black Forest.
Good luck to the Lincoln engineers who are working hard to deliver a great, new marque in the SUV field.
BTW, when will the 4.6 be available in the Lincon LS (hint, hint)?
Jun 14, 2002 (7:56 pm)
Not sure about the 4.6 for the LS but the 5.0 version pumping out 400 hp is due out in 2004 or so the rumour goes. Naturally aspirated, too.
I agree that Ford is doing the right thing delaying the launch if there are technical problems. But they need to start finding and fixing them before they announce the date. People still associate a production delay or early recall with poor quality (I don't but some do). I call it good quality control and testing.
Jun 17, 2002 (7:25 am)
The latest on the Aviator arrival is Aug. Our first unit has a build date of week 3 of july.
I am very pleased to hear the positive comments on the Aviator....When I drove it I was very much impressed and had the thought that this is going to be a big winner for Lincoln...But I am biased.
If Lincoln gives us a good lease program from the get-go we have a winner.
Jun 17, 2002 (11:04 am)
I agree. The only downside I could see was that although it's one of the best riding truck based SUV's I've driven, you can still feel the truck chassis on rough pavement or terrain. That's a plus for off-roading but let's face it - 98% of these will never see anything but pavement. The Acura and BMW soaked up the bumps a little better (as expected). The extra towing capacity should also help differentiate it. It will probably steal some Explorer Limited or top end Mountaineer sales. I would probably spring for the difference if I were buying one. And folks who want a Navigator but just can't afford it.
It's a baby navigator with all the bells and whistles but it's quicker and more nimble and a lot less $$$.
Jun 25, 2002 (9:01 pm)
is the build start date of july and the dealer arrival of august still the projection?
There seems to be conflicting posts
Also, does anyone think the gps navigation will be available from the beginning of the launch?
any word on the vivid red color?
#151 of 1950 Aviator Sightings
Jun 26, 2002 (10:38 am)
I saw two Aviators driving in the suburban St. Louis area on June 18 on the trip home from work. Appeared to be pilot vehicles from the Hazelwood, Missouri, factory. They looked even better on the road! Does anyone know whether a rear seat DVD entertainment system will be offered. Also, will the stability control system be available with AWD? If so, will it be offered at the initial launch?
Jun 26, 2002 (11:12 am)
Yes, Yes and don't know. Both RES DVD and AdvancedTrac were late availability at the initial announcement. But if the September launch is true, I don't know if they can make it.
Jun 27, 2002 (1:16 pm)
We still have an ETA of job 1 towards the end of July with a dealership ETA of Aug.....I will keep everyone updated about any changes I hear about.
#154 of 1950 thanks for keeping us posted
Jun 27, 2002 (9:45 pm)
Thanks for keeping us posted.
#155 of 1950 Saw and drove new Aviator
Jul 01, 2002 (8:22 am)
My local dealer just got two Aviators. No pricing yet, these are probably for display at an upcoming event here. Drove one the other day. Nice SUV, but is an SUV. Better ride than most, but you can still feel that it is a truck frame. Looks like a baby Navigator. Based on the fact that the dealer has a couple, I would think they are not delayed.