really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,000 miles

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2001 Lincoln LS electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Lincoln LS Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 062013

LS 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


My 01 Lincoln Ls 3.9 V8 caught fire while it was sitting in my driveway at 11:30 pm. By the time it was noticed, the entire front half was engulfed. It exploded about 3 times (possibly the airbags exploding). The fire department put the fire out before it reached the fuel tank. I had driven it around an hour before. The most damage was near the driver side front of car near where the headlight and air filter were located. The passenger side of the engine compartment had not burned as intense as the driver side. (the driver side front of the hood had completely burned away..) the fire dept said it possibly started in the engine but the fire had burned so much that they could not be sure. No investigation since I only had liability insurance. I have owned the car since 2008 and have noticed different electrical malfunctions such as radio volume increasing, indicator lights randomly coming on/off (atc, ABS, air bag, ect). About one month before fire the car was having issues with not starting and randomly dying as I was driving. The battery was tested and was not the issue. I loved my car but I don't think it was ever free of issues. (window regulators/clips replaced each window twice, oil in cylinders-replaced all cylinders/coils/ect twice, car would lose power/hesitate over 40mph, gas pedal would get stuck if pressed to quickly causing rpms to surge but car would not go over 25-30 mph and would be extremely hard to stop (it would surge forward and I would have to put all my weight on the brake pedal to keep it from hitting whatever was in front of it) I would temp fix this issue by flicking the idle control lever (which I noticed one of the "E clips" had come off of one of the arms) near the throttle body (which would also get stuck open/closed and have to be cleaned on reg basis.) many more issues not listed here... beautiful car but definitely a lemon...

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 112001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle exhibiting intermittent electrical problems, ground wire replaced on 2/28/2001, by dealership.

- Galveston, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle had electrical problems, gearshift panel lights went out/ back up light were not working. Consumer was involved in an accident, while driving the vehicle drifted across the center lane and sideswiped 2 vehicles, there were no injuries, however there was property damage, consumer feels this is related to recall 00V359001, prior to the accident, consumer had alignment issues with vehicle and had the lower ball joint replaced. Clock spring was replaced and dealer had to reposition a dropped air bag.

- Marietta, GA, USA

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