Shift It Yerself: 2000 Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator was released in 1998 as the first full sized SUV from Ford’s Lincoln brand –but there was precedent for such a vehicle.  The modern plus sized SUV is a direct descendant of the huge family luxury barges from the 1940s/50s/60s — so this might not look much like a suicide door equipped Continental, but its massive heft, plush ride, and torque says otherwise.  Find this 2000 Lincoln Navigator offered for $2000 in Westland, MI via craigslist.

If you think that a Navigator with 200k miles on the clock and who knows how much Michigan rust isn’t much of a prize, you’d be right…BUT this one has a 5-speed manual gearbox shoved where it doesn’t belong.  That’s right, the original 5.4 liter V8 is now mated to ZF 5-speed to the ultimate in oddworld driving experience.

See a better way to shift it yourself?