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#186 of 1950 2003 Aviator Prices and News Release
Aug 26, 2002 (8:00 am)
Lincoln announced prices and further details on 2003 Lincoln Aviator today.
Prices including delivery charges:
2 WD, Luxury Trim-$39,995
AWD, Luxu4ry Trim-$42,915
2WD, Premium Trim-$42,945
AWD, Premium Trim-45,865
I am very pleased with the aggressive price points.
I have been looking at Explorer Eddie Bauer/Limited and they easily list for $39,500+.
When you consider the 302 hp DOHC V-8 and other standard features, Lincoln is surely a competitive alternative to MBZ, BMW and Porsche.
The only disappointment is late availability of AdvanceTrac for me personally as well as Tire Pressure Monitor, DVD Navigation System and telematics.
This appears to be a Lincoln deserving of the name and I am very pleased with the execution.
For full information, see Lincoln's web site:
Production is expected to begin in mid-September and available at dealers in October according to the press release.
Aug 26, 2002 (3:41 pm)
The Navigator offers just 2 interior colors as well, Black Ink & Light Parchment. Where I live, a black interior is death, so most of the ones we see here will be in the other. I've noticed lately, that Ford has been limiting the number of interior color options, which is not a big deal to me anyway, as long as there is a light option. Too hot here for dark ones.
#189 of 1950 Interior
Aug 26, 2002 (4:13 pm)
I could understand limiting choices but we were shown the second interior at the end of the 3 hour test drive to see which one we liked best. To be perfectly honest I couldn't see any difference and had to ask what was different. The wood trim is different also. You would think they would offer at least a charcoal color but apparently not.
Aug 27, 2002 (5:39 am)
I am happy with the Aviator pricing...the only bad part is ALG has tied the lease residual to the Mountaneer. Which means the vehicle won't lease well at all....this part is bad. very bad.
#191 of 1950 ALG & Lease Residual
Aug 27, 2002 (6:38 am)
I have ordered an Aviator, Premium AWD. Please expand on your comments concerning lease residual as I haven't even discussed price or financing with dealership yet. Any insight, help would be appreciated.
Currently have 2000LS on which I've extended lease until arrival of Aviator.
#192 of 1950 Residual
Aug 27, 2002 (6:49 am)
I assume the residuals are going to be crap, but I am also interested in hearing the numbers if they are available.
Aug 27, 2002 (7:01 am)
We don't have hard lease numbers yet...But Lincoln has prepped us to push retail....the lease numbers will be terrible initially.
Aug 27, 2002 (8:31 am)
I think the residuals on an AWD Mountaineer for a 36 month lease is somewhere around 42%. If the Aviator is similar then the net cost to the lease the vehicle will be closer to that of the competition than one might initially think.
Aug 27, 2002 (9:36 am)
42% residual on a 36 month lease is terrible. In Mountaineer's case, it ate away whatever incentive (and some) Ford is offering on the truck, and made lease very unattractive for it. If the Aviator's residual is the same, since you won't see incentives at the first several months, monthly payment will be much higher than competition. E.g. MDX's residual after 36 month lease is around 60%, roughly you can save ($40000*18%/36=) $200 a month just on depreciation alone. Counting interest and tax, you are looking at a difference close to $250 a month!
My suggestion, BUY, Don't lease.