Lincoln Continental - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Lincoln Continental owners have reported a total of 513 problems for their cars built in the 8 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Lincoln Continental. The 1997 Lincoln Continental cars have the most problems reported (108 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Lincoln Continental

  Common problems of Lincoln Continental

The following chart shows the 22 most common problems for Lincoln Continental cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's suspension (67 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (48 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Lincoln Continental

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Suspension
67
  Engine And Engine Cooling
48
  Visibility
47
  Vehicle Speed Control
43
  Power Train
41
  Air Bag
40
  Steering
36
  Electrical System
35
  Service Brakes
32
  Tire
22
   
  Equipment
19
  Unknown Or Other
15
  Structure
15
  Seat Belt
15
  Exterior Lighting
10
  Seats
8
  Gasoline Fuel System
5
  Wheel
5
  Interior Lighting
4
  Other Fuel System
3
  Latches/locks/linkage
2
  Parking Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Lincoln Continental of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Continental model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Lincoln Continental model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Continental Model Years

Continental
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 1018,3442    
0.27
  2002 4218,81017    
0.13
  2001 3621,36718    
0.09
  2000 10524,24319    
0.23

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Lincoln Continental is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2017 Continental
7
  2002 Continental
9
  2001 Continental
4
  2000 Continental
18
  1999 Continental
1
  1998 Continental
12
  1997 Continental
9
  1996 Continental
10


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