Originally Posted by Scottina06
But imho...give me a jeep srt anyday...in any weather situation over an aviator. Do they even build those any longer? Wasnt it a ford escape? Fwd based?
It was a 2004 and was quite nice for the time. It was explorer based but shared very few components, which made it cost prohibitive to continue when Lincoln began its identity crisis. It featured the 4.6 DOHC from the Mach I, better steering, aluminum control arms, and a nice AWD set up. They stopped making them in 2006. Had the SRT GC existed in 2004, the Aviator would have been its competition.
Don't get me wrong, although some were great cars, a lot of them were riddled with problems. Cylinder heads were known to go around 60k, coils went about every 15k, front hubs went every 30k, and shifters would stop working at around 120k. Also, the thermostat was located on the bottom side of the block and was very difficult to get to. Never try to work on an Aviator unless you want to get cut up everywhere, it was very cramped.
I liked my Aviator, however, it taught me that a warranty is worth its weight in gold. Let's just say that car was the best salesman for a lifetime max care plan I could have run into.