• Jun 16, 2009
With Congress on the verge of passing some kind of 'cash-for-clunkers' legislation, it's time to take a look at what cars are worth trading in for the scrappage credit and what models would be better to sell by other means. The good folks at Consumer Reports have come to the rescue. Obviously, a car that has a retail value greater than the corresponding rebate is not worth trading in unless you just can't be bothered to stick a For Sale sign in the window. The CR staff has examined the prices and concluded that pre-1993-94 Cadillac DeVilles, Eldorados and Sevilles are all solid candidates.

One surprise car on their list is the 2001 Lincoln LS V8. The LS was a well-regarded (if blandly styled) sedan in its time. Those looking for a good handling rear-drive alternative to a BMW 5-series would do well to consider one of these at their bargain basement used pricing, and we'd hate to see a good one sent to the crusher.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, CR's truck list is quite a bit longer than their car list, and it includes such winners as the pre-1996 Ford Aerostar and Isuzu Rodeo. Check out the whole list of clunkers-to-vouchers over at CR. Thanks to Richard for the tip!

[Source: Consumer Reports]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Lincoln LS is on the list?

      The nicest Lincoln made in the recent past?

      The one that Ford should have updated, but they haven't, and now it is elligible for cash for clunkers?

      That makes me want to buy one.

      Does anybody know if the V6 model's manual gearbox accoutrements will fit on the V8 car?

      The V8 should have gotten a stick shift option.

      That whole platform should have been revised, and given to Mercury, if Lincoln didn't want it.

      A DEW98 v.2 chassis could have made a very nice mercury competitor to the Infiniti G-series, with the choice of 3.5/3.7 engine, or the Lincoln LS's AJ-derived V8, or Volvo XC90's V8... Or even modular V8...
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... or as a half way measure... you could get a six-speed J-gate shifter'box from an '03 Jag S-type...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The V8 cannot be fit with the V6 getrag gearbox, and a custom flywheel needs to be made. I am fairly versed with the LS, and there was one floating around dearborn that had a tremec 6 spd - but there were several custom parts to make it so.

        In the end, to make the LS V8 into a manual would take much more money and time than it was worth. If you want V8 power and a manual, supercharging the 3.0L works nicely, however, expect to kill clutches - the disc was sourced from the Mondeo and the pressure plate is so oversprung that all of the takeup occurs in about 1/2" of pedal travel. That was to get enough clamping force on a 200 hp V6 in a 4000 lb car. A supercharger would let you exceed the rating of the 3.9, plus the V8 isn't the best choice above 4000 rpm. (s/n ratio on the knock sensors are so high above 4000 that spark is fairly retarded there to stay safe)

        Before the LS was killed, we tried to talk management into letting us do a CTS-V competitor - we proposed boring a 4.6L out to 5.0L and using a spray-in bore, along with a 6-speed manual.

        Sigh. Tons of cool stuff always loses; the V6 lost the manual trans option in favor of offering a dolby-certified soundsystem in the 2003 refresh. (vehicle line executive was an audiophile).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks for the info, Shamdiddly.

        Any hope for a new RWD MKR 4-seat sleek sedan or coupe from Lincoln, to compete with CTS, or A4/A5, and 3-series?

        Or an Infiniti G-series competitor from Lincoln or Mercury?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've got a '93 Ford Aerostar Van. Runs ok minor transmission problems but drivable. It's registered & insured.

      it qualifies as a truck and averages 17 mpg.

      I can't afford a brand new car. If they let you purchase a 2 or 3 year old car I'd trade it in.

      Anyone wanna buy it? I live near Dallas / Ft Worth.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is AutoBLOG, not AutoTRADER.
        A+ for effort though...
        • 5 Years Ago
        sorry but if you read the details it says:

        "car needs to have been insured and owned by the same owner for at least 1 year"

        so if you sell this, the other guy would not be able to use the cash for crap deal.

        i was gonna buy a bunch of crap too to sell later but after doing research i found that i couldn't.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Lincoln LS was a gem. It actually performed well to be competitive. It's truly sad that few bought it, and despite the merits of the MKZ in terms of the interior, it will never be an LS dynamically.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota 4Runner 4WD 1992 13(combined mpg) Truck

      13mpg? what the hell happened that year?
      • 5 Years Ago
      My wife's cousin took advantage of the TX $3k clunker program and bought an MI made Mazda6 leftover at an enormous discount. The extra $1500 would have made this even sweeter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is part of the whole program that is going to confuse people. A lot of folks out there are under the impression that if they own a car or truck that only gets 12MPG and they buy a new one getting 18 or 20MPG, they'll get fair trade-in value AND the voucher. For example, you have a 2001 Lincoln Town Car and it's worth $7500 trade and you're buying a Milan hybrid, you are only getting the $4500 voucher, not $7500 trade and $4500 in a voucher. You would actually come out with a $3000 loss!
      • 5 Years Ago
      No, the Lincoln LS was never well regarded as a car. I guess things look better through the glasses of nostalgia.

      Ford basically tried to build a BMW right down to ripping off the styling and sticking a Lincoln badge on it. It was a disaster of a car and failed miserably.

      Awful interior with terrible materials, terrible derivative styling that looks nothing like a proper Lincoln and terrible dynamics with terrible reliability.

      Yes, if you can cash in an LS on something vastly better. By all means do it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting that the LS's platform sibling, the Jaguar S-Type did not make the list. Most older S-Type look a whole lot worse for wear than older LS's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it is a shame that my 1978 Ford F150 7.5 litre 460 that does 7.8 miles per gallon doesnt qualify... i would have thought it was a great clunker to get off of the road.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ah damn it, got rid of our aerostar last year because of an a-hole hit & run. Got a $500 check from insurance. (sigh)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope that not many Lincoln LS cars get traded in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can buy or trade in both domestic and foreign vehicles so not just the US made cars.

      Jim henry
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