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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,603 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Lincoln LS brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Lincoln LS Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 232005

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Brake failure. My wife and I purchased the 2002 Lincoln Ls in August, 2005 from our local Ford dealership. Later that month on two occasions my wife reported that the brakes failed during low speed stops. We took the vehicle back to the dealership but the service department found nothing wrong. The service department suggested she might be driving with two feet and asked that she allow her spouse to drive it for a while to see if it happened to him. On October 5, 2005 during a low speed stop at an intersection, the brakes failed again causing a minor traffic accident. There were no injuries but a claim was filed with our insurance company. Again, the vehicle was taken to the dealer service department and they found nothing wrong. We took the vehicle to our personal mechanic and he was unable to find anything wrong with the braking system. On October 17, the brakes failed to stop the vehicle again while my wife was driving but did not result in an accident. On October 24, 2005 I was driving the vehicle and beginning to stop during slow speed travel and depressed the brake, the vehicle felt almost as if it accelerated and I did what I suggested that my wife do if it happened again and that was to slam the vehicle into neutral or reverse to stop it. The vehicle came to a stop. This did not result in an accident as no other vehicles were in front of me. I checked this website to find that others have experienced the same problem, reported it to the dealerships and received the same results from Ford. "nothing found" I took the vehicle to the dealer again, contacted the Ford company customer relations division and also filed this complaint. This is a potentially deadly defect and so far Ford contends they can find nothing wrong. The vehicle will be look at again at the dealership.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #2

Jan 012005

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Lincoln lse. Had three instances where the consumer tried to brake and the vehicle surged forward and did not stop. This has been over the last nine months. Took vehicle to the dealership, and they didn't know what the problem was. They did not have a code. The dealership said they contacted Ford Motor Company, and they said they had no other instances with this model car. The consumer bought vehicle new in August 2002. Had no problems with the brakes before nine months ago. There has been no accidents.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #1

Sep 162002


  • 1,808 miles
2002 Lincoln Ls exhibiting recurring brake system defects. Briefly, the warning lights for the brake system, anti-lock system and the advanced trac system illuminated under normal driving, which was followed by a hard brake with a severe pull to the side. The dealer found faulty ground wire caused a loss of battery voltage to the ABS module, however the problem recurred while driving, the warning lights illuminated on the dash board, the vehicle made a hard turn to the right and a hard braking force was applied, the consumer had great difficulty trying to keep the vehicle under control, minutes later the engine shut off by itself and then restarted by itself, the dealer replaced numerous parts, but the problem recurred. Also the cruise control failed to activate during normal highway driving.

- Glastonbury, CT, USA

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