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Lincoln Aviator Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 302 hp @ 5750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Lincoln Aviator

  • A three-quarter-scale Navigator that is more than just a fancy Explorer.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Secure and capable handling dynamics, plenty of luxury accoutrements, highly configurable interior.

  • Cons

    Lacks refinement when compared to some European luxury SUVs.

  • What's New for 2003

    With the Aviator, Lincoln has thrown its hat into the midsize luxury sport-ute ring. It looks like a three-quarter scale Navigator, seats seven and is powered by a strong V8.

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Customer Reviews

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Never an issue

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Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln Aviator Luxury Rwd 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

We have loved this for 2 years and have loved it. A lot of people complain about the mileage but for a full sized SUV to get 21 mpg on the highway at 80 mph I have no complaints at all. Around town we get 15 mpg but again, I never expected this to be an economy car. It has been very reliable and has never given us an issue.



3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Extremely poor reliability

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Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln Aviator Luxury Rwd 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

Enjoy the vehicle, plenty of power, comfort and overall utility. However, with only 75,000 miles, the following maintenance issues have developed. On three wheels the bearing failed,$1,600, the number eight cylinder is bad, requiring over $4,000 in repairs, transmission failed, over $3,000 repair, driver side window motor failed, $350 in repair, back window hatch cracked, and now the shift lever is bad. The dealer did not treat me as a valued customer, but tried to gouge me and stated that I should get rid of the vehicle. This is by far the most unreliable vehicle that I have ever owned. Wil never purchase another Lincoln or so called American car.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Another lincoln lemon

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Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln Aviator Luxury Rwd 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

I liked the look and the interior, so I bought one used with 60k mi. However, 4 months out of the dealer and I'm looking at $1500 of repairs on various plastic engine parts that have deteriorated. It took the dealer nearly a week to diagnose. Conveniently these aren't covered under their useless extended warranty. One of the rear doors doesn't unlock. I got the metal panel crack underneath the tailgate window that I read many others got within 3 months. Fuel mileage dips into single digits in city driving. Oh well, another Ford, another shoddy car. At least it's not a Chrysler or the bumpers would be falling off by now.




Aviator owner's review

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Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln Aviator Luxury Rwd 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

This has been the best vehicle I've ever owned. Its reliability is outstanding. Its power and handling is on par with the BMW-X5, and its quieter. I now have 82,000 miles on the vehicle and it runs as well as it did when I bought it. The best way to describe it is it's still tight. No rattles. No loose parts. No electrical gremlins. At 60,000 miles I used the Aviator to tow a small car from southern Calif. to Las Vegas. I was pulling approximately 3,600lb and it didn't break a sweat. I even averaged 17 mpg. I disagree with the comment about lacking refinement compared to European SUVs. The Aviator set a new standard for affordable luxury. I paid $10K less than a similarly equipped BMW!




2003 lincoln aviator

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Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln Aviator Luxury Rwd 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

The performance is outstanding. It feels comfortable, solid and stable. The steering is responsive and precise. The visibilitly is superb forward and rearward, especially with the backup tone warning system. It accepts a top mounted extra luggage compartment allowing long travel with 6 passengers, in comfort. Controlled braking is excellent.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Can't go wrong with this

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Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln Aviator Luxury Rwd 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

I have never been more satisfied with the amount of money I paid for such luxury! I have had zero issues with this car and going on 48,000 miles.



Full 2003 Lincoln Aviator Review

What's New for 2003

With the Aviator, Lincoln has thrown its hat into the midsize luxury sport-ute ring. It looks like a three-quarter scale Navigator, seats seven and is powered by a strong V8.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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