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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,048 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Lincoln Town Car Owner Comments

problem #19

Apr 242013

Town Car

  • 23,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns 2001 Lincoln Town car. The contact stated that while driving in reverse at an unknown speed, the vehicle accelerated independently. The problem recurred five times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they were unable to locate a problem. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 23,000.

- Stevens Point, WI, USA

problem #18

Jan 312007

Town Car

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Lincoln Town car. While driving 5 mph, the vehicle automatically accelerated while entering the contact's parking garage. She depressed the brake pedal, but nothing happened. The consumer crashed into her den. The investigator from her insurance company was unable to identify the cause of failure. The contact sustained an injury to her knee. The vehicle was destroyed. The mileage on the vehicle was 68,000. Updated 05/23/07.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #17

Nov 152005

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,100 miles
I started the car and when I put it into reverse it suddenly accelerated and hit a number of objects including a small tree. I was finally able to turn the car off.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #16

Jun 192005

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When the car is stopped with my foot on the brake the idle speed will suddenly and uncontrollably jump to a very high RPM. It is difficult to prevent the car from suddenly surging ahead. I have discovered that the only way to stop it is to turn off the ignition. It has happened four times. The first time I was so startled, I wasn't sure what had happened. I thought maybe I had accidently hit the gas pedal and jammed it. The second time, I realized it was none of my doing. I was traveling in buffalo New York and took the car to a Lincoln dealer there on June 7, 2004. They could find nothing wrong. When I drove back to Virginia, it happened again. I took the car to cherner Lincoln dealer in annandale on June 15, 2004.thet said it was a faulty idle control valve and replaced it. On June 19, 2005 it happened again. I took it back to cherner Lincoln. They could not reproduce the problem and so they will not repair the car. In all four incidents I was fortunate that there was no one in front of me and that no damage was done. This is a 2001 Lincoln Town car with 32000 miles.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #15

May 012003

(reported on)

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle was placed in reverse and suddenly accelerated at top speed, the brake pedal was applied, but did not control it and damaged an empty vehicle. Mr scc

- Rochester, PA, USA

problem #14

Jul 262002

Town Car

  • 8 miles
The vehicle suddenly accelerated when the consumer attempted to back out of the driveway and struck a parked vehicle. This incident happened a day after the vehicle received a 5 thousand mile check up. The dealer could not duplicate. Refer to ODI #8020090 mr scc

- Rochester, PA, USA

problem #13

Mar 102003

(reported on)

Town Car

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicle experienced sudden acceleration, which caused consumer to lose control of the vehicle.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 032003

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,800 miles
Vehicle suffered sudden acceleration when shifted from park into reverse. Dealer has inspected the vehicle three times and could not duplicate or correct the problem.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 262002

Town Car

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states was backing out of driveway. Put vehicle in reverse and car suddenly accelerated rearward across the street and collided w/another vehicle. Nlm. Consumer states the the exhaust pipe and muffler were replaced, the front and rear suspension was aligned.

- Rochester, PA, USA

problem #10

Apr 242002

Town Car

  • miles
Consumer states that the vehicle has experienced sudden acceleration on six occasions, the only way to get the vehicle to stop is by heavy brake pressure and turning off the ignition, on one occasion the rear wheels locked up.

- Lecanto, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 262002

Town Car

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While parking vehicle at slow speeds with brakes applied, vehicle suddenly lunged forward, hitting two parked vehicles and slamming into a tree. Consumer tried uncontrollably to stop vehicle. Vehicle serverly damaged.

- South Daytona, FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 212002

Town Car

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was at a complete stop, there was sudden acceleration. Vehicle lurched forward. Had to slam on brakes, and put vehicle in neutral to stop.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #7

Nov 122001

Town Car

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After starting vehicle consumer shifted to reverse, suddenly vehicle accelerated on its own. Vehicle came to a stop when it hit a fire hydrant. Damage was $ $3000. On 28, May 2002, also at first start, consumer shifted to reverse and vehicle accelerated on it's own. Consumer braked, but was unable to stop vehicle. Vehicle came to stop when it hit a fence. Damage was $ $6700. No injuries.

- Garden City, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 012001

Town Car

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On 3 occasions vehicle has accelerated with force when brake pedal was applied. Dealer was contacted.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 142001

Town Car

  • miles
Engine will surge intermittently causing vehicle to accelerate. Vehicle is difficult to stop, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealership has examined vehicle, and could not determine cause of problem. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012001

Town Car

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine suddenly accelerated. Dealer has been contacted, but was unable to locate source of problem.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #3

May 152001

Town Car

  • miles
Throttle jammed full open on start. Car jumped walk and almost hit 3 pedestrians.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 292000

Town Car

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle jumps forward and won't stop. Engine revs up really high right before this happens. Consumer states that first, the brakes fail, then vehicle stops and engine revs up, third the wheels spin with no movement.

- Drexel Hill, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 142000

Town Car

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Had come to a complete stop. Was waiting to make a left turn, with foot on brakes, and vehicle started to race/rpms went up. Vehicle suddenly accelerated. Took to dealership the same day to have it checked. Was informed vehicle would need to be left for a few days to be test driven. Owner was provided a rental. Once vehicle was test driven, mechanic could not locate any problems with acceleration.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

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