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2003 Lincoln LS Sedan

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BMW and MB can't touch this car
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By mec57
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2003 Lincoln LS Sedan Sport 4dr Sedan (3.9L 8cyl 5A)


Review

I've driven many luxury and near luxury cars in my adult life. This includes several BMW and Mercedes Benz automobiles. The Lincoln LS V8 is, by far, the best driving and best value of any vehicles in it's class at the time. I understand people have had issues with transmissions, coils and electronics. Honestly, I've had all of the coils replaced under a service bulletin. The transmission valve body was also changed under a service bulletin. Other than that, there have been nothing other than normal maintenance items. In over 115K miles, I have only had to put one new set of brakes on the car and 2 sets of tires (I stuck with the Michelin OE because they lasted so long).


Favorite Features

Great gas mileage for a V8. Great handling car for a 4 door sedan. Great audio and GPS system. Extremely comfortable even for a 6' man.


Suggested Improvements

Bring the car back in 2015 with all of the usual techno updates (Bluetooth, active cruise, heads up display, etc.). Lincoln needs to bring back a great rear wheel drive luxury sedan.


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Lincoln ls v8
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By eazylee1
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2003 Lincoln LS Sedan Premium Sport 4dr Sedan (3.9L 8cyl 5A)


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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


Favorite Features

v8 power leather ride quality 50/50 weight distribution


Suggested Improvements

coil packs all new,change gasket and seals premium gas


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Appealing to the eye
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By tonyat
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2003 Lincoln LS Sedan Premium Sport 4dr Sedan (3.9L 8cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

Interior & Exterior


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Fun Car but TERRIBLE Build Quality
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By cap223
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2003 Lincoln LS Sedan Sport 4dr Sedan (3.9L 8cyl 5A)


Review

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.


Favorite Features

Navigation was a great design for those years. Heated and Cooled front seats, automatic windshield wipers, Auto-dimming mirrors, exit assist (seat moves all the way back when car is turned off), great rear speakers provide low bass in the Navigation package.


Suggested Improvements

Transmission costs 75% of owners around $3000-$4000 to repair. Replacement will not solve the problem because the new transmission, if no brass bushing is installed around the Servo bores, the same problem will happen anywhere from 40-110K miles and the transmission will lose pressure for those two servos. There are plenty of forums out there. Google 5R55 Transmission Servo problems and you'll come across plenty. Save yourself $1000s of dollars of repair work and trouble. Or look for one that has already had this repair work done properly (Brass bushing installed) and then you're good to go and have an amazing car.


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outrages repairs!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By sweetpea18
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2003 Lincoln LS Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

My favorite thing about the car is the style.


Suggested Improvements

they should improve this car in the mechanical parts where we dont feel obligated to take it to the Lincoln since its to hard for the regular shops to work on it.


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