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2008 Lincoln Navigator L Sport Utility

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  • $51,745 original MSRP
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2008 Lincoln Navigator L Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Lincoln Navigator L Sport Utility

The 2008 Lincoln Navigator is one of the most luxurious American-made vehicles, appearing as an elegantly dressed full-size SUV on the outside with especially posh interior appointments. The new Navigator L model brings added cargo space and is a direct rival to the Cadillac Escalade ESV. The Navigator models stand out for their interior packaging, with a standard PowerFold third-row seat that automatically folds forward for an expanded flat cargo space. Yet the Navigator still has a truck frame and serious hauling credentials, with tow ratings of up to 9,100 pounds.

What's new for 2008?

Following a complete redesign for 2007, the 2008 Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L now come standard with a power liftgate, THX II certified audio with 14 speakers, Sirius satellite radio, PowerFold third-row seats, and heated and cooled front seats. In addition, a Monochrome Limited Edition Package is optional, and the Ultimate trim has been discontinued. New exterior colors added to the 2008 palette include White Suede Clearcoat, Vapor Silver Clearcoat, and Earth Clearcoat.

Model Strengths

  • Refinement
  • quiet and versatile interior with power-folding third row
  • towing and hauling ability.

Model Review

Lincoln's large luxury SUV, the Navigator, was completely redesigned for 2007, with significant improvements in refinement, a more luxurious interior, and a cleaner, more elegant exterior appearance. A 5.4L V8, making 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, is the only engine offered on the Navigator, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that brings an especially wide gear range, for improved acceleration and fuel economy. It can also tow up to 9,100 pounds.

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BAY HARBOR, Mich. -- Noodle around in the Navigator L, Lincoln´s luxurious full-size and long-stretched sport utility vehicle (SUV), and from the driver´s seat you may observe a curious phenomenon which occurs among sidewalk spectators when this jumbo-size hulk of a wagon moves down the street: Heads turn and eyes follow as everyone seems to notice it.

Of course, Navigator rises high and draws to an extremely long length, measuring bigger than most other vehicles on the road, so it´s bound to stand out in traffic. Yet the reason so many eyes follow a Navigator when it moves in traffic extends beyond mere physical dimensions. That massive prow, you see, commands attention.

The stunning snout looks bold and unusual, as accented by the shapely composite hood with chiseled chamfers defining the prominent powerdome and the face dominated by chrome glints of a wide-stretching egg-crate grille. Penetrating high-intensity discharge (HID) projector headlamps mark clear-lens lamp clusters at top corners of the prow, while round foglamps interrupt the low front fascia also housing a chrome-dipped egg-crate grille.

It looks so bold, so big and so powerful that you simply cannot fail to notice a Navigator. Launched in 1997 as a 1998 product, the Navigator originated the class of luxury full-size SUVs. In original treatment, it dominated the segment with a 5.4-liter V8 engine and modes for rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and four-wheel-drive (4WD) traction.

A new design emerged in 2003 and retained the bold styling of the original as well as its 5.4-liter V8 powertrain, although the revamped version brought more power and torque. It also carved out more room in the cabin for as many as eight passengers on three tiers with a standard third-row bench that tucked into the cargo floor for a slick disappearing act.

For added safety, a side curtain-style air bag system called a Safety Canopy came with the new design, and an all-wheel-drive (AWD) model gained a multi-phase Control Trac system to direct engine torque to whichever wheels need it. In 2007 a new version -- Navigator L -- stretched even longer to carve out 25 cubic feet more cargo space.

For 2008 models, more equipment comes to Lincoln´s luxurious SUV. The new gear includes a power liftgate, heated and cooled front bucket seats, the Sirius network satellite radio service, a deluxe THX II audio system and convenient PowerFold third-row seat.

Running boards at the bottom of the four side doors show a wide step surface. An air suspension system operates to drop the wagon by an inch in height with engine off to make entry and exit easier for riders. Further, optional power running boards extend or retract with the opening or closing of doors.

The opportunity to drive a 2008 Navigator occurred recently along the winding shore of Lake Michigan on Route 119 out of Bay Harbor, Mich. Through curvy twists and bends of the lake road we prod our wagon to run the convoluted course at a quick clip in order to see how nimble it can be due to Navigator´s menu of facile mechanical features which include a rigid chassis, fast-response rack and pinion steering plus a fully independent suspension system.

And Navigator shows us in wiggles through right-left-right chicanes on the road that it can dance a tricky waltz as reinforced by powerful V8 muscle. It feels almost sporty, so agile the posture and smooth the ride, yet Navigator has a nine-foot wheelbase (or ten-foot for Navigator L) and stretches for 17 feet (or more than 19 feet for the L).

Sole powertrain for Navigator is a 5.4-liter V8 with a cast-iron engine block designed for quiet operation. It musters 300 hp at 5000 rpm, with the torque extending to 365 lb-ft at 3750 rpm.

Controlling that engine torque is a wide-ratio automatic transmission featuring six forward gears. Equipment promoting active safety includes four-wheel disc brakes tied to an anti-lock brake system (ABS). Also aboard is the AdvanceTrac anti-skid gizmo with Roll Stability Control (RSC), along with the Safety Canopy curtain-style air bags.

Navigator´s vast cabin contains three tiers of seats including the third-row bench which tucks into the floor. The second row of seats may be either two buckets divided by a console or a bench split 40/20/40 in sections with a smaller center seat that slides forward for a child to sit closer to the front row.

Seatbacks of the third-row bench split 60/40 and fold separately via the PowerFold push-button power controls. A new option for 2008 is the Rearview Camera System (RCS) which mounts a tiny video camera in the rear liftgate handle and activates when you shift into reverse gear. You get a sharp video display in the rearview mirror of Navigator´s rearward path.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std
Back-Up Camera Opt

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Lincoln Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

6 years or 100,000 miles comprehensive limited warranty coverage from the original in-service date

Rental Reimbursement $45/day

Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer / less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 200
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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