Should I keep my 2006 L8ncoln LS V8

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Cheryl15

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My 2006 Lincoln LS needs a transmission. Is it worth keeping? It's been sitting for 5yrs because I could not decide what to do.
 

jkeaton

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No one can answer that but you. Can you afford to replace the transmission? What is your attachment to the car? Owned since new? Resale on those is not very good, so there's that, expecially with a bad transmission. You need to weigh the options of fixing it versus buying another car.
 

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My 2006 Lincoln LS needs a transmission. Is it worth keeping? It's been sitting for 5yrs because I could not decide what to do.
The transmission in your LS is a variation of the C3 of the 1970s.
Much upgraded and fully electronic.
The exact variation is a 5R55S.

Like many transmissions, it is sensitive to lack of service. (Changing fluid & filter)
If that is the case most of the time a "failure" is mostly soft or replacement parts. Plus it is very dirty inside. Replacing the entire transmission may be a bit over the top. However due to marketing and producting rebuilding, a replacement may be less money.
Without labor (and depending on sources)
A used transmission likley could be had for $500 to $1000 - plus shipping if needed
A rebuilt could be had for $1500 to $2500 -

To select value, or your question of worth has a lot of moving parts. Those moving parts would be -
What condition is it in now? (Other than the transmission)
Would it be used? (It has not been used for the last 5 years)
If it would be used, is the cost to fix this lower than the cost to buy a replacement?

The Lincoln LS is/was not that popular of a vehicle. The market did not embrace it much and IMO that is Lincoln's marketing propblem. A non-running LS is not going to be worth much. Depending on condition and options, a running copy would be worth $1500 in poor condition to $4000 to $5000 in good condition with the right options.

If you are going to have someone do this and the car is in poor condition and you will sell it, not likely you will get all of your money invested. The best route may be to call a yard and have them come pick up. You might get a couple hundred dollars.

If the vehicle is in good shape and you will have a use for it after the transmisison is fixed, likley it wood be something to invest in for another daily driver.

Hope this helps

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Cheryl15

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The transmission in your LS is a variation of the C3 of the 1970s.
Much upgraded and fully electronic.
The exact variation is a 5R55S.

Like many transmissions, it is sensitive to lack of service. (Changing fluid & filter)
If that is the case most of the time a "failure" is mostly soft or replacement parts. Plus it is very dirty inside. Replacing the entire transmission may be a bit over the top. However due to marketing and producting rebuilding, a replacement may be less money.
Without labor (and depending on sources)
A used transmission likley could be had for $500 to $1000 - plus shipping if needed
A rebuilt could be had for $1500 to $2500 -

To select value, or your question of worth has a lot of moving parts. Those moving parts would be -
What condition is it in now? (Other than the transmission)
Would it be used? (It has not been used for the last 5 years)
If it would be used, is the cost to fix this lower than the cost to buy a replacement?

The Lincoln LS is/was not that popular of a vehicle. The market did not embrace it much and IMO that is Lincoln's marketing propblem. A non-running LS is not going to be worth much. Depending on condition and options, a running copy would be worth $1500 in poor condition to $4000 to $5000 in good condition with the right options.

If you are going to have someone do this and the car is in poor condition and you will sell it, not likely you will get all of your money invested. The best route may be to call a yard and have them come pick up. You might get a couple hundred dollars.

If the vehicle is in good shape and you will have a use for it after the transmisison is fixed, likley it wood be something to invest in for another daily driver.

Hope this helps

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The car is in good shape, fully loaded. Milage is 98,000 so the motor is good. I had new jaguar brakes installed right before the transmisison trouble.. It runs fine and goes into reverse but slips in the drive posotion
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Cheryl15

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The car is in good shape, fully loaded. Milage is 98,000 so the motor is good. I had new jaguar brakes installed right before the transmisison trouble.. It runs fine and goes into reverse but slips in the drive posotion

No one can answer that but you. Can you afford to replace the transmission? What is your attachment to the car? Owned since new? Resale on those is not very good, so there's that, expecially with a bad transmission. You need to weigh the options of fixing it versus buying another car.
Yes I can afford to replace it. The motor only has 98,000 on it. It also had new Jaguar brakes put on before the transmission problem. I was not sure if I should repair it or just get rid of it. If I recall correctly I was having trouble finding someone who would put the transmission in if I bought one. It runs fine, fully loaded. Reverse works but the drive position slips.
 

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It runs fine and goes into reverse but slips in the drive posotion
This is usually because the seals have been hardened due to heat.

However upon further investigation there is NO dip stick for the transmission! (See link below) This is called a sealed transmission. However there is a fill port somewhere.

It may be possible the transmission is low on fluid. (Due to a leak) If you did not operate the transmssion much the damage may be minimal. If there is a leak have that repaired and fill the fluid to the correct level and test drive.

If you are not able to check the fluid level, have a professional do this. It is not an easy proceedure as teh vehicle has to be lifted to gain access to the fill plug.

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Here are some shade tree vids on how to fill.



One thing about this transmission that will be in your favor. It was used in 2005 to 2010 Mustang. (And other vehicles) Mustang guys will be alll over something like this. So it is not a unique transmission to LS.

If it were me I would add some fluid to see if the vehicle operates and does not slip with the correct fluid level. If it works OK, the drop the pan and refil with fresh fludi and a new filter.

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Cheryl15

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Here are some shade tree vids on how to fill.



One thing about this transmission that will be in your favor. It was used in 2005 to 2010 Mustang. (And other vehicles) Mustang guys will be alll over something like this. So it is not a unique transmission to LS.

If it were me I would add some fluid to see if the vehicle operates and does not slip with the correct fluid level. If it works OK, the drop the pan and refil with fresh fludi and a new filter.

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I remember that it is a transmission that requires the dealer to open and fill.
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Doesn't have to be a dealership. That labor tends to be rather expensive because they are trained in most current technology. This transmission is not the latest and greatest. It is no longer made or used.

If you are not going to do this, a good independent transmission shop should be versed in this transmission. Ther labor rate should be less than a Ford/Lincoln dealership.

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Cheryl15

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Doesn't have to be a dealership. That labor tends to be rather expensive because they are trained in most current technology. This transmission is not the latest and greatest. It is no longer made or used.

If you are not going to do this, a good independent transmission shop should be versed in this transmission. Ther labor rate should be less than a Ford/Lincoln dealership.

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I will do that. Thank you so much for all the information, I appreciate it!

Cheryl
 

chpten8

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Would you be interested in selling it, if so; what would you be asking for it?
 

Buckie

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Well I asked myself that question about 6 months ago. I had just bought /traded for my 2006 LS 3.9 V-8 and only put about 1500 miles on it when my transmission gave up on me in Wal Marts parking lot. I decided to have it rebuilt an it cost me $2200.00. And im glad i did its a wonderful car to drive. Surprisingly with 147,000 miles on the odometer the engine is still very strong, and thats one of the reasons I decided to fix it. Even with all the problems these cars are prone to I refuse to sell it or send it off to the junkyard. When its running right its a awesome car to cruise around in. Hope you fix it and keep it and enjoy having it as muchas I do mine...
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Cheryl15

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You should research so you know a good starting point instead of asking someone who may want to buy it what it’s worth. Lol
I agree, I believe I will get the transmission fixed and then sell it.
 

Uncle Poncho

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This thread put the wheels in motion in my head. The 2005 LS Sport I bought a few weeks ago is in pretty nice shape. I've put a little money into it for new struts/springs (self installed) and a set of tires with 4 wheel alignment.
It's just about to roll 90k miles. Nothing wrong with the transmission but I decided to be proactive and take it in to a Ford dealer this week for transmission flush, fluid change and filter as I'd like to keep the car around awhile. AAMCO is about the only local option for transmission specialists and I just don't have a great feeling about them.
After poking around online and discovering what's involved with refilling the transmission I decided to farm the job out. If it was a more simple operation like drop the pan, change the filter and then refill through the dipstick tube like the old days I would have tackled it myself. But with the goofy drain plug and trying to devise a way to pump fluid in in a garage with no lift I figured I'd be setting myself up for some problems.
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DrivingEnthusiast

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struts/springs
They are not struts - they are coilover shocks. Struts are a cheap suspension design with poor geometry are are structural.
When Ford dumbed down the DEW98 into the S197 Mustang they switched over to struts to reduce costs... and a solid rear axle. We want neither here!
So, Cheryl15 - did you keep your LS?
 

Cheryl15

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Sep 26, 2022
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They are not struts - they are coilover shocks. Struts are a cheap suspension design with poor geometry are are structural.
When Ford dumbed down the DEW98 into the S197 Mustang they switched over to struts to reduce costs... and a solid rear axle. We want neither here!
So, Cheryl15 - did you keep your LS?
No, I ended up donating it. It was difficult because I really loved it. It had lots of get up and go!
 
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