Looking to buy an used 2002 Lincoln LS?

So I m 18(graduated) gonna be working for a year and im part time at school. Next year I ll be back full time. I only plan on having this car did 2 years, because afterwards I ll be transferring to a university far away. Long story short. Trying to buy a 2002 LS 130K miles for $2200. I m not a idiot about cars at

So I m 18(graduated) gonna be working for a year and im part time at school. Next year I ll be back full time. I only plan on having this car did 2 years, because afterwards I ll be transferring to a university far away. Long story short. Trying to buy a 2002 LS 130K miles for $2200. I m not a idiot about cars at all. I look at stuff on YouTube all the time, research, and I ve had two cars already and both had there fair share of problems. What I need to know is what look for when I go check this car. Not stuff to just look for, but stuff to look for specifically that goes wrong with this car. And save the "Lincoln LS is a terrible car" my father had it years ago and it ran fine until he ran through a puddle that went up to engine. It s all about how you take car of the car, but I would appreciate some pros and cons about this car. And also, this is just a question for buying a car period. What should I do after I buy a used car? Like I know i should automatically take it for a oil change, but what are some other things and tips? Thanks!

Best Answer:

maico: It would be optimal if you had $200. bucks or so set aside to have a pre purchase inspection performed by a shop or professional tech who specializes in or is at least very familiar with the Lincoln LS.

You mention you are not an idiot about cars but then seem at a loss as to what a person should do first with any used car of the age and mileage you are considering beyond an oil change. Really? How about change ALL of the fluids. Oil, coolant, transmission fluid, differential fluid, brake fluid. ALL OF IT. I would check the fuel lines and replace any rubber in that system. Same for the coolant hoses in the engine bay which have now had over a decade of heat/cold cycling. List goes on and on. It's a high mileage used car.

Other answer:

maico:
I've wanted an LS for a few years now – ever since I got rid of my old SHO. Looks to me like the main issues are the cooling system and HVAC issues.
So one — make sure you test drive it long enough for the engine to get good and warm. Drive it in traffic, not so much on the highway. Turn on the AC and let it run for a while. That will test the cooling system. Make sure there are not signs of overheating.
Adjust the temp of the AC. Make sure it warms up and cools off as you expect it to.

The other major concern I would have is the transmission. It uses a 5r55s, common in several Ford family vehicles. It's a relatively sound transmission, but needs proper maintenance to last a long time.
I own a Lincoln Aviator with a variant of that transmission and the previous owner had it rebuilt at 136k miles at a cost of $4k. Since then I have had to have additional work done on it totaling over $1700. One some internal work costing around $1500 and another a range selector at about $250.
So be very conscious of how it shifts. It should be predictable (relative to rpms) and smooth. If it "clunks" into reverse or drive — something isn't right.

TheReal:
I love questions like this:

"I already know about the car, I already know everything, I don't want to hear it's a bad car, my dad had one, and it was great. The fact that hundreds of thousands of people had issues with theirs only goes to show that if I take care of mine, I'll be fine. Don't tell me the truth, tell me what I want to hear."

There's a reason they don't make the car anymore, or that it was only built for 7 years, and that there were less than 300,000 ever sold. I'm sure that had NOTHING to do with quality (engines, transmissions, you know, little things like that).

If you're dead set on getting this car, listen to GRAY Area's answer. Have a reputable mechanic go through it with a fine-tooth comb. Change fluids, do a tune-up, transmission service, and radiator flush. Save everything you can for repairs. Good luck.

bo:
nothing against you but have we heard this story before. we know about cars did background on the car and now have problems. find a mechanic to look at the car with you or most sellers will let you take it to a shop for the car to be looked at. if they won't then something wrong and walk away. better now then finding out later
XTX:
just get your mechanic to tell you that the 02 LS is in good shape and the motor is sound …. sounds like you want to drive a nice car – just remember that the 02LS is 14 years old and drive it easy if you want to make it last for a while …
Love big words:
Have a mechanic evaluate prior to purch.

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