2003 Lincoln LS Premium Sport 4dr Sedan (3.9L 8cyl 5A)
I owned an early 2000 LS V8 and enjoyed
the car so much, I ordered a 2003 model
as soon as they were introduced. The LS
does everything well. From outstanding
acceleration to responsive handling,
this car exudes poise and class. I
should also mention that I bought a new
2002 Thunderbird -- the LS's kissing
Powertrain and suspension are superb,
but the little things are nice too. For
example, moisture-sensitive (adapative)
windshield wipers, electronic parking
brake, heated AND cooled seats, fold-
down rear seat. etc., etc. Look
closely, and you'll discover what a
great value the LS is!
Add a lamp to illuminate the inside of
the large storage compartment in the
center console. It's hard to see in
there when it's dark outside!
The strong points of this car are its
performance. Acceleration and handling
are both excellent. This adds up to a
very safe high performing car. If you
drive freeway this car allows you to get
on and through spaces in traffic without
any effort. The car tracks very stable
and predictably at all speeds through
varying tightness and undulating turns.
The interior is clean and logically laid
out, good rear seat room nice view with
theater seating, very good stereo and
easy to use NAV system. 7000 miles and
no issues. Dealer has performed oil
change no charge, the 3 year 36000 mi
free maintenance is a great bargain.
Performance including acceleration,
handling at all speeds, steering quick
but has enough feed back , THX nav,
exterior styling, interior is well laid
out and easy to use, 3 years / 36000
Brakes are a little soft then engage,
alloy wheel style.
The LS is billed as a combination of
luxury and performance and delivers
both, especially performance. The V-8
is smooth and has plenty of power and
torque, but the most impressive thing
about the car is the handling. It's
responsive, goes where you point it
and corners like it's on rails -- a
real thrill to drive! I considered
earlier models, but the refinements in
the 2003 model sold me. Lincoln
obviously listened to owners. I have no
regrets so far and would recommend the
car. Test drive one and find yourself
The quiet growl of the V-8 when you
punch it; superb handling; cooled
seats; 60/40 fold-down rear seats;
overall appearance; automatic wipers;
quiet, smooth ride on the highway -- 70
mph feels like 50.
The seats are comfortable but could be
improved with softer padding on the
back and more support. The glove box
needs to be redesigned.
We've had the car for a couple months
now and its so much fun to drive. Our
son drives a 97 Mustang GT manual and
this LS could probably beat it in every
driving category. The LS has "balance"
that the GT just doesn't have. The
real-wheel drive together with
independent rear suspension really make
a difference. Under "severe"
conditions I always feel confident in
the LS; where in the GT there are many
times that I have to "back-off".
Lincoln has done a good job in making
the suspension, brakes, & wheels very
light so that the car absorbs these
bumps without transferring the force
into the steering wheel or drivers seat.
Low threshold to accommodate my big
feet. Auto-windshield wipers that
actually work. Air cooled seats for
Houston's hot & sticky summers. Auto-
manual transmission for when I really
want control. Rocket like power under
the hood. Silky smooth brakes. Seat,
etc. setup on the keys.
Adjust the drivers seat to accommodate
the heating/cooling machinery so that
it doesn't "poke" the driver's bottom.
Changing the air-conditioning filter
should be a "do-it-your-self" job.