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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
83,040 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2003 Lincoln Aviator engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Lincoln Aviator Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 152006

Aviator Shelby V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The Aviator was a great vehicle to drive but some, not all, had engine issues. I had one with an issue and it was impossible to accurately diagnose and expensive to try and fix.

In hindsight, I should have completely replaced the engine and driven it for another 100K+ miles. Another point would be to buy the extended vehicle coverage, which I never thought I needed based on positive experience with prior engines in similar vehicles.

Bad experience with the brand and Ford customer service.

- , Bourbonnais, IL, USA

problem #1

May 232014

Aviator V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,080 miles

On 3/8/2014 I bought this truck from a used dealer. It had a little putter when I test drove it and smelled some exhaust fumes. When I asked about this, the dealer said it might be a small leak in the muffler and that their mechanics had looked at the truck and it was a good truck and good buy. I asked what if it's not that and he stated that if its not you have a extended warranty and they will cover it if its more. About 2 weeks later I took it to get the muffler checked about & found out that it didn't have a hole. So I took it to a repair shop to get checked and found out it had to do with the engine. The extended warranty did not like the price of that shop and asked me to take it to one of their choice so I did. That shop found the same diagnoses (leaking valves on cylinder) so at this point I have paid for 2 diagnoses and a cleaning kit to see if that would fix the problem. It did not and the warranty company would like me to pay for a complete tear down of the motor out of my pocket, which is very expensive, before they will pay for any of the repairs(which are covered under my contract) I do not have the funds for this. .

The dealer who I feel knew about this problem is doing nothing to help. The truck that I bought and was told was a very good vehicle is not the truck I have. The car is unsafe to drive and I feel will leave me and my kids stranded at any time. I cannot travel far because of this. I feel that the dealer that sold me this should take it back and give me all off my money back plus what I have put into it so far. Please tell me what rights I have and what I can do about this problem.

Thanks for you're help in advance!

- , Holland, MI, USA

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