2003 Lincoln Aviator


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I just added another vehicle to the Stable .... whee is this thing fun

this thing is a Sports Car Masquerading as an SUV - 0-60 in 7.6 Seconds
quick nimble ...

only cost me $ 3400 ... needs a couple of things to pass MD Inspection.

Aluminum Block 4.6 L DOHC 4 Valve 302 Hp 300 Ft lbs of Torque 7100 lb Towing Capacity w/C-III Hitch
[yes that is the Mustang Mach 1 Engine makes 305hp in the stang]

from Motor Trend

2003 Lincoln Aviator

Based on Ford‘s redesigned-in-’02 Explorer, the new-for-’03 Aviator is much smaller, and much lighter, than the similarly styled Navigator. The bold, square-rigged look that makes the Nav seem so huge defines itself with handsome proportions in Aviator form. Further, the smaller Lincoln distinguishes itself from the other two Ford products on several additional counts. At the head of this list is the Aviator-specific DOHC 4.6-liter V-8 with its unique variable-length intake runners and aluminum heads. The basic architecture of this ULEV powerplant comes from the Ford SVT Mustang Cobra. Rated at 302 horsepower, the Aviator throws down some impressive acceleration numbers, including a 7.6-second 0-60-mph blast–mighty quick among the heavy sport/ute set. Its five-speed automatic transmission snaps off wickedly fast upshifts.

Not only is this engine a high-revving power maker, the low-rpm long-path intake runners give it some serious pull. In all-wheel-drive configuration and equipped with a Class-III hitch, as ours was, it’ll tow up to a staggering 7100 pounds (7300 in RWD trim). That’s as much as some full-size trucks. An SUV that’ll haul a load this sizeable should have good brakes, and the Aviator does. Large-diameter discs front and rear are equipped with ABS, electronic force distribution to each wheel, as well as full-boost emergency brake assist. Hit and hold that horizontal pedal at 60 mph, and the Aviator will stop in 124 feet. That’s short for anything this side of a sport sedan.

The Lincoln has the power and style Americans love, but what happens when you throw it a curve? In a word: magic. Tipping the scales at just over 5000 pounds, the Aviator dances through the slalom field like a vehicle half its mass would. Only the most dedicated sport/utilities from Europe can beat its 60.7-mph best. What’s better still is that all this handling ability doesn’t come at the cost of ride quality or comfort. This SUV’s ZF Servotronic II rack-and-pinion steering and fully independent suspension (with mono-tube shocks and coil springs) have been tuned by the clever folks at Lincoln–no fancy electronic controls needed here. The Michelin tires are a fantastic match for this chassis.