6th Sep 2008, 21:09
As with any of my vehicles, I go on line and find a web site like this one, that either describes my car's problem, or recounts multiple stories of the same problem experienced by other car owners. I then print the comments, take them along with the car to the dealer, and ask "what is going on? This is either poor craftsmanship or defective parts. You tell me". I usually get discounted some of the labor cost (which I verify by a phone call to another dealership). I found that they can't argue with facts.
12th Sep 2008, 10:21
I have a 2002 Lincoln Ls V8. Having problem with "hard start" it just won't pop off when trying to start. Dealership has replaced fuel pump now twice. Coils have been replaced, valve gasket replaced. Sometime I have to turn the key off 2-3 times, and try to start? Anybody else with this problem? I also can smell a smell, not fuel, don't know what it is? Dealership says injectors are fine? What about that class action suit? email@example.com
21st Sep 2008, 23:15
I have a 2000 LS, which also has its problems. I purchased the car with 28000 miles and the handling package. The tires were done, but it was my fault for not knowing it would be 700-1000 for a set.
It already had one bad upper ball joint, probably due to not having a grease fitting.
The radio lights only work when they want to, mostly when the car is warm and you shut it off and restart.
Sometimes when you touch the volume control on the wheel it changes stations.
The trans hesitates when you shift from forward to reverse.
The warning bell chimes sometimes for no reason.
An oil leak under the valve cover caused a plug coil to burn out.
I'm not at 70000 yet.
12th Oct 2008, 01:57
2000 Lincoln LS V8.
To all you LS owners with foggy headlights or water trapped in the headlights, just drill 2 very small holes on each headlight on the bottom and the water will not get trapped inside. Doing this will also let air in, preventing fogging up and electrical shorts. That's the cheap alternative and prevention rather than replacing the headlights, or even fuses.
2nd Nov 2008, 22:23
2000 LS V8 Sports - 107K - both driver and passenger window regulators are gone, would cost $900 to fix; I was just told I need two ball joins at $550 each (are they made of gold?), plus $200 labor for fixing it. Had the coil problem two years ago costs $800 to fix. Foggy lights (I fixed it by using transparent caulking for fixing sinks).
18th Nov 2008, 14:08
I have a 2002 LS V8 Premium with... yes 35K miles. I bought the car new for my dad who is 80 now and drives once a week. Dad never had a problem with this 45 thousand dollar car, but I have started driving the car a bit to work, but when I get off the freeway the temperature gage (right before my eyes) pegs and the computer says "check engine temperature". Then within 10 or so seconds goes to "Reduced engine power" leaving me fighting to get it to the parking lot.
Now when I check the engine, I can tell having past service tech experience that the car is not hot. Sometimes I can just restart it and all the problems go away, so it is absolutely a computer issue.
Some have mentioned that it is bad programming and that sounds about right. I have a hard time with the idea that oil soaked plugs are the cause, because otherwise the car runs like a rabid dog, besides the plugs are new @ 25K miles.
My conclusion is that the LS is a good concept not ideally executed. Buy a BMW.
28th Nov 2008, 02:42
I have a 2002 V6 LS. I bought it about 3 months ago and it has close to 120k miles. I have put close to 20k on it since I travel for work.
I have had no engine problems with it, but my overhead lights don't work and yesterday, Thanksgiving, I was driving and it sputtered. I thought nothing of it since I just drove a 500 mile trip, and Dukes of Hazzard it over an on ramp, but had no trouble. Then what I am guessing is some type of release valve for the coolant popped open and shot out all of my coolant, and it was attempting to overheat. At the gas station some guy pushed that thing back in and added water to it. I drove to a mechanic shop and they screwed it back in and I still have no trouble.
I am about to drive 12 hours for business and I have no clue if it is fixed and I am slightly worried. If anyone has had the same problems, please send me an e-mail so I don't have to take it to the dealer yet... but reading the reviews, I don't think that time is far away.
My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org subject it as lincoln and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
3rd Dec 2008, 15:00
I came across this site looking for answers to the smell of burnt oil which I know now it is the valve covers. My girlfriend has had her 2002 LS V8 sport for 2 years now and had a couple of problems: Air bag light (bad clock spring) and stalling anytime over 45 mph (new battery fixed that). She bought it used with 45000 miles and now it has 70000 on it. Other than the chrome peeling off the wheels it has been fine. It is a sharp car and when it is all shined up it turns heads. The brakes squealed too but all it was the anti rattle clips. It has been a good car, but after seeing this site I will be waiting for the next issue!
10th Dec 2008, 21:24
I have a 02 V8 LS, great car to drive, good on brakes but has the other problems, has 160,000 kilometres on it now. Interior and body are standing up well.
One problem I have that I have not noticed in the many I have read is: the heater controls will not allow heat into the car until about 20 minutes have gone by, then the heat blasts out for about 3 minutes, then again I have no heat for another 20 minutes. Does anyone know why?
10th Dec 2008, 22:41
2003 LS V6.
Here is my list of issues on my pretty to look at car.
Window regulator on 3 doors, gas door you have to jimmy for the button to open the door, A/C is out (I live in Florida), tranny problems (I have a "special" way to drive the car so it won't shutter as much), oil leaked in the spark plug area and messed it up, a new oil pan, seat belt won't latch 100% of the time (you have to play with it), CD error (I have 5 freaking good CDs stuck in the player), auto lights work when they want to work... come on!!
Yup, this all started falling apart once the darn thing was paid off. Thank God we bought the extended warranty!!!
This is supposed to be a luxury car, just because it looks nice doesn't mean it can't run great too!! Come on Ford / Lincoln... I tried to go back and buy American, you let me down. Give me back my Hondas and Toyotas!! They hold their value and actually for over 100k and beyond.
Not so happy mommy in Florida.