2001 Lincoln LS Sport V6 from North America
Lots of potential that remains unrealized
Since I have owned the car, there have been the following problems:
The front brake rotors warped TWICE.
All lug nuts rounded-out with regular wheel rotations at the dealer and had to be replaced.
Rear wheel bearings wore out at a cost of $850 for replacement (on one side).
Smell of oil enters cabin if the climate control is on and the car is brought to a stop (valve cover gasket blown)
Water collects in the spare tire well (cause unknown).
Both headlights and both driving lights leak and periodically fill with condensation.
Currently there is a 'bump" in the front end that has not yet been diagnosed.
Vent trim pieces fall off easily.
Squeaky rear window when lowered. This was repaired once, now it is doing it again.
Creaky center arm rest/console.
I have liked the looks and combination of ride and handling of the LS since day one. The chassis is very sold feeling - probably one of the best chassis under any American car. In practice, however, the car seems to be wrought with niggling, but expensive problems. For what it costs to operate and repair this car, I could have bought an Acura RL or Lexus GS, and (presumably) not had to deal with the hassles of going back and forth to the dealership. The dealerships with which I have dealt have all been just as bad as the car. I would not recommend this car to anyone until they can improve quality both at the factory, and at the service level. The residual value of these cars is low for a reason.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th December, 2004
10th Jan 2005, 18:25
I have had a 2000 Lincoln LS for the past two years and up to now, it has never given me any major problems... aside from two faulty rear windows (not going back up) and condensation in the front headlight covers (repaired) it has performed rather well. There is a problem that I am now starting to experience and it has to do with the transmission... after accelerating, the transmission tends to "hesitate" when changing gears, noticeable by a small "kick" from the rear. When slipping the car in Reverse, it goes into reverse about 5 seconds AFTER you slip it in "R"...
Recently, I took it in to a transmission specialist and after test driving it, he found that it had very similar problems with another LS of the same year and right away he knew what needed to be done. Turns out that the car will require a whole new "Valve Cover Kit" for the transmission, but it will need to be a NEW valve cover and not a refurbished kit. He also mentioned that there is a chance that a new kit may not exist, leaving me with no choice, but to drive the car the way it is, having to take the risk of the transmission failing totally, with the cost of a new transmission at about 7 thousand dollars. I intend to return the car to the specialist with the hope that a new valve cover kit exists for my model year, and only at the cost of about two thousand dollars which I am more than willing to pay because I think it's a great car, with a few little bumps and bruises...