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A Truck in a Tuxedo by NavLover from CA on 01/05/2011. Trim: 1998 Lincoln Navigator 4WD, Owned 10 years.
Pros: While this vehicle can be considered a truck, it's ride is SO unlike any kind of truck The air suspension gives such a nice, comfortable ride. This vehicle tows a horse trailer with two horses and all the gear extremely well, and has for many years Our Navigator was 3 years old when we bought it in 2001, had around 56,000 miles on it, now has over 161,000 & still has its original engine & transmission..! It doesn't have to tow quite as often now, is sorta semi-retired, but still handles trips to Home Depot, Costco, the nursery, etc like a champ. I still love it after all these years, and baby it since the cost of replacement, even with a used one, is a bit much for the budget.
Cons: Only the cost of repairs on some of the systems. In 2009, the compressor for the air suspension was replaced at around $800 and last year, the air bags were replaced at another $800 or so. But while we had somewhere around $3000 worth of what could be considered major repairs done over the last 3 years, those were all original parts and the car had over 100,000 miles on it even then. Can't complain too much, considering the cost of replacing the vehicle, even with a used 3 year old Navigator.
Overall review: I LOVE THIS CAR..!! When mine totally dies and can't be fixed, I will get another. Not a new one, of course, but a low-mileage used Navigator. Ours has been terrific, and I can only hope that a later model would have the same "work eithic" as my 13 year old workhorse. This was the first year of the Navigator, and normally there are more than a few bugs to work out. But this car was built upon the solid base of the Expedition. It's a much nicer, smoother ride than the Expedition and has a more luxurious interior, so it's an Expedition in a tuxedo, but worth the money for those extras systems and luxury touches, especially if it's a daily driver and carries a lot of passengers.
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Life in the Lincoln Lane by Inavig8 in Olympia on 10/05/2008. Trim: 1998 Lincoln Navigator 4WD, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: bought new in 1997 and with 150k still rides like new. Lot of room for kids and gear. Very dependable and low maintenence. Love the adjustable seats and rear climate control. $ on the fly is great too. Tows great.
Cons: Seat leather seems a little thin, torn in creased spots. from day 2 it seems the door close pull handle leather slides to the side and exposes plastic.
Overall review: I love the car, it is my daily driver and I feel very safe in it.
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Top 'o the world, Ma! by Rustifer on 04/27/2004. Trim: 1998 Lincoln Navigator 4WD, Owned 1 year.
Pros: The size of this vehicle, interior and outside, is just awesome. I bought mine used (5 years old and 47,000 miles), and it took just one test drive to convince me that I've never driven anything better in my life. The low gas mileage doesn't upset me in that my office is only 5 miles from home, and it seems to do pretty darn good on the highways. The interior is comfy, luxurious, and ergonomically peachy. And you can't beat that feeling of superiority sitting up higher than anything driving beside you, looking down your nose at the less fortunate ones. Step on the gas, and you'll leave them all behind lickity-split. The 6-CD changer works really great, and keeps me rockin' when I'm cruisin'.
Cons: There's not much to dislike. You may want to try it out for size by pulling it in and out of your garage a few times. I can just barely make it with an inch or two to spare. Leave it outside if you've had a few cocktails--you'll never be able to navigate the tight space without shining up a side panel or two. Also, the cargo space in the back suffers from the great leg room in front. Don't plan on packing a lot of stuff. This thing was designed for human comfort, not shopping bags and suitcases. It also has a somewhat maddening tendency to autolevel itself when I turn off the ignition, making that strange groaning noise as it readjusts itself like a restless dinosaur.
Overall review: I can't help but notice other Navigators on the road. It's just a stunning looking vehicle. I bought mine for about $22,000 (in 2003), and so far it has been the best of my large purchases to date. I always look forward into climbing into my Ruby 'Gator, if only for a short ride to the grocery store. I also spend way too much on carwashes, just because I want her looking her very best all the time. She's a crowd pleaser, that's for sure. I'll buy another when the time comes, and that's for sure too.
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Luxury SUV at a Good Price by Invocare/Little Rock, AR on 03/17/2004. Trim: 1998 Lincoln Navigator 4WD, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Large capacity for people plus additional room for hauling. Very easy to navigate in tight areas. Top quality.
Cons: Needs improved suspension to "iron out" road bumps.
Overall review: Would recommend this vehicle. Compared with other 1998 SUVs, this one stands out. I have had mine for six years without any problems.
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Ton of Metal for the Buck!!!! by Ricky Panga on 06/16/2003. Trim: 1998 Lincoln Navigator 2WD, Owned 5 years.
Pros: Awesome engine. Made to last a Nuke blast! Eats no oil whatsoever. Seldom requires maintenance/top fills. Not fast from zero to 60 but once the torque gets going, move out of the way or prepare to be crushed and die!
Cons: The middle bucket seats do not fold. Big No No!!!! It only inclines forward. The high beam stick is hard to press. And the ignition key is tough to handle. Typical on most SUV's. My explorer had the same headache. Eats breaks once a year.
Overall review: This car is a lot of metal for the money. Well worth the terrible american depreciation value. You can buy one at $20,000 (same as the Toyota Corolla) You can store the JAP SUV's in the rear and they will fit confortably and they cost twice as much. This is a Huge, heavy, and at $28/week to fill up the tank (about 14 miles/gal) it is very fare in the economics sector. But, when it breaks, hold on to your pockets. Minor repairs have totalled $1,000 ea. more or so. Make sure you pay for an extended warranty. It worth the waste of money on insurances.
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