definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,080 miles

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2003 Lincoln Aviator wheels / hubs problems

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2003 Lincoln Aviator Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 132011

Aviator 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,319 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Lincoln Aviator equipped with Michelin cross terrain tires, tire size 245/65/R17 and dot number B3ktve4X04084. While driving approximately 70 mph, the contact heard a loud unusual noise outside of the vehicle. The contact was able to resume driving and upon reaching her destination, she discovered that the rear driver side tire tread completely separated and damaged the bumper. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they replaced the rear driver side tire, door molding and outer quartered panel and parking sensor. The technician stated that the defective tire caused the damages to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 112,319. Updated 05/04/11

- Leawood , KS, USA

problem #3

Jun 162010


  • miles
2003 Lincoln Aviator. Consumer writes from Ontario regarding problems with tires the consumer stated he purchased four tires in December 2006. The consumer stated he still has the receipt which is clearly marked with a 130,000 mile warranty. The two rear tires have broken belts and wires protruding from them. The consumer went back to the establishment where he purchased the tires from and the manager stated there was nothing wrong with the tires, before even looking at the them and stated the problem was with the vehicle.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Nov 012004

Aviator 8-cyl

  • miles
Multiple failures in 2003 Lincoln Aviator. Difficulty turning, starting, jerk in steering wheel, vibration in tires, gear changer loose and ect. The consumer purchased the vehicle with 18 inch rims but Ford requires 17 inch rims to be legal (oem) equipment. The consumer felt that this was maliciously dishonest sale of an automobile. The side fender had a gauge on the inside, the rear storage section leather ripped, the tire monitor system kept coming on with a warning sign from the computer of a mechanical defect, difficulty starting the vehicle, jerking in the steering wheel, noise in the steering wheel, noise in heating/vent bubbling, passenger front windows were rattling, there was motor noise upon acceleration, front end noise, rear hatch rattled and was shaking, the wheels squealed and rubbed, the doors did not automattically lock when the vehcile was engaged into drive, and the engine knock as if it were running rough. When the service tech tried to shift the gear lever out of park, the entire gear lever had come apart in pieces. The consumer stated that the vehicle was worse than ever. Currently when the brakes were applied the steering would go out of control, jerk left and right, shaked out of control and unable to steer.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012004

Aviator 8-cyl

  • miles
Consumer states that dealer put aftermarket rims tires on vehicle. The vehicle experienced the following; difficulty turning the vehicle, heater bubbling making noises, difficulty starting the vehicle, jerking in the steering wheel, noise in the steering, noise in the heating/vent bubbling, pulsating in the steering wheel, vibration of the tires, the tire monitoring system had to be cut off reconnected and adjusted, the passenger front windows rattled, motor made loud noises when the vehicle accelerated, front end noises, rear hatch rattled and would shake, the wheels squealed and rubbed, the wheel jerked when taking off, the gear changer lever was loose, the vehicle would shake and vibrated when in motion, and the engine sounded as if it was knocking or running rough.

- Newnan, GA, USA

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