17th May 2009, 20:27
I have a 2001 Lincoln LS, and it's the worst car I ever bought.
My car is skipping, both back windows are broke, my drivers side window fell into the door, and I have a banging sound under my right front tire; it sounds like my strut, but who knows, these cars are the biggest piece of crap.
14th Jun 2009, 19:40
I bought my 2001 Lincoln LS one year before my buddy bought his. As we compared issues, windows, spark plug tube seals, transmission replacement, air conditioner blowing hot air out of the driver side vents and on and on. He could afford to get rid of his and I can't right now. And I would not feel good about selling it to someone. No recalls from Ford that I know about. Just a real loser car. When I went to the dealer to get parts for the spark plug tube seals, the guy reached below the counter and pulled out a brown grocery bag with all the parts in it that I needed to fix it. He said yea we have had a lot of people in with this problem. Well, then maybe a recall was the solution.
26th Jun 2009, 18:42
Misery loves company. I have had similar issues with the drivers side door handle, windows, sun roof, and the oil leak.
9th Jul 2009, 11:22
My first LS was a dream. I never had a car with all locking doors, this one had auto wipers. Too bad I totaled it with 16K on it. I bought a newer one and it is coming apart at the seams. I would rather have my 85 mazda glc. Does anyone know how to get a recall started?
13th Oct 2009, 16:18
I bought my 2001 Lincoln LS 3.9L in 2006 with only 27k miles. I'm now at 55k miles and have had to do the following.
Replace 3 window regulators, 2 rear brake calipers, valve cover gaskets (twice and they are leaking again), it has shot two spark plugs out of the engine, the traction control button malfunctioned so the car would only start periodically (mechanic checked this out and couldn't find the problem, it just went away thankfully), and the two coils on top of the shooting spark plugs.
This car is a piece of junk. Can't wait to get rid of it.
31st Oct 2009, 14:54
2000 Lincoln LS.
I just purchased this car a week ago and I have the following repairs needed.
I need front end tie rods, front and back rotors.
Heater core valve since the heater does not work - it blows out ice cold air. I fell in love with this car and had to have it, but now I wish I had my 99 Pontiac Grand Am back, which was totaled 3 weeks ago. It's just way top expensive. Good luck to those with them in the future.
12th Nov 2009, 12:39
Just about every time I look at my 2001 LS V6 Standard, I think, "What am I going to replace this with?" My wife and I bought it because of the styling (still arresting), the standard transmission, and the way it handles (the Jaguar connection).
If we bought this for $22K in 2003, we've easily equaled the purchase price for the usual idiot things that others have revealed here, including COPs, funny readouts on the dashboard, weird sounds when some cross member let go in Montreal - more recently exhaust problems (well, ya kinda expect that), more COPs, rear/front suspension components, seeping transmission, high-pressure hoses for the P/S, complete brake job, and a proposed complete replacement of the exhaust system (both sides).
In the latter case, Mister Muffler said, "You don't need a new exhaust system - you have a split muffler - we'll fix it for $400 (instead of $1500) because they can fabricate exhaust system bits to order.
I'll be the first to admit that after studying Autoshop in high school with stovebolt Chevrolet sixes, that my recent experiences checking under the hood have been daunting to say the least.
I wouldn't mind buying six coilovers online, taking them to Mister Muffler, and suggesting they acquire the valve cover gaskets as well. Otherwise we remain a "cash cow" for the dealership (who of course want to sell us a new car).
I'd like to keep the thing, but enough is enough!
10th Dec 2009, 13:44
2001 LS V8 - Purchased in 01 with 10k miles on it. Now has 168k.
I'll list the following items that have been replaced as I page through the "LS File". My wife saves all the invoices.
Coil pack, new spark plugs
Sway bar bushings replaced
Fuel pump replaced
Mass air flow sensor replaced
Third rear brake light
Another coil pack
Air bag light and traction control light stays on - replace yaw sensor
Air bag light on - clock spring failure, replaced spring
Replaced both front upper control arms
Rear window regulator replaced
Another coil pac
Driver seat heater broken
Driver speaker not working
A/C fixed for blowing hot air
Compass in mirror not working
Front headlight fogged
Replaced another two coil pacs
Another rear window regulator
Drivers door will not lock automatically
Replaced another third brake light
A/C fixed again for hot air blowing from one side only
Replaced yet another coil pac
Brakes and rotors every 30k miles
Tires wear out in 35k to 40k miles... even Michelins
High octane gas... really.. in a Lincoln... please...
Currently this car is in the shop because of a misfire.
We thought it was just another coil. Turns out the timing chain tension device has broken and half of the engine is misfiring. They think it could also have a bad valve which would need major engine repair. Sigh...
The car still looks great inside and out. It just is killing us in repair bills.
I have invoices in front of me totaling over $8k. (We also get a family discount on all service at the dealer as the service manager is our brother... so who knows how much we "would have spent")
Yes...yes I know it has 168k miles on it, but really. Most of these items have happened in the 80K to 130K range.
I would bash American cars not, but I have a F-150 that is a daily driver with 185k miles on it. That truck has cost me less than $1500 in repairs from new. I guess Ford can build a truck but a luxury car... not so much.
Good luck keeping your LS running. Hope you have an endless supply of 20 dollar bills. We are going car shopping this weekend and the new car will not be a Lincoln.
18th Dec 2009, 09:58
"...it will not be a Lincoln."
I understand. That's an emotional reaction. However, the reality is that some Lincolns are very reliable and inexpensive to maintain, whereas the LS...
Before you go shopping, you could make a list of candidates and research them on this site. I would include Lincolns as well. That would be a rational reaction.
2nd Mar 2010, 04:26
I have a 2002 LS V8. It is actually my grandfather's car, but since he does not drive it anymore, I use it to run his errands.
Transmission is slipping.
Both the front windows have been replaced twice.
Door handle has broken three times on the driver side.
Car over heats for no reason; will go into safe mode. Take it to the dealer, they tell me nothing is wrong. I have found it cheaper to go to AutoZone; they will reset the sensor for free.
Driver's seat heater does not work.
Airbag light is on constantly.
No horn, no cruise control most of the time.
Sometimes when you are driving down the road, the sunroof will open for no reason. Only happens when I am by myself. Husband and grandfather now think I am crazy.
Some one asked me the other day how I liked it, because they were thinking of buying one. I told them to run away from anyone willing to sell them this car.
Extremely sad part is after paying 14k for it and another 9 in repairs with still more to come, it's only worth 5k now. Told my grandfather I should take it to the dealer and tell them I'm buying a Chevy. He told me no. Only because he retired from Ford after 37 years.