Used 2000 Lincoln LS Sedan

Pros & Cons

  • Roominess of a BMW 5-Series at the price of a BMW 3-Series.
  • It still has to overcome Lincoln's image as "your grandfather's car company."
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Vehicle overview

Lincoln is on a mission to redefine its image, and the LS model will lead the charge. With a sticker price, overall size and base horsepower nearly identical to Cadillac's Catera, Lincoln hopes to offer more in the areas of performance and passion than GM's Opel-based Caddy.

The first clue to this Lincoln's sporting nature is its optional Getrag five-speed manual transmission, which can be mated to the standard 3.0-liter V6 engine. This base engine makes 210 peak horsepower and 205 foot-pounds of torque. If more go-power is required, an optional 3.9-liter V8, making 252 horsepower and 267 foot-pounds of torque, can be ordered, but not with a manual transmission.

For those who like the idea of shifting, but not necessarily using a clutch, an optional SelectShift 5-speed automatic is available with either engine. The SelectShift automatic is part of the LS Sport Package, which includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, European suspension, body-colored bumpers and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Suspension is another area where Lincoln took the high road when creating the LS. An all-aluminum, four-wheel independent setup means the days of the Lincoln Land Yacht may finally be over. With a 52/48 percent weight distribution (V8) between the front and rear axles, this may be the first "European-inspired" luxury sedan that will truly feel European when attacking twisty roads. There's even an optional Advance Trac yaw control system available for when your driving enthusiasm exceeds your driving ability.

Despite its sporting nature, the LS is still a Lincoln at heart, and standard features like dual automatic temperature control, leather seating, rear armrests with cupholders and an air filtration system speak to those who won't compromise luxury for the sake of performance. A Convenience Package adds further to the LS' posh nature with a memory driver's seat/steering wheel/exterior mirror position, power lumbar support for driver and passenger, a universal garage door opener and moisture-sensitive wipers.

2000 Highlights

From the ground up, this is a completely new sport sedan based on an all-new midsize platform. Lincoln worked with Jaguar to develop this platform, which is also being used for Jaguar's S-Type sedan. It is the first Lincoln in over two decades not classified as a full-size vehicle, and should appeal to buyers looking for something sportier and smaller than the Town Car or Continental.

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You get what you pay for
in the end it all comes down to how the car is maintained and taken care of. Mine, a 2000, gen1, maintained, documented since its purchase, two owners ago was good to see when purchasing the vehicle. Typically people only write a review on this website if they are very un satisfied and did not take care of the vehicle. Rarely does a middle of the road person or satisfied person write a review, ever. so far, 30,000 miles into the purchase of the vehicle (127k when i bought it, 157k now) no issues. Only basic oil changes, trans fluid, etc. If you use premium gas, your coils do not burn up and the engine will be fine. This perticular one has ran on premium since it was purchased.
Fun Car, Stylish, not worth the Repairs
Where to start? I bought this car used back in 2008 with about 70,000 miles on it. I loved it when I bought it - excellent power, quick, superb handling, beautiful car inside and out. Then it started to drain my account. Once it hit 90,000 miles it started to fall apart. I had to replace the front ball joints, $1,000. Because it's a Jag with a Lincoln brand, you're paying for foreign parts along with extremely high labor due to its tight fit and weird part locations under the hood. You should know this up front. Coils and Valve Cover Gaskets ran me about $1,000. Air bag light was always on though I never bothered to have that checked out. I babied this car and it just took my money.
Unless you make six figures...DON'T BUY
I bought this when I was in my early twenties before I knew about researching a vehicle, now in my late twenties I know better. I understand vehicles come with some repairs however my list of repairs are ridiculous: Plugs, Coils and Valve cover gaskets replaced on both sides twice, new transmission, new alternator, two bad wheel bearings, bad ball joint, two window regulators (my fault) and my favorite feature is when it is super cold in our MN winters it doesn't like to start very much. What a joke, some of the things listed could pertain to my driving habits but not all of them. All in all unless you are a millionaire forget about it.
I hope this review saves you from making the same mistake I did
Don't buy this car if you have any kind of budget to live on. My mom bought my LS when it had 60k miles in 2006 and gave it to me in 2011 and I sold it in November 2012. It was beautiful for a while but as the miles stacked up, so did the problems. Between the money we both had to put into that car in repairs to keep it running, we paid for it at least 3 times. They are beautiful cars but they are problematic and expensive to fix. If you are dead set on getting an LS, get a Gen. 2 (2003-2006) with LOW miles and do your research before making a decision! I can't stress that enough.

Features & Specs

16 city / 23 hwy
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210 hp @ 6500 rpm
15 city / 22 hwy
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5-speed automatic
252 hp @ 6100 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
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    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
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    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
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    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
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  • Roof Strength Test
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  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
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  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
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At the Lincoln LS long-lead press introduction in San Francisco, Lincoln's public-relation manager implored us not to use the word "boat" in our write-up of the venerable marque's latest vehicle. In Lincoln's opinion, the nautical references to the company's products have grown a bit stale in the past two decades. We told Lincoln that we couldn't make any promises until we had a chance to drive the LS. Well, now we've driven it, and we can promise that "boat" will not appear in our evaluation of the car. Damn, it's already appeared twice in the introduction. Since it's late and the deadline for this piece is looming, I'll just promise not to use the word "boat" again. Starting now.

The LS is Lincoln's first attempt at a true sport sedan in decades. For years, the Continental has been tasked with satisfying sporty-minded sedan buyers with a fun-to-drive set of wheels, a challenge that was too much to ask of a car with front-wheel drive, a soft suspension and numb steering. No, the Continental is about gobbling up pavement in the old-fashioned American style, not providing enthusiastic drivers with serious performance. Since the mid-80s, Lincoln has steadily lost sales to companies that could provide youthful and sporty cars. Therefore, marques like Acura, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti have swayed new luxury-car buyers toward their fun and friendly offerings.

Sure, Lincoln was slow to react to this onslaught of import invaders, but their response, unlike the one from cross-court rival Cadillac, is decidedly serious. The LS is a sport sedan in every sense. Crisp steering, a taut suspension, attractive 17-inch wheels, rear-wheel drive, a clean design, and powerful engine choices are things we've come to expect from players in the sport-sedan field. Lincoln brings all of this to the game with the new LS. Lincoln also offers a manual transmission on their sport sedan, something no other domestic luxury builder and only four import manufacturers can boast. In our opinion, the stout Getrag five-speed manual transmission available on the LS V6 says as much about Lincoln's commitment to fun-seeking drivers as the NSX does for the Acura division. In some ways, it is even more of a statement. Honda/Acura have been building fun-to-drive cars for quite some time; Lincolns haven't been fun since the early '60s.

The LS is available in V6 and V8 flavors. The 3.0-liter, aluminum, DOHC V6 motor puts out 210 horsepower @ 6500 rpm and 205 foot-pounds of torque @ 4750 rpm. Despite these high peak-output numbers, the engine makes a great deal of its power down low. This motivating force provides drivers with the grunt necessary to push this 3550-pound car forward quickly when accelerating or climbing hills. The V8 engine is also an all-aluminum, dual-overhead-cam unit. The difference in output, however, proves the maxim that there ain't no substitute for cubic inches (or liters, as in this case.) The V8's two additional cylinders bump the motor's displacement to 3.9 liters and gives the LS V8 a 42-horserpower boost and a 62 ft-lb. increase in twist action over the V6. This extra power makes the V8 model our LS of choice, even though the LS V8 can't be had with a manual transmission.

The LS buyer can choose one of three transmissions, depending on which engine is selected. Standard on the V6 and V8 models is a smooth-shifting five-speed automatic. Buyers of the V8 and V6 auto can also opt for a sports package that includes a SelectShift automanual transmission. SelectShift gives enthusiastic drivers the opportunity to shift their own gears without having to worry about overworking their left foot; the sequential gear engagement does not require a clutch to operate. When the road turns boring, or the traffic gets heavy, SelectShift drivers can put the LS in "drive" and pilot it as though it were equipped with a regular automatic slushbox.

A note on SelectShift: Typically, Edmund's editors don't endorse automanual transmissions, thinking that most automanuals don't offer enough excitement to warrant their added expense. SelectShift is different--the shifts are quick and the system doesn't think for the driver, two things that we don't like about the Porsche Tiptronic or Daimler-Chrysler AutoStick systems. This means that if a driver comes to a stop in third gear, the car won't shift into first for her. Likewise, if Junior wants to run dad's LS like a Ferrari, SelectShift will just keep bouncing him off the rev limiter. In the Porsche and Daimler-Chrysler systems, the automanual shifts for the driver when it thinks the driver is doing something stupid. But we like to think for ourselves; cars that think for us have a tendency to allow the driver to become uninvolved in the task of driving. We praise Lincoln for equipping their car with something that caters to the involved driver.

The final transmission choice requires the selection of the LS V6 manual model, an out-of-the-box sport sedan that should quell shoppers' concerns regarding the legitimacy of Lincoln's newfound interest in performance driving. Lincoln outfits all LS V6 manuals with a Getrag five-speed manual and includes all of the equipment found in the otherwise-optional sport package (17-inch wheels, P235/50VR17 tires with a full-size spare, engine oil cooler, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and body-colored bumpers.) This makes the V6 manual a veritable sport-sedan bargain with a sticker price just over $32,000.

Lincoln chose a rear-wheel-drive platform for the LS, one that is shared with the all-new Jaguar S-Type. This ultra-stiff chassis proves to be an ideal foundation upon which designers can successfully attach a sophisticated four-wheel independent suspension with anti-lift geometry. Lincoln's anti-lift suspension bears some explanation. By changing the angle of the rear suspension mounting points, Lincoln's engineers were able to dial in a considerable amount of negative lift. This keeps the LS from squatting and diving under hard acceleration or during emergency braking. In addition to providing passengers with a less turbulent ride, this suspension setup controls longitudinal body motions very well, providing balanced weight transfers as the car rapidly accelerates or decelerates.

Active and passive safety features abound in the LS. All models wear four-wheel antilock disc brakes that are ventilated at all four wheels. Our track experience showed that the brakes could be pounded lap after lap without hindering stopping distances or pedal feel. The LS V6 and V8 automatic models are available with an optional traction-control system. Called AdvanceTrac, the unit works via the antilock brakes by measuring wheel speed at each corner of the car. If one wheel is spinning faster than the other, AdvanceTrac will selectively employ the brakes to bring the car back in line. For those who like to have a wheel-spinning, tail-out good time, Lincoln has provided a handy AdvanceTrac defeat switch conveniently located on the center console. The LS is also equipped with standard front and side airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger and three-point seatbelts at all five seating positions in the event that the antilock brakes and AdvanceTrac are not enough to save the day.

During our brief visit with the LS, we decided that the car wears its sport-sedan mantle comfortably. We had the chance to drive the LS against stiff competition from Acura, Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes and at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California, and came away thinking that the LS matches or beats the midsize luxury sport-sedan competition offered by the imports in every performance category. As a total package, it was the winner of the day. We were particularly impressed with the LS's motion control in corners and the car's outstanding steering precision. Likewise, the LS was the only car we drove at Thunderhill that didn't suffer brake fade after a few punishing laps. At the end of this exhilarating afternoon at the track, we walked away amazed that the LS came from the same company that makes the wallowy Town Car.

The LS performs equally well off the track, providing an athletic chassis and suspension that rewards enthusiastic drivers without punishing nervous passengers. The 17-inch wheels, which are part of the optional sport package, give a slightly stiffer ride than the 16-inchers found on the base models, but are worth it because of the additional grip they provide when the road gets twisty. Nevertheless, drivers who don't select the sport package will not be too disappointed because the suspension and braking setup is the same regardless of whether the sport package is selected or not.

We should note that there is more to the LS than a fun ride on the track or in the mountains. The company that builds the car is, after all, Lincoln. This means that the LS has an extensive standard-equipment list that includes things like fog lamps, heated outside mirrors, remote keyless entry, automatic climate controls, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, power everything, premium stereo and wood trim. Options are limited to such things as a convenience package that includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, power lumbar support, a multi-driver memory system, and electrochromic rearview mirror; heated seats; traction control; and the aforementioned sport package.

Lincoln is aiming this car at the affluent 35-45-year-old crowd--people that we would have called yuppies 10 years ago. We think they've hit the mark in terms of styling, performance and features. To top it off, our initial impression indicates that this is a great car that will reward owners mile after mile with a fashionable, sophisticated and entertaining driving experience. Do we recommend it? Heck yeah! It changed our minds about Lincoln, and we think it might do the same for you. When you walk into the dealership for a test drive, just scrunch your eyes closed as you pass the overweight and garish Town Car Cartiers and Continentals. When you bump into something that doesn't feel like the newest vessel for Princess Cruise Lines (Sorry, Lincoln, I couldn't resist.), open your eyes and behold a Lincoln built for you, the cool hipster that you are. Trust us. Until you drive the LS, you don't know jack about Lincolns.

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The Used 2000 Lincoln LS Sedan is offered in the following styles: V6 4dr Sedan, and V8 4dr Sedan.

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Should I lease or buy a 2000 Lincoln LS?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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