Last time on Used Car Face-Off we highlighted several SUVs from Japan made in the early 2000's that are likely mascots of reliability and will serve you for many thousands of miles. However, our Euro-American trio today is also from the early 2000s, and each vehicle has a mileage under 100K. That is a good thing, as these are three of the most notorious reliability nightmares from Ford during that era: the Volvo S80 T6, the Lincoln LS, and the Jaguar S-Type. Which will you attempt to use as a means of transportation and prestige despite the dubious reputation?
The Volvo S80 marked somewhat of a downturn in reliability for Volvo at the beginning of the Ford era, with the S80 the most egregious offender with iffy electronics and a horrendously unreliable GM 4 speed transmission in the T6 models like this one. However, this particular example seems to be well-taken care of, and with only 76K miles, it still has at least 10K more to go before its first transmission replacement! Is its understated Scandinavian style which still looks as good today as it was groundbreaking in 1999 worth the $5.5K figure?
The Lincoln LS was meant to be somewhat of a response to the increasing number of European imports on the roads in the early 2000s as Ford’s rendition of the Cadillac Catera. Unlike the Catera, however, the LS was designed with the American market in mind instead of being a rebadged Omega, and so the LS was never much of a sports car but more a luxury cruiser. However, they have been known to eat transmissions and engines alike as referred to by Wikipedia, although since this one has only covered 81K miles, will its far less complex engine bay, RWD platform, and lower cost let it surpass the Swedecrusier?
The S-Type was designed as a platform mate to the LS and thus shares several characteristics to the Lincoln including the RWD and reliability standard. However, the seller of this big cat touts that because it is the 4.2 RWD, it bests the 3.0 AWD in terms of reliability figures. Does this big gold saloon car appeal to you at $5.5K and 98K miles, or do you find truth in the statement that this was Jaguar’s Edsel?