2004 Lincoln Navigator

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Lincoln Navigator. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Ride comfort
  • Crash-test ratings
  • Electroluminescent gauges
  • Seat comfort

The Bad

  • Massive size
  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Trucklike demeanor

Notable Features of the 2004 Lincoln Navigator

  • 300-hp V-8
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Power-extendable running boards
  • Side-curtain airbags/Safety Canopy
  • RWD or 4WD

2004 Lincoln Navigator Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Lincoln redesigned its full-size sport utility vehicle as an early 2003 model and moved it away from its pickup-truck origins. Changes to the Navigator’s chassis promise less of the trucklike ride that the previous model exhibited. The current model features a four-wheel-independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Like its predecessor, the 2004 Navigator is essentially a dressed-up Ford Expedition.

Developers sought to improve interior quietness and refinement. Lincoln claimed several industry firsts with some of the Navigator’s features; these included the SUV’s optional, powered, third-row seat that folds into the floor and its power-extendable running boards, which ease entry and exit. Rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive Navigators are offered in Luxury and Ultimate trim levels.

A tire-pressure monitor is standard, and front tweeter speakers are installed. An optional AdvanceTrac electronic stability system now features Roll Stability Control. Lincoln also introduced a companion Aviator SUV for 2003.

Exterior
Even though the design of the roof and front doors was carried over from the previous model, fresh bodywork elsewhere promises better aerodynamics. Lincoln’s signature grille consists of vertical argent vanes. Aluminum wheels hold 18-inch tires.

Elevating the front edge of the hood makes it possible to see the vehicle’s corners. For the 2003 redesign, frame rails were lowered by 2 inches, and the bumper beam was lo...
Vehicle Overview
Lincoln redesigned its full-size sport utility vehicle as an early 2003 model and moved it away from its pickup-truck origins. Changes to the Navigator’s chassis promise less of the trucklike ride that the previous model exhibited. The current model features a four-wheel-independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Like its predecessor, the 2004 Navigator is essentially a dressed-up Ford Expedition.

Developers sought to improve interior quietness and refinement. Lincoln claimed several industry firsts with some of the Navigator’s features; these included the SUV’s optional, powered, third-row seat that folds into the floor and its power-extendable running boards, which ease entry and exit. Rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive Navigators are offered in Luxury and Ultimate trim levels.

A tire-pressure monitor is standard, and front tweeter speakers are installed. An optional AdvanceTrac electronic stability system now features Roll Stability Control. Lincoln also introduced a companion Aviator SUV for 2003.

Exterior
Even though the design of the roof and front doors was carried over from the previous model, fresh bodywork elsewhere promises better aerodynamics. Lincoln’s signature grille consists of vertical argent vanes. Aluminum wheels hold 18-inch tires.

Elevating the front edge of the hood makes it possible to see the vehicle’s corners. For the 2003 redesign, frame rails were lowered by 2 inches, and the bumper beam was lowered by 2 inches to improve compatibility with smaller vehicles in a collision. The Navigator lowers itself by an inch when the ignition is turned off to allow easier entry and exit.

High-intensity-discharge headlights, a power liftgate and a power moonroof are installed on the Ultimate model. The available power running boards extend outward by 4 inches when the door is opened, and they retract when the door closes.

Interior
Depending on the second-row seating configuration, the Navigator carries either seven or eight people and includes a standard 60/40-split third-row seat. Lincoln offers either a bench seat or twin buckets for the second row. A power-operated third-row seat that folds into the floor is optional.

The interior blends walnut burl with premium leather trim. A navigation system and a DVD entertainment system for the rear seats are available. Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating surfaces (excluding the third-row seat), heated power mirrors, a six-CD changer and power-adjustable pedals. The Ultimate edition adds heated and cooled seats, the powered third-row seat and Lincoln’s AdvanceTrac electronic stability system.

Under the Hood
Lincoln’s 5.4-liter V-8 engine develops 300 horsepower and 355 pounds-feet of torque; it mates with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The 4x4 model can tow as much as 8,300 pounds.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, dual-stage front airbags and a tire-pressure monitor are standard. A curtain-type Safety Canopy airbag system enhances occupant protection in side impacts and rollovers. The rear park-assist system uses ultrasonic sensors and radar.

Driving Impressions
Lincoln’s top SUV does a fine job of keeping its tires on the pavement. The ride is pleasantly satisfying overall, and the suspension responds quickly to bumps without overreacting.

Handling is reasonably refined. The Navigator performs capably on twisty two-lane roads, but it’s a tad unsure of itself at times. The automatic transmission reacts easily most of the time, but multiple downshifts when the gas pedal is pushed hard can be jarring. Braking is linear and effective.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(3.7)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(3.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

My 2004 Lincoln Navigator rear glass just shattere

by Maria from Rio Rancho on April 9, 2018

This is a very nice vehicle, but just yesterday the rear window shattered for no reazon. This is something that really worried me. The vehicle fortunately was parked with no people inside at the time ... Read full review

(2.0)

Fix Or Repair Daily

by doom828 from chicago on September 8, 2017

I knew better but my wife wanted one. the air ride went out on me. it was all down hill from there. The fuel economy was the last straw. DO NOT BUY. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Navigator received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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