2007 Lincoln MKZ 3.5
Too expensive to own for the average driver
All wheel drive power transfer unit failed at under 130k.
Rear wheel driveshaft failed at under 90k.
One ignition coil failed at 80k.
Wire corroded and failed under fuse box in engine compartment (poor design).
Rotors and brake pads have been replaced twice.
Emission control valve failed at 130k.
Required repaint on hood and around the front windshield at 6 years 9 (100k).
This car had never seen winter until I purchased it coming off lease and had always been dealer serviced. I am a maintenance fanatic, and on purchase rustproofed and did a complete bumper to bumper service of the vehicle.
It was driven year round by my wife for 4 years until she felt that it was time to buy a new vehicle; bought a new all wheel drive Toyota as she did not feel that another Lincoln was worth the money, and I agreed.
I am now driving the car as a winter vehicle only, as I feel that I will only get my money's worth if I can make this car last; it at the moment has very little rust because of extreme maintenance, and mechanically is adequate, but there is a noise coming from the back that I think is a half shaft constant velocity joint failing at 140k, which is really an unacceptable failure. Previous mechanical failures pointed to manufacture defects which Ford would not acknowledge, and the local dealer didn't help or care.
The quality of this car does not justify the price tag; it would be a good buy at about half of the price tag so you could afford the repair costs. Would not recommend this car to anyone who is not able to do their own work and get good prices on repair parts.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd March, 2016