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Lincoln LS Transmission Problems



  • Hi all, purchased a 2004 in 2006 (14,000 miles ) unaware of the "pending" transmission issues. Back to the dealer with 25,000 miles to have the solenoid packs replaced but transmission still not right as it shifted hard from 1st to 2nd. Just hit 95,000 miles and the tranny is being rebuilt at a cost of $2700. Seems the torque converter, a band or two and some additional problems "surfaced".

    At 95,000 miles??! The car is highway driven and well taken care of. And Detroit can't figure out why they're in trouble??! We are (were) a Ford family but no more. Looked at an Edge and a Mitsubishi Outlander for the wife, bought the Mitsu with the 10 year/100K mile bumper -to -bumper warranty. And you know what??! You never hear about Hondas dropping a transmission or losing an engine @ 95K!!

    I'm done with American made cars,especially Ford. For those of you who have purchased an LS, be prepared. In addition to the transmission problems, there is the spark plug coil problems that will run you in the neighborhood of $600 to fix when THEY surface. That was last years problems....if I had known then what I was in for, the car would have been dumped on some dealer for a Honda/Lexus, etc.

    WAKE UP AMERICAN CAR COMPANIES!! You are self destructing.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,665
    You never hear about Hondas dropping a transmission or losing an engine 95K!!

    Oh really? Try recalls, class action lawsuits and continuing problems...... ersist/
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    He didn't say it doesn't happen, he just said you don't HEAR about it ;)


  • Interesting...sounds like the same problem Lincoln has with their transmissions. Any chance it's the same supplier?!
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,237
  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 894
    My friends '07 Civic had a cracked head and blew the engine. Honda did replace it for him. LS transmissions are usually pretty reliable. The coils, not so much.

    You'll enjoy your Outlander. My '07's been a great car. So has my '05 LS. ;)
  • Purchased in 2/2004 and has about 65000 miles. But so many problems in the last 3 years from transmission to coils to belts and now thermostat. I have never gone in for regular service (oil change etc.) and not come out without a big bill. I am seriously considering changing but being a retired widow, I need to be very careful about my next purchase.
  • hi everybody.i have 00 ls v6 got 144xxx on it.problem is when you put in drive and next shift car moves abaut a inch and it does drives in reverse and very last shift(gear).it got a noise in torgue converter like something is louse,engine is misfireing got to be one of the coil (new spark plugs) and engine lights is on.i was on the road going abaut 45 mph and car stalls on me waited abaut a minute started again did maybe querter mile did the same thing towed to back yard now i asked maybe 10 mechanics they all said you need a trany ( whe need $ ) but i got strong fealing that it is not the trany problem .any idea what could it be THANK YOU ALL
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,665
    If it runs in some gears but not in others then it's almost certainly a tranny problem. I would verify the engine misfire and get that fixed first, then see if the problems continue and if so go after the tranny.
  • alpine7alpine7 Posts: 1
    Had to have the transmissions shift solenoids replaced at 69000 miles (on a well maintained vehicle) to correct a very hard shift from 1st to 2nd. It appears as if this is not an uncommon problem with this transmission and a very costly unexpected repair. Ford Motor Co indicated there is no monetary assistance offered for this problem as there is no recall.

    The tranny does shift effortlessly after the repair.

    Does anyone know of a recall for this problem or a way to have the bill reduced?
  • May I ask how much was the repair and where are you located? I have similar shifting issues and would like some insight.

  • jerry176jerry176 Posts: 1
    Hey mrjwk,
    I have a 2005 Lincoln LS. How much did it cost you to replace the solenoid pack and what were the symtoms leading up to your trans problem.

    Thanks, Jerry
  • hyanghyang Posts: 4
    I have a lincoln ls 2004 v6 car. The engine stalled twice when I stopped quickly at a red light signal. I had to push to P and restart the engine once. The engine light is not on and I did not feel it is the misfire problem. Another thing, each time I change from D to R, I can feel my car a little shake (if I do it slowly, the car don't shake). And sometimes when I push the gas a lot when the signal turns green I heard a big noise which sounds like the gear is not matched. I drove to the lincoln dealer to check the engine problem and they took 3 days and they they can't find any problem about the engine but they found the transmission problem. They performed electronic tranmission diagnosis and said EEC test KOEO pass CONT PASS KOER pass. They told me : the transmission fluid level OK and fluid is varnished. They also do a road test and told me: transmission neutralizes AHEN coming to a stop and shifts erratic also makes whning noise on acceleration from torque converter. They suggest me to change the transmission which will cost 3,700 $. I don't want to pay that so I came here to ask for help. This is my first car and I like it.

    Thank you
  • I have a 2003 LS V6 which I got in 2004 that has started shifting hard in all gears. I have 79,150 miles on it. No lights are on I took it to a transmission shop and they said that there is nothing wrong with my transmission and that it must be a computer problem. They recommended that I see a electrical person. In March of this year it was linking oil so I spent $1300.00 dollars with that. I won't go into what I spent last year and the year before smh. But I think I am done spending my money.
  • I would also like to know the cost. I don't drive my car for fear of doing some major damage.
  • I am having the problems smh. I need some advice too 03 LS V6 79,150K.
  • linconl02linconl02 Posts: 2
    edited February 2013
    i have a 02 lincoln ls v8 ,,,the trans stop working,,, i play wit the celenoids pack fuse the first time and it ran good ,and the next day y start the car put it in gear and nothin again,,i play wit the fuse but nothing happen,,i put a new selenoid pack,new trans oil,new trans filter and still not woking,,, ???? cant somebody help wit any ideas,,, evebody is telin me the trans is good you have a electrical probles,,,,someone help,,thankssssssss :confuse:
  • jr129jr129 Posts: 1
    I have a problem that maybe someone can give me some advice. My daughter recently purchased a nice 2002 LS with about 100K on the engine and transmission. The transmission light will come on after you run the car for a little while and you have high RPM (3000+) at higher speeds. It is as if the car will not shift into the higher gears. This does not happen all the time and the shifting is smooth when the car operates normally. I have had it in for repairs my local transmission shop. The initial diagnostic tests showed that one or more of the solenoids were bad and they have been replaced. It was then thought the electrical harness was bad and a new (used) one was purchased and installed. Then a new module for the computer (not sure what this is) was installed. The transmission mechanics are convinced this is still an electrical and not mechanical problem, but they are now scratching their heads as to what it could be???? I am already into this repair for $1,300 and I still have the original problem. Anyone have any ideas (other than going to another transmission shop - already under consideration). Thanks.
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