really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,784 miles

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2012 Lincoln MKZ steering problems

steering problem

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2012 Lincoln MKZ Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 042016


  • 21,000 miles


I was on a city street making a left turn when I was hit by a barreling car after he hit me once then he backed up and hit me again to push me out of the way he took off then my car accelerated going up curbs the steering an brakes did not work it took two of us to avoid a brick wall after pulling the emergency brake twice it finally stopped with a bang

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #4

Feb 022015


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Lincoln Mkz. While driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning and excessive force was required. As a result of the failure, the vehicle drove onto a curb and fractured the rims and tires. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but they could not diagnose the failure. The tires were replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 29,000.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 052014

MKZ 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
On spetember 5, 2014, I was traveling in Missouri. The car didn't seem to handle as it should. I had a stop sign, and it seemed to be okay then. I decided to slow down in case there was an issue. The first curve I came to, the car would not turn right, and went down a steep embankment. According to the police report, I was never able to steer it right towards the road again. My left knee was injured. Also, the car needed a new PCM....updated 01/29/15

- Camphill, IL, USA

problem #2

May 022014

MKZ 6-cyl

  • 20,222 miles
On turning right power steering shuts off and only had manual steering control until wheels were straightened and the power steering returned. This only happens on turning right. Went to dealer complaint is on file, dealer said nothing wrong new cars power steering different than previous cars. This is terrible and if not fixed I am going to trade in this car. It is the worst steering auto I ever had. I am 83 and I have had a lot of cars in my lifetime from different auto companies but none ever had this steering problem..

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 242012

MKZ 4-cyl

  • 4,700 miles
I was driving at about 15 mph all of a sudden power steering froze. Warning light "service advancetrac" and "power steering failure came on. I turned car off and on and steering was back to normal. Two days later the same thing happened right after starting the car. This situation is very dangerous, as the car was almost impossible to control. Car is at dealer now, they say part has a backlog of over 1700 units. Could take months for repair.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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