22nd Mar 2009, 23:35
I guess I'll join the chorus. I bought my 2001 LS, V8, Sport package in May 2003. Beautiful car--even to this day. Other than replacing the two rear window regulators, I had no major problems for the first 4 years I owned it. However, over the last 18 months or so, I've put at least $3000 into that car for various common repairs--coils, both front regulators, some other crap.
I still have to get the catalytic converters replaced and something else that escapes me right now. Those repairs will cost me another $1500. I wanted to keep the car until I hit 130,000 (I'm currently at 100,000), but I don't think I can afford to. I cringe at the thought of having to get the transmission replaced.
The LS is like a beautiful, but high maintenance, woman. You love having her on your arm... but boy does she cost you.
23rd Mar 2009, 12:54
I don't understand how you are paying so much for simple repairs on this. All 8 coils brand new off ebay 140 dollars. Should be no more than 150 labor. Window regs are 55 dollars each. All this stuff is so easy to do. You paying too much is your fault, not the cars.
Also a new cat is like 155 dollars on ebay. I also saw used good ones for 55.
Stop bringing it to dealer and find nice local guy like me to fix the car cheap.
1st Apr 2009, 19:37
Like many of you out there, I have had the infamous "misfire" on my 2002 LS.
I bought the car about 6 months ago with 65000 miles. I didn't have any problems with it until about 2 months ago. We left it be for a while hoping it would get better, but it never did.
Because of everything we've read, we assumed it was the ignition coils. We took it in and there was a misfire on coil #5. Replaced that coil and spark plug only to find out it didn't work. $250 later.
After weighing our options, we decided to take the car back to where we got it fixed the first time. This time he said there seemed to be a misfire on more than one coil, so we would have to replace the remaining 7... $850. Luckily we have a family friend that could order the parts and install them for us for $400 (before we knew how easy it was to do ourselves) So, we replaced the remaining 7 spark plugs and coils and still nothing. We are now about $700 into this problem and angry. We never had any oil or anything in the spark plugs or anywhere, so we knew the head gaskets weren't leaking.
At this point we didn't know what else to think. We were going to look into the fuel injectors, a vacuum leak and possibly the computer. Last minute today my boyfriend decided he was going to dig into it and try to find the PCV valve to see if there was a leak. He couldn't get to it. While he was in there he thought he would check and make sure all the hoses were clamped and everything was hooked up right... Sure enough, the electrical connector for the #5 cylinder injector wasn't snapped on all the way. Car stopped misfiring, check engine light is off, and we put $800 into our car that we didn't need to. Chalk it up to a lesson learned I guess.
Before you start putting a bunch of money trying to fix all of the "could be's" make sure it's nothing stupid like ours was. Good luck.
22nd Apr 2009, 23:27
I posted here before on page 4, and a couple people have e-mailed me with questions to various LS problems. To people that are having problems with your LSes, I suggest you join LincolnvsCadillac.com, as many solutions to things, including how to replace the valve cover seals, as well as many others, are on there. You name it, it's been talked about, and it will save you a lot of headache and money. My username on there is TDUB if you decide to join.
10th Jun 2009, 13:05
I thought it was just me. I'm experiencing the same issues. I should have read this site before signing my name to that contract. The look of the car is great, but it's crappy!
16th Jun 2009, 00:10
I am amazed that there are so many people with the same problems. I have replaced the window motor, brakes (several times), shocks, and wheel barrings for the rattling noise that sounds as if the front end is about to come off; spark plugs/wires, thermostat for the hot smell and heater not blowing hot air, sputtering engine, decrease in power and ac blowing cold air sometimes and not so cold sometimes. The window motor seems to be the only thing I've replaced that actually fixed the problems I've had. Everything else has been a waste of money. Same problems still exist. And of course when I bought the car 3 years ago it was worth what I paid and now with all the problems its worth about 1/2 of what I owe! Makes me want to cry.
8th Jul 2009, 14:40
I bought my 2000 LS in 2002, I have 117,000 miles on it now.
I have gone through every problem listed. Windows (4) fixed under warranty, Oil smell, fixed under warranty, all (8) sensors my $$$$$, front end loose factory recall, front end on me $$$$, now clock spring on me $$$$. But you know some thing, you shine it up and take it on a highway cruise, no better touring car on the road. But fellas that's just me.
I would never take my other car on a 2hr. ride anywhere.
My wife and I drive in comfort, when we go to Ct. to see my son. One more thing I try not to drive it the day of a snow storm. IT IS A SLED even with the accu trak.
2nd Aug 2009, 14:04
Owner of a 2000 Lincoln LS V6, I bought this car from a co-worker that warned me that it was a "piece of crap", his words. He had replaced many of the part mentioned earlier, and still had lots of problems.
The car had all the coils, plugs, and wires replaced, but was still rough idling. The air-conditioning (AC) would also stop working while idle, but that got resolved when they replaced the PCM (some say Programmable Computer Module others Powertrain Computer Module) which ever it is, about $550.00... fixed the problem right away. The misfire and the rough idling stopped, along with the lack of AC.
It now drives like a dream ride, hopefully stays that ways. Now I need to address the clock spring, to get rid of the air bag light and restore my steering wheel controls.
Should a class action law suit get started, please let me know. I'll bring my experiences and headaches to the table. Hvac007@socal.rr.com
4th Aug 2009, 09:32
I have read most of the comments and it's now my turn.
I bought my LS brand new in October of 2000. I am still driving it and today it has 253,000 miles on it.
It's the V-6 and here we are approaching 9 years!!
Both rear window regulators have had to be replaced.
The coils have been replaced as well, albeit one or two at a time.
I have also replaced the degas (coolant) bottle.
I have never been afraid to take my car anywhere- It has been a dependable workhorse for me, but now she is beginning to show some signs of her age and mileage... I am battling an overheating issue which I believe is the hydraulic fan.
The engine uses about a half a quart of oil between changes, and for the miles that ain't too bad.
I would say that I have gotten my moneys worth and then some.
I am sorry to hear all the problems.. good luck.