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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,300 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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2008 Lincoln Town Car engine problems

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2008 Lincoln Town Car Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 222013

Town Car

  • 61,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Lincoln Town car. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact shifted the vehicle into park to stop the acceleration. The vehicle did not stop and crashed through a barrier. The contact was not injured during the crash. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact did not call the manufacturer and the vehicle was not inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was 61,000. The VIN was not available.

- Hillsboro Beach , FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 212010

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Lincoln Town car. The contact stated that when he depressed the brake pedal at a slow speed, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact experienced the failure and rear ended another vehicle. There were no injuries and no police report was filed. The contact believed that the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal were too close which may have caused the failure. The contact also noticed the same failure with the 2004 Lincoln towncar he previously owned. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership but the dealer stated that they could not find any problems. The contact called the manufacturer who assigned him a case number and stated that someone would contact him. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 8,300. The failure mileage was approximately 6,500. Updated 1/19/2010 the consumer was informed the problem could be corrected by using an aftermarket pedal. Updated 03/25/11

- Homer Glen, IL, USA

problem #2

May 112010

Town Car

  • 25,500 miles
I have a 2008 Lincoln Town car. I was coming up to an intersection at about 10 mph to make a right turn and when I stepped on the brake the engine really revved up and I had to really stomp on the brake (all the way to the floorboard) to stop the car. The engine then slowed down. If I had been doing 75 mph on the interstate I would not have been able to stop.

- Lone Tree, CO, USA

problem #1

Jun 292009

Town Car

  • 4,200 miles
We had a sudden unintended acceleration of our car. We were traveling West on the New York state thruway (I-90) towards niagara falls. As we exited into a rest area, suddenly the engine raced as if the gas pedal were floored. The driver pressed on the brake very very hard, and the car almost stopped, moving forward slowly. The driver then shifted into neutral, and the engine slowedand we stopped--about 50 feet beyond where the sudden unintended acceleration started. We turned the engine off, and examined the floormat--it was not in a position to press the gas pedal. We checked under the hood, and did not find anything that seemed related to causing the sudden unintended acceleration. We later checked if the driver could press the gas and brake pedals at the same time, but on our car they are so far apart that this is not possible. We think it is possible that this occurrence was due to inadequate shielding, and inadequate programming, of the gas pedal computer which sends signals to the acceleration system. At the time of the incident, we had a gps, cell phones, and game machines in operation, and the rest area we were pulling into had wifi. Thus, the acceleration system computer was receiving many signals from "noise." If they came in a certain sequence, it would cause an sua, unless the car had adequate coding to prevent that occurrence. The fix for this would be to either hard wire the gas pedal, or to put adequate programming to prevent stray signals from being accepted. We would like to see one of these fixes implemented.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

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