The 3 Most Common MKX Problems

We've pulled together a list of the problems MKX owners.

  1. Door Ajar Light

    Lincoln owners are dealing with a door ajar warning lights that won’t shut off. 2011-2013 Lincoln MKX and 2013 MKT owners are having this problem in record numbers. The problem happens just outside the car’s standard warranty and has prompt…

  2. Lincoln Vehicles with Recalled Takata Airbags

    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 aut…

  3. ETB Puts MKX in Limp Home Mode

    It's been a long road for electronic throttle body (ETB) complaints in Ford and Lincoln vehicles. It's been an even longer road for owners with ETBs that are prone to sudden surges, dangerous stalls, and being sent into 'limp home mode' whi…


What MKX Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

What Breaks

Years to Avoid

MKX Generations

The MKX has 2 generations, each with their own issues. Using the same PainRank™ system we've determined that you're better off avoiding the 1st generation (2007–2015).

  1. 2nd Generation MKX

    19th of 24
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  2. 1st Generation MKX

    21st of 24
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MKX Key Numbers

  1. 201 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to

  2. 249 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 17 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

MKX Class-Action Lawsuits

The MKX has been named as a class vehicle in the following lawsuits.

  • Settlement

    Boatner, et. al., v. Ford Motor Company.

    Case Filed
    1. Case Filed

      A Ford carbon monoxide lawsuit alleges 2016-2017 Ford Explorer, 2007-2013 Ford Edge and 2007-2015 Lincoln MKX vehicles have defects that allow exhaust fumes and carbon monoxide to enter the vehicles and sicken occupants.

    Class Vehicles
    • 2007-2015 MKX

Recent MKX News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at

  1. Ford has issued a small but important electrical recall for 87 vehicles with improperly secured power supply cables.

    The cables are at the starters and alternators and the unsecured connections could cause electrical arcs. Those arcs could easily start fires.

    The recall includes the Lincoln MKT and MKX.

    keep reading
  2. 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.…

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  3. Ford is recalling more than 816,000 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles to replace passenger-side frontal Takata airbag inflators as part of a recent Takata recall of 5.7 million inflators.

    Last year many of these vehicles were recalled for the same problem.

    This latest recall includes some additional model years and is broken down into what NHTSA is calling "zones."

    keep reading
  4. A massive new recall covering 35-40 million vehicles with defective Takata inflators is underway.

    Many of the major automakers are affected, including Lincoln which announced the 2007-2010 MKX, 2006-2011 MKZ, and 2006-2011 Zephyr have been recalled.…

    keep reading