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Old 02-07-2009, 16:27   #1 (permalink)
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Well, it's been pretty quiet at my Chrysler dealer lately, so we've been going through allot of used cars before we sell them. I just did a 2006 Lincoln Zephyr with 40,000 miles. This is the first time I've driven one of the Fusion/Milan/Zephyr/MKZ/Mazda6 cars. I have to say, it's not a bad car. Here's some pictures of an MKZ (Zephyr was renamed in 2007 to MKZ, in an attempt to compete with Cadillac's childish naming system)




Power in the Zephyr is the 3.0L Duratec with Variable valve timing. Not quite a screamer but very good power. The 3.5L Duratec replaced it in the MKZ's. Power is comparable to a 3.0L Duratec 2000-2006 Taurus. I think it would have been a little more peppy had it been a 4 speed auto. It has a 6 Speed Auto made by Aisin. Seemed to shift smooth, but the extra gears seemed to slow it slightly. It was a FWD model, AWD is available.


At 40,000 miles, not a squeek or rattle to be heard. Steering is very responsive. It has a SLA front suspension (Lower control arm is split actually, not an A-arm) with coil-over struts, the rear is a multi-link design, but unlike past FWD Fords, it does not use struts. It has seperate coil springs and shock asbsorbers. A smooth ride.

Out of all the other models of this platform (Fusion, Milan, Mazda6) This is by far the best looking one Inside and out. The Vertical bar grille exudes Lincoln. The taillights are great, LED main lamps, conventional inner lamps on the decklid. The interior was good too. The square shape dash actually sets this car apart from today's cars with swoopy rounded shapes. The mechanical clock was a nice touch. The perforated leather seats were very comfortable and easily adjusted. Most of the controls were well laid out. Allot of controls were on the steering wheel (radio, ATC, Cruise, Phone). Rear seat legroom looked to be very good. Trunk seemed roomy enough.


Now, the cons. To fold down the rear seats, you have to go into the trunk. They could have easily put it inside of the passenger compartment as in the past. The silver dash faces makes controls hard to read at times, especially on the ATC controls. The ATC controls are too low, and blocked by the shifter in Park. The trip computer buttons should have been on the steering wheel with the Radio and Cruise Control Buttons. The headlight switch could have been higher too. The multi-function stalk bends up too high, looks ridiculous. Ford has been pretty "Cookie Cutter" with their Instrument Cluster designs the past 5 years, and the Zephyr/MKZ is no exception. Although the Large Speedo/Tach outside with Small Fuel/Temp top/middle is a good layout, the fuel and temp gauges could be a little bigger. Most of the Warning lights are in the very center. The trip computer display is laid out very good, but hard to see with sun glaring on it. The instrument illumination could be brighter. There is no cabin filter for the A/C system.

Overall, even with the flaws, it's still a great car, which I would recommend to anybody.
Body- 10
Interior- 6 (Flaws brought it down quite a bit)
Power- 6 (3.5L MKZ should score higher)
Trans- 7
Ride Comfort- 8
Suspension/Steering/Handling- 9
Controls- 6

On a scale of 1-10 for the whole car, 7.
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