Saturday, August 27, 2016

Row Your Boat: 2002 Lincoln LS 5 Speed

Lincoln tried to change their act around Y2K but got their pee-pee slapped pretty dang hard. As a result, it's no wonder they surrendered the American enthusiast sedan market to Cadillac shortly thereafter. Put a positive spin on it and the Lincoln LS is essentially a 4 door Mustang with independent rear suspension and an available manual transmission. Look at it as a pessimist and it's just another millennial American sedan shrouded in crappiness.  Find this 2002 Lincoln LS V6 with a clutch pedal here for sale in Port St. Lucie, FL for $2,400 via craigslist.

A Lincoln with a 5 speed manual; talk about a tough sell in coastal Florida. If you are old enough to vividly remember the sinking of the Titanic without reminder from a movie and want a 2000's Lincoln, you certainly don't want a 5 speed. Conversely, those of us who want to be able to stall cars ourselves generally don't want a Lincoln and if we do, we want the V8 that you couldn't get with a manual. Death at every door.

Perhaps instead of viewing this as a forlorn and ignored Lincoln, we should collectively change our attitudes and start treating them like an American attempt at an Aussie Falcon rather than just another Contour-like rattle trap that happens to be RWD. Burnout car build anyone? LS swap your LS?

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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.


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  2. It was Ford's attempt at a 5-series, and was originally intended to be sold in Europe to replace the Scorpio/Granada. Then Ford went off and bought Jaguar and then Volvo while the DEW98 was in development, and Wolfie Reitzle (fresh from being dumped by BMW because the Mini/Rover deal cost too much) decided that it didn't make sense to sell a Ford-branded car as an executive piece.

    It's a far better platform than any Volvo has ever had.

  3. 170K miles no AC


    1. The Wixom Unicorn!! This is a momentous find, y'all.

  4. Replies
    1. No, not hardly. Drive wheels are at the right end, for one thing.

  5. Wait a second... do I see a faux wood steering wheel cover that exactly matches the wood dash and console inserts?!?! That's the most impressive piece of this car. Forget the 5 speed manual. Never before in automotive history has a steering wheel cover come so close to belonging in a car. It still shouldn't be there, but just barely.

  6. Clean the bilge. Make sure it's not full of dirt, leaves, oil, etc. A smelly bilge is another turnoff, especially for women buyers.
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    1. Silly robot, you forgot to tell us to make sure your bilge isn't full of rats.


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