Lincoln MKZ - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Lincoln MKZ owners have reported a total of 1,040 problems for their cars built in the 12 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 MKZ. The 2008 Lincoln MKZ cars have the most problems reported (233 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 MKZ
12
  2016 MKZ
11
  2015 MKZ
31
  2014 MKZ
36
  2013 MKZ
68
  2012 MKZ
94
  2011 MKZ
103
  2010 MKZ
144
  2009 MKZ
93
  2008 MKZ
233
  2007 MKZ
214
  2006 MKZ
1

  Common problems of Lincoln MKZ

The following chart shows the 22 most common problems for Lincoln MKZ cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (578 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's service brakes, hydraulic (57 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Lincoln MKZ

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
578
  Service Brakes
57
  Wheel
54
  Electrical System
52
  Equipment
48
  Structure
35
  Power Train
31
  Steering
31
  Vehicle Speed Control
30
  Engine And Engine Cooling
28
   
  Exterior Lighting
20
  Other Fuel System
17
  Seat Belt
16
  Seats
11
  Latches/locks/linkage
8
  Visibility
7
  Tire
6
  Suspension
5
  Electronic Stability Control
2
  Parking Brake
2
  Gasoline Fuel System
1
  Traction Control System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Lincoln MKZ 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 MKZ 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 MKZ 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 MKZ Model Years

MKZ
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 1235,6071    
0.34
  2016 1120,6142    
0.27
  2015 3116,5023    
0.63
  2014 3621,8084    
0.41
  2013 6821,9525    
0.62
  2012 9429,3146    
0.53
  2011 10320,0007    
0.74
  2010 14427,9878    
0.64
  2009 9316,6869    
0.62
  2008 23332,49210    
0.72
  2007 21432,97811    
0.59

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Lincoln MKZ 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 MKZ
2
  2016 MKZ
6
  2015 MKZ
4
  2014 MKZ
11
  2013 MKZ
16
  2012 MKZ
4
  2011 MKZ
3
  2010 MKZ
5
  2009 MKZ
2
  2008 MKZ
2
  2007 MKZ
4


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