1st Gen (2003 – 2005) Lincoln Aviator Problems

The 1st generation of the Aviator has a cumulative PainRank™ of 9.73. That can be compared against other Lincoln generations. Shopping for a Lincoln? You should probably steer clear of this generation.

Owners of the 2003–2005 Aviator model years have sent in 119 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the body (52%) followed by the engine (12%) and the transmission (9%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2005 29
6.1
2004 48
9.41
2003 42
13.68

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