really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,152 miles

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2013 Lincoln MKZ drivetrain problems

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 152016


  • 51,898 miles


Car complete stalls and says "run power active". very unsafe situation. Car was not able to be moved. Was not able to be started again for over a minute

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #8

Aug 102015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Lincoln Mkz. While driving approximately 30 mph during inclement weather conditions, the windshield wipers failed to properly adjust to the desired speed level. In addition, the brake peal traveled abnormally to the floorboard when depressed and the steering wheel required excessive force in order to maneuver the vehicle. The contact also stated that the vehicle failed to shift gears properly and failed to drive over 35 mph. The speedometer failed to read properly the accurate reading levels. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but the failure was unable to be replicated. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V250000 (steering) and 13V594000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Highland, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 062014

MKZ 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Lincoln Mkz. The contact stated that the part for NHTSA campaign number: 14V597000 (air bags, seat belts) was not available to repair the vehicle. The recall report date was September 26, 2014 and the recall remedy was still not available in February of 2015. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact did not disclose if a failure occurred. Updated 4/6/15 the consumer stated two days after having the vehicle serviced at the dealer for recalls, the steering wheel would not turn.

- Perryhall, MD, USA

problem #6

Aug 082014

MKZ 4-cyl

  • 16,420 miles


The car was pulled into a parking space (space in front of a canal) and pushed buttoned into park and the car then lurched forward, going into the canal (front half only, the back half was stopped by the sea wall). We see there was a recall for the same problem for 2013 Lincoln Mkz hybrids (ours is not a hybrid).

- St. Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #5

May 202013


  • 30,000 miles
When driving the car it will shift from drive to S1, S2, S3, S4, it will decrease in speed, like a hesitation and slowing down. I am afraid if this constantly happens some one will hit me in the rear., causing a serious accident. We have taken this car in twice for repairs, still isn't fixed. First, oh its need to be put on the computer and recalibrated. Second, after test driving the dealership service department couldn't assess the cause and it didn't occur while they did a test drive. This is a serious defect and danger to me, my family and others on the highway. It needs to be investigated and repaired.this is still occurring while driving daily. Seriously thinking about returning this vehicle.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

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problem #4

Jun 052014

MKZ 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
The wrench icon appeared on the steering wheel dashboard, prompting to check owners' manual. When you look up the incident it reads powertrain fault or an AWD fault has been detected. Contact dealership as soon as possible. Other past recalls have mentioned this to be a transmission range sensor issue. An issue that can result in a shift out of park--using the pushbuttons on the dashboard that the Mkz substitutes for a traditional shift lever--without the driver first having to press the brake pedal.

- Pasadena , MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 122014

MKZ 6-cyl

  • 4,500 miles


Came to a stop at stop sign. Made a left hand turn at approx. 7 mph. While the car was moving at went from drive to neutral and then into park. This is the 3rd time it has happened. Car was taken back to dealer on 4/14 for repairs. This is also the 3rd electrical system malfunction.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 302013

MKZ 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
Vehicle locked out of ability to shift from park to reverse. The car needed to be restarted several times over 20 minutes in order to shift into reverse. Caused obstacle to traffic. Blind cross traffic alert and forward collision warning alarm is activated without proper stimulus, slowing the vehicle automatically when there is no threat of collision. This almost caused three separate accidents. Lincoln service suggested disabling this safety feature. Note that the forward collision warning does not meet NHTSA standard according to jd powers.

- Villanova, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 172013


  • 5,550 miles
The car shifts from drive to neutral when driving. The car shifts from drive to low while driving. The car shifts from reverse to park while driving. This has happened multiple times a few time it almost resulted in a accident. I finally took it to a dealership for repairs and will wait and see if it continues to happen. This is a situation that could and will likely result in a death if this continues to happen. The dealership did not seem surprise about what was happening. There is a recall about the repair but I was never notified of the recall. My car did not accept the repair as there were more computer issues going on then a simply fix to the shift modulator.

- Davison, MI, USA

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