hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,365 miles

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2008 Lincoln MKX Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 052016


  • 92,808 miles


Yesterday (11/05/2016), I was going to go to the store. The car started fine and ran fine as I backed it out of our driveway, but when I went down the street in front of our neighbors house, it suddenly felt like it shifted into a lower gear. I turned the corner next to my neighbors house and proceeded down a hill that's there, but the car still would only go very slowly. When I got down the hill, I stopped at a stop sign and when I stepped on the gas it suddenly started to run fine. I drove another 7 or 8 blocks until stopping for a red light, that's when I noticed the warning lights showing a wrench and an airbag come on. The light turned green and when I stepped on the gas to make it go, it again would only go at a very slow speed. By the time I crossed the street, the light had switched back to red. Terrified, I pulled into the parking lot across the street and noticed the odometer was showing all zeros. I shut the car off and went into the store, shaking and very scared. I came back out praying it would start up and run fine. It made a grinding noise and sounded louder, but then it started running fine and did so all the way home. I have driven the car twice since then for short distances but haven't had it happen again. We bought this 2008 Lincoln Mkx used with 92,474 miles on it just 3 weeks prior to this happening. When this occurred, there was approximately 92,808 miles on it. That's a whopping 334 miles put on it by us as well as others who test drove the car since this dealer listed it for sale. Since the wrench warning light came on, my husband suspects the powertrain malfunctioned or a AWD fault occurred, as it shows in the owners manual, but said he wouldn't rule out other possible causes. Since we bought this from a used car dealer, though we did take out an extended warranty through our credit union, we don't know what rights exist protecting us.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #7

Oct 072013


  • 78,280 miles
The vehicle surges at lower rpms between 1,000 and 2,000. Dealership tested the problem and found a defective throttle position sensor. Upon review a new throttle body assembly also needed to be replaced. The dealership then re-programmed the PCM to current calibration and road tested the vehicle. Approximately two years later the same problem has reoccurred. The car surges at various speeds and loses power. It is extremely dangerous. We have brought the vehicle to different mechanics who have diagnosed the vehicle with again having a defective throttle sensor and throttle body. We had the throttle body replaced but are still experiencing the problem. The check engine light and maintenance light come on when the car loses acceleration power, but once we restart the car the lights go off. Again, this is extremely dangerous as it has occurred at speeds between 45-55 mph. We are seeking to have this vehicle recalled as we have seen many other customer complaints with the same problem, or receiving a dealership credit to have the work done again.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #6

Apr 142014

MKX 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Without warning or driver action, vehicle shifts into high gear and remains there for some period of time while warning lights come on including, engine, airbags and others, odometer and speedometer go blank or display error. This condition has lasted from 4 min to 20 min and has happened approximately 20 times since first incident. Sometimes shutting off vehicle and restarting after several minutes seems to help but until the problem corrects itself, putting it in gear results in a bang and jolts the vehicle as it goes into high gear. When in high gear, the vehicle has no power until it reaches higher speeds. At speeds below 55, the vehicle does not respond well to pressing the accelerator. It becomes dangerous when entering or crossing an intersection and it goes into high gear on its own. The internet has many posts of this problem with this vehicle.

- Oxford, NJ, USA

problem #5

Oct 082014


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Lincoln Mkx. The contact stated that while driving at 2 mph, the accelerator pedal was engaged but the vehicle failed to accelerate over 2 mph. The contact mentioned that once the vehicle was turned off and restarted, it resumed normal function. The problem occurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the speed control and transmission failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 012013

MKX 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
About every few weeks, upon driving from a stopped position, it seems like the car is stuck in first gear or in low gear- it accelerates upon stepping on pedal, however the car is just crawling along and not picking up speed at all. Consequently, I have to stop the car and put it in park and then back in drive, once I do this it works normal again. On other occasions I feel a hard kick when I put the car out of drive and back into drive. This is very dangerous if I happen to be pulling into a busy intersection and I would have to come to a complete stop to get this car going again.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

May 112014


  • 42,535 miles
Vehicle (08 Lincoln Mkx) was cruising at 35mph going down slight incline when suddenly vehicle started accelerating on its own at ~3,500rpm. As the vehicle was going down hill at 35mph in a 30mph zone with no other vehicles in sight, neither gas nor brakes were applied as there was no need. Foot was off both pedals until I realized that the car was accelerating on its own at an uncontrollable rate and it was then that I applied the brakes. Car continued to accelerate as the brakes were being applied. Acceleration lasted approximately ten seconds and then vehicle reverted back to normal. Brought the vehicle in for service the following day (13may2014) and was told that there are currently no service bulletins or known safety issues with this make and model.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #2

Feb 242013

MKX 6-cyl

  • 47,300 miles
Kicked on cruise control at seventy. RPM's shot from 2 thousand to eight thousand and car accelerated to eighty miles an hour. All we doing was holding the steering wheel. We have taken it back to the dealer twice since we purchased two months ago and they have informed us both times that they can find nothing wrong with the vehicle...

- Robbinsdale, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 022011


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Lincoln mks. The contact stated that the wrench warning indicator illuminated and the vehicle lost power. The contact stated the vehicle had to be turned off and restarted. Once the vehicle was restarted, there was a hard thump heard from the vehicle. In addition, the speedometer would fail when the failure occurred. The contact stated that the failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer each time, but the dealer stated that the vehicle was running as designed. The failure mileage was 12,000 and the current mileage was 48,000.

- Foddy Daisy , TN, USA

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