really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,884 miles

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problem #12

Nov 092012


  • miles
The contact owned a 2002 Lincoln Ls. While driving approximately 60 mph, another vehicle drove through a stop sign and crashed into the front driver and passenger side of the vehicle. Only the front passenger side air bag deployed. A police report was filed. The driver was wearing a seat belt, but the force of the crash injured the contacts neck, fractured his back in two places, and fractured his sternum. The contact also sustained extensive pains in the lower back and buttocks due to no air bag deployment on the driver's side upon impact. The contact had to continue treatments and was medicated daily because of the crash. The vehicle was not diagnosed by a dealer. The insurance company towed the vehicle to a yard and the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but the contact was uncertain if they investigated the failure in conjunction with the insurance company. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #11

Aug 302016


  • 207,000 miles
While driving down preston hwy I rear ended a truck in front of me as I was unable to stop in time. Potential totaled car with heavy front end damage yet the air bag never deployed. 207,000 miles on the car.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #10

Jan 042016


  • 85,901 miles
2002 Lincoln Ls, air bag warning light continues to stay on. Have had to drive car for 3 yrs like this while having fear of air bag not working in case of an accident. 3 mechanics have tried to fix and it only turns off for a few min.S after they attempt a fix with the wiring. The mileage then began about 80,007. About 1.5 yr ago (May 2014) my ac /heater core fluid began leaking. It worsened when ac was turned high, took about 2 months before burning smell was continuously coming from engine after running ac and fluid was always dripping. 6 months (Jan 2016) ago my brake pedal began fluttering when depressed. I had the control arms, ball joints and brakes/rotors replaced. The brake pedal still flutters when slowing from 30 mph quickly. My Lincoln Ls mileage is 86,605

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 112013


  • 73,000 miles
2002 Lincoln Ls, air bag warning light continues to stay on. Afraid to drive car for fear of air bag not working in case of an accident. This Lincoln Ls mileage is 73,503

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #8

Sep 032015


  • 133,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Lincoln Ls. While driving approximately 50 mph, there was debris in the road that caused the rear driver side tire to seize. The vehicle crashed into a guard rail. The air bags failed to deploy. The front passenger sustained contusions to the head, fractured ribs, and a bruised sternum that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 133,000.

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #7

Oct 022012

LS 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
I have had this car since 2004. No one drives it but me. This air bag light has been on for about 2 yrs. Or more. It stays on and sometimes while driving the airbag chimes just keeps right on chiming forever. Does this mean that I am not protected by my air bags. This car has never ever even been in a fender bender. No accidents, that I thought is suppose to trigger this air bag light to stay on. Please let me know if I am in danger, so that I can stop driving my great grand kids around in this car. Please let me know real soon. This car should be on the recall for it's airbag problem. Don't let me or my greatgrand kids die because of this airbag problem. I am appealing to you to help be get this problem corrected before it's too late. Thank you for your help.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #6

Oct 012014

LS 8-cyl

  • 128,749 miles
Lincoln Ls 3.9L V8 2002 dashboard air bag light has turned on, after adjusting the steering wheel position. Now the warning light / diagnostic code flashes at start-up and shows the airbags will not deploy or failed and the airbags are disabled. The steering wheel clockspring was diagnosed by the mechanic, as it is a common problem with the make/model of the car. Where is the safety recall for faulty airbags for the Lincoln Ls 3.9L V8 2002?

- Saint Francis, WI, USA

problem #5

Apr 302005


  • 25,000 miles
My car has numerous parts that tear up repeatedly, within a 6 months time. Valve cover gasket had replaced twice within a 6 months time. The coil packs go up very often. I had panel buttons just tear up for no reason three times! wheel caps replaced numerous times. Overheating issues, door locking issues, battery replaced twice within 2 years time. Ac issues, (I never used my ac..at all). This car has a lot of problems on the T.S.bulletin. I contacted Ford in reference to the multiple issues I was having with the car, the company representatives told me to take the complaint to the establishment of which I had been dealing with. Then they said Lincoln is an independent owned establishment so I am totally confused by this whole ordeal, they know that they have had a lot of multiple problems out of that car. And they refuse to recall some of those (as I would say) hazardous issues. I was at the dealer 2 weeks ago, I was conversing with a rep. At the dealership and he was telling me how the Lincoln Ls was their most problem vehicle, and cash maker for repairs. (oh by the way.......I researched to find this site. To answer the question in the consumer section).

- Yorktown , VA, USA

problem #4

May 152009

LS 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
My 2002 Lincoln Ls V8 has broken down in numerous ways. All ignition coils have had to be replaced, two window motors, airbag connector clip, my tie rod ends are bad, my car has actually shut off completely while driving up the 15 North three times while my son was in the car with me and now my transmission has completely stopped working. When it came to fixing the airbag connector problem Lincoln told me it was fixed and I went to pick up my car and it was still doing the same thing the three beeps so they fixed it for free and then told me my instrument panel on one side was burned out but the lights seems to work on it when I turn them on. They wanted to charge me 800 dollars for that but I refused. The ignition coil replacement was roughly 1000 dollars and I am waiting on my estimate for my transmission. Both window motors were 200 dollars a piece. I have had numerous taillights replaced and actually had a door lock jam closed on me. I truly feel that this car is a safety hazard for me and my son if it turns completely off at 65 miles an hour on a freeway with my son in the car.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012005


  • 75,000 miles
This has been a continuing saga. Started approximately date below but ongoing and more being added. Have had to replace all window assemblies due to complete failure where glass fell without warning. Drivers front ball joint, clock spring ( no horn, radio, cruise control or air bag) problems with air conditioning. Trunk lining continually coming down, paint clear coat, splotches, looks terrible.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #2

Jan 292008


  • 50,958 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Lincoln Ls. While driving at any speed, the air bag indicator light flashed 6 to 7 times before remaining illuminated. When the vehicle was restarted, the air bag light did not immediately illuminate. After a short period of driving, the indicator light begins to flash again and eventually remains illuminated. The vehicle has been diagnosed twice by the dealer, but the failures persist. The current mileage was 51,285 and failure mileage was 50,958.

- Antwerp, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 012006

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
: the contact stated the air bag light illuminated and the service dealer determined the vehicle needed a new driver side airbag. The contact expressed this was a vehicle defect. The vehicle was not involved in any accidents.

- Booneville, MS, USA