really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,148 miles

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2001 Lincoln LS Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 202013

LS 8-cyl

  • 72,678 miles


I own a 2001 Lincoln Mercury Ls V-8 with 72,678 miles on the odometer.. frequently (within the last several months) I have experienced sudden and uncontrolled acceleration when driving the vehicle around town in the 25-45 mph speed range. Hitting the brakes fails to override the acceleration. The only solution to prevent an accident or to slow the vehicle is to throw the automatic gear shifter into neutral and clear the acceleration with a hard press on the accelerator while the car is neutral. The other remedy is to turn off the ignition while in traffic. Neither one of these solutions is acceptable and Ford/lm denies that this issue exists on any of their vehicles dating back 10-15 years. My previous vehicle was a 2000 Crown Victoria and I experienced the very same issue after the vehicle had exceeded 60,000 miles. Ford/lm is well are of these issues and has failed to publicly acknowledge them for fear of liability and the cost to repair the issue. Please advise what an owner should do in this situation. I believe a class action lawsuit has recently been filed against Ford/lm on behalf of owners who are experiencing this problem. In the mean time the company fails to repair the vehicle under a government ordered recall or warranty.

- Lady :Lake, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 042012

LS 8-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
After backing up, stopping and placing vehicle into the "D" position. Vehicle accelerated to full throttle. Brake application did nothing to slow vehicle until within second and few hundred feet, vehicle came to rest into a tree. Vehicle was destroyed, injuries incurred. Although this was a '01 Lincoln, Ford came out with recall on '01 escape with identical issue two days after this crash, blaming the cruise control unit.

- East Lyme , CT, USA

problem #4

Jul 232003

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,208 miles
While backing out of driveway and without prior warning vehicle suddenly accelerated. Both feet were on the brake pedal but vehicle continued to run. The tires were spinning while the brake was applied. Mechanic checked for pedal binding and ran all self test. There were no trouble codes stored in the computer system. The vehicle was road tested in warm and cold conditions. The technician determined that everything was working according to manufacturers specifications. The passenger side headlamp had water inside it. The dealer replaced the headlamp assembly.

- Amityville, NY, USA

problem #3

May 052002


  • miles


I am a 57 year old registerd nurse. I went to work at saint elizabeths hospital in brighton. I stopped at the parking garage entrance to get a parking ticket. When the arm went and I be gan to pull in to the garage the gas pedal went right to the floor the engine began to race uncontrolably. I had both feet pressed firmly on the brake pedal trying to stop the car. It raced forward with the wheels screeching on the garage floor, I was terrified. The car hit a parked car with such force that it spun the car 180 degrees around. All during this time 5 to 10 seconds and about 100 feet the engine was racing as if the gas pedal was floored. Both my feet were firmly on the brake pedal trying to stop the car. I hope someone takes this complaint seriously and makes the dealer fix this car before I or someone else gets killed. I am terrified that this may happen again, and I am thouroughly upset that this is not being taken seriously. I see from your board that I am not the only person that has had this problem.

- Stoughton, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 062001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle started to accelerate to speeds of 60 mph and idles of 3000 RPM before consumer finally shut vehicle off. This happened when consumer was in traffic and started to move. Contacted dealer.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #1

Oct 102001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When at a stop and brake applied, engine will rev, and rear wheels spinned for about 5 seconds. This has happened 4 times, vehicle taken to dealer, but no cause was found.

- Bowie, MD, USA

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