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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,433 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2013 Lincoln MKZ electrical problems

electrical problem

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 192016


  • 36,000 miles


I am a 66 yr old woman who got into her car at midnite for a long ride home and as I pressed my start button nothing happened! the lights, the radio and the cold air was blowing but it kept giving me the message to press the start button.I was on a dark street leaving a friends home and my car would not start. I had to call a tow truck and they proceeded to try to jump start my car but it would not go into neutral so he could put it on his flat bed.after 1 hour he managed to get it on the flat bed and take to the first they thought starter or alternator but instead it was part of a bulletin that was out regarding this problem. I have had 5 recalls on this car and then I was stranded at midnite. Is this a reliable car for a senior citizen" I have had this car exactly 1 year and have had more problems then all the junk cars I have owned in previous years. I want to trade it in for all the aggravation this car has cost me. Are there more recalls coming??? shouldn't I be reimbursed for this trouble? why did I have to pay $99 to have my car fixed" answers please!!!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

Nov 192013


  • 4,500 miles
TL-the owns a 2013 Lincoln Mkz. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the collision warning indicator intermittently illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 4,

- Villanova, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 102013

MKZ 4-cyl

  • 1,994 miles
While traveling at about 35 mph with no vehicles in front of me all of a sudden the collision warning system activates. This first started 9/10/2013 and continues to be a false warning from time to time up through 7/23/2014, mileage now 15125. Going back to dealer again.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 122014

MKZ 6-cyl

  • 4,500 miles


Came to a stop at stop sign. Made a left hand turn at approx. 7 mph. While the car was moving at went from drive to neutral and then into park. This is the 3rd time it has happened. Car was taken back to dealer on 4/14 for repairs. This is also the 3rd electrical system malfunction.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 302013

MKZ 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
Vehicle locked out of ability to shift from park to reverse. The car needed to be restarted several times over 20 minutes in order to shift into reverse. Caused obstacle to traffic. Blind cross traffic alert and forward collision warning alarm is activated without proper stimulus, slowing the vehicle automatically when there is no threat of collision. This almost caused three separate accidents. Lincoln service suggested disabling this safety feature. Note that the forward collision warning does not meet NHTSA standard according to jd powers.

- Villanova, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 092013


  • 8,865 miles
The contact rented a 2013 Lincoln Mkz. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, his hand erroneously brushed against the push-to-start button. As a result, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle once it was secured in park. The rental company was made aware of the failure. The contact was not advised if the manufacturer. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 8,865. The VIN was not available.

- Essex, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 192013


  • 175 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Lincoln Mkz. The contact stated that while traveling at unknown speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the power line to the battery junction was loose. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also mentioned that the failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 175.

- Chesterfield, NJ, USA

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