2003 Lincoln Aviator Reliability - Consumer Reports
The new-for-2003 Lincoln Aviator is the Lincoln version of the Mercury Mountaineer and Ford Explorer. It's made for people who find the Lincoln Navigator too imposing, ostentatious, and expensive. It comes with a smooth, strong 302-hp V8, five-speed automatic, and either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Without low-range gearing, it's not meant for serious off-roading.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Aviator will be much less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2020 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

Overall Reliability
The 2003 Lincoln Aviator has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Recalls
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POWER TRAIN
Nov 21, 2002
THIS COULD RESULT RESULTING IN INCORRECT GEAR INDICATION.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE TRANSMISSION SHIFT CABLE CAN BECOME DISLODGED FROM THE SHIFT CABLE BRACKET.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL ADD A STRAP TO THE SHIFT CABLE ADJUSTER TO PREVENT THE SHIFT CABLE FROM BECOMING DISLODGED. FORD HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02V313000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 25
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