hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,400 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Lincoln Aviator drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Lincoln Aviator Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 212015


  • 86,000 miles


Owner of 2005 Lincoln Aviator. I was not able to get the gear shift out of park. I had the Aviator towed to a family member's automotive garage and was told that I will need to have the entire gear shift replaced. Upon doing some research, it seems that this is a very common problem in this year, make, and model. I have read endless testimonies from other vehicle owners with the exact dispute. The part and labor will cost me approximately $1100 at my family's garage, one can only guess the dollar amount will double at the local dealership. My car is driveable, however, when in park, I will have to put my emergency brake on. I was also informed that the gear shift, if bumped, may move out of park even without the key in the ignition. I am appalled that Ford/Lincoln motor company has not taken responsibility of the defected mechanism. It is unacceptable and raises many questions on how important vehicle safety is to Ford/Lincoln motor company, not to mention a total inconvenience financially! this is my fourth vehicle from Ford/Lincoln motor company and I highly doubt I will purchase another based on the company's lack in addressing the matter. I am a mother of one child and now do not feel secure driving a vehicle that I once felt very protected in.

- Manchester, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 102014


  • miles
The plastic gear shift unlock lever, which is inside of a metal housing underneath the gear shift knob broke off. It is a very poor design and is a safety hazard, because one cannot move the gear shift without the release being raised.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #3

May 262014


  • 92,000 miles
The gear knob on my 2005 Lincoln Aviator broke causing the vehicle to get stuck in reverse. This is a major safety hazard. This appears to be a poor design by Ford. Based on my research, several Lincoln Aviator owners are having the same problem. Ford needs to do a recall and fix this issue.

- Windsor Mill, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 212014

Aviator 8-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Leftside rear axle starting coming out of the vehicle while moving.

- Candia, NH, USA

problem #1

Jul 012010


  • 56,000 miles
I have a 2005 Lincoln Aviator and the shifter, transmission, and ball joints, drive shaft all fell apart at 56,000 miles my wife and 2 young children were in the vehicle when the drive shaft came loose almost causing us to be rear ended by a 18 wheeler something has to be done. I have read thousands of complaints from others having similar complaints.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

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