really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
1,147 miles

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2005 Lincoln Town Car transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Lincoln Town Car Owner Comments

problem #3

May 062006

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,440 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Lincoln Town car. Intermittently, the vehicle surged while driving at low speeds. The vehicle has been to the dealer approximately 9 times, and 6 for the surging problem. But the failure still persists. The current mileage was 8,500 and failure mileage was 3,440. Updated 09/24/08. The dealer informed the consumer there was a major defect with the transmission. The transmission would not shift into gear. The trunk lid would not stay up. The horn was not working. Updated 10/01/08.

- Somers, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 022006

Town Car 8-cyl

  • miles
My husband was driving his 2005 Lincoln Town car down a private driveway of our country residence. His vehicle became stuck by the side of the driveway. While attempting to dislodge his vehicle from the side of the driveway, the automatic transmission fluid in his vehicle overheated. The overheated transmission fluid forced the transmission fluid dipstick out of the transmission fill tube far enough to allow the transmission fluid to overflow onto the engine of the vehicle where the transmission fluid caught on fire. The resulting fire spread throughout the vehicle, and my husband, who was unable to escape from the vehicle, burned to death.

- Elkhart, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 052005

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
I purchased a new 2005 Lincoln towncar. When I start to pass a car and press the accelerator to the floor to go into passing gear there is a period of a few seconds when the car appears to lose power then it shifts down and accelerates. The dealership told me "that is the way it works and there is no way to correct it". I think this puts me in danger because I cannot tell if the car is going to downshift and gain enough speed to pass or not.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

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