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Lincoln Owners: Meet the Members

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
edited March 6 in Lincoln
Please introduce yourself!

My name is Karen and I'll be your host in the Lincoln LS Club. Let me know what discussions you would like to have included in this folder. Perhaps take a look at the already established Owner's Clubs for ideas? Anyone care to be a representative/Community Leader for the club? Let me know!

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Owner's Club Host

Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email,, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.



  • jnowskijnowski Posts: 96
    And add one more title for you: LS Abassador exraordinaire.

    OK, I'm officially here.

    Joe N.
  • I say "aye"! Great, one more site to add to my favs :-)
  • drolds1drolds1 Posts: 247
    Brian gets my vote any day of the week.
  • sclark8sclark8 Posts: 44
    Dittos on Brian our founder and leader.
  • tom12253tom12253 Posts: 110
    Brian LS Gowing - Founder/LS Evangelist - Representative/Community Leader - LS Ambassador exraordinaire - The man who walks talks and breaths LS has my vote.
  • stanny1stanny1 Posts: 962
    But since he drives an automatic, do we need a sub-king as a rep for the Manual owners? Will the King be fair to us Manual people? After all,we are the minority wierdos.
  • ls1bmw0ls1bmw0 Posts: 782
    stanny1: Since I used to drive manuals exclusively I don't think it will make much difference to me whether the car has an automatic or a manual. The only reason I currently own an automatic is due to the fact that driving in SoCal traffic 110 miles roundtrip every day would get old really fast in a manual transmission car. If not for this and the fact that Lincoln didn't see fit to put a manual in the LS-8 I would have bought a manual. And, hey, I'm just as weird as the rest of you! :)

    reneleblanc: For a minute I thought you were giving us a southern greeting! :> Edmunds has been after this discussion board and from the looks of it several others to move over to the Owners Clubs section of Town Hall. The biggest difference between now and then was that before we wouldn't have stayed on the main Sedan topic list. Now we are in both places. I talked to Melissa Adams from Edmunds yesterday as soon as I saw we had been moved. Edmunds goal is to provide additional functionality for groups like ours, such as getting the OEMs more involved(which Lincoln already is), allowing creation of sub-topics (look at the Cougar Support Group), and possibly weekly chats(I know LLSOC already does that). The way it relates to the soon to be trademarked Lincoln LS Owners Club (LLSOC) is that I will be able to put the club logo on this board so people can link to the official LLSOC web site.

    I wish they had told us they were doing this before they did it and ask our opinion first. But they decided to do it the same way that they did the software move. So all we can do is make the best of it and use it to best advantage.

  • stanny1stanny1 Posts: 962
    I know that we Manual Owners are not ignored. It's just that we don't have any problems to discuss,like tranny programming,axle and tappet noise,etc. I still want you to be the leader. I don't know anyone with as much energy and enthusiasm as you anyway. Thanks for the newsletter. Just tell me when to send the $30.00!
  • ls1bmw0ls1bmw0 Posts: 782
    I'm Brian Gowing and I am the founder of the Lincoln LS Owners Club, LLSOC for short. I have been involved in this forum since Part III. I own a 2000 LS-8, vibrant white, with a build date of 6/1999.

    My real job is Director of Information Services for St. John Knits, a high-end ladies clothing manufacturer in Irvine CA. I have a very understanding wife and a precocious little boy.

    I have been a Ford man since the first car I owned, which was a 1965 Ford Mustang 289 2 with a four-speed on the floor. Paid $100 for it with Pontiac Firebird bucket seats and a rusted out back floor. Since then I've owned:
    1968 Pontiac Ram Air 400 Firebird
    1979 Mercury Turbo Capri RS
    1985 Mustang GT
    1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
    1989 Mustang LX 5.0
    1991 Ford Bronco
    1998 Ford Mustang GT
    2000 Lincoln LS-8

    Raced the Turbo Capri in Solo II Autocross competition in NJ. Always loved cars, even more so now with the LS.
  • I'm Joe Milano and have been involved on this board since last May (part V I think). Bought my 2001 LS8 in October 2000.

    I can't imagine anyone better to lead this chat than Brian.

    My real job is as an Electrical/Manufacturing Engineer and Project Manager for a major military avionics company. I live in Northern NJ. Although I consider myself a car enthusiast, I have never raced, built, or restored one. I've been a Ford man since I started driving...
    - Several of my father's Crown Vics
    - 1987 Mark VII LSC
    - 1992 Mark VII LSC
    - 2001 LS V8 Sport

    I feel that Lincoln has designed the LS just for me since I've been waiting for this type of Lincoln for the past 20 years.
  • tom12253tom12253 Posts: 110
    My name is Tom Chernowetz (TOM12253). I came across Edmunds at the end of 1999 while researching my new car purchase. Edmunds and the Town Hall sites became a valuable resource in helping to choose the LS as ultimate selection. I took delivery April 2000 and although I have had more than my share of problems as I have posted in the past I love the LS for its unsurpassed performance, handling, overall comfort and styling.

    I've worked as a service technician for Sears Home central for the past 28 years. Before that I worked as a mechanic at a Chevy dealership.

    I have owned a wide variety of vehicles and a few motorcycles the latest being a Goldwing. Since getting married and having two children in the 80's I had to put the idea of owning my dream car on the back burner. Till now!

    1959 Chevy Impala
    1963 Buick Riviera
    1967 VW Beetle
    1973 VW Super Beetle
    1974 Fiat 124 Spider
    1976 Old Cutlass Supreme
    1978 VW Scirroco
    1984 Ford F150 pickup
    1990 Toyota Camry
    2000 Lincoln LS Sport

    I would like to thank all the LS owners and Lincoln staff who post here for their helpful Knowledge support and camaraderie
  • mkovalskmkovalsk Posts: 114
    My name is Mark Kovalsky. I've been here almost since the start.

    My job is supervisor, Car Calibration Section, 5R55 Transmission Systems, Ford Motor Company. The 5R55N is the automatic transmission used in the Lincoln LS.

    My group is responsible for the calibration of the transmission. The calibration is the software the tells the transmission when to shift, and how that shift is executed.

    I don't have a personal LS, but my group has about a dozen, so I drive them very often. We have a few of each flavor, V6 and V8, Sport and non-Sport.

    I have learned many things from this group that we have used in our calibrations. I use this as a means of finding out what our customers think of our products. To that end I really appreciate candid feedback. If you like something about the transmission I want to hear about it. Even more importantly if you DON'T like something about the transmission I NEED to hear about it.
    Any relevant post is copied and e-mailed to my group.

  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    Special Event Chat with Ed Hellwig

    Tues., Jan. 30th, 5-6pm PT/8-9pm ET

    Ed Hellwig - Associate Editor,

    Associate editor Ed Hellwig came to Edmunds with a diverse automotive background that included stints as a gas station grease monkey, automotive spy photographer, and ice rink Zamboni driver. Ed spent five years making sure he hated cold weather at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he somehow earned a degree in American history between beer runs and football games. Upon returning, he proclaimed "snow sucks" and forever pledged his allegiance to the Southern California sunshine. Prior to joining Edmunds, Ed toiled under the iron fist of Tom Lindamood at A&M Specialists, a press vehicle logistics company, as a road-tester and delivery driver. While tooling around in Bentleys and Porsches was less than grueling, Ed just couldn't shake the editorial urge and jumped at the chance to join the Edmunds team. He's now responsible for writing road tests, editing our "Future Telling" column, and assisting in performance testing.

    Owner's Club

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email,, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • stanny1stanny1 Posts: 962
    Isn't he the guy that said he probably wouldn't buy an LS in the October or November 2000 Long Term Road Test? Well, Guys, we need to chat with Ed about the tranny reflash and make sure he's going to get it. I think that would help alot. And he did have a rough time with having to get his tranny replaced. Extreme! I'd like him to test the Manual since it is one of only three manual RWD cars of similar size available in the marketplace. So,Ed, why not a comparison - BMW 5 Series,LS,C240, all Manuals,all sixes ? No one has done that one yet! Too bad you couldn't have made LS Mania in Irvine.
  • sawmillsawmill Posts: 81
    I'm Rick Albert. I've participated on the edmunds forum almost as long as Mark, since II.

    I own a dark green LS-8.

    In real life I am a lawyer practicing in business practices & litigation, particular in the fields of intellectual property and all facets of entertainment law. I have also produced six motion pictures.

    I've owned mostly foreign cars, from Rolls Royce to Jensen to Aston Martin (DB-6), with a Saab and a few VW's in there. The only american car I've owned, besides the LS (which I loved) was a 94 Taurus (which would have made a great snow-plow, if we had snow in Los Angeles).

    For performance/comfort/handling/refinement, I like my 2000 LS the best.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,665
    I'm Allen Kirby and I've also been here since the beginning (7/99). I live near Atlanta and work as a IT consultant for a major telecommunications company.

    I started out driving Hondas and Acuras after college but soon switched to Ford trucks (ranger, explorer, expedition). Got tired of the Ranger and decided to reward myself for my latest promotion by getting something fun to drive. Was dead set on a Laser Red Mustang GT convertible. Even tried to buy one but the options I wanted were not in stock. Changed my mind and ordered a 2000 Autumn Red LS8 Sport with everything except Advance Trak and cell phone and I haven't regretted it one bit. The mustang would have been fun but definitely not the same type of car. The only down side is before (when I drove the Ranger) the Expedition felt downright luxurious and rode great. Now when I switch from the LS to the Expy it feels like the Queen Mary. Had to get new tires and shocks to even tolerate it. Which just goes to show that everything's relative!

    I also think it's absolutely phenomenal that mfr reps are so involved with this vehicle. No other vehicle can make that claim.
  • goodyrlgoodyrl Posts: 83
    Looked at an LS8 in hopes I could get a better ride for a lot less money. Ended up with LS8 because i was wandering around Edmunds and hit the LS8 site. I have Estate Green and have gotten many compliments. Can't figure out why they discontinued the color grrrrrr

    I figured at 51 I was to young for a Cadillac anyway. Love my LS8
  • medphysmedphys Posts: 19
    My name is Howard Couvillon, I live in New Orleans and drive an LS8, built 4/00. It is an Ivory/Parchment Sport with all bells and whistles. I know the dealer personally (taught him to steal and slide in Little League) and got the car he ordered for himself with RESCU, etc. I've added all of the recommendations in Edmunds: Splashguards, K&N filter, bra, Borlas with subtle downturned tips, moonroof wind deflector, Aura 35 tint (more copper than black) and trunk organizer from LM. I LOVE to drive this car and have my Alpine cranked with Roomfull of Blues CD's (try it you'll like it) every day!
    Have seen a few others on the road but mine looks more complete with the mods. I could not be happier to be in a community of LS owners/lovers.

    BTW, I am 52 and a headhunter that recruits medical physicists for radiation oncology depts across the US. My wife drives a 2000 Villager.

    My 1st was a 1951 flathead Ford Victoria
    55 T-Bird (project car)
    '64 Corvair Spyder with Edelbrock High Rise and 4 barrel - LA state champ F/MP
    '68 Hemi Cuda
    '69 Fastback Mustang w/390 (remember Steve McQueens' Bullitt)
    '83 Camaro
    '78 Peugeot (don't ask)
    '89 Bronco II
    '89 Aerostar
    '96 Villager
    '00 Villager
    '00 My LS8

    I am having a blast with this car!
  • My name is Michael Hall. I am the proud owner of a '00 V6, non-sport, auto (sigh), with the convienence package. It is silverfrost with dark charcoal interior. I fell in love with this car at the San Diego Auto Show a couple of years ago, never dreaming I would be able to own one. My modifications are Polk dX7 speakers in the front doors, Infinity Reference 5753cf speakers in the rear doors, splash guards, extra power outlet in the rear of the center console, added the trunk net, and I removed the front license plate bracket.

    I live in north San Diego county. I'm 44. During the daytime (and a couple of nights), I work as an Air Traffic Controller. What a great job, it's kinda like a video game! The best part is that I get to work Los Angeles traffic and live in San Diego. :)

    My past cars in order are:
    1957 Volvo
    1965 Galaxie 500 LTD
    1965 Mustang 289/4bbl/4spd
    1972 Satellite Sebring
    1977 Plymouth Arrow
    1978 Plymouth Sapporo
    1982 Chrysler Le Baron (AKA K-car)
    1986 Mercury Sable (we became a 2-car family)
    1988 Mercury Sable
    1991 Mercury Sable
    1992 Honda Civic (Le Baron got totalled)
    1996 Mercury Sable (Honda was piece of scrap)
    2000 Lincoln LS (1991 Sable was OLD, etc.)

    This car is the most fun since my Mustang (Brian, we'll have to swap tire smoking Mustang stories!)
  • lolaj42lolaj42 Posts: 420
    My name is Chris Noyes. I'm a 38 year old mechanical engineer that has left the aerospace industry after 13 years to move into IT consulting. I worked for 8 years as Project Engineer developing and testing gas turbine engines (mainly used on business jets, although I did work on one high-performance military engine). I left the aerospace industry because I was starting to feel like a migrant worker!

    Due to the birth of my first child, I had to sadly part company with my beloved 1990 Nissan 300ZX. It was a red 5-spd manual that had the only 2 options available -- leather seats and the digital climate control. 222 normally aspirated HP in a 3200 lb car. Low center of gravity, short overhangs made for a real exhilarating ride. Alas, I digress . . . I finally needed a primary ride that had a back seat big enough to accommodate a child safety seat so I could take my 2 best gals with me. I thought I was doomed to having to settle for a FWD box that couldn't get out of it's own way. Boy was I surprised that Lincoln had just the right medicine at the right time. While the LS is not a true sports car, it is a true sports sedan (with luxury to boot!), and I love pushing this car through the mountainous, twisty back roads in the Arizona highlands, and nailing the throttle in the plentiful wide-open spaces. I've hit 130+ mph on several occasions (although not for very long), but haven't been able to detect any speed limiter.

    My previous cars were:
    1978 Honda Accord
    1984 Mazda RX7 (Red of course)
    1986 AMC Jeep Cherokee
    1990 Nissan Axxess (just retired with 205K miles)
    1990 Nissan 300ZX (motor trend car of the year)
    2000 Lincoln LS V8 sport (Silverfrost, light graphite interior, True Audiophile & 6-CD changer in glovebox, Moonroof, AdvanceTrac)
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