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Every Lincoln vehicle has problems, some just have more than others.

PainRank combines owner data, recall frequency, vehicle age, and other factors to give you a guide about which vehicles are a pain-in-the-butt to own. We’ve also ranked Lincoln generations, so you can get a better sense of which vehicles and model years you should avoid like the plague.

Aviator

Score 9.87

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 1
  • Investigations 21
  • TSBs 165

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 40
  • Investigations 40
  • TSBs 1214

LS

Score 7.15

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 4
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 687

Mark LT

Score 1.61

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 5
  • Investigations 2
  • TSBs 51

Mark VIII

Score 0.8

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 11
  • Investigations 3
  • TSBs 403

MKC

Score 11.95

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 7
  • Investigations 2
  • TSBs 76

MKS

Score 3.41

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 19
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 141

MKT

Score 6.74

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 16
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 148

MKX

Score 10.7

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 16
  • Investigations 4
  • TSBs 176

MKZ

Score 11.75

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 34
  • Investigations 21
  • TSBs 266

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 6
  • TSBs 26

Town Car

Score 2.73

NHTSA Data

Zephyr

Score 18.89

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 2
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 12

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

What is NHTSA Data?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a government agency dedicated to keeping the roads safer by conducting investigations into potential problems, recalling safety issues, and tracking technical service bulletins issued by automakers.