2003 Lincoln Aviator Overview


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Perfect Transportation For Long Trips And Larger Families. by M_Murphy
 — This is a luxury automobile and it should be taken care as such. You can take it to a nice restaurant and/or the mountains and will not be sorry with its performance. It handles beautifully in the s... Read More
Fabulous! by M_Murphy
 — We truly enjoyed this automobile... it's stylish yet practical family vehicle. You will love to take this truck to the ball games and take all the kids along with their friends. They will be enterta... Read More
Looks Nice, Get Your Wallet Out by Stephane
 — Looks good, but if your not mechanically inclined, it will cost you a lot of money. Engine could be designed better so the spark plugs do blow out. Gives a great ride and looks great on 22" tires an... Read More

2003 Lincoln Aviator Overview

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2003 Lincoln Aviator

In an effort to attract younger, perhaps childless buyers into their fold, Lincoln introduced the 2003 Aviator, a midsize luxury SUV that's a shorter (by one foot) and lighter (by 1,000 pounds) version of its popular full-size Navigator. The 2003 Lincoln Aviator mimics its big brother in style and luxury and takes its body-on-frame platform and independent rear suspension from the Ford Explorer. Unlike the Explorer, it comes standard with a 4.6-liter DOHC V8 that delivers 302-hp and 300 ft-lbs of torque. Mated to a 5-speed shiftable automatic, it gives the luxury SUV decent towing capacity - up to 7,300 pounds with the optional trailer hitch. The base Luxury and Premium trims are offered in either rear-wheel drive or two forms of all-wheel drive. The automatic full-time AWD apportions torque to the front and rear, while the optional AdvanceTrac system adds torque distribution from side to side. Neither are meant for off-roading, as they lack low-range gearing.

Trying to compete with the BMW X5 and Mercedes' M class of SUVs, the 2003 Aviator offers plenty of bells and whistles. These include creamy leather upholstery, power seats with memory, power pedals, a CD player, steering-wheel-mounted controls, rear climate control, and heated seats. The Premium adds heated and cooled seats and a 6-CD changer. Options add on a sunroof and DVD player. Safety is provided by standard ABS brakes, mirrors with turn signals, foglights, backup sensors, and dual front and side curtain airbags. Traction and stability control and a tire monitor are optional. A nice distinction from the Explorer is the three rows of seats, not often seen in a midsize SUV. Though the third row can be cramped and drastically cuts down on cargo space when upright (only 12 cubic feet), it does offer versatility for young families. The 2003 Aviator seats six, with second-row captain's chairs divided by a flip-up console and a third-row bench for two. Adding the optional second-row bench seat increases passenger capacity to seven. Both seat rows fold nearly flat to offer 77 cubic feet of cargo room.

Although its styling is a virtual carbon copy of the Navigator's, with its large chrome grille and interior wood and satin nickel finish, the 2003 Aviator offers a good compromise between luxury, versatility, and utility. Drivers love the V8 power and acceleration and say the rack-and-pinion steering and independent rear suspension make the SUV easy to drive and handle. They also like the long list of luxury features, particularly the heated/cooled seats. The biggest complaints focused on money - both the initial pricetag and its terrible fuel economy. Many owners don't like the fact that the cargo area's floor slopes upward and the rear seats don't fold flat. They also report numerous repairs to the SUV, though not on any one consistent part.


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Lincoln Aviator Questions


I Drive A 2003 Lincoln Aviator. My Engine Light Is On. When I Start My Car ...

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After Tune-up No Power In Accerelation

replace 2 coils, spark plugs, general tune-up. changed oil, put fuel injection oil, gas saver,gas/engine cleaner. when you push on the gas padle very slow in pick up speed, even if you change gears no...

38 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)

2003 Lincoln Aviator Engine Light Is On. A Tuneup Was Done.changed Spark Pl...

2003 Lincoln Aviator recent tuneup. Replace 2 Coils, spark plugs but the car is very very slow acceleration no pick up power.engine light is on. we have added fuel injection oil, gas enhance cleaner, ...

69 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)

2003 Lincoln Aviator Front Strut Assembly And Coil/spring

recently had my Aviator diagnosed with a broken coil/spring. Technician advised a quick strut assembly but from what I have been told a quick strut was not manufactured nor available for the 2003 Avia...

88 views with 1 answer (last answer 7 months ago)

Would The Check Engine Light Go On If I Take The Front Differential Off A A...

the differential leaked oil so i just took it off. its was working fine then the check engine light went on.

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