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  • Call me Tom, a driver of a 2004 Lincoln LS, the first American car I’ve owned. I am quintessential middle management, in a position requiring a lot of travel, most of it in my car.

    My family was an early adopter of foreign cars, with a Renault Dauphine, a Volkswagon Beetle, and a Datsun B210 in the bunch. However, if not buying foreign, my parents typically bought GM. In college I drove a 1982 Honda Accord, and my family have bought foreign since. Cars I’ve owned include the following: a diesel Volkswagon Jetta, 2 Honda Accords, a Volvo 240, and a 1995 Volvo 850, which I still have. My wife drives a Volvo S70.

    I spend a lot of time behind the wheel as part of my job, and after 10 years it was time to move into something newer than my Volvo 850. A spate of patriotism prompted me to focus on buying American. I did cross shop the Lexus ES330 and the Acura TL, but each had characteristics I didn’t like. The Chrysler 300 Limited carried a $5000 “regional economic adjustment,” and in my mind the interior wasn’t worth that, nor was the Caddy CTS’ interior worth the asking price. The Lincoln was a good compromise between what I didn’t like in the other cars.

    Never having owned Ford products, I wasn’t familiar with Lincoln’s history until I read up on it. Lincoln really has some high points in its history: the prewar KB cars, the original Continental, the Continental Mark II (yes, I’ll go ahead and consider it a Lincoln), the 1961 Continental, the 2000 LS. Lincoln seems to have lost its way as of late, but I certainly hope the marquee turns things around, and I look forward to spending quality time with my LS.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Welcome, Tom! Enjoy the Forums. :)
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    You should really enjoy that car, displacedtexan. You know, it's a Jaguar S-Type under there, so you still sort of have a foreign car, owned by an American Company, with an American nameplate on it. Best of both worlds, maybe. Either way, it's an engineering marvel, possibly the best car on the road in it's class, IMO, matched by only the BMW 5 series, which is far less reliable. Welcome to the club.
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,250
    I'm new to this board but wanted to give some insight on the build quality and NHTSB real-life results. The car did NOT have stability control. It spun out on ice and hit both front end and rear corner. The rear passenger wheel absorbed full energy and the axle broke. Damage included front bumper and grill work up to the hood and rear bumper and the wheel. All windows, doors and trunk worked but hood, no. The interior held together and air bag did NOT deploy! This was a really strong build design.

    Still, insurance company totalled it.
  • eanneann Posts: 3
    I have a beautiful 1995 Lincoln Continental (beige). The other morning, it wouldn't start. Up to then it ran perfectly. My mechanic suspects it's the Timing Chain. I want to sell it.

    I recently replaced the air suspension system with the coil suspension system, guaranteed for life of the car.

    The body is in beautiful condition. (some paint peeled off the rubber front bumper). Inside, there is a ripe in driver's seat upholstery, and the headliner is coming down in the back above the rear window. The passenger window works intermittently (tho it is up, it has never stuck when down)

    I have done all scheduled maintenance, and kept records of that. Emissions passed easily.

    What i want to find is a Lincoln Enthusiast, who would love to own and work on the car, and restore it to its day-before-yesterday top-running condition.

    If anyone knows such a person, Please let me know!

    Thanks so much, You all !
  • rmcmahonrmcmahon Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Lincoln LS

    The transmission is shifting roughly and sometimes the check transmission message flashes with an "E" displayed in the drive indicator area. You then have to turn the car off and restart to get this to go away.

    Some say to change the solonoids in the transmission, which will cost about 1,000
    Anyone have any views on this as several people report a long expensive process of back and forth to the Lincoln garage to figure out the problem and try to solve it
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,206
    I guess I should admire your positive attitude, in that you're replying to a message posted over six years ago. Mark, a transmission specialist at FLM has probably had three projects since then, and I'd be stunned if he has looked at Edmunds at all in the past three years.

    Six years is a long time, in the LS world. The team that put it together & got it to market in '99 most assuredly no longer exists. I'm going to go out on a limb here & assume that you bought the thing for a song.

    The car no longer exists, in terms of what you can buy/lease at a dealer.

    The LS auto transmission has always given me lots of fodder for my discussions, the points of which are that: 1) the only way to achieve reliability is to have a manual (the LS did that for a few years) & 2) the LS auto appears to offer a number of "opportunities for improvement," some of which were executed. The LS automatic has been problematic since day one. Many work well for a long time. Enough don't that I've become even more convinced that a manual is the only way to go.

    Automatic transmissions demand expensive service when they fail. Get several opinions from several shops (dealers & independents), then bring your wallet.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    Steve - you might be surprised to know that Mark left Ford a few weeks ago and is now working for Getrag.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,206
    Wow! He went to the dark side (along with me).

    Good to know. Thanks.

    My LS will hit 110K in the next few weeks, & I'm planning a journey way north in July which should add another 6-7K.
  • jeyhoejeyhoe Posts: 490
    "Mark left Ford a few weeks ago and is now working for Getrag."

    A prime example of what is happening at Ford. THe good people who can get good work elsewhere have taken the buyouts. 70% of the rest dont have a good thing to say about the company. Any wonder pessimism rules?
  • rbardrbard Posts: 3
    I recently had this issue with my '01 LS. Mine would not shift into overdrive and the engine light and "E" appeared. The dealer changed the solenoid pack and the valve body. The solenoid pack replacement did not solve the problem as I went and drove the car after the solenoid pack was replaced. The valve body actually fixed the problem. Who knows for how long, as I am sure there is probably other wear in the transmission. The repairs were going to total about $1600.00 but since we had only recently purchased the car from the dealer and they sold it when it was new, they agreed to do the repairs for free. If we were going to pay the $1600.00, I would have replaced the entire transmission. I did not want to patch something for that amount of money and then later have to replace the entire transmission and total expenditures total around $4600.00. I have driven the car about 250 miles since the repair and everything is doing fine at this point.
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