really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,985 miles

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problem #8

Nov 122013

LS 8-cyl

  • 161,000 miles
Vehicle in Firestone, checking why heat blowing cool air, overheated twice since the repairs car has overheated 5 times, every time returned to shop they can't find a problem.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #7

May 112011


  • 95,000 miles
I was driving down the highway at 50 mph when I heard a loud noise coming from the back passenger side. Then I felt the car go out of control and I managed to safely get the car to the shoulder. My passenger door side airbag came out. When I got out of the car my tire was almost completely of the rim. I had my car towed to the repair shop and they said I needed a new axle, wheel bearing, control arm, rotor, rim and tire. Upon further inspection they realized the rim went through the underside of trunk and damaged battery and electrical components. They estimated it would cost about $3,000 to fix not including the body damage. I just replaced the right front hub assembly and control arm in Feb. 2011. I have replaced engine coils and valve covers numerous times.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #6

Oct 012008


  • 75,000 miles
I am concerned that there was a recall on the 2003 Ford thunderbird as well as "some Lincoln" for valve cover leaking oil into the spark plugs. This causes the vehicle to burn oil and fill the cabin with bad gases. It requires a consumer to spend appr. $700 to fix; replacing the valve cover gasket and probably needing the spark plugs that are filled with and burning oil replaced on top of this cost. The 2002 Lincoln Ls has this exact same problem, made at the same assembly plant with the same parts the year prior to the recall but I was told by Ford customer relations that not enough people complained to include this particular vehicle. The current recall/ "customer satisfaction program" through Ford motor is: 07M07 and it requires Ford to fix the problem 10 years or up to 100K miles. It is disappointing to leave this burden on customers who take care of their vehicles and come to find out that there is a known defect.

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 052008

LS 8-cyl

  • 55,400 miles
Purchased 2002 Lincoln Ls with the V8 motor and got extended warranty from mepco " vcs premier" ultimate warrant Corp. For past 2-3 years this car has been in shop over 6 times; 3 times for overheating. First 2 times of overheating they stated the fan clutch was bad and replaced it and it seemed to not run hot as often but still had symptoms.. now we are waiting to find out what the new problem is; in the meantime the warranty is about to expire and I feel I have a lemon car and the warranty has yet paid me back for past few repairs to this car owing us $726.17 and if they don't fix the problem I am going to end up with a car note in repairs on this car soon...

- Pearl River , LA, USA

problem #4

Jul 312006

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
(1) vehicle emissions system indicator light appeared on display (2) vehicle hesitates (jerks slightly) at speeds up to 60 mph, cars also kills randomly while the car is in motion (3) I have not done any repairs yet ( I have been searching for recall information) I have viewed many forums online on defective coil packs on these vehicles.

- Carencro, LA, USA

problem #3

Aug 232004

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,482 miles
Car accelerates with no prior warning engine hit 3000 rpms had to slam on brakes did not hold car had to turn motor off. This has happened twice. Dealership couldn't reproduce this they replace idle air control valve they think this is the problem" I'm not happy with the fact they are not sure if this is it what if it happens again"

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 292003

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Making a soft right turn at speed of 10mph, engine failed, shifted into N to restart the vehicle while moving without power steering, rear-ended a front vehicle. Engine started without a problem and hasnt happened since. Damage to front vehicle was at $310. Damage to Ls was at $960.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

May 042003


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving the vehicle and no warning the vehicle would accelerate. Dealer notified.

- West Chester, PA, USA