Transmission Shifts Hard

2006 Lincoln Zephyr

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Lincoln dealer.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
82,250 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace transmission (1 reports)
2006 Lincoln Zephyr transmission problems

transmission problem

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2006 Lincoln Zephyr Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 282016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


It is terrible reading all these complaints with similar issues and Lincoln turning their heads the other way as if there is no problem. This is not only dangerous but forces me to pull off the road in traffic. Only able to drive thirty miles per hour stuck in a low gear and when it does shift it almost gives you whiplash. I will never buy another Lincoln, and embarrassed to be seen driving this piece of crap. Lincoln you should be ashamed of your company and actions, hard working honest people spending hard earned money on one of your automobiles and knowing the problem doing nothing about it. You have lost a customer who has owned numerous Lincoln auto's and I will tell everyone I can not to purchase a car from your company because you have no pride in what you assemble.

- Rick M., Port Hueneme, CA, US

problem #3

Apr 042012

Zephyr LX 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

For Peace of Mind & Safety finally convinced the wife to either purchase new car or replace Transmission of 2006 Zephyr. Replaced transmission @ 140000 miles cost me $4,000.

As stated in my 04/2012 complaint and @ 112000 miles this 2006 Lincoln Zephyr would warm up after 20 minutes of cruising then when pressing the gas to accelerate to lane change or increase speed (1) hesitate (2) rev like in neutral then (3) shift hard into gear. Primarily this would occur when wanting to quickly increase speed by pressing the gas intermittently and without notice. I have researched this problem over the last (2) years via the internet, dealerships customer service, transmission shops, mechanics, other owners of Lincoln, Ford, Mercury cars with this transmission and heard it all.

My bottom line is this with so many complaints and documentation about this problem Ford / Lincoln / Mercury should have issued a recall notice and fixed the problem. F / L /M should be a shame of themselves producing such a dangerous and problematic transmission. Why should the consumer be intelligence insulted, run in circles and finally screwed having to paid for services or products wrongly made.

- donaldmaryland, Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 122009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

I bought the car out of state with the extended warranty, bumper to bumper as long as I owned the vehicle and all of my routine maintenance was done at a ford/Lincoln dealer. I asked them specifically if I could take it to a dealer in my hometown and was assured it was ok as long as they were a ford/Lincoln dealer. I then started to take it in for routine maintenance; my transmission starts shifting hard. I take it in to the local dealership where I an informed I do not have the warranty simply because I didn't ask for permission to get my oil changed there instead of the dealer I bought it from. They then proceeded to tell me that I need a new transmission. Since I'm obviously upset, they said they would discount it for me for $4200.

Ok...I'm obviously upset at hearing this. My thinking is, Lincoln's are luxury vehicles, they are expensive vehicles even used. Why, if the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr has obvious transmission problems, are they not held accountable and fix the problem for consumers????

I've researched this on the internet on every site that pops up. There is obviously some glitch in the transmission.

I would love suggestions/feedback from other Zephyr owners..

- crumpky, Smiths Grove, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 242010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles

I ought the car in nov 24 2010 its been shifting hard for about a month dealer says there's nothing wrong with it that how it shifts but i know there something wrong with it, it sifts hard from 1 to 2 second about 4000 rpm which is pretty high and park to drive it hits hard and 4 to 5 its hits hard

- aliu09, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

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