We bought a new 2006 Lincoln Zephyr in March of 2006. Starting with the very next month, problems started.
Problems include: peeling paint, faulty sunroof, a ticking sound in the dash (they had to put a flexpipe under the hood), rear window off track.
Recently, we had to pay $1,100.00 for a valve body, because the transmission was slowing down, and now there is a problem with an airbag module, which will cost us $532.00.
Overall, the car has a smooth, comfortable ride, but we have had a lot of problems with it. They must have put this car together on a Friday afternoon.
I cannot believe the amount of people who are bashing this poor reviewer for his car choice.
People, this is NOT your money being spent. If you like your Camry or Accord, go buy one and tell us how much you love it.
I am 24, and I will be picking up my 09 MKZ on Friday. I cannot wait. I will be trading in my 2001 Dodge Stratus, which made it all the way through college, and now has 224,000 miles on it, and owes me NOTHING. I almost feel bad for trading it in, but it's time.
I have owned only 3 cars in my life. The first two, a Dodge Neon and Ford Taurus were just meant to get me through school, which they did, and they took a beating.
My Stratus was meant to be my "nicer" car, but also took a beating.
Now that I have the funds to actually purchase a nicer car, I have shopped around more than you can imagine, but with the luck I've had with my "cheap" domestic models, I ultimately decided to buy another one. I did indeed drive MANY models, the Accord and Camry included. Although I personally do not believe these cars compare to the MKZ, apparently everyone else thinks they do.
The Accord was indeed a nice car, but not 30 grand nice.
I took a 10 minute test drive in a 2010 Camry, and was appalled. Why people think this car is so great is beyond me, especially for what they are asking for them, but to each their own I guess.
I ended up settling for my 09 MKZ. I was amazed at this car and the value. And despite what people tell me about how I "should have bought an import," I will enjoy my car, and no one will tell me otherwise!!!
Oh, and about the resale comment on the Lincoln, it may not be the best in the industry, but with Toyota having a new recall every week, I imagine that will catch up with their vehicles soon enough... Just saying...
We have both a Lincoln MKZ and a Ford Fusion. Both are smooth, trouble-free and very comfortable. The 4-cylinder Fusion averages 30 mpg and the MKZ averages 19. For the difference in price, I'd recommend the Fusion, as it is the exact same car, and if you were blindfolded, you couldn't tell which one you were riding in.
You will also need the internal valve replaced. I just went through the same thing. I've spent over $6,000.00.
Try a 1987 VW Scirocco 16v if you think imports are so superior.
Why take sides. I have had Japanese, American, German cars and chicks, and it really depends on the make and model.
Right now I have an Accord V6 that rocks, but I need a newer body style for work, so I'm researching the MKZ.