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2002 Lincoln Blackwood Truck

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  • $51,785 original MSRP
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2002 Lincoln Blackwood

Source: The Car Connection

Livin’ large. Real large.

by Paul Wiley Cockerham

Lincoln’s Blackwood created the luxury sport-utility truck niche. But as a test drive—and new competition—confirm, the Blackwood seems destined to occupy a sub-niche within this market.

The competition comes from Cadillac’s Johnny-come-lately, the Escalade EXT. While the Caddy—a gussied-up Chevy Avalanche—gives a sophisticated veneer to true truck functionality, the Blackwood—a gussied-up Ford F-150 Super Crew—seems too content to get by on its looks.

Not that there’s anything wrong with this. The Blackwood simply oozes luxury. The cabin seats a party of four in firm, low-slung, Connolly leather-surfaced buckets, and there are huge center consoles fore and aft. The distinctive cargo box, trimmed in simulated Wenge wood, lined with stainless steel, enclosed by a power top and a rather strange pair of vertically-hung doors, imparts an air of concept-vehicle exclusivity.

White-boy rap

Cruising around the Pocono roads surrounding the Jack Frost Mountain ski resort here, this 45-year-old white male imagined himself on Hollywood Boulevard and felt as close to being a rap star as he’s ever going to feel.

And cruising is what the black-only Blackwood does best. Although the engine compartment has hosted powerplants as glorious as the supercharged mill powering Ford’s Lightning, Lincoln went with the 5.4-liter, DOHC V-8, a thirsty powerplant providing few accelerative thrills, although it is quiet and smooth. Lincoln claims it does provide enough oomph to handle a Class III (standard) or Class IV (with aftermarket fittings) towing capacity of 8700 lb, good news for the conspicuously consuming horsey set.

Blackwood shows it’s best suited for boulevards and stately driveways by not offering four-wheel drive. It does have standard traction control, but not enough tire (Michelin Cross Terrains mounted on 18x8-in. wheels) to handle its 5637-lb bulk, and the big, black truck tended to plow on the twisty, damp roads leading to and from the ski lodge.

Still, ride and handling are excellent in nominal circumstances. The recirculating-ball power steering system has a good feel to it, and the suspension utilizes unequal-length arms in the front and a leaf spring/adjustable air combo in back. The unique rear setup uses a sensor that activates air bladders, providing a level ride when up to a 1200-lb cargo is carried. Four-wheel discs and ABS provide plenty of whoa when asked.

A tad confused

There is still a minor hint of Blackwood’s body-on-frame truck roots when hitting bumps and little rattles and squeaks ensue. But all in all, the Blackwood experience is extremely civilized. One sits behind a tilting, leather and wood steering wheel; combined with the heated and cooled seats and adjustable pedals, it’s difficult not to find a comfortable seating position. Staying cool is (dare we say) a breeze, thanks to the humongous air-conditioning system borrowed from the Navigator and a heavy window tint.

From the C-pillar back, however, the Blackwood seems a tad confused. The ex-cargo bed can be used best as a 26.5-cubic foot trunk, albeit a very nice trunk. The stainless-steel walls nicely set off the carpeted floor, which is illuminated by LED accent lights. But the power top limits the height of what’s carried back there. If the cargo is limited to high-ticket leather items such as golf bags, luggage and saddles, the storage area meets its mission.

A Ford press rep put it best: the Blackwood “is what it is”—a large pickup transformed into a stylish conveyance. Ten thousand units are slated for the 2002 model year, and I’ll bet there are 10,000 conspicuous consumers that’ll snap ‘em up.

 

2002 Lincoln Blackwood

Base price: $52,500; as tested, $54,495 (with GPS option)
Engine: 5.4-liter, 32-valve V-8, 300 hp
Drivetrain: Four-speed electronic automatic with overdrive lockout, rear-wheel drive with limited-slip differential
Fuel economy: 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway
Wheelbase: 138.5 in
Length: 220.2 in
Width: 78.0 in
Height: 73.6 in
Curb weight : 5637 lb
Safety equipment: Passive anti-theft-system; locking, illuminated tonneau cover with emergency release handle; driver and front passenger front and side airbags; height-adjustable seatbelts with pretensioners; reverse sensing/warning system; four-wheel disc brakes with ABS.
Major standard features: Stainless steel, illuminated truck bed lining with power tonneau cover; dual-door rear gate; 18” aluminum wheels; Michelin P275/55R/18SL tires; four low-back bucket seats with perforated Connolly leather seating surfaces; front and rear leather-covered center consoles; wood- and leather-trimmed tilting steering wheel with duplicate climate and audio controls; simulated “Wenge Wood” rear exterior trim.
Warranty: Four years/50,000 miles

 

Copyright © 2001 by the Car Connection

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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.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

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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