hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,715 miles

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2002 Lincoln LS drivetrain problems

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2002 Lincoln LS Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 022016


  • miles


No matter what is done the check transmission and everything error comes up and car shifts hard and slips I see I am not the only one having this problem seems all of the Ls cars are doing the same thing.

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #6

Sep 202015


  • 2 miles
I was driving down the street went to a stop light stopped and as I proceeded to go it started sounding like a bus the sound underneath the hood of a car and it was acting like it was slipping I pulled over turn my car off got back in and started going again and it got louder the noise did it sounded like a big bus and it felt like it was pulling me dragging me back like as if I had the emergency brake on or something but I did not. Then I started to smell something burning light oil or something

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #5

Dec 102014


  • 170,000 miles
The transmission slips after it gets to 40 mph from 5th gear to 4th gear.

- Hacienda Heights, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012015


  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Lincoln Ls. The contact stated that the transmission was slipping out of gear. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who replaced the transmission. In addition, the vehicle was overheating without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the thermostat, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Bound Brook , NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 162011


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Lincoln Ls. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle would not shift from fourth gear to fifth gear. The contact also stated that the check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the power transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 125,000.

- Desoto, IL, USA

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problem #2

Feb 122011

LS 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Took my 2002 Lincoln into dealer to see why I was smelling hot engine oil they told me the valve cover gaskets leak on both sides of engine. Asked why both the service traction control light and ABS light and occasionally brake like stay on while operating the car, was told the sensor was bad and needed replaced. Upon inspection they found the transmission cooling line was leaking. My car has only approx. 80,000 miles on it. I feel that the leaking oil could cause a fire due to the gaskets leaking and what could happen if the transmission oil dumped while operating, could any of these problems cause a serious accident while operating on public highways or freeways.

- Leadore, ID, USA

problem #1

Apr 302005


  • 25,000 miles
My car has numerous parts that tear up repeatedly, within a 6 months time. Valve cover gasket had replaced twice within a 6 months time. The coil packs go up very often. I had panel buttons just tear up for no reason three times! wheel caps replaced numerous times. Overheating issues, door locking issues, battery replaced twice within 2 years time. Ac issues, (I never used my ac..at all). This car has a lot of problems on the T.S.bulletin. I contacted Ford in reference to the multiple issues I was having with the car, the company representatives told me to take the complaint to the establishment of which I had been dealing with. Then they said Lincoln is an independent owned establishment so I am totally confused by this whole ordeal, they know that they have had a lot of multiple problems out of that car. And they refuse to recall some of those (as I would say) hazardous issues. I was at the dealer 2 weeks ago, I was conversing with a rep. At the dealership and he was telling me how the Lincoln Ls was their most problem vehicle, and cash maker for repairs. (oh by the way.......I researched to find this site. To answer the question in the consumer section).

- Yorktown , VA, USA

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