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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,176 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Lincoln LS brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Lincoln LS Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012008


  • 80,000 miles


ABS light, parking brake and traction control light coming on and then going off; only to reappear again. At times, brakes are not properly working. Engine light will also sometimes appear to blink when this happens. I have called the Lincoln customer service and was told that all warranties ran out at 50,000 miles so this problem will not be covered. Also am having problems with the transmission. The car has 90K miles. The transmission was slipping under 50K miles but the dealership assured me that it was not a transmission problem and they reset something to do with the computer. It has only gotten worse. I did not insist that the transmission problem be fixed while under warranty because I was trusting that the dealership folks knew what they were talking about which is a lesson for me.

- Red Level, AL, USA

problem #2

Nov 252009


  • 77,378 miles
On a 2003 Lincoln Ls, the brakes have failed to engage properly about a dozen times over the past 2 years. Each time, the pavement is dry and free of debris or gravel. With each incident, there has been a 25%-75% loss of braking power with a grating, or metal-on-metal, sound coming from the front end. We have brought the car to three dealerships and one independent mechanic to try to resolve this, but none have been able to find the problem. With each incident, the car has not illuminated any warning lights, nor have the lights indicating engagement of ABS/traction control illuminated. The obdii module has no codes related to these failures. Although we have had no injuries due to this, twice now the car has been unable to stop at stop signs and gone completely through an intersection. We have been unable to determine what conditions trigger the brake failure. Research on the internet (searching "Lincoln Ls noise brakes" or "Lincoln Ls brake failure") indicate a number of other people with the same symptoms, and in each case, it appears no mechanical cause has been found.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 192005

LS 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,150 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Lincoln Ls. While driving 35 mph, the wheels fell off the vehicle and the lug nuts fell out of the wheel. The vehicle was towed. All four tires were flat and had to be replaced at the contact's expense. Prior to the failure, she heard a strange noise. The contact went to a Lincoln dealer at that time and informed them of the noise she heard underneath the vehicle. A noise was also heard near the steering component. The dealer stated that nothing could be done. In addition to the tires, the brakes had to be replaced as well and the engine light illuminated. The dealer was unable to determine why the light illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle was difficult to start. She was charged to replace the thermostat (asy) in the vehicle. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 70,000 and failure mileage was 29,510. Updated 04/29/08 the emergency brake light illuminated, the engine overheated

- Wooster, OH, USA

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