2002-05 Service better at Ford or Lincoln Dealer?

What is the consensus on where to have scheduled maintenance performed? Do owners use Ford or Lincoln dealership?
Drivetrain based on Lincoln LS design so where should it be serviced? Does it matter?
Recently purchased 2002 , due for 60000 service, in @ 2,000 miles.
Runs fine no issues, just near recommended service point. Thank you.
 
You would think the dealership to be best. I think a little more research for a true good mechanic will yield a better result. I sometimes believe the dealership sees you coming and may take advantage of your lack of specific knowledge. These birds are not that hard to work on I just purchased a 2005, I am having a ball working on mine. Purchased the complete service manuals very good information. Long story short don’t settle on the dealership if a good mechanic somewhere else is available.
 
What is the consensus on where to have scheduled maintenance performed? Do owners use Ford or Lincoln dealership?
Drivetrain based on Lincoln LS design so where should it be serviced? Does it matter?
Recently purchased 2002 , due for 60000 service, in @ 2,000 miles.
Runs fine no issues, just near recommended service point. Thank you.
It's a personal choice but I always have my Bird serviced at a Ford dealership. I trust my local dealer and they usually have the knowledge and parts, when available to take care of any issues.
 
That was just my opinion, no offense to anyone. Glad you have a quality dealer you believe in. Just remember those mechanic are paid on a specific time to repair, so if takes too long they lose money. Quality can suffer along with research on an issue.
 

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What is the consensus on where to have scheduled maintenance performed? Do owners use Ford or Lincoln dealership?
Drivetrain based on Lincoln LS design so where should it be serviced? Does it matter?
Recently purchased 2002 , due for 60000 service, in @ 2,000 miles.
Runs fine no issues, just near recommended service point. Thank you.
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Pcrpete

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I only used the dealer while the car was under warranty, sincere then I have used a local mechanic, with long time experience, to do all my repairs. Everything has been fixed with no issues, and certainly less expensive than going to Ford
 
the Ford dealer would have Thunder Bird Ford trained mechanics to work on your car. Only thing now is they may have all retired, the car is so old.
The TB is not a complicated car so most GOOD senior mechanics will be able to inspect them.
 

Bark624

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I would say neither. Find a good local mechanic you trust. The last one was produced 15 years ago. Chances are the techs at a dealership have never even seen one let alone worked on one.
 
What is the consensus on where to have scheduled maintenance performed? Do owners use Ford or Lincoln dealership?
Drivetrain based on Lincoln LS design so where should it be serviced? Does it matter?
Recently purchased 2002 , due for 60000 service, in @ 2,000 miles.
Runs fine no issues, just near recommended service point. Thank you.
I would say neither. Find a good local mechanic you trust. The last one was produced 15 years ago. Chances are the techs at a dealership have never even seen one let alone worked on one.
I agree completely with the above thread. I found a garage that works on foreign and vintage US cars and has mechanics dedicated to different brands. The mechanic who works on the '02-'05 Thunderbirds is also their Jaguar specialist. I knew I had found the best garage for my car when I saw a '53 Buick Skylark convertible waiting to be serviced. If that owner could trust this garage I knew I could too.
 
the Ford dealer would have Thunder Bird Ford trained mechanics to work on your car. Only thing now is they may have all retired, the car is so old.
The TB is not a complicated car so most GOOD senior mechanics will be able to inspect them.
A state inspection is about all a Ford trained mechanic could do on an '02-'05 Thunderbird. Taking your car to a mechanic who has never seen a T'bird, or worse has it confused with a Firebird, and you'll be paying through the nose for that mechanic to climb a very steep learning curve. As for our Retro T-Birds being uncomplicated, go look at a set of factory manuals. You'll see just how complicated these cars really are. They are packed to the gunnels with sensors and relays and that's for the drive train, not the power accessories. An uncomplicated T-bird would be one from '55-'57 series.
 
A state inspection is about all a Ford trained mechanic could do on an '02-'05 Thunderbird. Taking your car to a mechanic who has never seen a T'bird, or worse has it confused with a Firebird, and you'll be paying through the nose for that mechanic to climb a very steep learning curve. As for our Retro T-Birds being uncomplicated, go look at a set of factory manuals. You'll see just how complicated these cars really are. They are packed to the gunnels with sensors and relays and that's for the drive train, not the power accessories. An uncomplicated T-bird would be one from '55-'57 series.
well yes the 55 57 Birds are simple. But any 2017 plus car is more complicated than a simple re-tro bird.
 
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