1998 Lincoln Navigator from North America

Summary:

Do not, buy Lincoln Navigators or you will be sorry

Faults:

Have had to replace engine twice.

Have had to replace coils for 2 cylinders at a cost $300 per cylinder.

Rust along bottom of doors.

Engine has quit running at highway speeds many many times, and dealer cannot diagnose anything that does not show up on his computer. Ford is aware of problems and suggests changing fuel.

$2500 fix to replace air conditioner because they have to take dashboard apart..

$1700 to replace pads and rotors.

Have 270,000 miles combined on my Volvo and Blazer and have not had 10% of the problems with these cars combined as I have had with the Navigator.

General Comments:

Poorly designed engine and worst dealer support.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th December, 2005

16th Oct 2006, 10:34

These problems only cost you that much money if you take it to a dealer, buy a Chilton manual and a twelve pack spend a Saturday doing it yourself you'll save $1200 from labor alone. I have three navigators 1998, 1999, 2001 all with 100k+ wouldn't trade em' for anything bought an 03' Escalade sold it a week later.

18th Dec 2010, 09:34

Really? I mean really? You actually spent $1700 to change brake pads and rotors?

27th Oct 2013, 21:52

If you spent $1700 on brakes and twice that on A/C, you got ripped.

1998 Lincoln Navigator V8, 5.4L from North America

Summary:

The best car I've ever owned

Faults:

I am reading all of the bad reviews on the Lincoln Navigator, and I am noticing that not much of it is really true. I read that people had to replace many parts. I’ve read that people said the doors were rusting, but I have a 1998 Lincoln Navigator, and I don’t have any problems with it what’s so ever. It’s a perfectly smooth ride, it is very comfortable, the 4X4 and AWD are reliable, but it does take up a lot of gas. I like the 25 Gallon gas tank, it really lasts when you got a gas hog like this one. Since I got my Navigator, all I had to do was put gas in it and change the oil, nothing else. I would definitely recommend this SUV to a friend.

General Comments:

It's a nice ride and handles OK. I love this SUV.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2005

1998 Lincoln Navigator 4WD V8 from North America

Summary:

Looks nice, rides nice, but be ready to start coughing up money if it has mid to high mileage!

Faults:

The Navigator in this year is horrible. I've already had to replace the alternator, battery, air suspension pump, a coil which was causing a cylinder to not fire, and it sounds like it needs bushings or ball joints replaced in the rear. It makes a rattling sound when you go over bumps.

When my alternator went, I was in the middle of rush hour on my way to work, and the truck gave me no warning.

From the inside, the wood trim is flimsy, and my CD changer just stopped working one morning. And a fog light just burned out recently. So far, repairs have come to almost $3000!!!

I have only driven it 6000 miles since I bought the car, and it's driven softly, and never even traveled far.

Also, a few months ago when it was snowing, I would activate the 4WD, or AWD, and after getting out of the snow, it would not want to go back to 2WD (normal driving). I parked it, turned it off, and it remained on, until I let it roll forward a little and threw it in reverse, and I heard a loud bang and it got back into 2WD. This happened several times.

I have to say the car has been a head ache, and lets not mention the gas! I fill the tank up with close to $65, the way gas prices are here now... I'm currently desperate to sell it!

General Comments:

I think the car looks great. All my friends say they love the car, and it is a comfortable ride. But when they hear about my repairs and costs, they say I should go back to a good old reliable Honda!

The truck is pure luxury, but its crappy as far as being reliable. When the 4WD wasn't acting up, it was a blast to drive in the snow. I got out of anything! And it is smooth and all of the luxury features make it a relaxing ride. But for the owner, in my opinion, it's a nightmare. I can't really afford $600 repairs back to back, but it is a luxury vehicle, a Lincoln, and has 95k now, so I guess it's normal, but I will never buy a American car again, at least not a Lincoln. I'll do just fine with a nice 4cyl Honda!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th April, 2005

1st Jun 2005, 21:53

I have been having very similar problems with my 98 lincoln navigator. I have a question. What did you do to repair the alternator problem?