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Lincoln Aviator



  • avfan2avfan2 Posts: 23
    That is not good news, I thought there were other AWDs with the infamous whine. Am I the only one?
  • lolaj42lolaj42 Posts: 420
    in my Aviator . . . now only if the Navigation System could figure out what state it's in, I'd be a happy camper.
  • hammer995hammer995 Posts: 27
    Has anybody seen this yet? It sounds like its the old NAV+Stereo but the higher price tag is now paying for THX Certification to George Lucas. It doesn't really say what enhancements the THX does. And THX is a standard only not really an encoding that the webpage suggests ie 360 degree sound blah..

    It says 9 speakers 2 subs etc....but how was that different from the older system?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,999
    They basically upgraded the components and then tuned it to the Aviator interior. I know when they first did this with the LS they actually changed some interior parts (like the rear package shelf) for better sound and to eliminate unwanted sounds and vibrations.

    There is nothing special about it other than it's high quality and tuned specifically for the vehicle.
  • I have a 2003 Aviator Premium that I purchased in December. I have taken trips to Florida and KY from NC with no problems at all. I test drove the Tahoe and Suburban before choosing the Lincoln based on comfort and style. This thing ROCKS! Fortunately I have not experienced the rear end problems that I have been reading about so hopefully I lucked out on that one. My gas mileage has been very good so far, I avg. just under 19mpg on the highways and better then 14.5 in the city. My MTE shows 361 when filled up which based on what I am reading from others is pretty good.
  • e350v10e350v10 Posts: 92
    Is yours a 2WD or AWD?
  • albellalbell Posts: 185
    I have 5000 miles on my 04 AWD Aviator and the mileage is getting better all the time. I now average 15.5, with between 18-20 on highways. Most of my driving is highway. I find this impressive, considering. My MTE has been showing 348 on fill-up lately.
  • Mine is a 2WD with about 8000 miles. I guess that explains my mileage. I have been riding in town all week with one or two short jumps on the highway and I'm averaging just over 16. I have a neighbor that has a Nissan SUV with a 6-cylinder engine and he said he is getting about 14 in the city. Wild huh?
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    Sometimes the bigger engine options are more economical overall, than their lesser counterparts. Mainly because the V8's will require less power to get moving, over the V6's.
  • jmunguiajmunguia Posts: 2
    Since the board has been silent for some time, I'll post what I've been thinking about for a while:

    Does anyone know if there is a way to disable the annoying habit of the NAV system to disable certain functions when you exceed ~3mph? I know what Lincoln was thinking, but most of the time I have a passenger who can actually program the thing while I focus on driving.

    Second, and more difficult, in addition to NAV we have the rear DVD player. Has anyone looked into having the DVD player display on the front NAV screen? There is connectivity between the two since we can control some DVD functions from the NAV screen but there is no video on the NAV. Here I suppose in addition to the safety reasons Lincoln does not allow this from the factory, there will be technical challenges but before I start down this road I'm curious to see if anyone has tried it.

    Thanks, -Juan
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,999
    You are out of luck on using the nav while driving. Blame the lawyers and sue-happy consumers.

    You might be able to get the DVD display to the front screen (if it has external inputs) but even if you did it's illegal in most states. See previous explanation.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I know a guy who managed it with an aftermarket unit, but not a factory one.
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    To think, in Europe some of the Navi systems come with TV capability so you can watch TV (or listen to it for that matter) while driving (Volvo's System as best example). But unfortunately betwene people who lack common sense, and are sue happy, it's not possible here in the U.S.
  • hammer995hammer995 Posts: 27
    Cadillac SRX allows the DVD to play on the NAV only when the parking brake is enabled...

    It was on my short list but didn't really like it...hence my aviator is being built as I speak...hopefully.
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    Can you place the parking brake on the SRX, on the first notch, and be able to activate it though?... At the risk of burning up the brakes a bit.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    you and I are so dangerous when we think!!! I'd be looking for the bypass wire on that brake switch...

    The answer to your question is YES, you can, but (gasp!!!) that will also disable your DRLs! Perish the thought!
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    That's fine, I'm not much interested in the DRL....if I'm going to hit someone I want to make sure I caught them off guard....heh...

    Seriously I do like the DRL, and studies have shown to reduce daytime accidents.

    Just tonight in a construction road where traffic is squeezed down to one lane (close) to the next uncoming traffic. This idiot had high beams on, SO... I thru myself head on to him, turned on MY brights... that cured him REAL QUICK and turned off his brights and back I settled to my lane. I tell ya, the things I need to do to keep people safer, geesh....
  • anyone want to take a stab at what the new incentives will be April 1 when the current incentives of 3k or 0% financing ends on March 31?

    Does it go up, renews at the same rate or goes away completely?

    I sure would like to see it go up to 4k or 0% ;)
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,999
    would be that it stays the same. I don't think you'll see anything higher until the end of the model year. Unless sales really start to tank.
  • Any updates on the Rear Axle Whine fix? Mine is getting progressively worse, especially after 20 minutes or so of freeway driving.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,999
    Go back to post 1266.
  • cangelocangelo Posts: 19
    New to the list I ordered a 2004 Aviator back in Jan, French Silk fully loaded AWD it came in end of Feb without the advance track because of the sensor problem. I did not take delivery as a friend of mine is the G.M of the dealership and said he would order new. My new was to be in the 22nd of March. It is built but is on hold because of the radio/nav upgrade the factory is holding 210 units Approx due to problems on the radio side. Also the Nav is having software problems. As for the front Nav screen and DVD to work Yes it can be done. A place in N.Y.C wants Approx $1,200/$1,500.oo to change it but they need the vehicle. Another friend Of mine owns a Car audio shop he found a place in Calf, who wants about $1,1oo just send the the head unit they modify it with a one year warranty. He feels as with the others and looking at the wire diagram it is not too much different the Navigators and some of the others auto manufactures. The unit comes frome Vistion,and Johnson controls also the head unit is set up just like Audiovox When I get the vehicle I will be able to give more info but I have seen it done and it works well. As you all know it will void the factory warranty on the unit if it stops working.
  • wzfbwzfb Posts: 2
    Dealer changed rear differential of my Aviator three weeks ago, the axle whine problem is solved, now there is no noise at all.
  • Well, the incentives were renewed at the same rate of 3k or 0% fincancing.

    My RWD Ultimate Aviator will be shipped the week of April 12. It had been held up due to the class III trailer hitch which was not previously available on 04 models until now. If you go to the Lincoln website you can now configure a RWD Aviator with class III hitch for 7,300 pounds of towing capability. The option gives you a 3.55 rear end. I can hardly wait... Now I am just waiting for my dealer to give me a quote on sanding down all the grey lower side moldings, mirrors and painting them in tricoat white so that I can have a monochromed Aviator. It's not an option on the Aviator but is on the Navigator. Here's a link to a guys Aviator that had it done. I wont be changing the grill or changing my wheels. I ordered the 17 inch chrome wheels.
  • lolaj42lolaj42 Posts: 420
    Has been an available option on all 2004 AWD Aviators. My AWD Ultimate Aviator was built in January '04 and has the Class III Tow Package option, though I have the 3.73 Axle Ratio. Towing capacity is 7100 pounds with this configuration.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    But I think they were put on hold for a couple of months because of the Rear Axle Whine phenomenon - until the new rear end differentials were available that could handle the torque from this engine under towing load. So, for a time, you couldn't order one in the Ford computer.
  • lolaj42lolaj42 Posts: 420
    had, until recently, only been an available option for Aviators equipped with AWD (per the '04 Sales Brochure). The RWD platform could only be purchased with the standard (Class I/II) trailer hitch. Also, per the '04 Brochure, the Aviator was ONLY built with the 3.73 rear diff, so the 3.55 is a late availability offering. It makes sense to me, as there are many people that tow that don't need the AWD functionality, and I'm sure many objected to being forced into the AWD system just to get the Class III hitch from the factory. To me, having more choices in configuring my vehicle is a good thing.
  • gkarggkarg Posts: 230
    My sister just bought a used 2004 demo. It is pretty much loaded. I think my favorite features are the nav. system & cooled seats (the 2 features I wish my otherwise loaded 2000 LS would have.)

    The beast runs like a dream. I didn't notice the rear-end noise that has been noted. It was made in 10/03. Should I let them know that there is a potential problem?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,999
    If they haven't noticed by now it's not there. It's really obvious. Mine occurs (waiting for next trip back to dealer for service) between 55-62 mph.
  • I am debating on whether or not to get my dealer to paint the lower moldings on my new Aviator when it arrives. Here is some pics of a guys tricoat white aviator that he had done. This guy works for a Lincoln dealer. The process to paint the moldings is time consuming because the moldings have a texture and that texture has to be sanded smooth. Of course the Monochromed look is an option on the Navigator. Check it out here and give me some honest opinions.
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