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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,333 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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1998 Lincoln Town Car steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Lincoln Town Car Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 112007

(reported on)

Town Car 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


1998 Lincoln towncar. Consumer states that while backing out of the garage the left tie rod dropped from its retainer. The consumer stated the incident would not have happened if the parts had grease fittings.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #2

Sep 202003

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
While pulling out of driveway at 2-3 mph consumer heard a noise, stopped vehicle, and noticed tie rod end were dragging on the ground on the right side of vehicle. Dealer stated tie rods had disconnected. Also, the ball joints were not lubricated and rusted. Both tie rods were replaced.

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

problem #1

May 082002

Town Car

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 25 mph vehicle suddenly veered left. Consumer had vehicle towed to dealer. Outer tie rod had snapped. The steering linkage and tie rod end falied. The dealer refused to pay for repair of the vehicle.

- Akron, OH, USA

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