A powerful, classy, tough yet refined luxury SUV
By S4L on Wednesday, October 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,500
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"In search of a replacement for our aging Ford Escape, I literally lucked into our 2004 Aviator. I was not exactly looking for one, to be honest. I was in the market for something used that was newer, preferably bigger, and definitely safer than what we had. We are new parents and I simply want my wife and little boy to be safe when traveling.
I was going to test drive a different SUV when it was brought to my attention that if I could wait a few days perhaps I might like what they had coming in a little better than what I was currently looking at. That's how my first Lincoln came to me. Right time. Right vehicle. Right price. So I said I'll take it right now, sight unseen. And let me say this, the anticipation drove me nuts waiting for it to finally arrive on the lot. I passed on an 07 Grand Cherokee, 06 Escape, and 08 Jeep Liberty that were all priced higher, all with higher mileage.
It was well worth the wait. It was well worth the price I paid. And with less than 100k on the odometer, it is in great shape for a ten year old vehicle. Needless to say, its also a huge step up in class from the 2001 Escape it replaced. We loved that little Escape and how she drove and performed on the highway and took to snowy roads like a champ. Its been less than a year since I brought it home so the jury is still out on how well it will get around with its AWD here in NE Pa. I'm not worried, though. Not having the ability to engage any kind of 4WD at will does have my wife a little concerned. Since I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, which has the full-time 4WD of its Quadra-Drive system, its been years since I've had to worry about whether or not I should put my truck in 4WD. I'm not saying I expect our Lincoln Aviator to mimic my Jeep when it comes to a foot of snow. But I do expect it to keep my wife and child safe and sound should they find themselves out and about caught in a snow storm.
Speaking of my GC, it is a Limited, and as intended, is very nice inside with its heated leather seats, bells & whistles, and wood trim. Even though our 2 SUVs are roughly the same age with each built to be at or near the top-of-the-line for their respected brand, the Lincoln is simply in a different league when it comes to talking luxury. The Aviator drives and steers effortlessly as it glides over rough roadways. There's plenty of room even with a child's carseat strapped in the backseat. The 3rd row mostly stays down for extra room to transport everything we need for the 3 of us for our weekly camping trips or random outings with the baby.
One minor downside is the requirement for 91 or better gasoline. Along with the lowly 13.5 MPG we average, I was well aware and accepting of the fact it was going to cost a bit more to drive and maintain this particular vehicle. I consider it a small price to pay for the peace of mind it gives me when I think about the safety it provides my family.
The cold air that trickles across my back and down my crack on a 100 degree day has become one of my favorite things in life. It's been almost 25 years since I learned how to double shift while driving a 1960 International Harvester dumptruck as a pre-teen. I've loved driving ever since. Whether it be a car, lawn tractor, front end loader, dirt bike, it doesn't matter. I love to drive. Its a good thing, too. I commute over 60 miles round trip, 6 days a week. Somebody say road trip? As long as I can drive, sure.
Without meaning to sound like I'm bragging and/or coming across like I'm a snooty, superficial person who overvalues material possessions, I am proud to own my Lincoln Aviator. I may have bought it used because frankly a new Lincoln is currently out of our price range. But the fact that I am able to purchase and maintain a well known and respected luxury brand vehicle to ensure the safety and comfort of my family, well, it makes me proud. I've never purchased something so nice by myself. I've owned nice things before. But this is just different."
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