Greedy and contention-based forwarding schemes were proposed for mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) to perform data routing hop-by-hop, without prior discovery of the end-to-end route to the destination. Accordingly, the neighboring node that satisfies specific criteria is selected as the next forwarder of the packet. Both schemes require the nodes participating in the selection process to be within the area that confronts the location of the destination. Therefore, the lifetime of links for such schemes is not only dependent on the transmission range, but also on the location parameters (position, speed and direction) of the sending node and the neighboring node as well as the destination. In this paper, we propose a new link lifetime prediction method for greedy and contention-based routing which can also be utilized as a new stability metric. The evaluation of the proposed method is conducted by the use of stability-based greedy routing algorithm, which selects the next hop node having the highest link stability.