2008 Lincoln MKZ 3.5 litre V6 from North America
Great car, needs rear drive to be perfect
The car was just purchased and has not had any problems yet. The primary reason for purchasing a Ford product was the incredible reliability of our previous Fords, some of which made 300,000 miles with only very minor problems. We have also been impressed with the very high ratings the Ford Fusion (basically the same car as the MKZ) has received.
My 82-year-old mom had to turn in her leased Volvo S-60, which has proven to be a mediocre car at best and totally unsatisfying at worst. My wife recently got a Ford Fusion and mom has been very impressed with it.
We were looking at fully loaded Fusion SEL's, but the dealership had a 2008 MKZ that was a former rental car at a price comparable to a new Fusion SEL. Since our family has owned 3 previous rental cars and all have been perfect, we have no reservations whatsoever about buying one. The savings amounts to thousands of dollars over a new vehicle.
The MKZ is even smoother than the silky-smooth Fusion, and the more powerful 3.5 V-6 provides very good acceleration and passing power. The 6-speed automatic shifts so seamlessly you can't feel the shifts in normal driving. The sound level in the interior is very low, and the car has a very solid feel to it. There is no hint of rattles, squeaks or any other unwanted sounds anywhere in the car.
The interior features heated and air-conditioned seats, voice activated sound system, climate control and every imaginable accessory. The moon roof is large and operates almost silently. The leather seats are very comfortable with a full range of power-selected positions. All controls and instruments are very user-friendly and located in convenient positions within easy reach.
My ONLY issue with the car is that it is front wheel drive. I strongly feel that a luxury car of this caliber should be rear-drive. Front drive is complicated, much more expensive to work on, provides less than sporty handling and has no practical advantages over rear drive. The rear drive Mercedes C-class that we test drove handled better, but rode worse, was noisier and had a cheaper interior. If the MKZ was rear-drive, the handling would really be awesome, as well as everything else about the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st January, 2009
24th Jan 2009, 14:19
I am actually a firm believer in FWD. Lot better performance in bad conditions. Heavy engine and parts need to be over the performing tires so you can get grip in rain/snow. That's just my experience though.
25th Jan 2009, 22:41
I'm the original reviewer with a follow-up comment on the MKZ. After a week I've had a chance to really do some close comparisons between the MKZ and our Fusion. What I'm discovering is that there is virtually NO difference!! The MKZ has more sound insulation, making it quieter, and the ride seems a bit smoother. The interiors are virtually identical, except that our Fusion actually has MORE interior storage nooks. The quality of the leather seats seems identical, and except for the tail lights and the grill, it is the exact same body.
Mom has always believed that paying more for something means it is "better" (most rich folks suffer that delusion) but in all honesty, I cannot see $17,000 worth of difference between a fully loaded Fusion SEL (which comes standard with everything the MKZ does) and the MKZ. Sound insulation doesn't cost THAT much. I'm glad my wife opted for the Fusion.