really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,169 miles

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2005 Lincoln Town Car brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Lincoln Town Car Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 172013

Town Car

  • 84,000 miles


Applied brakes and car unexpectedly accelerated. This has happened 6-7 over the last 3 months. The last time the car was at a dead stop at a traffic and unexpectedly accelerated.

- River Edge, NJ, USA

problem #5

Mar 032012

Town Car

  • 65,000 miles
I have a 2005 Lincoln Town car, signature series, that on the same day on two occasions while going slow and lightly braking the car suddenly accelerated. My foot was not anywhere close to the gas pedal. This has never happened before and not in the last two weeks. I went up on the net and found many other people had reported the exact same problem with that exact year and model Lincoln. A number of which went to their local Ford dealer only to find them to say we checked it out thoroughly and found nothing wrong. I expect this could very well happen again and create a very serious accident. I just want to go on record as having reported this incident to as many places as possible so that in the event it causes an accident in the future I have some recourse if they say it was only drivers error. I may send this to ntsb, consumers guide, and insurance safety board and others in hopes of getting some answer other than, could not duplicate problem. Thank you

- La Luz, NM, USA

problem #4

Dec 052010

Town Car

  • 52,500 miles
After being parked in parking lot - engine turned off, no radio playing, etc. We started the vehicle up, backed up, braked, put in drive and accelerated at which time the vehicle immediately accelerated out of control. Brakes would not stop the car. The car continued to accelerate faster and faster. We ran over a couple of islands, pulled fire hydrant out of the ground, ran into a wall, vehicle continued to accelerate and it seared from the wall, accelerating faster we knocked 6 parked cars out of the way like they were boxes all the while braking to no avail vehicle continuing to accelerate faster headed across the parking lot toward a chain link fence we threw the gear shift into park about the same time we hit the fence. The vehicle balked and came to stop in about 50 feet in an adjacent parking lot on the other side of the fence ripping about 50 feet of the fence with it. Front end demolished, radiator steaming, engine still running, ripped undercarriage flattened tires from rims. Totaled the car. And air bags did not deploy. Only injuries were bruises and sprains and emotional problems. Praise god. 2 adults and 3 children were in the car. I know the car malfunctioned and Lincoln has a responsibility to the public to investigate, determine cause & correct. Look at the insurance report investigative report. They tell me it cost too much to investigate the cause since there were no severe injuries, .there are many similar incidents on the internet and some not so fortunate. There is a safety issue here and the public has the right to have these accidents investigated. The trauma of being in an out of control vehicle is devastating and Lincoln has a public liability to make that determination to save future lives. 2 adults and 3 children are still emotionally disturbed about this. Are also similar incidents with other Ford products. Please respond.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 302011

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Lincoln Town car. The contact stated that while applying the brakes, the vehicle crashed into the preceding vehicle. The police were contacted and there were no injuries reported from either party. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised her that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000. Updated 12/16/11 upated 12/23/11

- Maumelle, AR, USA

problem #2

Jan 202006

Town Car

  • 12 miles
On the 2005 Lincoln Town car the brake and gas peddle are to close. When you step on the brake it is very easy to put your foot on the gas peddle at the same time. This could result in a very dangerous situation. This has been an ongoing problem from the day I purchased this car.

- Wyandotte, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 152007

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Lincoln Town car. While driving between 3-40 mph, the brakes failed. When the failure occurred, the engine revved. The vacuum was suspected to be the cause of the failure. Within the past 5-6 weeks, the failure has occurred three times. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 28,000 and failure mileage was approximately 27,500.

- Madisonville, TN, USA

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