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My LS story...Buyer Beware!!
I had a 2001 LS. I bought it in 05 with about 80k miles on it for 11k. In 2008 with about 110k miles on it, the timing chain broke. I had no indication there was anything wrong with the engine. It ran smooth and one day I started it and put it in drive and bam! So anyways the timing chain was clanging around in my engine and it wrecked all the pistons inside the engine. This wasn't a cheap fix.
I had two choices:
1) Put a used engine in it with the same amount of miles with a one year waranty-$3500
2)Put a brand new engine in it with a 100k, 3 year warranty-$7000
I still owed 7k on my car loan and I couldn't really just get rid of it without a working engine. I felt I had to fix it because I didn't want to just dump the car and ruin my credit (lord knows that I thought about pushing it off a cliff at this point). So I put the new engine in because I only had 3 years left on my car loan, I figured at least I had the warranty to cover me for the remaining 3 years.
Everything that goes wrong with this car costs alot of money to fix. Lincoln LS are known for problems with the windows. There's been many times where I'd roll my windows down and the window would come lose from the clamp on the arm and come crashing into the door and wreck all the mechanical pieces. $400 bucks every time that happened. It happened 4 different times in 3 years of having that car.
The chrome covers on the lugnuts would rust and expand. I had to replace all 4 tires on this car, and i had to litterally get the lugnuts chopped off. The are dealership parts only and to the tune of $4 each lugnut you have to replace.
My husband eventually got laid off from his job and we had to file bk because we were in debt up to our eyeballs (a good portion of our debt came from repairing this car). So we let this car go. The week before the bank came to get this car, the door handle mechanics stopped working inside my driver side door. To get out of my car, I had to roll the window down and open the door from the outside.
I put over 11k into this car over 3 years in B.S. repairs (double the price the car costed me in the first place).
hope that anyone that reads this will think twice about buying one of these cars. If you do I hope you have bottomless pockets, because anything that needs to be repaired on this car will cost you dearly.