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Lincoln Aviator, SUV
#1614 of 1950 Re: mongo1, what rear axle problems?SIDEBAR [jacqueusi]
Dec 16, 2004 (5:30 am)
Jacqueusi, another issue that comes to mind regarding the 2003 models and the rear axle problem is that unless your are buying a CERTIFIED used car from a Lincoln dealer, I would STRONGLY suggest running a CARFAX on any Aviator of that vintage. Since my old business partner is a car dealer, I originally sought out a used 2003 model. Upon investigation of several vehicles in the auctions and on the 'net, I discovered, through CARFAX, that many of these vehicles were LEMON LAW returns. Several due to the rear axle problem. Caveat emptor. Good Luck.
#1615 of 1950 Re: mongo1, what rear axle problems?SIDEBAR [mongo1]
Dec 16, 2004 (8:15 am)
Thanks again mongo1. The axle whine I was referring to was in relation to research I had done in this thread among others. Just making sure you had not surfaced something that was not discussed before. To the best of my knowledge, I had assumed the axle problem was the whining noise that occurred with the 3.71 gearing. Also, my Crownline is 21 feet, correct! It was posted more as an FYI than a question as I currently tow it with a 1997 Ford Ranger 4X2 (4.0 liter, 3.55, LSD) with no issues besides braking!!!
I run CARFAX on every vehicle I plan on purchasing. Especially with the Aviators I'm concerned about the car being a returned Lemon. Thank you for the reminder though.
It's interesting to know you know of someone in the car business. One of my avenues was to buy one at auction. Wish me luck on my purchase! Hopefully this weekend.
#1616 of 1950 Re: mongo1, what rear axle problems?SIDEBAR [jacqueusi]
Dec 16, 2004 (8:53 am)
Jacqueusi, You are most certainly welcome. Sounds to me like you have the situation well in hand and are doing all the right things to insure a good buying experience. Best of luck in your purchase. A "new" Aviator will make a VERY nice Christmas present for someone! Enjoy!
#1617 of 1950 Re: mongo1, what rear axle problems?SIDEBAR [mongo1]
Dec 16, 2004 (9:18 am)
No I just have to find a bow big enough to put on top of the SUV!
Happy holidays everyone!
Dec 19, 2004 (7:52 am)
My rear axle whine was with the 3.55 gears. I now have 20K miles and it has reoccurred but at a much lower volume which I can easily live with if it doesn't get worse. Wife couldn't even hear it.
Dec 19, 2004 (8:55 am)
I, too had the rear axle whine on my 2003 RWD. I had the differential replaced last July at 7600 miles, and the noise was completly eliminated. As these vehicles have 50k mile warrantees, you should take yours back to the dealer to have the new V-670-H differential assembly put in at no charge to you.
#1620 of 1950 Re: Not the same experience . . . [lolaj42]
Jan 22, 2005 (8:58 pm)
I am in the market for a midsized SUV and after driving a Toyota Sequoia, a GMC Denali and a Lincoln Navigator, I drove an Aviator and absolutely fell in love. I have been reading the Forums and am beginning to wonder if this will be a wise purchase after all. So many maintenance/repair items seem to repeat themselves. Anyone have any experience with the 2005 models? Thanks for any help.
#1621 of 1950 Re: Not the same experience . . . [o2brnot2b]
Jan 23, 2005 (10:41 am)
I bought my Aviator in July. I have over 10K on it and I still love it. I am taking it in for the tranny fluid upgrade tomorrow. I do experience the steering shudder, on occasion; I will mention the SB that was mentioned on a previous post and I think my dealer will take care of me on that. Other than that it has been problem free.
If you want an explorer sized vehicle but with power and luxury I don't think you can do much better for the price.
#1622 of 1950 Re: Not the same experience . . . [o2brnot2b]
Jan 23, 2005 (11:13 am)
I purchased a 2005 Lincoln Aviator Dec 1st and really like it. My wife thinks it is one of the best vehicles we have owned. We also have a 2000 Lincoln LS which I still love to drive after 5 years of ownership. As for the Aviator, it is the right size, great performance and it offers all of the luxury items. It rides and handles like a luxury car.
As the 2005 is in the 3rd model year, I think any quality problems that may have been found in any previous model years would be corrected. Every make and model has some problems on first model year out. My 2000 LS had the same problems has other owners from these forums but were always well serviced and corrected by Lincoln. The Aviator in only 7 weeks old but I can not find anything that needs to be serviced or adjusted since taking delivery. The fit and finish is very good.
I think you will be very happy with your purchase.