Lincoln Aviator Review

2003 Lincoln Aviator AWD 4.6L from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.6L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carMazda Protege

Summary:

Solid American luxury with power and control

Faults:

Upper engine pulley replaced at 150k.

Tire pressure sensor needs replacing.

Lower ball joints replaced at 180k.

Front brakes & rotors replaced at 180k.

Rear brakes & rotors replaced at 180k.

Rear window hinge broke at 150k.

Rear brake caliper replaced at 180k.

Rear parking brake shoes replaced at 180k.

A/C recharged at 155k.

General Comments:

The 5 speed silky smooth 4.6L V8 pulls this beast with ease, no matter what the situation passing, hauling or carrying 6 or 7 passengers, whichever suits your needs.

This baby runs on premium fuel, so your wallet will need to be deep if this is your daily driver @ 14.5L/100kms.

The all wheel drive makes you feel very confident. Fall & winter are no problem. You can stomp the gas & you will not get any wheel spin just a nice rumble.

The interior reminds me of Lexus overtones with LED gauges and buttons. The wood accents fit and finish are much improved from previous lincoln offerings. Seating is very comfortable. Driver & front passenger get power seats.

Many options abound; H I D headlights, rear backup sensors & mirrors, Homelink buttons for garage door etc., rear DVD entertainment system.

Rear cargo area is limited so pack light.

The stereo system could be better.Aftermarket can solve that.

Lincoln gets high marks for this attempt in the luxury SUV category. Consider before buying a BMW X5, MERCEDES ML, LAND ROVER or CADILLAC SRX.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2008

13th Apr 2013, 06:58

Update! This SUV went downhill after 220k.

Replaced the transmission, starter, and the alternator went also.

Fixed everything. The truck was running good. Sold it to the first, OK the 2nd guy who came to my door LOL. Bought an 07 Altima. Really don't miss the $120 fill ups.

Will buy another SUV, but definitely not as a daily driver.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review