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Lincoln MKZ repairs by problem area

Engine (12%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (17%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (32%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (9%)

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Lincoln MKZ transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (42%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (33%)

< $100 (17%)

Chart based on 12 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

33000 mi

US $100
From a standstill 1st gear slipping. Performed ATF flush with 12 quarts Toyota T-IV ATF from CarQuest @$5.40/qt. Since car was doing same at 25k miles, FoMoCo factory ATF is a no-no. Now tranny is a very smo-o-o-oth opera-a-a-t-o-o-or :) 

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2012 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

50000 mi Leaking rear differential vent 
15000 mi Rough Shifting. Updated software and replaced a seal. 

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2011 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

82000 mi

US $2000
Shift differential seized up and had to be replaced and had to change the drive shaft. 
70000 mi PTU defective and replaced under warranty 

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2008 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic FWD

29000 mi Transmission valve body failed resulting in hard shifting but still drivable. Valve body was replaced 

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2008 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic AWD

46520 mi

US $100
Rear drive shaft assembly replaced. 
13640 mi Buzz sound from under car, noticeable at low speed, rear driveshaft for AWD replaced. 
95000 mi

US $1176
Had intermittent shuddering and sounds as if I had a flat tire. It usually happened when in stop and go traffic at 20MPH. These sounds would go away. The Ford Dealer was a joke and a waste of time. Fixed by local shop. Drivetrain replaced. 
13020 mi Whine developed over last few months. Dealer initially uspected axle bearing. Replaced and found not to be cause. Dealer then found TSB and replaced centre axle (AWD) and this cured it. 
16120 mi Blew transmission. Dealer advised it was first one in Canada. Took 1 week to diagnose - Ford authorized R&R of complete transmission. 2 weeks to ship transmission (nearest one in Memphis) and a few days to R&R. Lincoln warranty covered rental car. 
29000 mi replaced rear axle shaft assembly 
93000 mi

US $1500
replaced Power Transfer Unit (transfer case) 
21080 mi Low growling sound, apparently was a bearing in the driveshaft, replaced under warranty. 

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2007 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic FWD

23500 mi Known issue of Aisin transmission valve body sometimes failing after 20,000 miles. Issue and repair covered in a TSB. Problem was verified by the Tech, parts were ordered and car repaired under Warranty and returned the next day. 

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2007 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic AWD

73500 mi

US $1993
This is a continuation of the problem reported in June 2014 regarding transmission. Problem was with the front drive differential since car is AWD. Had to be replaced. From research I did appears this particular model is known for problem 
63345 mi

US $1162
Power Take Off Replaced due to internal bearing noise. 
56000 mi

US $700
Power Take-Off Assembly (provides drive to rear wheels on AWD vehicle) 
67000 mi

US $1800
Car was 3 Qtr low on transmission fluid. Transmission unit is a sealed unit. We've never had the transmission serviced. Dealer is telling us we need a new transmission. Very disappointed considering miles. Feel lube was low out of facto 
47300 mi Driveshaft repair 
36000 mi Making a whining noise while driving. Had some chugging. Service said it was a broken bearing in the driveshaft. Waiting for parts. 
17000 mi Transmission hard down shift again. Replaced valve body in transmission. 
31000 mi driveline noise; reported at last service tech found no problem this service advised dealer there was a tsb re this noise realigned rear driveshaft; problem solved; very disappointed with dealer stalling on noise problem 
31000 mi Front axels replaced. 
151600 mi

C $1500
Replace u joint and back driveshaft. 
54000 mi rear driveshaft support bearing replaced 
39060 mi Drive shaft bearings. Parts ordered New drive shaft installed. 
99000 mi Noise coming from transmission having it checked out. I will get the results hopefully by the end of the week. The ford dealer is charging 180.00 to look at it. 
99700 mi

US $1660
The PTU replaced Power tran. Unit is going to be replaced 2 year warranty unlimited milage. 
68700 mi

US $1200
AWD device that transfers power to rear wheels needed to be replaced. 
38000 mi Rear drive shaft rubbing, making noise. Was replaced and no charge to us. 
43000 mi Repeat of previous problem with Drive Shaft Bearing. Hopefully this will not repeat again. 
34000 mi When brakes are applied at low speed 20-15 mph I feel a pulse in car. Informed not a brake problem, possible transmission problem. Upgrade available on this model. Shop did upgrade, noticed problem still exist on my way home. Called shop 
35000 mi brought car back on 2 seperate days back to back unable to replicate pulse when brakes applied between 14-20 mph. Need to return and leave with loaner as problem still exist. They resurfaced rotors 1st before doing trans upgrade still pulse 
106000 mi

US $600
Driveshaft support bearing failure. Support bearing repair requires complete driveshat replacement. New updated driveshaft was installed. 

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Lincoln MKZ Transmission Problems

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