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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,185 miles

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2003 Lincoln Town Car engine problems

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2003 Lincoln Town Car Owner Comments

problem #5

May 032011

Town Car

  • 104,400 miles


I was driving from Florida to South Dakota and started up the first foothill of the ozark mountains about 35 miles West of jonesboro, Arkansas on us 63. The cruise control had just started to increase the engine rpms when I heard a bang followed by what I thought was a belt or something thumping on the inside of the hood. Fortunately there was the 2nd entrance to a rest stop on us 63 immediately to my left and I pulled into the parking lot. Us 63 is a 2 lane highway with an occasional passing lane on some hills. It was also fortunate it happened at that point or I would have been in a difficult and dangerous position with little room to get safely off the highway with the narrow shoulders and rock cuts right up to the road. I opened the hood and restarted the engine in the parking lot. It was then I found something exploding on the passenger side of the engine. I could smell a lot of gas and shut the engine off immediately. I called aaa and was carried back to jonesboro on a flatbed about 3 hours later. I went to cavenaugh Ford the next morning and the problem was diagnosed as a spark plug blown out of the #3 cylinder. The repair with a full set of new plugs installed in addition to the bad cylinder cost $629 plus an additional $190 for towing. One additional plug on the driver side of the engine was also loose and a potential blowout. These plugs were factory original and have not been changed since the car was new. The mechanic told me the plugs were not properly torqued in at the factory which results in loosening of the threads in the head over time from the percussion in each cylinder. This appears to happen quite often on the 4.6 and 5.4 liter engines. I was lucky since many fires have also occurred because of these plugs blowing out of the engine.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 162008

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Mold or musty smell coming from all vents when A/C, heat or fan is used. Dealer states that it is a common problem with all 2003 cars and up and can be eliminated by spraying lysol directly into vents. I tried it and it doesn't work. Close friend just got rid of his Lincoln at a substantial loss because problem was never resolved by Lincoln. Lincoln should be encouraged to remedy this problem since it is most certainly a health issue that should be corrected. The problem is common and documented all over the internet by troubled consumers.

- Weeki Waachee , FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 312007

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,350 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Lincoln Town car. The contact had to replace the spark plugs in the front coil springs on two different occasions. The first repair was performed under warranty in 2004 at 26,000 miles. A different front coil spring had to be replaced on October 31, 2007. The dealer stated that the vehicle was no longer under warranty and could not be repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 98V322000 (suspension:front: Control arm:lower ball joint). The current mileage was 45,350 and failure mileage was 29,750. Updated 01/14/08 the consumer stated owns a 2003 Lincoln towncar on which two spark plug coil failures have been incurred to date. The first one was on 6/9/04 while under warranty(20 months, 26610 miles) and the second was on 10/31/07 at the cost of $320.18 and was still under partial warranty(61 months, 45350). The consumer stated feels as if this is engineering defect and hopes that the additional spark plug coils will not have to be repaired. Updated 01/14/08

- South Side , AL, USA

problem #2

Oct 022005

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,490 miles
2003 Lincoln Town car. The consumer stated the vehicle was leaking gear oil on the rear axle. The consumer noticed it when the oil formed on the ground of his garage. The dealership did a diagnostic, and found a recall. However, this vehicle was not part of the recall due to VIN. The dealership replaced part 3W1Z-aa10A-aa, the complete kit, two rear axles, two bearings, two seals, and the oil. This was the kit the recall called for. The problem did not cause any accidents of injuries. The consumer did call Lincoln, but they also said there was nothing they could do. This happened on the driver's side, but both sides were replaced. The consumer kept the parts.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 142004

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,684 miles
Whilr sitting behind anoyjer vehicle in a parking lot with foot on brake engine began to accelerate and car to move forward. As engine increased in acceleration I put transmission in neutral, engine then went to redleine RPM. I turned off the engine and waited a moment and restarted car which then performend normally. I have had vehicle in dealership for action on problem, but because they were unable to duplicate problem they were unable to resolve same.

- Montrerey Park, CA, USA

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