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Lincoln Aviator
Lincoln
Production 2003-2005
Class Mid-Size SUV
Body Style 5-Door Wagon
Length 193.3 in.
Width 73.9 in.
Height 71.9 in.
Wheelbase 113.7 in.
Weight 4818-4975 lbs.
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Engine 4.6 liter DOHC V8
Power 302 hp @ 5750 RPM
300 lb-ft @ 3250 RPM
Similar Ford Explorer
Mercury Mountaineer
Platform U1

The Lincoln Aviator was a mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle sold between 2003 and 2005. It was based on the second generation Mercury Mountaineer SUV and was the only vehicle assembled at Ford's Hazelwood Assembly plant in Hazelwood, Missouri. It sold poorly and as a result, the last vehicle was produced August 12, 2005.

Recent ChangesEdit

This vehicle is out of production.

Styles and Major OptionsEdit

The Aviator came in one bodystyle with two trims, Standard and Ultimate.

Standard Features

  • 4.6 Liter V8 Engine
  • 5 speed automatic transmission
  • painted alloy wheels
  • privacy glass
  • Roof rack
  • Running boards
  • 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Leather upholstery
  • Wood trim
  • Dual zone front climate control with rear air
  • 6-way power driver and front passenger seats
  • Memory driver's seat
  • Bucket rear seat
  • Manual folding bench third row seats
  • Adjustable pedals
  • Overhead console with storage
  • Universal remote transmitter for garage door
  • AM/FM cassette in-dash single CD player stereo

Ultimate Features

  • AM/FM stereo with 6-Disc in-dash CD changer
  • Leather and wood steering wheel
  • Upgraded alloy wheels
  • Xenon high intensity discharge headlamps
  • Multi-level heating driver and front passenger seats

Major Options

  • All Wheel Drive
  • DVD based Navigation System
  • Rear Seat DVD Entertainment
  • Power Moonroof
  • Advance Trac w/ Roll Stability Control
  • 17-inch Chrome Wheels
  • Second Row 40/20/40 Leather Split Bench Seat
  • Class III Trailer Tow Package
  • AM/FM Audiophile Stereo with 6-Disc in-dash CD changer

The lone engine option in the 2003-2005 Aviator was a 4.6-liter Dual Overhead Cam V8 sourced from the Ford Mustang Mach 1. This engine produced 302-hp (225.2 kW) at 5750 RPM and 300 lb-ft (406.7 Nm) of torque at 3250 RPM. This engine required the use of premium unleaded gasoline.

PricingEdit

Gas MileageEdit

According to FuelEconomy.gov:

Drive

2WD

4WD

13/19

13/18

ReliabilityEdit

SafetyEdit

The 2003-2005 Aviator was not tested by the NHTSA, although its mechanical twin, the Mercury Mountaineer was. The following scores are for the 2003-2005 Ford Explorer and were sourced from safercar.gov

Note: The Lincoln Aviator is equipped with standard side airbags for both front passengers, therefore, the side impact results of the Ford Explorer are incorrect. It is expected that the Aviator would score higher in the side impact test because of its side airbags.

Frontal Crash

Driver

Passenger

Four Stars

Five Stars


Side Crash

Driver

Passenger

Five Stars

Five Stars

Safety Concern: During the side impact test, the driver door became unlatched. Following the test, the door was open six inches at the latch.

The 2003-2005 Lincoln Aviator also came with these safety features:

Features

4-Wheel ABS

Standard

Electronic Stability Control

Optional

Traction Control

Optional

Tire Pressure Monitor

Optional

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors

Optional

PhotosEdit

ColorsEdit

  • Black
  • Charcoal Beige
  • Dark Blue Pearl
  • Ivy Parchment
  • Light French Silk
  • Light Tundra
  • Oxford White
  • Silver Birch
  • Vivid Red

Main CompetitorsEdit

Unique AttributesEdit

Resale ValuesEdit

The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail Prices for the 2003-2005 Lincoln Aviator are listed below. More information can be found at the Kelley Blue Book website.

Year

2003

2004

2005

2WD

4WD

2WD

4WD

2WD

4WD

$22,365

$23,365

$25,895

$26,995

$29,930

$31,130

The Lincoln Aviator had the 4.6 liter double overhead cam. Although being a powerful engine matched to a 5 speed transmission, this motor is alleged to have had problems with its aluminum heads and at around 60,000 miles according to research done on multiple forums for the vehicle, some owners, were told that their motor needed a complete motor job. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be subject of a recall from Ford, leaving owners to negotiate with their local Lincoln dealer in the hopes of being reimbursed for the cost.

Comments The Lincoln Aviator had the 4.6 liter double overhead cam. Although being a powerful engine matched to a 5 speed transmission, this motor is alleged to have had problems with its aluminum heads and at around 60,000 miles according to research done on multiple forums for the vehicle, some owners, were told that their motor needed a complete motor job. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be subject of a recall from Ford, leaving owners to negotiate with their local Lincoln dealer in the hopes of being reimbursed for the cost.

AwardsEdit

FutureEdit

Originally, the Aviator was supposed to be on hiatus for the 2006 model year, reappear based on the Ford CD3 platform. However, Ford scrapped the Aviator name, and will be replaced by the mid/compact-based Lincoln MKX crossover SUV, which was unveiled at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. The MKX will be available for sale in the fall of 2006 as a 2007 model.

External linksEdit


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