2007 Lincoln Navigator

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The 2007 Lincoln year belongs to the third generation of the Navigator, which was produced from 2007 to 2014. This SUV was in production for 7 years, which is normal for a modern car and was much more than 3 years, during which the second generation was produced.

The 2007 Lincoln Navigator is noticeably different stylistically from the previous generation vehicle. But in terms of technical solutions, the Navigator 3 is an evolution of the previous generation. Under its hood is the same V8 Triton engine, with good traction, three valves per cylinder, and a problem in the form of frayed spark plugs. There is a fully independent suspension – which has already been used on the Navigator of the second generation.

At the same time, if the second-generation Navigator was equipped with air suspension both front and rear, the third-generation has air suspension only at the rear. I’ve heard such decision is explained by the fact that ground clearance in the front of the Navigator does not change even strongly loaded. Nevertheless, completely independent suspension of the second generation Navigator allows lowering the body lower to asphalt and it is good for driving on the highway. Besides on the second generation the body goes up at once at switching on a lower gear, which by the way is not present on Navigator 2007 any more. It’s still the Navigator that has the biggest, biggest brake discs in its class. This car has better brakes than any, production, full-size SUV of the time. Much of this is due to the fact that the Navigator was built as a tractor-trailer.

By the time the 2007 Lincoln Navigator was released, a new at the time Mercedes GL was already available. The German car got a big chunk of the full-size SUV market in the United States. But Mercedes didn’t have much to give the extended Navigator, either. In fact, the only direct competitor for the Navigator remained the Escalade. There is a widespread opinion that Lincoln is chosen by more conservative and aged Americans than those who prefer Escalade. I think everyone knows that all generations of the Navigator are based on the Ford Expedition.

The 2007 Lincoln Navigator for sale and price.

The base Navigator was rear-wheel drive. A four-wheel drive car could be purchased for $57,000. Today, a Navigator with 200,000 to 250,000 miles on it costs $6,000 to $7,000. Cars in good condition, of course, are valued much more expensive.

Appearance and photo.
The Lincoln logo is stretched vertically to the full height of the radiator grille. A cool trick is retractable running boards. They are retracted immediately when the door is opened. This solution has already been used in the second generation of the car, as well as a code lock – the digits of which are made on the chrome molding under the window on the driver’s door.

The base modification has a body length of 5293mm and wheelbase of 3023mm. Curb weight of the all-wheel drive SUV is 2665 kg. Ground clearance is 220 mm. Even the standard Navigator is comparable in length to a German executive sedan. The Long version has a body length of 5670 mm. Navigator Long is much larger than the largest European, or Japanese SUVs such as Nissan Patrol, or Lexus LX570. The extended modification except the length of the body can be found out by the designation L, on the front doors of the SUV. This symbol is put right after the inscription Navigator and it gives understanding, that this is not a usual Lincoln SUV, but exactly the Long version.

The chrome-plated rims have the caps with Lincoln logo which cover the wheel bolts. This chip was already used on the previous generation. The base SUV was shod in 255/70 R18 tires.
The taillights are stretched horizontally, which visually distinguishes the car of the third generation from the previous one. Trailer device is hidden in the rear bumper under a special plastic panel. In addition to the trailer device itself there are two sockets, for powering the signal devices on the trailer and on the boat.

Interior and equipment.
As we mentioned above, immediately after opening the door, the footrest extends from under the threshold. Opening the door, you can pay attention to the symmetrical, front panel, which stylistically resembles the panel of the second generation, but slightly higher. The instrument dials are square and stylistically reminiscent of a 1970s Lincoln. Under the odometer you can see the inscription Navigator. I want to draw your attention to the fact that real wood is used in the interior, and the door trim is decorated with large wood inserts. A little below the door handle you can see the inscription – Navigator, – which gives the car a status, but the handle itself is plastic, though painted in a color imitating metal.
As before, since the first generation, the Lincoln SUV is equipped with electric adjustable pedals. The steering wheel is adjustable only in angle (which is characteristic not only for Lincoln of previous generations, but also for other American SUVs), but in the case of Lincoln this adjustment is performed electrically.

There is a touch screen multimedia system, which was also available in the second generation, and at the time of the third generation Navigator such equipment was considered the norm for expensive cars. This Navigator is equipped with a voice control function and it was also available in the previous generation of the SUV. Unlike the two – previous generations, the drive modes are switched with buttons on the center console, instead of a rotary switch – as it was before. The SUV has received an expensive, music system from the manufacturer of home theaters. Of course, for the second row is provided control of the climate system, heated seats and DVD. As on many – other SUVs from the U.S., the air ducts are placed on the ceiling.

There are two buttons above the license plate: the one on the left opens the trunk lid, and the one on the right opens the trunk lid. The last one by the way is made of aluminum and the same solution was used in the previous generation. The third row of seats can be unfolded with the help of the electric drive. Probably it depends on a complete set, but I was surprised that the second row can be folded down manually.

The luggage compartment of the Navigator Long is huge. Even with the third row of seats unfolded, Lincoln’s luggage space is as big as that of Land Cruiser 200 (which has no third row). Luggage compartment plastic floor can be put vertically, or one can lift and hang this floor higher – turning it into a shelf. This shelf is designed for a load of 13kg. Under the shelf is a jack and trailer coupler. As in previous generations, the side windows of the third row can be moved to the street side. This operation is performed with the help of an electric drive. There is a socket in the trunk, which is also not a novelty.

Engine and technical characteristics of the 2007 Lincoln Navigator.

The only engine available on the third-generation Navigator was the 5.4-liter V8 Triton. This unit produces 304 horsepower at 5,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 495Nm is reached at 3750 rpm. Up to 100km per hour Lincoln four-wheel drive is able to accelerate in 9.3 seconds, the maximum speed – 190km per hour.
Considering the fact that Lincoln did not increase power (it is the same as in the previous generation), though already in the second generation Escalade was more powerful than Navigator, it seems the company considered power enough.

In spite of the fact that it is a big engine, the engine compartment is also huge and it contributes to maintainability. As mentioned above – the rear suspension here is air and it keeps the ground clearance constant. The front suspension is spring.

Certainly nobody uses Navigator as Jeep Wrangler. It is a big, status, family car. In the third generation the Navigator has moved away from conquering the off-road, because the car has lost the low range of gears. Nevertheless, in comparison with Escalade, Lincoln has higher bumpers, what reduces the probability of their damage while parking on a rough terrain, or in a deep snowdrift. As before, the Navigator replaces a tractor, truck, minivan, SUV and executive sedan.

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