The 2004 Lincoln LSE is a car designed to compete against the major European manufacturers such as Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. Lincoln did an excellent job I can personally say as the 2004 LSE is both sporty and luxurious with great handling, powerful, and a extremely comfortable interior.
The 2004 LSE is powered by an all-aluminum 32-valve, DOHC 3.9-liter V-8 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 286 pound feet of torque. A five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission is fitted with the Select Shift feature, which allows drivers to manually command gear changes. The LSE runs smooth and has plenty of power off the line. Gas mileage is not great, but that is to be expected with the v-8. City MPG is roughly 20 and highway mileage getting a middle of the road 24 miles to the gallon.
The suspension was upgraded from the LS version with the front stabilizer bar having been stiffened, while low-frequency steering column vibration and road noise have been reduced. Friends have told me after driving my car that they expected it to handle differently with it being such a large car. However the 2004 LSE is quite smooth and the handling balanced.
The interior is luxurious and comfy, including leather seats, and a wood trim. The front two seats are both heated and cooled, and you can adjust the temperature for both the front part of the interior and the rear. The 2004 LSE also comes with adjustable pedals to be angled to your comfort and a adjustable steering column for both fore and aft as well as the angle. The LSE also offers an optional DVD/Touch Screen Lincoln Navigation System, an upgrade from the standard Lincoln Soundmark THX-certified CDX6 audio system. The sounds really booms and is surprisingly crisp and clear. The GPS is a important feature and makes travel easier especially on road trips. The trunk has plenty of room if you need it, from groceries to luggage or a custom car stereo system.
The exterior of the 2004 LSE is sporty but has features that shows it is still a luxury car and complements it very well. With four 17 inch, seven spoked chrome rims and a grill with vertical chrome bars there is a look of luxury. However the body features sporty side rocker panels, a aggressive front bumper and rear spoiler. The 2004 LSE offers three exterior colors, vivid red clearcoat metallic, silver birch clearcoat metallic, and black clearcoat. The front bumper features spider headlamps and the rear bumper has all red tail lights. The end result is a aggressive looking body with both some luxurious and sporty features that blend well together
With my experience the 2004 Lincoln LSE is a impressive all around car with great features and creature comforts. It has been reliable in the seven months i have owned it, with oil changes and other regular maintenance. I would highly recommend it as it is fun to drive as well as comfortable.