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2012 Lincoln MKZ repairs by problem area

Engine (12%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (21%)

Chart based on 42 repairs.
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2012 Lincoln MKZ repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (31%)

< $100 (58%)

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Chart based on 36 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

Lincoln MKZ in Rhode Island, United States
Oct 2012 - Jul 2018
Apr 2013

31000 mi
Rear view mirror fell off and was replaced with new 
Jan 2015 Heat/Cool, seats not working ... "connector is melted". 
Feb 2018

73000 mi
Replaced cracked front springs and mounts 
Mar 2018

73000 mi
Trunk struts were replaced (under extended warranty) as couldn't hold up the trunk lid. They had been replaced before (under extended warranty). Few days after replaced one failed completely causing the trunk lid to fall violently. The strut ended up caught between the frame and rear window, shattering the rear window. All replaced by Dealer at no charge. Wife hit in head by falling trunk lid. Fortunately just an egg on her head. 
Jun 2018

75000 mi
Replaced Driver's Front Lower Control Arms, Forward and Rearward Replaced Rear Main Seal (Leaking) 
Lincoln MKZ in Ohio, United States
Jul 2015 - Jun 2018
Jul 2016

36000 mi
Oil leak front cover. 
Lincoln MKZ in Kentucky, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
Jul 2015

30000 mi
The undercarriage splash shield had heat resistant felt tearing off. Replaced the UCSS. (V6 MKZ). 
Oct 2015

32500 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 :-) 
Sep 2016

42000 mi

US $291
Freon leaking from the high pressure hose and also from the low pressure schrader valve. The high pressure hose and the low pressure hose are welded together at a common yoke, so both had to be replaced as one unit. 
Jun 2018

62000 mi

US $200
This vehicle left the Ford Mexican factory missing some of the brake hardware located at the driver front. Hardware designed to spread the two brake disc pads apart was missing. As a result, one of the four front brake pads had excessive wear to the point that it had to be replaced. Since only all four brake pads can be replaced at once, this job turned into a pre-mature front brake job, including new rotors in the front. (Missed out on maybe another 25,000 miles of brakes on the front.) 
Lincoln MKZ in Florida, United States
Oct 2016 - Oct 2017
Jan 2017

70000 mi

US $785
An O2 sensor was out. The root cause was a power steering leak in the high pressure PS hose. PS hose and sensor had to be replaced 
Jul 2017

87000 mi

US $1450
AC condenser developed a leak. Replaced condenser and recharged system. 
Aug 2017

88000 mi

US $215
Replaced the drivers door handle interior - broken mechanism 

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2012 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

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

Lincoln MKZ in Michigan, United States
Jun 2012 - Aug 2014
Jun 2013

11000 mi
Fluid leak 
Dec 2013

15000 mi
Rough Shifting. Updated software and replaced a seal. 
Lincoln MKZ in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2012 - Apr 2015
Sep 2014

31000 mi
Fluke discharged battery, replaced under warranty. 
Lincoln MKZ in Michigan, United States
Sep 2014 - Jul 2018
Aug 2014

37200 mi
Sagging headliner, repaired several clips and fasteners 
Feb 2015

47900 mi
Broken storage compartment latch Squeaky blower motor 
Mar 2015

50000 mi
Leaking rear differential vent 
Jan 2017

53000 mi

US $57
Air leak in intake, repaired/reattached connecting tube. 
Sep 2017

103000 mi

US $800
PTU output shaft seal leaking, replaced U joints failed in driveshaft, driveshaft replaced 

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2012 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

156-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Lincoln MKZ in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2012 - Nov 2013
Oct 2012

1200 mi
Sirius Radio malfunctioned. It had to have a few new parts as the signal was not being picked up. 
Lincoln MKZ in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2018
Feb 2014

18000 mi
light behind one of the keys the keypad on drivers side door stopped working. not a major problem but I did want to report it. 
May 2014

22000 mi
Replaced exterior keypad: light was out on 1 button. 
Feb 2016

32000 mi

US $500
speaker for back up system broke. dx fee+ part+ labor $500. had part ready next day. 
Jan 2018

43000 mi

US $478
Drivers side interior door handle mechanism broke: hard to lock door even manually. This is a known problem with this car. 
Lincoln MKZ in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2012 - Nov 2016
Jul 2015

39700 mi
The blower for the AC was working inconsistently. Sometimes it would blow cold air at the maximum fan speed, sometimes not. The vehicle's problem was repaired under warranty. 
Lincoln MKZ in Virginia, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2013
Feb 2013

11000 mi
Imperfection on dashboard. Ford refused to repair it under warranty. Dealer said they would attempt it via a detailer that works on interiors. he looked at it and stated he would only make it worse. Problem NOT RESOLVED 
Lincoln MKZ in Delaware, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2013
Nov 2013

23000 mi
Leather shift handle deteriorated Hybrid exterior badges falling apart Driver's side door pull coming apart 
Lincoln MKZ in Georgia, United States
Feb 2015 - Aug 2018
Nov 2016

36200 mi

US $100
The driver side door power lock stopped functioning properly. Repair shop ordered parts from Lincoln. There is a 3 week wait for those parts. The car will go back to the repair shop once parts are available. 
Dec 2016

38000 mi

US $120
Driver side lock handle broke in such a way that power lock would not function. The door had to be manually locked. Part arrived 3 weeks after order was placed. CARMAX insurance did not cover the repair as it was under the deductible limit. 
Lincoln MKZ in California, United States
Apr 2014 - Aug 2018
May 2015

56000 mi

US $140
Inside door handle broke 
Aug 2018

101000 mi

US $150
warning light came on, oxygen intake replaced Driver side door handle - would not open from inside. Had to replace internal door handle. $57 for part, $80 to fix 
Lincoln MKZ in Arizona, United States
Sep 2011 - Jul 2018
Oct 2017

35000 mi

US $50
Left Door Handle Gear broke 
Lincoln MKZ in Michigan, United States
Sep 2014 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

79000 mi

US $100
fuel door passenger seat rail 

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2011 Lincoln MKZ

Engine not specified

Lincoln MKZ in Georgia, United States
Dec 2013 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

45000 mi
Replaced weak battery. Covered by warranty. 

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2011 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

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

Lincoln MKZ in Ohio, United States
Jun 2016 - Dec 2016
Jul 2016

73500 mi

US $100
Driver door handle broken and replaced under certified program. $100.00 deductable charged for work performed. 
Lincoln MKZ in Michigan, United States
Dec 2014 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

55000 mi

US $228
car would not start, battery failed load test-was original Motorcraft battery. Replaced with Interstate battery. 
Apr 2017

75000 mi

US $290
Water was collecting in a well behind the rear wheel on the driver side. Not obvious from where it was leaking. 
Jul 2017

80375 mi

US $1212
replaced low control arms for noise. replaced outer tie rods and aligned, 
Aug 2017

80485 mi

US $588
replaced front brake pads. Replaced right front caliper which was seized.  Replaced right front steering knuckle, and aligned. 
Jun 2018

88368 mi

US $1282
caliper slides were rusted and sticking. replaced all calipers, brackets, hoses, pads. 
Lincoln MKZ in Florida, United States
Aug 2015 - Jul 2018
Apr 2018

35000 mi

US $190
Replaced defective driver side interior door handle. 
Lincoln MKZ in Ohio, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2018
Apr 2018

82000 mi

US $350
Broken spring. 
Jun 2018

84000 mi

US $69
Had my tires remounted - they kept loosing air. Also had an alignment. 
Lincoln MKZ in Alabama, United States
Jan 2017 - Jul 2019
Jan 2017

28000 mi

US $430
Tail light issue. BUT MAKE SURE to Reference TSB No. 14M03. Ford extended warranty on tail light failure for 10 years or 150k miles. So no cost, this is my second trip (one for each side). 
Lincoln MKZ in Florida, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018
Apr 2015

39200 mi
I received letter re brake lights. Left rear was only lit on one line. 
Lincoln MKZ in Kentucky, United States
Dec 2011 - Feb 2013
Aug 2012

18700 mi
Sync system needed a master reboot. 
Lincoln MKZ in Georgia, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2018
Jun 2014

18000 mi
left rear stop light on continuously, right rear lamp blinking. submitted photos to Lincoln of problem for warranty approval. solution required replacement of both rear light assemblies. A common problem with 2010-11-12 MKZ 
Lincoln MKZ in Ohio, United States
Jun 2012 - Dec 2015
Oct 2014

19300 mi
fuel access door 
Lincoln MKZ in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2012 - Feb 2015
Dec 2012

10000 mi
Left LED taillight board burned out. Right LED taillight had incorrect LED pattern. Both light assemblies replaced under warranty. 

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2011 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

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

Lincoln MKZ in Washington, United States
May 2011 - Dec 2014
Nov 2011

8000 mi
Engine control module had corrupt software. Engine light turned on. 
Sep 2012

22000 mi
Replaced ECM and related software. Dome lights stopped working. 
Lincoln MKZ in New York, United States
Jan 2014 - Sep 2018
Dec 2014

68000 mi

US $250
Interior door handle was fixed. 
Jul 2015

82000 mi

US $2000
Shift differential seized up and had to be replaced and had to change the drive shaft. 
Oct 2016

101300 mi

US $2500
Water pump failed causing coolant to flow into engine causing engine to overheat. Had to buy a used engine. 
Aug 2018

138000 mi

US $900
The driver side control arm was broke  Driver side axle was repaired. and transmission fluid was leaking. 
Lincoln MKZ in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

70000 mi
PTU defective and replaced under warranty 
May 2018

98000 mi

US $1300
Replace compressor/recharge 
Lincoln MKZ in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

94000 mi

US $1500
A/C compressor was noisy and needed replacement trunk gas struts were weak and were replaced driver door panel holding window controls was broken by mechanic while replacing a window motor. Part was replaced. (The window motor was replaced in a December 2017 trip, before I purchased the car.) 

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2011 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

156-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Lincoln MKZ in Oklahoma, United States
Apr 2016 - Dec 2017
Oct 2017

126000 mi

US $400
Worn out right front wheel bearing 
Lincoln MKZ in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2015 - Sep 2018
Mar 2016

66960 mi

C $50
Driver side door interior handle failed (known issue since 2006). Purchased a handle and replaced it myself with the help of factory shop manual to locate trim clips and fasteners. 
Jul 2016

70040 mi

C $105
All 3 "Hybrid" badges were peeling off ever since I bought my car. Outside of warranty pressured Ford to pay $150 towards new badges and I payed remaining $105. Took me 2 hrs to remove old badges. 
Mar 2017

76880 mi
Bottom of the door jamb lighted "Lincoln" logo on the passenger side never worked since I acquired my vehicle (used). Upon start up of the vehicle I've heard a noise and a few seconds later smoke started filling the car. I immediately shut off the car. After the visual inspection I've noticed that "LINCOLN" logo has a burn damage. Restarted a car, no further issues. Since car is out of warranty, decided not to repair. 
Aug 2018

89900 mi

C $421
Engine losing power, can drive only on hybrid system. Big yellow wrench comes up. Back to normal after restart. Finally Check Engine come up. Scanned P2112 - Throttle Stuck Closed. Ford had extended warranty on throttle body for Ford and Mercury 2010-2012, but Hybrid and Lincoln were excluded, although symptoms were the same. Had to pay out of pocket for repair. A/C system didn't work. Dealer said it was a minor leak, but couldn't find it. Recharged system and added dye. A/C worked as supposed. Due to cooler weather I didn't use A/C enough to go back for a verdict on where leak was from. 

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2010 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

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

Lincoln MKZ in Missouri, United States
Sep 2013 - Jul 2018
Mar 2015

42000 mi

US $100
Repair was for a small paint flake off behind rear tire that Lincoln determined was a defect. They paid for everything but 100.00 deductible. 
Lincoln MKZ in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2011 - Jun 2018
Dec 2013

33480 mi
Replaced rear disc and lining less than a year ago, same problem, lining wearing off twice as fast on the right side. Replaced parking brake cables too short on right side, kept pressure on the pads. Outside door handles would not close completely on the driver side. replaced mechanism on both handles. Battery down after doors left open for only 30-40 minutes, have to be recharged. Cel in the battery was bad, replaced with new battery. Ceiling coming down in the middle near the rear window Part back order, could take months to get the part. When reinstalling center console that was removed for the brake cable repair, tecnician scratched chromed trimming and trimmings would not fit anymore. Parts ordered other visit required. Update: dealer now asking if can provide other compensation. Ceiling replaced,took another 2.5 days. Center console not reinstalled properly,clips ordered for mirror's inside trimming loose(drive side),damaged when replaced door mechanism.Another visit required.They really know how to keep a customer unhappy. 
Mar 2014

34100 mi
rear end of ceiling coming down again, was repaired in december. New parts ordered including clips and velcro. Took another 2 days, hope the problem is permenantly fixed. 
Sep 2014

35340 mi
Radio would switch from CD to Radio,aux to radio and would even not operate sometimes.Problem not fixed under warranty,part replaced they said it was a pin for $650.First dealership said there was no problem,rotten dealership,terrebonne ford 
Jul 2016

49380 mi
transmissions cooling lines corroded where joined with the metal clips, replaced with rubber hoses. Parts and labor $180. 
Jan 2017

45820 mi

C $65
Both link rods worn out,can be moved with just one finger. 
Lincoln MKZ in Missouri, United States
Sep 2012 - Feb 2014
Oct 2013

62300 mi

US $100
Leds in right deck light went out 290.00 dealer part non repairable. Bought used deck lid light on e bay. 
Lincoln MKZ in Texas, United States
Sep 2011 - Oct 2012
Jun 2011

28000 mi
a/c clutch went out 
Mar 2012

35500 mi
a/c compressor clutch went out. 
Oct 2012

44000 mi
Car was in dealer service department for the 3rd time with AC problems. This time instead of just replacing the clutch they replace the complete compressor. 
Lincoln MKZ in Michigan, United States
Jul 2010 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

19000 mi
It started sounding like it didn't want to start. 36 hrs later it was dead in my garage. Had it towed to dealer and they charged the battery ran diagnostic and said they are stumped. Tried to accuse me of leaving a light on or charger plugd The second time it was dead in my garage I took it in and told them to keep it. My lease was up in 9 days so I went and leased a GM. 
Lincoln MKZ in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2010 - Dec 2011
Sep 2010

5580 mi
vinyl trim was damaged upon reception, repaired by dealership but glue held for 1½ month. Maintenance had to be done, mentioned problem, dealer said had to be fixed by professional at a later time. Now fixed. Wheel cap damaged by mechanic when rotating tires. Part ordered and I had to pick it up a week later. Service rep told me later damage not done by his mechanic. What an asshole. Oil and dirt on the steering wheel & driver door trimming done by the mechanic doing the maintenance at the dealership. Spent ½ h cleaning steering wheel & door trimming,cleaned myself.No apology Work performed by FordLincoln440 inLaval  
Lincoln MKZ in Georgia, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2017

78050 mi

US $1300
The AC compressor and condenser units had began to fail and make noise due to overheating from a lack of refrigerant (less than 15%) in the system for apparently more than 12 months. There was an unidentifiable slow leak in the system and the refrigerant levels were never checked by anyone over the 4+ years I have owned the car. A key piece of evidence that the refrigerant was at lowered levels for at least 12 months is that when the original unit was recharged it cooled the cabin more effectively than it had in years. In testing however the Tech at Ford could reproduce the whining sound that triggered this repair trip but only after the refrigerant and components had heated up to operating temperature. Needless to say the damage was already done because without enough refrigerant to act as a heat sink for AC unit itself the internal components had worn down. I was presented with two options for replacing the AC compressor and condenser which were an OEM and Aftermarket package. I decided to go with the Aftermarket units which for this vehicle costs about $900 less than the OEM mostly because most of the components come in one package and not as separate billable items from Ford/Motorcraft. The moral of the story here is to get your refrigerant levels checked every single spring because running low WILL DAMAGE the AC compressor/condenser over time. It may be a simple thing to have checked at a dealer's "multi-point inspection" but it is like the one thing they do not check unless requested. 

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2010 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan

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

Lincoln MKZ in North Dakota, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2014
Aug 2014

14300 mi
Driver's side heated seat quit working. The heating element was replaced under warranty. 
Lincoln MKZ in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2018
Jun 2013

27000 mi
car didn't start twice, had to charge battery before using. I took to the dealer; diagnosis was; bad cell in battery. They replaced the battery; no charge. 
Sep 2014

39000 mi
BATTERY CABLE CORRODED IN EXCESS, ASKED DEALER TO REPLACE BUT ONLY REMOVED AND CLEANED OUT CORROSION. 
Dec 2014

41000 mi

US $50
vacuum line slipped off the mass flow sensor causing incorrect fuel mixture. Shop found the line and reconnected it problem solved. 
Aug 2015

48000 mi
tail light LED blubs flicker on and off 
Sep 2015

48000 mi

US $100
Dealer replaced wrong tail light. The light we had to replace was not covered under warranty. Ford paid 1/3, dealer paid 1/3 and we paid the remaining 1/3 to replace the light. 
Nov 2016

59000 mi

US $25
Passenger side front seat heater not working. Dealer estimated repair at $600. Owner chose not to do the repair. 
Nov 2017

67000 mi

US $450
Battery failed load test, corrosion into cells of battery Positive and negative battery cable harness was replaced due to positive terminal corroded through and broke into two pieces. 
Aug 2018

72000 mi

US $10
small area of rust developed on drivers side rear wheel well. Removed rust, sanded, bought touch up paint to cover it up. 
Lincoln MKZ in Washington, United States
Mar 2011 - Sep 2013
Jan 2012 Replaced a few out taillight bulbs on one side of vehicle. 
Sep 2013

36000 mi
battery died in car for no reason; just didn't start one day 
Lincoln MKZ in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

59200 mi
Replace the rear right brake light assembly under the extended warranty. Before the replacemen, one of the lights did not come on. 
Jun 2017

79000 mi

US $90
The check engine light came on. Car was still very much drivable. Drove it to the dealer. It was diagnosed as a signal from the computer module that it sensed a bad signal from the engine and transmission. Dealer was not very specific and said that the potential solution is to download a new program for the computer module. If that does not work, I will need to replace the computer module. ( They download a program and so far the car is running OK. I put about 300 miles on it since the repair. ) I like this car a lot; it has given me about 30,000 trouble-free miles till this check- engine light issue. 
Dec 2017

92000 mi

US $260
Tail light bulb failed. They had to replace the entire assembly because it was LED. 
Apr 2018

96000 mi

US $1000
car was making a squeaking noise when it hits bumps. 
Lincoln MKZ in Michigan, United States
Jun 2010 - Jul 2012
Jul 2010

1000 mi
CEL, computer module reprogrammed. 
Lincoln MKZ in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

51000 mi

US $2300
Replaced PTU to fix the noise problem. They had initially replaced some part of axle but that did not fix the problem 
Lincoln MKZ in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

88040 mi
Dealer failed to notice, which is a nice way of putting it, that the right control arm/ball joint and bushings needed to be replaced. 
Lincoln MKZ in Maryland, United States
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
Jun 2015

66000 mi
the ventilation system was producing a "gas smell. Dealer replaced a "PTU line and it "part" from the engine to the gas tank to resolve the issue. 
Lincoln MKZ in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2012 - Jun 2013
Jan 2013

50000 mi

US $150
Inside door handle would not work. Had to roll down the window and open from outside. 
Lincoln MKZ in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2012 - Dec 2017
Sep 2016

103000 mi

US $771
Transmission coolant lines rusted through and leaking. Lines replaced and transmission flushed. 
Nov 2017

120000 mi

US $1000
Rear driveshaft replaced on AWD 

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2010 Lincoln MKZ 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Lincoln MKZ in Florida, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2018
May 2017

86300 mi

US $75
Brake pads all the way around(4 wheel disc) 

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