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#1 of 73 Looking to purchase need some info
Jul 06, 2007 (6:55 am)
Hey guys, Well iam looking to purchase a used 2003 or 2004 lincoln LS. Iam looking to get the 3.0L v6 to save some gas money but I heard that the 3.0L v6 experiances more problems then the 3.6L v8, could this be true?
#2 of 73 Re: Looking to purchase need some info [dzenis]
Jul 06, 2007 (8:32 am)
Well, this is a sample of one, but my 2000 V6 turned 112K this morning on the way in to work, and a week from today I'm leaving on a ~7300 mile road trip to the Yukon. The only problem I've had is with the cooling fan, which isn't really an engine issue.
The V8 tends to have "issues" with the valve cover gaskets and/or COP's (coil-on-plug); one appears to be associated with the other. Either way, I haven't heard of it on the 6.
The '03 & later cars have a lot of nice little touches mine doesn't have. Hope you enjoy yours, if you get one.
#3 of 73 Re: Looking to purchase need some info [dzenis]
Jul 06, 2007 (9:29 am)
First of all, the V8 in the LS is a 4.0 liter and it is a Jaguar engine. Second, hard to answer your question. But I think the V8 might be a bit more prone to trouble just because the 3.0 liter V6, which is the much used Ford Duratec, has been described by more than one tech and opinion maker as nearly bulletproof.
#4 of 73 Re: Looking to purchase need some info [jeyhoe]
Jul 06, 2007 (12:48 pm)
the V8 in the LS is a 4.0 liter and it is a Jaguar engine
Actually it's a 3.9L and while the block is a Jaguar AJV8 the pistons, heads, intake etc. are unique to Lincoln. It's an unbelievably smooth engine but as Steve noted it is prone to leaking valve cover gaskets and COP failures.
The only downside to the V6 is that it's not available with the Sport package (unless you're in Canada).
#5 of 73 Re: Looking to purchase need some info [akirby]
Jul 06, 2007 (1:41 pm)
Ah, what's a tenth of a liter amoung friends?
But the V6 most certainly IS available with the sport package. In fact in the first 3 years, it was available with a sport package which could have an auto-stick or what is known as a "stick shift" transmission with an actual clutch. I dont think you'll EVER see that in a Lincoln again.
If you're talking later years, the V6 may have been dropped from the sports package, I dunno. In 2006 I believe, the V6 was dropped altogether and only V8 LSes were built.
#6 of 73 Re: Looking to purchase need some info [jeyhoe]
Jul 06, 2007 (6:36 pm)
Ahem - I bought a LS when they first came out and have been active in a group of LS enthusiasts that started right here on Edmunds back in 1999. I think I know what I'm talking about.
The sport and base packages were available on both V6 and V8 models for 00-02 including a manual for the V6. They planned the same packages (minus the manual) for the 03 models but the dealers complained about too many unique models so they only made base V6 models and sport V8 models for 03-05 and then they dropped the V6 models altogether for 06. Although in Canada you could still get a V6 sport or V8 base model.
#7 of 73 Considering Buying A Lincoln LS
Aug 08, 2007 (3:51 pm)
I live in Canada and am considering buying a used 2000 Lincoln LS V8 with 254,000 KM which is almost 125,000 miles. I know the KMs for this car are really high but I am getting a really good deal. I will be getting this car for $5000 canadian including taxes.
Is this a good deal? The car is fully loaded with all options!
I test drove the car and it drove amazing like my friends benz or audi. Also, the exterior is perfect plus or minus a couple of dings. The car has been in no accidents and is being bought from a dealers auction.
#8 of 73 Re: Considering Buying A Lincoln LS [maybels]
Aug 08, 2007 (6:02 pm)
If it's in good shape - that's not a bad price at all. Look out for leaky valve cover gaskets and the COPS will probably need to be replaced if they haven't been already. Make sure the driver's side seat heater works and also the A/C - some will blow hot on one side or the other. You'll love it! Send me an email (look in my profile) if you want some other LS resources.
#9 of 73 Re: Considering Buying A Lincoln LS [maybels]
Aug 09, 2007 (6:52 am)
My '00 LS has just 5K miles less than the one you're looking at, and it's never been better (well, not really, but it's running strong). I just got back from a 7500-mile round trip to Alaska & didn't have any problems at all. The shocks are shot, though (lots of frost heaves up there & on the way), but that's a wear item, and they lasted well over 100K.
Remember, FoMoCo builds the cars that many use for taxis & limos, and they do last a long time.
The only thing I can think of that Allen didn't mention is the window regulators. For the first few years rear windows fell down regularly (the fronts sometimes, too) & it took a couple of tries before a sufficiently robust replacement design was developed & installed. Your car is old enough to have probably already had the ones replaced that were going to break.
Good luck! I think you'll enjoy the car if you end up getting it.
#10 of 73 Re: Considering Buying A Lincoln LS [cdnpinhead]
Aug 09, 2007 (12:46 pm)
How could I forget the window regulators? Chances are they've already been replaced with the new design but if not and they fail you can order a replacement for $30 and install it yourself in about 2 hours for the first time, 45 minutes after that.