1st Generation (2003—2005) Aviator Problems

This generations ranks 22nd out of 24 Lincoln generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the body (52%), engine (12%), and the transmission (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Crack in Rear Panel Below Window 16 complaints at an average of 89,685 miles in the 2003 Lincoln Aviator.
  2. Cracked Rear Panel 17 complaints at an average of 58,599 miles in the 2005 Lincoln Aviator.
  3. Crack in the Rear Panel 27 complaints at an average of 61,052 miles in the 2004 Lincoln Aviator.

What Aviator Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Lincoln model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2005 29 0 31 6.08
2004 48 0 58 9.39
2003 42 1 75 13.66

Watch out for these common problems

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