Pros: Superb handling and looks great
Cons: Trim problems and OEM tire issues
I was ready to move up from the family sedan to a little more luxury. I couldn't afford a new BMW, Mercedes or other luxury vehicle but saw that I could comfortably purchase a good used sports sedan for around $25,000 to $30,000. After test driving Germany's best, I thought about trying out the winner of the 2000 best car award and found a Lincoln dealership with a fully loaded 2000 Lincoln LS sport premium V8. This $43,000 car was for sale for $25,000. Now thats what I call depreciation! With only 36,000 miles, this car still had the new car smell and looked good as new.(From a distance.) Once I drove the car, I fell in love with the handling and the raw power. This feeling of shock and awe, clouded my judgement and I took the plunge and purchased the vehicle. Only after a week, I started to notice alot of rattling in the trim. Secondly the front lights on the vehicle were constantly clouding with condensation. To finish this off, the rear drivers side window stopped working. This "certified" Lincoln was in the shop more than on the road for the first 2 weeks. After the initial battles with the car, everything lived up to expectations and I could see why the professional car reviewers were so impressed. This car is a definate head turner. It looks as powerful and aggressive as it drives. However this beast can be tamed too and will drive like a family car when you need to behave. My last comment to this vehicle is the tires. After one tire rotation, I found the tire noise to be incredibly excessive. The factory tires have a history of cuffing and although the tread was still ok, I spent $1,000 to have them replaced with Michelin Pilot/AS tires. Now the vehicle is quiet and drives like its on rails. In summary, I recommend this car. Just be aware of the pitfalls of buying a used American made car. You will get a bargain, courtesy of the depreciation but you should get the vehicle independantly inspected even if the vehicle is certified.