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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,000 miles

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2004 Lincoln Aviator steering problems

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2004 Lincoln Aviator Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 252013

Aviator 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles


I had just gotten onto the highway, at about 40 mph the rear wheels started to skip and jerk also there was a loud cluck from under the front....the mechanic found the transfer case was damaged due to cheap Ford parts.....

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 012013

Aviator 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I purchased my truck used in December 2011 and it has been nothing but constant problems. First, the door locks would randomly engage/disengage on their own. Or if button pushed nothing at all would happen. While the heater works, it emits a death rattle before blowing air. My ac doesn't work at all and was told that I would need to replace the compressor. The most dangerous and expensive repair has been replacing the front differential mounting and wheel baring. I was told that it was only mounted on one side and was leaking and this was a common problem with this model car. The mechanic was actually able to shake my wheels with his bare hands. The front end stuff actually dropped from under the vehicle as I as driving. Luckily I was able to safely pull over and had to be towed on a flat bed because the front end was so damaged. Repair costs $1400. And I was advised that it would probably happen again! prior to this I also had to replace the wheel bearing and ball joints. Ford does not stand by their product!

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 012009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Aviator. While the contact was driving approximately 55 mph smoke circulated through the vents inside of the vehicle; and the vehicle was driven to the side of the road. The contact stated the smoke originated from the engine compartment. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the technician advised that the front end differential had deteriorated. The vehicle was repaired at the owner's expense. After the service repair the vehicle was test driven and the failure recurred. The technician performed further diagnosis and repaired the vehicle. The failure continued to occur on four separate occasions which was repaired at the owner's expense. The manufacturer was notified of the front end differential failures and they accepted liability for the radio and steering column repairs that failed to function correctly due to the differential failures. In addition, the contact stated that the front tires were replaced in March of 2009; and five months later the tires had worn to the metal in result of the defective front end differential. The tires were replaced. An independent mechanic informed the problem originated from inexpensive Korean parts in the transfer case. The transfer case and U joint were replaced in the vehicle. The contact expressed anyone driving the vehicle life was in danger because of the safety defect. The failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was unavailable. Also, there was a crack under the rear liftgate. There was recall on the rearlift. However, the consumers VIN was not included. The entire shifting mechanism had to be replaced, the steering wheel would vibrate while making a turn. Updated 12/17/10

- Fairfiled, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 202008


  • 48,000 miles
The back hatch panel cracked was fixed, the steering not right some times its hard to steer. Main problem is cylinder coils going bad alot. Now #8 coil went bad and has been replaced 2times, and its still in the shop they cant find out why it keeps coming up #8 still misfiring.. they think its the head now. I understand Lincoln has had so many problems with this that they have allowed a 10yr. Extended warranty on all the coils. Is this right ? I want Lincoln to do something. I am so mad right now. I will never buy another Lincoln. Help me.

- Wilmington, OH, USA

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