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Lincoln LS Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.9 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 280 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Lincoln LS

  • The best domestic entry-level luxury sedan for 2003.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Confident steering and handling, choice of either a V6 or V8 engine, comfortable and roomy interior, clean exterior design.

  • Cons

    No manual transmission, build quality lags behind German and Japanese competitors.

  • What's New for 2003

    Lincoln's sport sedan goes into 2003 with more than 500 changes. The V8 sports 28 more horsepower, while the V6 benefits from a 12-horsepower increase. Both engines are controlled by drive-by-wire throttle, and drink slightly less fuel than their 2002 counterparts. Unfortunately, Lincoln decided to kill the five-speed manual that was available with the V6. Meanwhile, the rack and pinion steering has been improved, and Lincoln says it has softened the ride without degrading the car's handling abilities. In terms of safety, Lincoln has added a BrakeAssist function, side curtain airbags (late availability) and power-adjustable pedals. As on the 2003 Jaguar S-Type, a new electronically activated parking brake improves the stowage capability of the center console. Also on the inside, you'll find vastly improved interior materials for the seat and dash, along with little touches like one-touch up and down front windows and a host of new options. Outside you'll find slightly altered fascias front and rear and a host of new wheel choices.

Full 2003 Lincoln LS Review

What's New for 2003

Lincoln's sport sedan goes into 2003 with more than 500 changes. The V8 sports 28 more horsepower, while the V6 benefits from a 12-horsepower increase. Both engines are controlled by drive-by-wire throttle, and drink slightly less fuel than their 2002 counterparts. Unfortunately, Lincoln decided to kill the five-speed manual that was available with the V6. Meanwhile, the rack and pinion steering has been improved, and Lincoln says it has softened the ride without degrading the car's handling abilities. In terms of safety, Lincoln has added a BrakeAssist function, side curtain airbags (late availability) and power-adjustable pedals. As on the 2003 Jaguar S-Type, a new electronically activated parking brake improves the stowage capability of the center console. Also on the inside, you'll find vastly improved interior materials for the seat and dash, along with little touches like one-touch up and down front windows and a host of new options. Outside you'll find slightly altered fascias front and rear and a host of new wheel choices.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Lincoln ls v8

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Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln LS Premium Sport 4dr Sedan (3.9L 8cyl 5A)

so i was 9 years old when I first noticed this car ever since then i loved it the look of it the interior everything! fast forward some years and i was 16 looking for my first car i wanted something with v8 speed,wood grain,and nice black leather so that's what i got i bought a 02 ls v8 from a lawyer in ATL with 107xxx and drove it back to Florida where i lived. on the way home a coil went out causing it to misfire a little which was a eazy cheap repair but it was caused by the gasket letting oil into the coils causing them to foul out after that it was all good untill i hit 139xxx ...engine threw a rod and now im out of a car with no resale value



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Appealing to the eye

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Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln LS Premium Sport 4dr Sedan (3.9L 8cyl 5A)

I purchased my car 2 months ago with 80,000 miles on it. The day after I got it, it wouldn't crank. I thought it was the battery. I got a jump and it worked with no problem. It did the same thing the very next day. I tried to get a jump but it wouldn't start. Found out the alternator was bad. I got that fixed. So now I'm noticing that sometimes when I put in in drive, it takes a while to shift and move. I don't know what's going on. I don't know anything about cars but that seems like something dealing with the transmission. After reading some of the other reviews, I'm starting to get worried.




Fun car but terrible build

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Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln LS Sport 4dr Sedan (3.9L 8cyl 5A)

How are there not more negative reviews? I owned this car until it was 8 years old and sold it. Right around the 80-90K mark, the Transmission gave out. I parked it for several months looking into the problem and found dozens of forums out there with hundreds of people reporting the same problems as mine: loss of 2nd gear and overdrive. I talked to many mechanics and they all had seen plenty of these cars come in because of a poor design by Ford, Lincoln, Mercury. These transmissions were used in the LS, Aviator, Mustang, and several others. The design is 2 servo pistons (steel) that go through the Transmission case which is soft Aluminum. Over time the opening gets bigger, losing 2 gears.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Outrages repairs!!

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Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln LS Premium 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

I bought this car in 2009 i have put already a new transmission new selinoid new power control module my healight to replace 75.00 3 new coils and now I need to replace the other 3 the spark plugs ac line and it has a oil leak gasket this total cost has benn over $3,000.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Everyone should drive this!

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Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln LS Sport 4dr Sedan (3.9L 8cyl 5A)

This is truly an amazing car! I have yet to discover a flaw. My LS V8 has everything I could ask for and so much more. It's never given me problems and always gets me plenty of compliments. The look of the car is so classy and elegant. This car is a blast to drive, it's so quick and feels very sporty and luxurious. Why anyone would drive anything else baffles me. This car is perfect. I've driven many luxury cars and nothing compares! This car impresses everyone that sees it. Since I've had mine I have had at least 10 friends buy them because they envied mine. The Jones's wish they could keep up with me!




Unreliable product

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Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln LS Sport 4dr Sedan (3.9L 8cyl 5A)

The 2003 Lincoln LS V8 Sport is a very unreliable vehicle. A few days after I took the car home from the dealer 11/2009, all coils had to be replaced. Obviously free of charge since the car was covered under the NY Lemon law. I drove it for almost a year up 10/2010 when the coils appear to have failed again: the car is at a garage right now. I did manage to get 26,000 miles out of the last replacement. Otherwise I have the following issues with this car: A) it was built for people approximately 5" tall: I get leg cramps driving long distance every day (I am 6" tall) and B) it's road handling is really all over the place and dangerous in adverse weather (rain, snow).



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anselmo1403
anselmo1403
10-14-2014
I own a Lincoln ls v8 2003. The battery started to act as if it were dying it first started to die quickly (5-10 minutes) with the key turned but car off, then it went to about 2 minutes until it woul...


rsikes2290
rsikes2290
02-09-2013
I have a 2003 lincoln LS v8 107,000 miles, For some reason sometimes when I drive down the road it hesitates to shift into any gear, Sometimes it SLAMS into gear an then the rest of the drive its fine...


gnatsum39
gnatsum39
12-28-2009
Has anyone ever heard of such a thing on the LS8? I bought what was SUPPOSED to be an upper and lower intake manifold gasket set online but when it came it was only the metal gaskets for the lower ...



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