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This vehicle is devoid of style. Lots of straight lines and squares. Even the interior is that way. I can't imagine this vehicle being successful in the marketplace.

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Gonna be seeing quite a few with Suncoast Gold Edition vinyl tops and whitewalls. The interior? Meh. The Aviator concept made the squared 70s look seem interesting. This just looks like Lincoln raided a Pier One and a box of 1980 Sony VCR buttons.

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I like this interior...very 60s feeling, and the body looks pretty good in white. The materials seem top notch and the fit and finish is about as good as it gets. Despite having the 3.0L, I think this will do decently for Lincoln.

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I like the retro interior and color scheme. The exterior looks surprisingly gaudy; the concept and press release photos made it look elegant instead.

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Ford and Lincoln are in big trouble with this car and the 500 and Montego as well. This is no Lincoln. A massive mistake. It looks like the Mazda6 it is. A gilded one. What a disappointment. Some heads will roll over this bland, boring, dull, safe styling direction that some have embraced at Ford. A disaster in the making. Yes they are GM's competition, but I want Ford to be healthy American competition for GM.

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I think I'd take a Fusion or Milan over the Zephyr. None of them have particularly distinctive designs, and I don't really care for the dash being so high in the Zephyr, it looks like it belongs in/came out of the Navigator.

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Lincoln is quickly becoming irrelevant in today's market. This thing looks terrible inside and out. How is anyone fooled by this?

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I think the Milan is the best of the three...

I guess the biggest problem with the Lincoln is the fact that it look's so boring, I don't care that it's based on the mazda 6, or that it has a mercury and a ford twin.

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Here's what companies I see being dropped real soon, in order: Isuzu, Lincoln, Buick, Mercury. I couldn't care less about Isuzu, but I really hate saying this especially about Buick-as well as Lincoln and Mercury. Simply wasted potential for the three.I read the review for the Fusion on ConsumerGuide, and it basically stated that it was a very average and banal car. Very disappointing. The Lincoln sounds nice on paper, but its just so disappointing, and the interior, as nice as it looks, depicts that too. Edited by Mule Bakersdozen LS

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I actually saw one of these and like how it looks..

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Not a bad vehicle by any means, but I REALLY do not see a FWD-Mazda based small sedan working for Lincoln. Ford and Mercury? Yeah, absolutely. But moving up to Lincoln, well, I just don't think it will work. It will probably be the same situation they've had with the LS, and the LS is an arguably better car than this, albeit strangely more cramped.

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The car looks great, inside and out. The interior's a little high and square, but the material use is nice and the wood lookds great. The front fascia is agressive and VERY Lincoln. The rear lamps are a little to large, IMO. I don't like the idea of FWD Lincolns, but this is as good a FWD Lincoln as we're gonna get. The definitely need to get the new 3.5L duratec in there asap, though.

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Here's what companies I see being dropped real soon, in order: Isuzu, Lincoln, Buick, Mercury. I couldn't care less about Isuzu, but I really hate saying this especially about Buick-as well as Lincoln and Mercury. Simply wasted potential for the three.I read the review for the Fusion on ConsumerGuide, and it basically stated that it was a very average and banal car. Very disappointing. The Lincoln sounds nice on paper, but its just so disappointing, and the interior, as nice as it looks, depicts that too.

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Well, your first problem is that you're reading Consumer Guide.

Every review I have read (C&D, Motor Trend, Automotive News, even the Lienerts) gave the Fusion/Milan a gold star for handling and driving characteristics...and that's with the 3.0L. C&D, who rarely likes anything Ford, said the only nitpicks were needing a firmer brake pedal and the Duratec not sounding as pure as Honda's V6 (:rolleyes:), as well as needing stability control optional. That was it. Otherwise, they ended it with:

With its stylish looks, fine road manners, practical configuration, and aggressive pricing, the Fusion should make a strong impact in the mainstream-sedan segment--and truly put Ford back in the car game.


Go to other message boards and you will find plenty of import fans that love this vehicle. Many have said it is a domestic they would actually consider buying.

I'm a Ford fan, but even if I wasn't I see no reason why the Fusion isn't Car of the Year material. Styling is merely subjective...it all comes down to quality and how it drives. And the Fusion/Milan/Zephyr excell in both.

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It's alright, I like the Milan the best of the quadruplets, but this really isn't bad, I just hate the interior. Exterior? Meh, I can deal.

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considering how many dolts buy expensive styleless cars like Acuras, Subarus, Avalons, and Lexus Camry's, (*cough* WOMEN *cough* YUPPIES *cough* CLUELESS FKS *cough* RICERS *cough* BABY BOOMERS *cough*) I think the Zephyr is a response to that type of car....its an entry level near lux car that gets it status from being the dressy version of its basic kin, and not much else. The fate of this car rests on whether folks like the interior. This is simply a rebadge exerciseto sell another car in a lincoln showroom and quite honestly I have no problem with that. There is a market of folks, that's all they want. I wish Lincoln had invested in a new LS. Even if it were the same chassis, a new interior and exterior skin with some performance packages would be tremendously welcome. The Zephyr is fluff, but some folks want that. Edited by regfootball

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, (*cough* WOMEN *cough* YUPPIES *cough* CLUELESS FKS *cough* RICERS *cough* BABY BOOMERS *cough*) .

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Do you have any idea how wrong and biased your comments are. Did you get stuck in traffic trying to escape a hurricane or is this your natural state?

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Not a bad vehicle by any means, but I REALLY do not see a FWD-Mazda based small sedan working for Lincoln.  Ford and Mercury?  Yeah, absolutely.  But moving up to Lincoln, well, I just don't think it will work.

It will probably be the same situation they've had with the LS, and the LS is an arguably better car than this, albeit strangely more cramped.

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Agreed. The LS had some some performance cred like its RWD setup (imagine if it were AWD from its into!) and choice of six or eight cylinders. And when they ditched the Park Avenue chrome bumper edge moldings a few years down, it looks quite hot.

I really see the Zephyr becoming Lincoln's Catera, i.e. selling to the older set because its the cheapest 'Lincoln'. Catera wasn't a real Cadillac and this isn't a real Lincoln.

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Do you have any idea how wrong and biased your comments are.  Did you get stuck in traffic trying to escape a hurricane or is this your natural state?

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Haypops, in other words it means "no one that buys a Cadillac," though I see a lot of women, yuppies and baby boomers in them.

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I like the Zephyr more than the Fusion and Milan but I wish Ford stuck with the concept interior. They changed a few key details (center stack, gauges) that made it look really good. I doubt this will cause the storm that Ford is hoping for but, on the other hand, look at the Lincoln lineup: it desperately needs a midsize car. Granted, a FWD Mazda isn't the ideal platform to build off of but it's something. The Lincoln brand is so messed up right now it's sad. It's a shame after all these years Ford can't see what calculated risks, good engineering and bold styling (Cadillac) can do for a brand.

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It's a shame after all these years Ford can't see what calculated risks, good engineering and bold styling (Cadillac) can do for a brand.


I think Ford does see it, but doesn't have the funds to revive both Jaguar and Lincoln.

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Do you have any idea how wrong and biased your comments are.  Did you get stuck in traffic trying to escape a hurricane or is this your natural state?

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yes I am absolutely sure it was biased. that was the point. wrong? I dunno, i haven't seen anyone offer up a reason why I might be wrong. Those are the market groups I see being attracted to the Zephyr. Is it not politically correct the way i worded it? Did I huwrt sumone's feewings? I really don't care if that's the case. Look at the garbage I drive, I could give a flying intercourse what people say about the shit i drive around in.

We just had a thread on political correctness, did you miss that?

the gist of what I am saying.....the Zephyr is a cushmobile made to compete for the same type of 'soft' buyers as I listed. Those who see cars as trendy fashion accessories or lipstick, without much meat behind the facade. Clearly there is no enthusiast performance reason to buy this car. You should buy an LS instead if you want a lincoln with performance. Edited by regfootball

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We just had a thread on political correctness, did you miss that?

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What i missed is how you are not the cause of politcal correctness, what ever.

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I'm not going to argue or debate other people's comments... The Zephyr has the goods to be very successful for Lincoln: New Platform, DOHC, available AWD (late availability), real wood & metal trim, LED tail lights & HID Headlights, 6-sp auto, attention to detail, and unique styling. I think it will be a winner. It's definitely not suffering from being over priced for what you're getting. Styling is subjective. I personally like the interior and exterior. Don't forget, Lincoln also offers free maintenance and the 4yr/50k warranty.

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I'm not going to argue or debate other people's comments...

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Good idea. Me too. I'll just make my own comments... :P at all haters.

1 - Thanks for the pix, Gerardo!!!!!

2 - from reading other threads, I've decided the completely unsubstantiated claim at Edmunds (re :P ) of 245hp may actually be close... for the base engine... tuned for MAX MPG and a power level that won't cause too much torque steering in the base Fwd version. 'Course Awd will be available as an option. BUT...

3 - I bet the 270hp engine of the FusionST will be another option - Awd only!


(main thing I would have done differently is waited a few months so the 3.5v6 was ready at intro. Guess they had their reasons but heck, the L-M dealers will have the Milan Posted Image which they'll sell more of anyway.) Edited by 2b2

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I wish Lincoln had invested in a new LS. 

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Lincoln is coming out with a new LS based on the same platform as the Five Hundred / Montego / Freestyle, and it will probably offer both the 3.5 V6 and a 4.4 or 4.6 V8, plus all wheel drive. Edited by FSTephenMasek

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Lincoln is coming out with a new LS based on the same platform as the Five Hundred / Montego / Freestyle, and it will probably offer both the 3.5 V6 and a 4.4 or 4.6 V8, plus all wheel drive.

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sounds good to me!

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I don't agree with everything Consumer Guide says, but I've trusted them for years (1992-I was only 9.5 when my Dad bought me that year's Car Comparisons and 1982-92 Used Car books-still have them both and many more additions since)-I've been looking forward to the Fusion, Milan and Zephyr, but not everything adds up to the potenti9al they had at introduction. One thing I will give Zephyr in its favor however, is that it has a nice color selection. Has anyone gotten info yet? All I got was some tiny 3x5 fold-out with a few equipment notes and stuff-nothing major, and very pitiful for a vehicle that's about to be introduced. Same goes for Milan, and I haven't gotten anything on Fusion yet. I really wish Lincoln brought out a REAL LS replacement-that is, a rear-drive, performance-luxury mid-size 4-door notchback sedan to compete with the popular likes in particular of Cadillac CTS and Infiniti G35. This D3 AWD sedan isn't going to cut it-it just sounds like an unnecessary addition unless made like a fastback sedan or something like that. I'm not against Zephyr's mission however-a cushy-luxury mid-size, front-drive, V-6 sedan to go against the deservedly popular (and by far my personal favorite-also stylish) Lexus ES330. I'm beginning to wonder if Cadillac could use such a car, considering the Buick LaCrosse has pretty much failed that mission (i.e. its not luxurious or stylish enough, and the CXS price is what or more than ES330-it needs to be much lower-and for that money, I may as well go get an optioned-out Impala or 300C).

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Lincoln is in danger of becoming merely a trim level for Ford. The Lincoln division becomes more irrelevant by the minute. And I don't take any pleasure in that. I want all American car makers to do well.

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The new Lincolns have unique exterior sheetmetal and interiors. Mercury is still (and will probably remain) a trim level of Ford by continuing to share a lot of exterior sheetmetal & interior pieces.

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beatiful car but now lincoln needs to bring back the continental and restyle the lincoln town car so that its more of a compeditor to caddy.

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Everything I've read indicates the LS will be replaced by a car built on the Five Hundred platform but it will not be called LS.

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I'm just not into that truck proportion dash. The exterior looks nice for sure though. Its funny whenever I hear people mocking 'yuppies' its usually people who just can't afford that lifestyle and it sounds like jealousy pure and simple.

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...I really wish Lincoln brought out a REAL LS replacement-that is, a rear-drive, performance-luxury mid-size 4-door notchback sedan to compete with the popular likes in particular of Cadillac CTS and Infiniti G35. This D3 AWD sedan isn't going to cut it-it just sounds like an unnecessary addition unless made like a fastback sedan or something like that...

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How's this sound -
D385, smaller-sportier of the two coming Lincolns, will have a lower-swoopier roofline & the 4.4v8 (maybe exclusively, maybe for a top model Aviator too).
E386 gets a taller roofline for a more formal appearance, greater interior room & command seating - mod4.6v8 should fit fine.
So they'll have unique silhouettes for distinct roles... even if they share some sheetmetal below the beltline.

Kinda wish they'd keep heritage names like Mark & Continental for Rwd models.

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wihtout reading the previous posts, I actually like the look of this car. If it was rwd and had a better power train it would appeal to me more though. I think the headlights look kinda phaeton-ish and the dash might be a little too upright for my tastes, but I really like the wodd, the metal accents, just the overall look of everything. It really appeals to me...

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I'm just not into that truck proportion dash.  The exterior looks nice for sure though.

Its funny whenever I hear people mocking 'yuppies' its usually people who just can't afford that lifestyle and it sounds like jealousy pure and simple.

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not true. who wants to be a shallow excessive dolt?

Being able to dump money like water for a cool car would be nice, but not if I have to be a dink to do it.

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