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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,750 miles

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2004 Lincoln Aviator fuel system problems

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2004 Lincoln Aviator Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 122010


  • 59,000 miles


This is the 3rd time that my 2004 Lincoln Aviator has shut down while driving it... with kids in the car. No steering, no breaks, and 60 mph down the highway. This car is sure to be the death of me... I have been lucky 3 times now, but what about the next time"?" voluntary service recall... manufacturing defect of the coil packs... issued by (found after digging), replacement of the coil packs are covered until 120,000 miles. Ford will only replace one at a time, not all of them, so each time one is replaced.. I still have the risk of another going bad. Had four replaced so far, another tomorrow. I cannot believe that Ford can get away with this knowing that they are putting people's lives in danger. A car completely shutting down while driving at 60mph because of a defect during the manufacturing process doesn't cause concern for a recall... but a car speeding out of control does" what happens when I am on the interstate next time during rush hour and I have no steering or brakes???"

- Milltown, IN, USA

problem #1

Aug 282008


  • 62,500 miles
I purchased an 04 Lincoln Aviator in Dec. 2006, in Aug. 2007 I noticed it was not running right. It was stalling when accelerating or decelerating. It would sputter like it was out of fuel. The problem worsened for the next 6 wks. No mechanic could tell me what was wrong because the engine light had not come on. In Oct. 2007, I was driving on the interstate when my car lost all power for a split second. I took it to the mechanic who could not tell me what was wrong still. Then my check engine light came on and I was told it was a coil pack. I had that replaced and 2 days later, the problem started again. I went to my mechanic who told me to take the car to Ford, because a car with that few miles should not be having engine trouble. I took it to Ford who told me it was another coil pack. I searched the internet and found that there was a voluntary service recall issued for the coil packs on this vehicle for up to 120,000 miles. I told Ford of this and the repairs were covered. I asked them to replace the remaining 6 coil packs, they said they could only do it as they went bad. They said that it would not break down, it would just run bad. 08/28/08 the engine light came on while driving and I lost all power driving 60mph down the highway. I lot my steering and breaks. It took all the strength I had to maneuver the car off the road. Once the vehicle slowed, it was not stopping (on a hill), I had to use the E break to stop it. I took it to Ford who replaced 2 more coil packs. I contacted the manufacture Ford to make them aware of the problem and to try to work something out. I decided I did not want to be driving around a death mobile. They would do nothing for me, except replace the parts as they go bad. I still have 4 bad coil packs & 4 more chances to avoid injury over an undefined time period. Ford is knowingly & willingly putting my family at risk in this vehicle, that they know could break down at any minute.

- Milltown, IN, USA

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