definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,333 miles

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2003 Lincoln Aviator engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Lincoln Aviator Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 072010


  • 79,000 miles


I own a 2003 Lincoln Aviator with 85,000 miles on it. It is a 48,000 dollar vehicle and I am less than satisfied with the way its held up. The vehicle sees synthetic oil changes every 3,000 miles. At around 79,000 the engine died on while driving on a hilly country road with my family in the car. I was able to muscle the car over to the side of the road with no power steering and limited brakes we ended up in a corn field, however there was no damage to the vehicle there was a verry unhappy farmer. The vehicle then started up and ran but was running rough with a check engine light. Brought to the dealer and was told its a common problem and needed a valve job somewhere to the tune of 5,000 dollars. I am one of at least 350 other complaints of the same problem online and would greatly appreciate it being looked into further. This vehicle has been babied since day 1 and I loved it untill now and its a shame. Along with the low compression the vehicle also developed an obnoxious knock and tick. I dont appreciate the vehicle as I did before oh and as for Ford, they want nothing to do with it.

- Bethpage , NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 012006

Aviator 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Lincoln Aviator. When accelerating to 40 mph from a complete stop, the vehicle's transmission slips and the engine's RPM increases to 5,000 RPM for approximately five to six seconds. The transmission then shifts itself in gear and drives forward. When the contact attempts to accelerate and change gears, the transmission jerks and slips, preventing the vehicle from moving. The engine revs up and then gets weaker. The contact stated that the vehicle feels as if it is in neutral for approximately six seconds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was kept overnight. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The current mileage is 62,500 and failure mileage was 45,000.

- Jinglesprings, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 142004

(reported on)


  • miles
2003 Lincoln Aviator stops suddenly without warning.

- West Orange, NJ, USA

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