hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,408 miles

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2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid engine problems

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2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 182016

MKZ Hybrid

  • 59,000 miles


Driving on interstate at 70 mph in heavy traffic with cruise control engaged. Power cut out and car slowed down rapidly. Throttle pedal was inoperative with total loss of power. Coasted to side of road while dodging semi-trucks. Shut car off and power reset. Was able to continue to destination. The car lost power previously, 09/13/16, while driving in town, but at the lower speed it was not life threatening. The engine reset after restarting that time also. Dealer was notified of that incidence but not able to duplicate problem.

- University Park, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 162015

MKZ Hybrid

  • 56,115 miles
While driving 55 mph on highway, red triangle with "!" in the middle with text "stop safely now" appeared on dashboard. At the same time the engine shut off (along with the air conditioner and radio). The car would not restart in neutral. I had to coast to the shoulder of the highway to stop, put the car in park, turn the key to restart and then drive again. This happened 3 times in 45 minutes. I took the car to a Lincoln dealership. They could not find anything wrong other than recommending I purchase a new battery. I was skeptical, but did so just in case. I picked up the car on 6/16/15. On 6/19/15 the car turned off again while driving on a highway. This had happened previously in 2013 and 2014. Both times the dealership could not find anything wrong with the car. It is not safe for a car to turn off on a highway.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 252014

MKZ Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
September 25, 2014 - while driving approximately 40 miles per hour, the "stop car safety now" warning came. I have about 91,000 miles on the vehicle. I had the vehicle towed to maplecrest Ford Lincoln. They have checked the vehicle, driven it, check for codes and have found nothing in three days of checking. They told me that they contacted Lincoln's tech team for assistance. The tech team cannot determine what is wrong with the car. The two options that I have been given are 1. do nothing and see if the problem recurs or 2. change the exhaust purge value reflesh & power control module. But they have no idea if this is correct any problem. Lincoln is not guaranteeing that changing this module will fix the problem since they don't know what the problem is. This is the second time that I have received the "stop car safely now" warning. The first time was in August of 2013. I filed a complaint then, which was as follows: August 19, 2013 while driving approximately 25 mph, the stop car safely now warning message illuminated as the vehicle independently decelerated. The contact shut the engine off and was able to drive without failure after restarting the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000. However, I did have the car "repaired". liccardi Ford replaced the throttle body air intake.. on or about August 20, 2013.

- Great Meadows, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 282013

MKZ Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
While driving on two lane road approx. 50 mph, engine stopped, advance track light came on, lost steering and breaking, coasted to stop. Restarted and drove home. Carried to dealer, who replaced. Steering gear. Computer should show you warning but not shut vehicle down loosing breaking and steering. If there had been traffic or had been on busy road traveling int. Speed could have been life taking for my family and others on same road.

- Killen, AL, USA

problem #1

Jun 052014

MKZ Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 23,924 miles
5 June 14: Engine died while stopped in heavy traffic. Restarted in park on third try. Brake and cross traffic fault warning light came on. Dealer unable to duplicate problem. 7 June 14: Engine died second time after entering entrance street to parking lot at 10 mph. Restarted after stopping and putting transmission in to park. No warning lights came on.

- Grove City, OH, USA

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