really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,491 miles

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2001 Lincoln LS transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Lincoln LS Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 202009


  • 109,000 miles


2001 Ls Lincoln transmission I believe my Lincoln Ls is unsafe to drive do to the fact that the shifting is erratic. This car has actually cut out on me on the highway all lights power steering everything and gave me an error message. The message stated gear shifting error. I bought an automatic to elevate my bad shifting and now my automatic does not know how to shift gears C'mon!!!!!!my dealer doesn't know what to do why are they registered as a Lincoln dealer if they cant fix Lincoln. This caused an accident when our daughter drove it on wet roads. This also caused my wife to loose control on a snow covered highway. Very lucky it stopped and she regained control. I personally thought it cant do such a thing but it also done it to me on dry pavement and can realized how bad it can be on wet or snow conditions.

- Leitchfield, KY, USA

problem #7

Mar 202009


  • miles
My 2001 Lincoln Ls hesitates when shifting from 1st gear to second, sometimes it even shakes.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #6

Nov 202008


  • 98,000 miles
2001 Lincoln Ls has an E that will not go away and every time it shifts to the next gear it almost jerks I just bought this car and now it is messing up.

- Ferriday, LA, USA

problem #5

Sep 052008


  • 100,000 miles


I currently drive a 2001 Lincoln Ls. This car has been a complete nightmare and is completely unsafe! the shifting on this car is completely erratic and is in no way safe. I know multiple people who have the same problem with this car and Lincoln is no help. They will not and can not fix or solve this problem. Their only answer is to replace the transmission and when that is done the problem comes back! while driving on the highway at 85 mph my car decides to cut out on me and display an error message. I almost got into an accident. The only thing that saved me is that the car behind we was able to swerve out of the way. My car automatic transmission no longer know how to shift gears properly. It idles in between gear changes and at times takes minutes to actually switch gears and speed up the engine. Most of the time all that will happen is the rpms will raise to 4500 and I will not move at all. This is a recurring problem with tons and tons of people who have bought this car.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #4

Dec 152007


  • miles
2001 Lincoln Ls V6. Numerous electronic issues (window, locks, seats, etc.) had a used transmission placed in the vehicle at approx. 76,000 miles in 2005. Now, that transmission is shot and I am in need of a new or rebuilt one again. When driving, the car seemed to not be able to get power, stuttered close to shutting down, and was difficult to get in gear or even to get through the gears. Speed seemed to top out around 55mph when it began 'jumping'...I have read numerous reports on the many issues the Lincoln Ls has given so many owners and am in support of something being done to compensate us.

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 262007

LS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Transmission problems - gears are hard to shift while driving, gears take long time to switch between P, D, R transmission hisitated to switch gears. I looked and did some research on the internet and saw alot of Lincoln Ls owners having the same problem. I think this is not right, that someone buys a high end car and has to face problems such as these without a recall from the dealership because it would cost too much.

- Maple, 00, USA

problem #2

Nov 092006

LS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,926 miles
Automatic transmission....no previous signs or signals of fault. Turned left in front of on coming traffic and transmission slipped out of gear. Later found that the transmission will not shift from 2nd to 3rd. It now happens all the time.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #1

Jan 212005

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
Transmission first began shifting roughly into reverse, jerking the vehicle backward. Then the transmission also began rough shifts into 1st and 2nd gear. PCM was reprogrammed by dealer 8/04. Problem began to occur even worse. Returned to dealer and dealer performed engine diagnositc, then did this: "ac bdy asy-trans sol shft&throt" plus some extras.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

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