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Cruise Control Problems of Lincoln Town Car



Lincoln Town Car owners have reported 52 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1998 Lincoln Town Car 1
Failure Date: 06/10/2013

The cruise control module stopped working on my vehicle and now I'm told it can't be replaced. Subsequently, the radio & a/c stopped working. This cruise control module had to be replaced because of it's ability to spontaneously combust the car in flames as it did on my 1996 Lincoln Town Car. Why doesn't the government enforce the recall laws?.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1995 Lincoln Town Car 2
Failure Date: 06/05/2013

The contact owns a 1995 Lincoln towncar. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked in a residential garage, it ignited into flames. The vehicle was unoccupied. The fire department arrived to extinguish the flames and also detected that the fire originated in the area of the cruise control component. The contact's garage and the vehicle were destroyed. The vehicle remained at the contact's residence for further investigation. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 3
Failure Date: 01/01/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that the horn and cruise control were inoperative. A local mechanic diagnosed that the horn would need to be replaced. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2000 Lincoln Town Car 4
Failure Date: 12/05/2009

The contact owns a 2000 Lincoln towncar. While driving 55 mph with the cruise control activated he attempted to engage the brake pedal while making a turn and the cruise control would not deactivate. The contact was forced to shift gear into neutral to stop the vehicle and deactivate the cruise control. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer and there were no prior warnings. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were 49,000.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car 5
Failure Date: 10/12/2009

Lincoln Town Car went on fire in garage from cruise control switch. Total house fire.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car 6
Failure Date: 03/18/2008

The contact owns a 1996 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received a recall notice for the vehicle speed control: cruise control and took the vehicle to the dealer for repair. After the repair was performed, the vehicle would not start. The contact had to disconnect the wiring harness from the switch, which enabled his vehicle to start. As a result, the vehicle does not have cruise control functionality. The recall number was unknown. The current mileage was 101,252 and failure mileage was 98,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car 7
Failure Date: 03/14/2008

The contact owns a 1996 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received a Ford recall notice for the vehicle speed control: cruise control in March of 2008. He scheduled an appointment for April to have the vehicle repaired. A representative from the dealer informed him that the Ford parts would be unavailable until the manufacturer sent the parts to the dealer. The cruise control switch has not been disconnected because the contact was not given an estimate as to when the parts are expected to arrive. There had been no failure to date. The powertrain and recall number were unknown. The current mileage was 80,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 8
Failure Date: 03/10/2008

The contact owns a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The contact had the vehicle repaired under the recall for the vehicle speed control. Upon leaving the dealer, she attempted to activate the cruise control, but was unsuccessful. She returned to the dealer and they stated that the cruise control motor burned out and a new one was needed at the cost of $300. Initially, the dealer stated that they would pay half; however, the manufacturer refused because the vehicle was out of warranty. The recall number was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 72,014.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car 9
Failure Date: 03/05/2008

The contact owns a 1996 Lincoln towncar. He received a recall notice for his cruise control (recall 07v336000) in September and had the cruise control deactivated at that time. He was told that the parts for the repair would be done in December. The final repair was performed in March 2008; however, the cruise control did not function. The dealer wanted to charge him $80 to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The current and failure mileages were 107,000. Updated 04/03/08.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 10
Failure Date: 01/28/2008

The contact owns a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received a recall notice for the vehicle speed control. He had the cruise control disabled in August of 2007 and was informed that the parts would be available at the end of 2007. He was then informed that none of the repairs would be performed until all of the dealers receive the parts. There had been no failure to date. The recall number was unknown. The current mileage was 120,000. Updated 02/14/08. The consumer stated the recall number for his vehicle is 05s28. Updated 02/14/08.


 
car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 11
Failure Date: 12/20/2007

The contact owns a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 07v336000 (vehicle speed control). The deactivation switch was disconnected because the part was unavailable. The contact was displeased about not being able to use the cruise control for an extended period of time. There had been no failure to date. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 107,000. Updated 01/17/08. Updated.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 12
Failure Date: 11/13/2007

The contact owns a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The vehicle caught fire under the hood while parked. The fire department arrived and extinguished the fire. A police report was filed. Both the inside and outside of the contact's home was damaged. He received a recall letter from the manufacturer approximately 2 months prior to the fire. At that time, he called the dealer and they stated that they did not have any parts available. The powertrain and recall number were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 119,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 13
Failure Date: 11/01/2007

1997 Lincoln Town Car- cruise control defect causing engine fires. After first hearing of the recall I took my Lincoln to suburban Ford of waterford,mi. I was told they had not yet received the replacement parts yet, 2 weeks later I again went back and was told the very same thing. I waited another 2 weeks, went back to suburban Ford and was told this time that the replacement parts for the recall were being recalled and I would again have to come back. I feel "this Ford dealer just does not want to comply with the recall. It has now been about 9 months since the first visit and still my car has not been fixed. Can you help?.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 14
Failure Date: 10/18/2007

Lost control of vehicle, could not regain control due to action of cruise control.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car 15
Failure Date: 10/10/2007

The contact owns a 1996 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received a Ford recall notice for the vehicle speed control: cruise control and immediately scheduled an appointment to have it repaired. The dealer informed him that the parts would be available in November of 2007. He had the cruise control switch deactivated and called the dealer again in December of 2007. At that time, they stated that the parts would not be available until April of 2008. The contact has not filed a formal complaint with the manufacturer. There had been no failure to date. The VIN and recall number were unknown. The current mileage was 106,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car 16
Failure Date: 09/27/2007

The contact owns a 1996 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 07v336000 (vehicle speed control). The part was unavailable and the deactivation switch was disconnected. The contact underwent a hip replacement and cannot drive without the cruise control feature. There had been no failure to date. The current mileage was 92,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car 17
Failure Date: 09/04/2007

Ford motor company notified me in August 2007 that a defect in the speed control deactivation switch would be removed by the dealer on vehicles 1992-2004 and the same would be replaced no later than the 4th quarter of 2007. The dealer now states " we have no idea when we will get the parts and neither does Ford". I called Ford this date and the same statement was repeated. The switch was removed August 4, 2007 by the dealer (greens of lexington, Lincoln ) and as of this date I still have no speed control as stated .

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2005 Lincoln Town Car 18
Failure Date: 08/28/2007

After a recall notice from Ford motor company, the cruise control on my 2005 Lincoln Town Car was disconnected at the dealership, arrow Ford of abilene, texas, because of a fire hazard. Six months later I am still waiting for replacement parts to be delivered.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car 19
Failure Date: 08/27/2007

The contact owns a 1996 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received a Ford recall notice for the speed cruise control switch and immediately scheduled an appointment with the dealer. The dealer stated that the parts would be unavailable until December of 2007. He called again and the dealer stated that the parts would be available in March of 2008. The contact had the speed control switch disconnected. The recall number was unknown. There had been no failure to date. The current mileage was 130,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 20
Failure Date: 08/27/2007

The contact owns a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received a Ford recall notice for the vehicle speed control: cruise control in August of 2007. The dealer stated that the parts were unavailable. The cruise control was not disconnected because he was not informed of that option. The manufacturer stated that the Ford recall parts would not be available until June of 2008. The contact filed a formal complaint with the manufacturer. There had been no failure to date. The recall number was unknown. The current mileage was 114,791.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 21
Failure Date: 08/20/2007

The contact owns a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received recall notice number 05s28 for the vehicle speed control: cruise control in August of 2007. The parts for the recall repair are still unavailable as of January 28, 2008. There had been no failure to date. The recall number was unknown. The current mileage was 97,000. Updated 02-14-08 updated 02/14/08.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 22
Failure Date: 08/20/2007

The contact owns a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received a recall notice for the vehicle speed control: cruise control switch in August of 2007 and he immediately scheduled an appointment to have the vehicle repaired. The dealer disconnected the switch and informed him that the parts would be unavailable until December of 2007. He called back and the dealer stated that they did not know when the parts would be available. The contact filed a complaint with the manufacturer. There had been no failure to date. The recall number was unknown. The current mileage was 169,000. Updated 3/5/08 updated 03/05/08.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 23
Failure Date: 08/08/2007

The contact owns a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received a Ford recall notice for the vehicle speed control: cruise control in August of 2007. He immediately scheduled an appointment to have the vehicle repaired. The dealer stated that they did not know when the parts would be available and did not advise the contact to have the component disconnected. He received a second notice in February of 2008 stating that the parts were available. The notice stated that the vehicle could catch fire while idling. The parts were not available until March of 2008. He is currently in the process of having the recall repaired. There had been no failure to date. The powertrain and recall number were unknown. The current mileage was 70,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 24
Failure Date: 08/01/2007

The contact owns a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that not having the cruise control feature is causing his gas mileage to reduce. The feature was disconnected as a result of the vehicle speed control recall. There had been no failure to date. The recall number was unavailable. The current mileage was 140,000. Updated 03/26/08.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 25
Failure Date: 08/01/2007

Failure to repair or replace cruise control as per recall. First it was to be done by the end of Dec 07, been back to Ford dealer three times and still no progress as to when it will be repaired. What is the problem??.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Lincoln Town Car 26
Failure Date: 07/31/2007

The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Town Car. While driving 70 mph with the cruise control engaged, the vehicle accelerated to 90 mph on its own. The contact slammed on the brakes and the cruise control disengaged. The vehicle decelerated to its regular speed. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that they could not repair the vehicle on their own. The dealer also stated that Ford motors would send her a recall letter, however, it has not yet been received. The current and failure mileages were 32,000. Updated 02-04-08. The consumer was informed a recall had been issued, however the consumers vehicle identification number was not included in the recall. Updated.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 27
Failure Date: 06/10/2007

The contact owns a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that Ford has failed to provide a timely recall repair on his vehicle regarding the vehicle speed control: cruise control. The first recall notice was received in June of 2007. There had been no failure to date. The recall number was unknown. The current mileage was 130,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 28
Failure Date: 06/07/2007

The contact owns a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The contact activated the speed control and the vehicle suddenly accelerated. He depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle failed to stop. When the vehicle finally stopped, the driver side was struck by another vehicle. The front air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to his neck and back. The vehicle was traded back to the dealer. The contact was injured. The current and failure mileages were 1,500. Updated 4/21/08.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car 29
Failure Date: 03/16/2007

2003 Lincoln Town Car cruise control runaway issue on 3/16/07 I was involved in a single car accident during a snowstorm on a two lane narrow road. I had previously disengaged the overdrive and manually shifted into 2nd gear at 20-25 mph for better control. The vehicle suddenly over steered to the right. Trying to correct, it over steered to the left, slid sideways in the deep shoulder on the left hand side of the road for about 25 feet. The left front wheel hit a large oak tree, bounced off and the vehicle went down a steep 70 foot driveway and jumped a frozen pile of snow. I did have the car under control going down the driveway. It was a very busy ten seconds. The initial estimate from geico is $5100, claim 023442150101027. I call the Ford 800 number and didn't get any help there, which is no surprise. I am well aware of manufacturers not addressing vehicle problems until they have to because of monetary issues or legal requirements. I am a former gm dealer and have driven literally thousands of vehicles in various conditions of dire repair. I also attended bondurant high speed driving school, have an expired scca racing license and hold ama expert competition motorcycle license. Even though this was 35 to 40 years ago the competition experience took over. One cause could be the locking dog for the steering has shorted the cruise control ribbon wires and caused the problem. There could also be issues with the cruise control circuitry and/or modules. Since the accident I have heard several complaints about cruise engagement problems. There also may be an issue with the auto traction control which might explain why the car went so violently out of control. This device is rather useless and impedes drivability rather than helps. On the drive back to my house I had to disengage it to drive up small hills, and have done so before in bad weather as this type of traction control impedes acceleration.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car 30
Failure Date: 12/02/2006

The contact owns a 2003 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that everytime she activated the cruise control, the switch became very hot. She traditionally activates the cruise control switch at approximately 70 mph. She never noticed any smoke or warning indicators prior to the failure. The dealer stated that her vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 07v336000 (vehicle speed control). The technician did not inspect the vehicle to determine if the component was potentially defective. The failure mileage was 44,369 and current mileage was 80,369.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car 31
Failure Date: 06/30/2006

: the contact stated the vehicle caught fire while parked. The fire department extinguished the flames, and a police report was taken. The speed control was the source of the fire due to overheat even though the ignition was off. There was a recall #05v017000. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2005 Lincoln Town Car 32
Failure Date: 03/10/2006

I have experienced sudden unexpected acceleration on my 2005 Lincoln Town Car. This has happened many times. The car's computer was examined by 2 Lincoln dealers and no errors ware found. Just yesterday, I was driving and had my foot off both the accelerator pedal and the brake as I was coasting in traffic when the car suddenly accelerated and I had to press on the brake to stop this. I then took the car immediately to my Lincoln dealer who could find nothing wrong again. Do you have any information on problems with the electronic throttle control or any other part such as cruise control, etc. , that could cause this problem and has this problem been reported to you by others? I met another 2005 Lincoln Town Car owner who said he had the same problem and I also found an article on the internet by a 3rd 2005 Lincoln Town Car owner with the same exact problem who also said the his dealer told him that the car's computer showed no errors so there was nothing that they could do about the problem.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car 33
Failure Date: 01/13/2006

The contact owns a 1996 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that the rear shocks were being replaced by a local mechanic. The dealer informed the contact that the repair was completed and the vehicle was ready. However, that same evening he informed the contact that the vehicle caught on fire and was totaled. The front of the vehicle was nothing but dust, and the rest has fire and smoke damage. The mechanic stated that a faulty cruise control switch caused the fire. The contact filed a civil law suit, and did not have access to a police or fire report. The current and failure mileages were 150,000.


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