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There's a lot that can go wrong in a Lincoln

We collect information from owners and combine it with data from NHTSA to give you a clearer picture of what breaks the most and in which vehicles. We even have recommendatiosn on vehicle generations to avoid. Oh, and there’s the occasional bright spot too. Emphasis on the occasional.

Problems You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)


Aviator Cracked Rear Panel

Own a 2003–2005 Aviator? Chances are your lift-gate is cracked. Complaints about cracked rear panels in that generation of Ford SUV’s including the Aviator, Ford Explorer, and Mercury Mountaineer is one of the most commonly issues reported on

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Lincoln Takata Recalls

Parts supplier, Takata, manufactured defective, shrapnel-hurling airbag inflators that need to be recalled. The issue affects 34 million+ vehicles spread out across 24 brands, making it one of the largest (and most dangerous) recalls in automotive history.

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The Most Recalled Models

Lincoln generations that are better suited for the scrap yard

Recent Lincoln News

Feds Deny Ford's Attempt to Stop a Takata Recall

Earlier this year, Lincoln’s parent company – Ford – petitioned the government to delay an important Takata recall. Their reason? The airbags in question contain calcium sulfate which is supposed to stabilize the inflators and prevent them from exploding and the automaker wanted more time to research the issue.

Well, time’s up.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the request “isn’t reasonable based on the data that has been collected.” Most notably, the data from Takata themselves that said – and I’m paraphrasing here – “WHOOPS, OUR FIX DIDN’T WORK – RECALL NOW.”

Owners of the 2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ and 2007-2010 MKX should expect to see a recall soon.

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Ford to NHTSA: We Don't Wanna Recall 2.7 Million More Takata Inflators

[Ford and Mazda] have petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to be exempted from the Takata recall. Unlike the tens of millions of airbag inflators already recalled in millions of vehicles, the 2.7 million inflators have a drying agent (desiccant) called calcium sulfate used to protect the explosive chemical, ammonium nitrate, from moisture.

Takata initially thought these inflators were safe, but further testing revealed problems. Given the dangers Nissan did the smart thing and accepted the recall right away. Ford, meanwhile, wants more even more testing. That means owners of the 1st generation Milan are their crash dummies.

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MKX and Continental Recalled for Takata Airbags, But It’s Not What You Think.

These days you never want to hear that your car has been recalled because of a defective Takata airbag, what with their explosive, shrapnel-hurling nature and all. So when Ford announced that the 2nd generation MKX and all-new 10th generation Continental, owners had every right to be concerned.

Well, breathe easy. Sort of.

While the majority of Takata problems are about their airbags inflating with too much force, this one is about them inflating with too little. According to Ford, it’s due to a misalignment of components inside the airbag moodule.

This is still a dangerous problem, just not neccessarily as explosive. The affected cars include the 2016-17 MKX and 2017 Contintental.

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