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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,265 miles

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2004 Lincoln Town Car steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Lincoln Town Car Owner Comments

problem #10

Feb 122013

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

We were entering interstate 75 in Florida on a ramp and the car became very difficult to steer. When we were able to return and take it to an automobile shop, they told us the multiple U-joints on the lower steering column were rusted to where they would not function properly. We have a 2010 Lincoln town cat that had the same problem and there was a recall on it. The 2004 Lincoln Town car has the same steering so why wasn't there a recall on it. We are still driving the 2004, but it was after we spent a large amount of money on having it repaired so it was safe to drive. We wrote a year ago about the 2004 Lincoln Town car, but received an answer....updated 12/04/14

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #9

Dec 252013

Town Car

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Town car. The contact stated that while coming to a stop at 10 mph, they tried to steer out of the way of an oncoming vehicle that had veered out of it's lane. While attempting to steer away, the vehicle steered the opposite direction into a ditch. The problem had recurred two times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The diagnosis was that the lower steering shaft assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- South Range , WI, USA

problem #8

Jun 112014

Town Car

  • 245,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Town car. The contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the knuckle was rusted and the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 245,000.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #7

Apr 112014

Town Car

  • 78,300 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Town car. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the power steering assist suddenly malfunctioned and made it very difficult to turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the lower intermediate steering shaft needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 78,300.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 232012

Town Car

  • 37,847 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Town car. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, there was an immediate loss of steering control. The contact was able to regain control and maneuvered to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who replaced two steering column shaft assemblies. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 37,847. Updated 06/27/14 the consumer stated this vehicle's model and model year were excluded from the steering recall. Updated 07/2/2014

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 012014

Town Car 8-cyl

  • miles
2010 Lincoln Town car. Consumer writes in regards to steering linkage shaft due to corrosion recall. Consumer states 2004 Lincoln Town car with same issue is not under recall. The consumer stated he had difficulty turning the steering wheel due to corrosion of the linkage shaft being very corroded. The cost of the repair was $ $296.80. It had rusted out and made the vehicle nearly impossible to turn.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #4

Aug 012013

Town Car

  • 96,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Town car. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the power steering assist suddenly malfunctioned, making it very difficult to turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the lower steering shaft was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Balling Green, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 042013

Town Car 8-cyl

  • 128,500 miles
Steering sticks and vehicle becomes hard to turn. Will work normally then will stick becoming almost impossible to turn then as you turn it will stick then release then stick then release. Serpentine belt is in new condition. Filled with power steering fluid and not leaking. Belt is not slipping on pulley when occurring. I am bringing to dealership for repair today. Muscatellburns Ford hawley mn 2184833356.

- Lake Park, MN, USA

problem #2

Mar 262013

Town Car

  • 77,000 miles
March of 2013 while driving on interstate highway I notice the steering not responding properly, I drove carefully to my destination in Florida and took car to dealer who stated it was the steering rack which I had them replace, car was returned and while it still was a bit hard to steer I figured it was a new part and had to break in, back home in New York I called the dealer in Florida who stated the part was warrentied for 12,000 miles or one year and I could take it to any Ford dealer and it would be honored, I took it to my local Ford dealer where they ran a diagnosis and stated it was a frozen steering shaft problem getting car back it still was not steering properly, so I went back yesterday and they had 2 service people test drive car, both acknowledged the car wondered and steering did not straightened out properly after turning, started talking about other parts it could be, now with over two thousand dollars in cost already I insisted it that since the car was fine and a pleasure to drive before the steering rack went bad that it had to be the rack, they seemed unconcerned and stated that if they replaced the rack under warranty that when they sent this part back to Ford and if their engineer found it was not bad they would get billed for the new one, so here we are, a car that steers like it has no power steering and a dealer who don't seem to care, what do I do next except write to you,

- Speculator, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 112009

Town Car

  • 100,000 miles
2004 Lincoln Town car, power steering failure. While driving, driver may lose control of car, just like driving on black ice. While driving making a right hand merge, steering got stuck for a few seconds. And when driver tried to correct the car was going one way while the driver was steering another. Driver lost control and hit the wall totaling the car and putting 5 people into the er.

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

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