• Jun 23, 2006
Ford recently revealed its incentive lineup for the month of July and the Lincoln LS, which is on its way out, is now available with incentives that range from $4,000 to $8,000. It was previously being sold with $3,000 to $4,000 on the hood. The Lincoln Town Car is also being offered now with a bankroll of $6,500 to $7,000.

Other models that saw increased savings included the Ford F-150 and Lincoln Mark LT with an additional $500, the Ford Explorer and Crown Victoria with an additional $1,000, and the Lincoln Navigator with another $1,500.

Ford's payout on the Mercury Mariner and Mountaineer, however, fell $500. The Ford Focus payout also was reduced by $1,000. 

The LS was a decent attempt at domestic competition for the German luxury sedans that still epitomize the sport sedan market, but was saddled with improper engine/transmission combos that paired its healthy V8 only with an automatic transmission and the base V6 with an available manual. As such, it never struck a chord with shoppers seeking performance and luxury. Those looking for a domestic alternative found one in the Cadillac CTS.

[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 8 Years Ago
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      The Mustang is built on a completely different platform (don't buy into the C1 derivative bit), but the cool thing is the Mustang can be assembled on the same line as the Mazda6 variant vehicles.

      I'm going to rant that Ford needs to build a retro-sedan from the Mustang. No one else is doing it, and it would sell. Offer 4-6-8 cylinder engine choices and call it the Falcon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      AutoFan, correct me if I'm wrong, I thought the LS IS based on the Jag S-type platform and not the other way around
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car has one of the worst resale values in the market..
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just leased my 3rd Lincoln LS. Ive always like the car . It handles great,its comfortable and ive always liked the understated styling.The 8000.00 rebate , plus the X Plan i got through work was amazing. Plus they made my last 4 lease payments for me on my old LS.Resale is bad so leasing is the way to go for this car. I wish ford would have put more forthought into this car as the platform was the best they ever made!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wikipedia: "DEW (or DEW98) is Ford Motor Company's midsize rear wheel drive automobile platform. The platform was developed by both Ford and Jaguar engineers, and debuted in the Lincoln LS sedan. A less-expensive variant, DEW Lite, was to be used for the 2005 Ford Mustang, but that car now uses the Mazda-derived Ford D2C platform."

      Oh, and the D2C platform is an RWD longitudal engined variant of C1 (the platform that the Mk2 Focus, the Mazda3, and the Volvo S40 ride on). ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      The LS was not only supposed to be a midsize luxury sedan competitor, but a platform upon which FoMoCo was going to base a whole bunch of new sedans. It sort of did with the S-Type Jag, the T-bird and the Mustang (a little bit), but that whole idea never really panned out either.

      The LS was one of those cars that was really good as long as you never wandered into a BMW or Mercedes (or Infiniti or Lexus) dealership.
      • 8 Years Ago
      it wasn't promoted right, & the syling was bland at best. The Tbird was overpriced and at 6'2" I couldn't fit! Anytime Detroit gets a good idea & it manages to fight through all the bean counters & other fools they mess it up someway or another, usually by pricing the thing way out of line! 40 grand is a down payment on a house! not something warranteed for a whopping 3 years! LMAO *and they pay these people to do this to their companies!*
      • 8 Years Ago
      As many have mentioned, the Jag S-Type connection-

      Lincoln dealers and owners complained that the Jag got more displacement and horsepower while the Lincoln 3.0 V-6 and 3.9 V-8 were detuned compared to their English brethren.

      Everyone I know who has one of these loves them.

      Shame Ford missed a big opportunity to own this market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As I recall, the LS was Motor Trend Car of the Year when it came out. With a little up-dating and with a 4.4 V8 it would compete quite nicely with BMWs and the high end Japanese sport sedans. Ford is missing a real opportunity as they continue to lower the mark with the once proud Lincoln brand.
      • 8 Years Ago
      or just bring the ford falcon over from australia. As-Is.

      in fact, aside from the focus and fusion and mustang, bring the entire aussie line on over. and dont fuss with them too much, or you'll end up with a GTO like debacle.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I always liked this car, shame about the tranny problems it had and was kind of left stillborn by Lincoln. Hopefully Lincoln gets it right with the Mark Z's big brother that should be coming out in the next few years (The one in the video for Lincoln's new LED headlights).

      I think there is a market for a car like this in Ford's lineup, maybe my experience is skewed because I live in MI and only a couple miles away from the factory where they built these, but there was a TON of LS's on the road from 2000-2004. But I haven't seen one in about a year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, the terrible resale value works out for me since I'm in the market for a used LS. Since it's inception, I've always like the look of the exterior, and I believe the '02 and up models slightly improved upon it's rather shabby interior and questionable fit-and-finish.

      Hoping to land me a bargain.
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