hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,091 miles

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2003 Lincoln LS Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 092009

LS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,303 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Lincoln Ls. While driving 35 mph she noticed the parking brake/ service engine warning lights illuminated on the instrument control panel. Several days later while starting the ignition she noticed smoke under the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility. A technician stated that she had an oil leak from the rear of the engine that was dripping on the exhaust manifold. Also the engine would go into limp mode without warning; which drastically reduced the vehicles speed. She had the throttle body repaired at an expense of $489. The repair did not remedy the failure. The failure and current mileages were 77,303. The steering was noisy when the consumer made turns, the anti-lock brake light and traction control light illuminated. The oil pan was leaking. All of the tire had to be replaced due to excessive wear. The power steering fluid was also leaking from the vehicle. Updated 01/26/10.

- White Hall, AR, USA

problem #4

Dec 242007

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Lincoln Ls. On two different occasions, while driving between 35-65 mph, the vehicle lost power and power steering. The failure occurred intermittently and without warning. The dealer stated that the vehicle was fine even though the stability enhancing system light continues to illuminate. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 110,000.

- Westoirt, CT, USA

problem #3

Apr 192005

LS 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,150 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Lincoln Ls. While driving 35 mph, the wheels fell off the vehicle and the lug nuts fell out of the wheel. The vehicle was towed. All four tires were flat and had to be replaced at the contact's expense. Prior to the failure, she heard a strange noise. The contact went to a Lincoln dealer at that time and informed them of the noise she heard underneath the vehicle. A noise was also heard near the steering component. The dealer stated that nothing could be done. In addition to the tires, the brakes had to be replaced as well and the engine light illuminated. The dealer was unable to determine why the light illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle was difficult to start. She was charged to replace the thermostat (asy) in the vehicle. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 70,000 and failure mileage was 29,510. Updated 04/29/08 the emergency brake light illuminated, the engine overheated

- Wooster, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 192007

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Car has consistently just shut off while driving (roughly 30 times in the last year). Been into the dealer no less than 10 times. Had thousands of dollars of valve covers, coils, plugs gaskets, windshield wiper components replaced. No change. Car will still die whenever it feels like it. Lincoln/Ford could care less, and the dealer and field engineers seem tired of seeing my car. Constant movement of brake pedal in rhythm with windshield wipers. Dealer has tried to fix numerous times and the problem is worse now then when they started. Front brake pads rattle. Dealer says it is a known issue and I should just deal with it. Front seat backs fall down. Dealer and Ford blame my kids being in car seats. Never had a problem before they took seats apart to replace faulty seat heater. The transmission is awful. Been reprogrammed 3 times and new servos installed. Still does not shift smoothly, and very erratic. Shifts when it shouldn't and does not shift when it should. Car stalled and activated the alarm horn honking, lights blinking in the middle of an intersection. Car restarted. Next day car had dead battery and would not start. Could not even jump it as there was no power to open trunk and lock cylinder was frozen due to lack of use. Batery in trunk!! wheels had to be balanced 3 times then force balanced to remove excessive vibration. All at my expense had leaky reverse light replaced by dealer now have some piece of a fastener floating around inside the deck lid rattling. Clips for E brake are always broken and apparently 180 bucks to fix.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #1

Aug 042006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 35mph, the check engine light illuminated and the temperature gauge elevated followed by white steam erupting from underneath the hood. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who was unable to duplicate the problem. Additionally, the automatic stability traction control activated which causes the engine to stall. The dealer determined the traction assist cluster sensors needed to be replaced, however the problem persisted.

- Detroit, MI, USA

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