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2008 Lincoln MKZ

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2008 Lincoln MKZ Review

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In 2006 Ford introduced its all-new Ford Fusion midsize sedan and its divisional platform mates the Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr (all based on Japanese-partner Mazda's well-respected Mazda6 front-wheel-drive architecture). All three have earned media praise, strong quality reviews and good first-year sales. Building on this proven platform, Lincoln adopts a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission and available "intelligent" all-wheel drive to create the mid-size 2008 Lincoln MKZ (pronounced "M-K-Z") luxury sedan. Although the name is confusingly similar to the MKX crossover and soon-to-come MKS luxury sedan, Lincoln simply follows a long line of luxury manufacturers whose marketers prefer letters and numbers to easily-recognizable names.

You'll Like This Car If...

If a boldly-styled, beautifully-trimmed, solidly-built, well-equipped and reasonably-priced American midsize luxury sedan that feels and drives more like a European import would fulfill your needs and desires, the 2008 Lincoln MKZ may be an excellent choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Lincoln long competed head-to-head with GM's Cadillac at the top of the U.S. market, but has lost a lot of luster in recent years. If brand image ranks higher than comfort, value and substance on your priority list, you may want to look elsewhere.

What's Significant About This Car?

All MKZs receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, heated and cooled leather front seats and the Sync hands-free audio and communications system (late availability).

Driving the MKZ

Driving Impressions The 2008 Lincoln MKZ's specially tuned, fully independent suspension rides a bit softer than the more sport-tuned Ford Fusion's but retains nearly all of the fun-to-drive Fusion's responsiveness and agility....

Partly due to the car's stiff structure, its rack-and-pinion steering is precise, with good on-center feel, and transmits little vibration back to the steering wheel, thanks to its mounting on the isolated front subframe. The available "intelligent" all-wheel drive monitors and predicts traction at all four wheels and delivers torque to those with the best grip. There is an overdrive lock-out switch for the six-speed transmission (primarily for hilly roads), but no way to manually control gear choice and shift timing.

Standard Duratec 35 V6 Engine
Ford has long needed a smoother, more powerful, state-of-the-art V6 for its upscale mid-size entries, and this is it. Along with strong performance, it delivers respectable fuel economy of 19 EPA city miles per gallon and 27 on the highway with two-wheel drive, and one less mile per gallon on both city and highway tests with available four-wheel drive.

Optional THX II-Certified Premium Audio
This 600-watt, 14-speaker system delivers surround-sound worthy of an upscale cinema. An MP3 audio input jack and SIRIUS Satellite Radio are also available.

2008 Lincoln MKZ Details
Interior

Inside the ultra-quiet, premium-quality cabin are generous portions of real wood, satin nickel and chrome accents. Rear-seat space is surprisingly generous, with more than three feet of legroom. The trunk is a best-in-class 15.8 cubic feet, with a flat floor and low liftover height for easy access, and the compact decklid hinges won't crush or interfere with your cargo. The class-exclusive standard 60/40-split rear seats fold flat, with a convenient pop-down spring assist, for easy storage access or to extend the cargo floor straight through from rear deck to front seats.

Exterior

Lincoln says its modern image target is "earned reward" or "American dream," rather than "old world" flashy or "ostentatious luxury," which translates to quiet, casual, confident and more understated design. With its bold waterfall grille, jewel-like quad projector-beam headlamps, judicious use of chrome trim and low-profile tires on 17-inch, eight-spoke machined aluminum wheels, the 2008 Lincoln MKZ certainly looks the part of a credible midsize luxury sedan. Around back are large wrap-around taillamps and twin chrome exhausts.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The nicely-equipped 2008 Lincoln MKZ comes with automatic on/off headlamps, leather seating, heated and cooled 10-way power front seats, tilt/telescoping four-spoke steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, dual-zone climate control, power heated mirrors, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry with exterior keypad, Sync communications system, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer and auxiliary audio input jack, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and two 12-volt outlets. Standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with traction control and six air bags: Dual-stage fronts, front seat-mounted side and side-curtain bags for both seating rows.

Optional Equipment

Among the many MKZ options are chromed wheels, a power moonroof, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, 14-speaker THX II-Certified premium audio and DVD navigation.

Under the Hood

The MKZ's all-new 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve aluminum Duratec 35 V6 delivers 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque through a new six-speed, wide-ratio, multiple-clutch automatic transmission. It boasts variable intake-valve timing, a dual-plenum intake manifold and a relatively high 10.3:1 compression ratio to optimize its balance of performance and efficiency.

3.5-liter V6
263 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
249 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 (FWD); 17/24 (AWD)

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2008 Lincoln MKZ Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 219 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

50K miles I've had no repairs, zero.

By on Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great dealer service"

Cons: "No complaints"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have replaced the cabin filter which I believe cost $45.00...that's it. I have a 72 month, 100,000 mile warranty on the car and have used none of it."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Dream Car to Drive

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive even in the winter"

Cons: "back up beeper is too touchy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned many cars through the years but this is the most comfortable, trouble free, safe, and easy to handle. I live in a very cold and snowy area and this car stays on the road, and I can move smoothly over the pot-holes every Spring."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

rock solid since bought new

By on Monday, April 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliable, comfortable, roomy trunk,ac seats in TX!"

Cons: "Retro interior design"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Got in 2008 and gave to my wife in 2011 so I could get a new car. She's driven it since and refuses to get rid of it despite some really great cars out there now. Interior is not the best style but I think the exterior still looks cool. Only expenses outside gas and oil changes: new tires and new battery. That's it for the last 7+ years! Granted we don't have a lot of miles on it but so far so good."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Reliable luxury at a great price.

By on Thursday, March 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car with about 56k miles and it has treated me great ever since. I drive a lot and wanted to have something that was comfortable and classy without breaking the bank. If you're looking for a sporty midsize then look elsewhere. If you're looking for a great ride, classy looks, with all the upscale features at an excellent price then this is your car. I have yet to sit in another luxury midsize that looks this nice on the inside for a price that can't be beat."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

trouble free, AWD is great

By on Thursday, March 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Drives great, goes anywhere in any weather, excellent reliability. Not the best gas mileage and tire wear is worse than average."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Very reliable low mileage luxury vehicle.

By on Sunday, February 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great reliability and low mileage at 32000."

Cons: "Will need new tires soon and has minor exterior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This vehicle is extremely reliable and has low mileage. It has all the amenities and power of a luxury vehicle with mileage of a economy. Tan leather interior with cooling seat comfort in the summer and heated seats for the winter. Has sun roof multiple CD player Sirius XM capability and am/fm radio and blue tooth. Power windows and programmable seat adjust with daytime running lights. Automatic transmission with traction control."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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