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Lincoln Zephyr, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKX
#3985 of 4172 Re: appearance 2 [gregg_vw]
Jan 24, 2013 (9:39 pm)
I've driven and ridden in a '96 Continental, and I like it. It's not a Lexus LS or Mercedes E-Class, to be sure, but it's nice nonetheless. I'd take one over, say, a Cadillac DeVille or STS, or a Buick Park Avenue.
#3986 of 4172 Re: appearance 2 [hpmctorque]
Jan 24, 2013 (10:28 pm)
Not that there is anything wrong with your assessment, but if more people had agreed with you, the car would not have been discontinued in 2002 with no replacement.
#3987 of 4172 Re: appearance 2 [gregg_vw]
Jan 25, 2013 (7:40 am)
Yeah, true. I knew mine was a minority view. In one way cars are like people. You may like someone that most people don't, or dislike a popular person.
#3988 of 4172 Re: appearance 2 [hpmctorque]
Jan 25, 2013 (8:01 am)
You could argue the LS was the Continental replacement. Although the Continental/Town Car crowd hated the LS with its firm bucket seats and smaller interior.
#3989 of 4172 Re: appearance 2 [akirby]
Jan 25, 2013 (8:22 am)
The LS was out more than 2 years before the Continental was killed. It was the "small" Lincoln. The Continental was the "middle size" Lincoln, kind of like the STS was for Cadillac. The STS lasted longer, but that genre of car (too big to be a sports sedan but too small to appeal as much to the Town Car/DTS crowd) withered away as tastes changed. Still, the Continental was a success for Lincoln for a long time. Had they updated it with the times, it might still be for sale. I suppose one could argue that the MKS is the new Continental. However, it is too tall and not stylish enough to carry that water.
#3990 of 4172 Re: appearance 2 [nvbanker]
Jan 25, 2013 (10:30 am)
The Mark V was built on the old full-size platform. Lincoln didn't switch to the Panther platform for the Marks (the Mark VI) and the "standard" Continental Town Car/Coupe until the 1980 model year.
#3991 of 4172 Re: appearance 2 [gregg_vw]
Jan 25, 2013 (10:29 am)
It's not only too tall, it's also too narrow. The taillights and trunk lid design accentuate these traits. If the next MKS is as big an improvement over the current one as the 2013 MKZ is over its predecessor, Lincoln will have a winner. Until then, I'll definitely pass on the MKS.
#3992 of 4172 Re: appearance 2 [akirby]
Jan 25, 2013 (12:23 pm)
I thought the LS bore too much resemblance to a contemporary Mitsubishi and the "LS" moniker a rip-off of Lexus.
#3993 of 4172 Re: appearance 2 [keystonecarfan]
Jan 25, 2013 (5:06 pm)
Actually, the MKS is wider than the 2002 Continental, which did not seem narrow at all. It was a big car, even then. The other weird thing...cars are often able to carve out more legroom by being taller (explains why subcompacts are often so tall), like the MKS. However, the 2000 era Continental was shorter in height than not only the MKS--by a lot--but also 2 inches shorter than the 2013 MKZ! Not as wide either.
So the 2000 era Continental was not a bulky block of a vehicle, even if it did have enormous overhangs--that contributed nothing to interior room. Still, it had way more interior room, and more rear legroom on a significantly shorter wheelbase than either the MKS or new MKZ. Somehow Lincoln has lost track of how to style a luxury sedan that doesn't look like a block, and at the same time make it really roomy. What is up with that?
#3994 of 4172 Re: appearance 2 [lemko]
Jan 25, 2013 (5:32 pm)
I've noticed the resemblance of the LS to Mitsubishi Galants and Diamanté also. While not striking, I thought the LS was a clean design that has held up well. My '05 with the '06 sport wheels and metallic red paint was a sharp car.