hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,218 miles

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2003 Lincoln Town Car drivetrain problems

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2003 Lincoln Town Car Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 212011

Town Car 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Had a premature axle failure on my 2003 Lincoln Town car, only 110K miles. Same year, model, body code, assembly plant & problem as addressed in the recall for this car, but was told by Ford that it was not there problem because the car is out of warranty and was built a few months outside of the date range given in the recall. A little internet research will show you that there are many of us out here that have received no remedy from Ford to correct this potentially deadly problem. Also while doing research on this car I discovered that my driver side door handle that broke a few months ago creating another potentially deadly situation has also been well documented and ignored by Ford & the NHTSA. What are you waiting for, someone to be trapped & die because of a broken piece of plastic.

- Springville, AL, USA

problem #4

Nov 132010

Town Car

  • 59,000 miles
Very noisy rear axle bearings, Ford has a safety recall if this vehicle had been sold as a fleet vehicle, safety #04S16, they would repair it free of charge as a safety issue, I purchased this vehicle 12-20-06 in fl.it had 52,343 mi. At that time., thought the noise was coming from the type of road surface in fl. And the salesman said it was the road also, brought it to Indiana and it has gotten worse, it now has of this date 11-16-2010, 59,335 miles, this vehicle sits in the garage because I fell it is unsafe to drive. It was titled in mich. And original purchaser had a home in fl. And I believe they made trips to and from there with vehicle overloaded. Ford has the recall for anyone that had a fleet vehicle but no one that has a personal vehicle, does not seem right to Ford that a personal vehicle would have this safety issue. I have had two other towncars and had no issues like this. Guess I should never have purchased the third one.

- Whiteland, IN, USA

problem #3

Aug 052009

Town Car

  • 54,250 miles
2003 Town car on Aug. 3, 2009 the car lost drive function on interstate. The repair was a new drive axle from the Ford dealer. On Aug. 8, the same thing happen again we lost drive function and the rear axle is broken. I spoke to the dealer about the Ford recall no. 04S16 or 04V328000 and he explained that the VIN no. Did not apply.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #2

May 082008

Town Car 8-cyl

  • 39,840 miles
Noisy rear end on my Lincoln towncar (2003). There was a recall by the manufacturer to replace rear axels & bearings on 2003 towncars with certain VIN #S (recall # 04V328000) my car had exactly the same failure as mentioned in the recall and I feel that the company should pay or the repair. I only have 39,840 miles pon the car. The problem was corrected by the dealer and I had to pay a portion of the charge. I feel the repair work should have been done nc under the recall, whether the VIN was on it or not, the failure is the same.

- Fairport, NY, USA

problem #1

May 222006

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
1) I noticed a slight vibration and noise. 2) took car to a Ford dealer who identified the problem as a pinion bearing, but they couldn't get to a repair immediately. I took the car to the closest aaa approved garage. 3) both axle shafts and all axle bearings have to be replaced.

- Pacific, MO, USA

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