really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,000 miles

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1998 Lincoln Continental transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Lincoln Continental Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 052011


  • 180,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Lincoln Continental. The contact stated that the vehicle would lunge forward when the brake pedal was engaged. Neither the dealer nor manufacturer were notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 180,000 and the current mileage was 186,000.

- Davidson, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 082008

Continental 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Security flashes rapidly which prevents the ignition from starting. It rolls ok but will not crank up to run. This problem started almost a year ago, but after a little wait it would finally crank. In the past two months we have driven the car about 4 times because of this problem. On Mar, 2008 we were left stranded in biloxi, ms requiring a tow to the easterbrook dealership from where the automobile was purchased in 2004. At times the security light would flash normally, and on those times we could drive anywhere we liked without worry. From our progressive drive insurance webpage I ran across a nhta item # 619266 covering this complaint in 1998 Lincoln Continentals which was a technical bulletin. We had never even heard of or received a notice of this. I feel the manufacturer should be responsible for the $369 repair of this vehicle not even speaking of the pain and worry it has caused and missed doctor's appointments and such. Our first incident was in 2006 when, at our expense, we also had to replace the transmission, when it failed on interstate 63, leaving us stranded, having to be towed, and without a vehicle for over a week.

- Coden, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 232004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
While parked on a slight incline, with the engine running, the transmission slipped out of park into reverse. While attempting to enter the vehicle to stop it from hitting a child, the consumer grabbed the steering wheel, the vehicle picked up speed and rolled over her right leg. The vehicle was towed to the dealership where a insurance specialist inspected the vehicle and determined there was a manufacturer defect in the transmission.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 222000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle commenced to accelerate after applying brakes to slow down, and reoccurred again after shifting gear into reverse. Dealer was not notified at this time. The vehicle stopped when put to neutral. The dealer replaced the air by pass valve.

- Flanders, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 041999


  • miles
Intermittently when hitting the brake pedal, brakes failed and vehicle went out of control, causing a rear end crash. On July 14th after backing out of driveway, driver put the vehicle in drive and the vehicle went into reverse and hit a tree. Upon impact, the driver's and passenger's seatbacks collapsed. The vehicle was towed to the dealership. The vehicle has not been repaired.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

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