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Lincoln Zephyr, Lincoln MKZ, Sedan
#1830 of 3084 Re: 6 Speed trany- [pnewby]
Oct 26, 2006 (5:40 pm)
The V-6 engine comes with a five-speed automatic transmission. The wide-ratio five-speed 5R55W provides good acceleration and fuel economy. In addition, the 5R55W has a single aluminum transmission casting that greatly reduces NVH and powertrain bending at higher speeds. To reduce noise, it utilizes a quieter oil pump and planetary gear designs.
The new 6R - "R" stands for rear-wheel-drive - automatic transmission, built at the Livonia Transmission Plant, debuts in the 2006 Ford Explorer. Craig Renneker, executive engineer, Ford Automatic Transmission Engineering Operations, says "We received a lot of very positive feedback on the 6R, particularly about its smooth shifting. "The transmission is mated to the new 3-valve
4.6-liter V-8 engine to deliver excellent fuel economy and performance."
The 6R is the beneficiary of lessons learned from Ford's first North American six-speed automatic front-wheel-drive transmission, supplied by Aisin. It was introduced last year in the Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego.
ZF 6-Speed RWD is in Lincoln Navigator
Returning now to Zephyr/MKZ!!
#1832 of 3084 So does anyone actually own and drive one??
Oct 27, 2006 (6:23 am)
I've been monitoring this site to see if Lincoln should be put on the "should consider" list for future cars. But almost all the posts seem to be "I'm gonna get one" or "just saw a cool one in black", etc. Not "after 12,000 miles mine is...." Since they've been out for awhile now, what's the impression on the car after the novelty has worn off? I had a Park Ave. that I test drove numerous times and loved before buying, but was disappointed with it by time I pulled into my driveway on the drive home from the dealer; a Riviera that made me smile every year of the 6 years I drove it. So far, after 2 years, my 300C is following the Riviera experience. So how is the Zephyr experience faring with time??
#1833 of 3084 dont own one, but...
Oct 27, 2006 (9:17 pm)
I love the looks. Much better looking than the gaudy Es.
#1834 of 3084 Re: dont own one, but... [ne1butu]
Oct 29, 2006 (2:20 pm)
I'll second that, and say it for the DC 300, too. The MKZ isn't as standoutish as the other two, but I think it will wear better over time.
#1835 of 3084 Re: dont own one, but... [displacedtexan]
Oct 29, 2006 (5:52 pm)
Subdued doesn't necessarily wear better with time. Everything ages, and the cars that didn't stand out when new, Won't stand out when they are old. The 300's looks are controversial and will fade soon enough...but in 30 years, it will still be the old car that gets oggled when compared to the Ford 500, the Chevy Impala and others such as the MKZ.
Now, if the Continental concept had been introduced for sale in 2005 (it was a concept in 2002), the 300 would not have done nearly as well as it did.
#1836 of 3084 Re: So does anyone actually own and drive one?? [vic10]
Oct 30, 2006 (5:57 am)
I own the Zephyr and now have 14k miles on it. No problems or issues. I love the ride. I wish that when I purchased that I opted for the THX stereo/navigation. This is the only reason I am looking to upgrade. I drove the MKz yesterday that had the THX and did not realize both the Nav and Stereo were all touch-screen with it. I really like it and the sound is incredible.
Now for Mkz here are my thoughts/opinions:
1. Hard to spot the differences between Big Z and
little Z. All I could really see was the chrome fog light tip. Color selection is key as some of the colors really look sharp on the car.
2. The MKz AWD feels heavy to me and it is because of AWD. I felt that during acceleration I had to step on the pedal harder than in the FWD Z.
3. The AWD is intelligent AWD so you do not see of feel any difference. Still you will get a decrease in mileage the sticker said 18/26 mpg. I am not sure if I want the AWD because here in DC it only snows about 1-2 time a year and when it does the city shuts down and you stay inside anyway plus I live in a condo and just look down at all the folks in traffic!
4. Hard to find FWD versions of the MKZ, almost all of them are AWD.
5. The interior look and feel continues to be outstanding.
6. The ride continues to be quite and comfortable.
7. The car is not a sports sedan but it still attracts looks.
8. Ticked me off when the used car man only wanted to give me 20k for my Zephyr. Not sure what he was smoking.
The dealership experience was ok, the folks sorta know the product as they asked me if my Zephyr was an 05 or 06. Not many shoppers out on a Sunday. Looked pretty dead to me. Noticed that on the Navigator they took the MPG info off the sticker.
The Infiniti guys just offered me 5k off the sticker of any GS35 sedan. I was at another Infiniti dealer where he said the 07's were all MSRP and that is it. Interesting is the best word for my auto purchasing experience. Heck I am going to check out a Toyoto Camry Hybrid now because gas is about to go back up soon!
#1837 of 3084 Re: So does anyone actually own and drive one?? [vic10]
Nov 01, 2006 (5:58 am)
I now have 20K on my 06 and absolutely love the car. No issues at all (so far). The ride is wonderful,THX system is top notch and even the 221 HP is fine for this car. I have no hesitation telling others to buy this car.
Nov 02, 2006 (8:09 pm)
Say where is the forum to discuss this vehicle? It is funny that here in DC on the smooth jazz station they are running commercials about the MkX however no one here has any product! Plus there is some sort of production hold up on the Vista roof for but the MKx and Ford Edge.
#1839 of 3084 Re: MKx [bigt]
Nov 02, 2006 (8:52 pm)
It's under Future Vehicles.