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Lincoln LS: rapid acceleration problems????



  • The following is an update to my original 2/3/07 post regarding my 1/31/07 accident involving uncontrolled rapid acceleration with my Lexus SC400. It's been over a year now and despite letters, calls, e-mails, and an inspection by an "expert" Lexus technician, the problem part(s) has never been located and, therefore, the cause remains unknown. The car remains in my driveway to date after 13 months, and no one in my family has driven it in fear of a recurrence. My husband had a similar incident with THIS car one month prior to my experience but, luckily, he was not involved in an accident. I won't trade it in for another Lexus because I won't give this manufacturer anymore new business. I hesitate selling it privately because of its past history. If I knew for certain which part was defective, I would gladly pay for its replacement so that I could have my beloved Lexus back and drive it once again without fear of accelerating uncontrollably--possibly causing another accident...or worse. Unfortunately, it is an intermittant problem making it difficult (if not impossible) to replicate the part's failure. For what it is worth, I filed a report with the National Highway Safety office but never heard from them again. From previous posts and surfing the web, I KNOW there are others who have experienced similar frightening episodes. With all of today's sophisticated technology, I find it difficult to understand why the cause of this problem cannot be solved. Thanks for listening to my tale of woe!
  • as you know i had the same headache with toyota i have a friend who had a trouble with a lexus and call the dispute and settlement company on line and he got his money back this company service is free just go on line and get the numbersi think they go under the name NDSC but i am not sure do not give up toyota covers up until thousands of cars are involved but ny then it is to late for people like us good luck
  • diloadiloa Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 lincoln LS V6 my problem is when i Accelerate it seems like there is no power the car will shif fine but as if there is something stoping it from accelerating smooth i will pull over and trun the it off couple times and its smooth again so thats whats killing right now and all i been doing is spending money and taking it to diffrent mechanics every body at the local Lincoln dealership knows me now i spend about $3800 on trying to fix this problem and still dose that ive had the car for 3 years now and spend over $8000 on it and i am getting to realize buying this car was a big mistake and if anyone knows what it could be please let me know or other wise i will just sell it i am sick of it and its sad because i loved the LS when they first came out and still think it was best styling american car ever had oh well i guess i will just go and get a new toyota camry my old 1992 camry still runs like a dream even though i put 220,000 miles on it thats a car not LS
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,040
    I have no idea what you just said. Try using a period every now and then.
  • brucelincbrucelinc Posts: 815
    If I were you I would sell the LS and get a toyota but I am not you so I probably would not do that but if I had a 1992 Camry that ran like a dream I might just keep it and cut the top off the ls and plant flowers in it but that would be pretty silly so maybe you should have a heart to heart talk with the Lincoln dealer service manager and point out that they have not fixed the problem and dont they guarantee their work most dealers try to satisfy good customers and I find it incredible that anyone would spend $3800 chasing a problem that sounds simple enough for a good tech to diagnose
  • jeyhoejeyhoe Posts: 490
    Good answer :) .
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,040
    I have no idea what you just said. Try using a period every now and then.

    ;) :blush:
  • jron1jron1 Posts: 2
    My wife pulled into a diagonal parking space and as she came to a stop, the car suddenly surged forward went over the curbing and the sidewalk and hit the wall of a commercial building. I have heard of these type acceleration problems with other makes. Any info on this car? It is a 2007 year model.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,040
    Sorry, but all credible information related to unintended acceleration points to driver error - hitting the accelerator instead of or in addition to the brake pedal. If the driver's foot was really on the brake, then it should have stopped the car even if the throttle was wide open. Try it yourself - put the car in gear, hold the brake and nail the gas pedal - it won't move.

    Have the brakes checked, and also make sure the floor mat wasn't in the way. Otherwise it was simply driver error.
  • jron1jron1 Posts: 2
    This was a diagonal parking space on a one way narrow street. When she pulled into thespot and tires rested on the curb, she removed her foot from the brake. This is when the car accelerated quickly, jumped the curb and hit a building.

    As soon as the dealer body shop repairs the car, they are sending it to a Lincoln testing center to check this out.
  • Hi! I'm not sure if this will be of value to anyone, but thought I would mention it on here. My son is a mechanic and he's really good at fixing electrical problems. He was working on someone's Lincoln LS that was having acceleration problems where it would rev and then just take off intermittently and no one had been able to find the problem after going to several mechanics. I don't know if this could be causing problems for other people (and in other types of cars), but my son said it was really hard to find. He discovered in the middle back of the engine a little toward the passenger seat due to the tie rod being on top that when you turn the wheel it would rub up against wires that were connected to the idle control sensor. He said this would only happen on cars with the tie rod on top. These wires were frayed and shorting and were thus falsely sensing the idle position to be open all the way so the car would take off. He just taped them and the problem stopped. Just wanted to post FYI in case this helps someone else. Hopefully I explained it so that someone can understand because I'm not a mechanic and this was my understanding of what he said. DJ
  • I have a 2010 Lincoln MKZ and I had problems with accelereation....not having
    any power. The Ford Dealer replaced the throttle body and a month later my
    car had an untintentional acceleration problem. I was parking and my car surged into a building when putting on the brake. I was already slowing the car down as you do when you park and it accelerated into the building causing excessive damage to the front of my car. Luckily there were no people sitting on the bench in front of the building where my car crashed. I haven't had the car all that long and traded my old car in only because it had higher miles and wasn't comfortable taveling alone in it. Wow, I don't know what to say. I guess it doesn't matter how new or how many miles you might have on a car regarding the safety of it. I hope Ford will stand behind their product.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,040
    Sorry to say that you most likely hit the accelerator instead of the brake, even though you may think you are 100% sure that you didn't.
  • What kind of research or expertise do you have to come to that conclusion? Maybe you would take a look at regarding Unintended Acceleration. Electronic control units or sensors can cause this problem. Hope this never happens to you, it is very frightening.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,040
    I understand you can get unintended acceleration without pressing the accelerator. However, if your foot was actually pressing the brake at the same time then the car would not move.

    What you're saying is there was an electronic glitch at the exact same time that you pressed the brake pedal AND the brakes did not stop the car. Way too much coincidence. Pedal misapplication happens all the time and is the far more probable explanation.

    Perhaps you're too young to remember Audi in the 1980s?
  • mymkzmymkz Posts: 3
    What did you ever find out on your MKZ? How long did it take Lincoln/Ford to figure out the problem?
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