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#757 of 978 Re: 7 valve sticks 2003 Aviator [waaman]
Jul 20, 2009 (6:12 am)
Lincoln engines don't break down
No, they don't. But this particular engine does have a design problem that can require the head to be replaced - that's probably what happened here. Mine was done under warranty at 30K. This problem is unique to the 4.6L 4V heads - won't affect any other vehicles.
There are plenty of recurring problems on the Aviators. If you're willing to chance some frequent and possibly large repairs down the road in exchange for a low purchase price - go for it. But you were warned.
#758 of 978 Re: 7 valve sticks 2003 Aviator [akirby]
Jul 20, 2009 (9:29 am)
Yes you are right.. there is a TSB on this problem with this engine which Ford is all too happy to fix under warranty. Just becareful that you find the engine problem under your warranty period. Mine blew at 52K miles... just 2k out of warranty and a I had a devil of a time getting Ford to pay for 25% of the fix even though they acknowledge there is an engine problem. That is ok.... No problem. After 5 Fords in a row and more than a dozen in my family, I bought a Lexus. I am done with Ford!
And yes, I have had the stuck shift problem, the fan problem and all the other problems that you have read about here. Loved the Aviator but I have abandoned the company... Ford... as they abandoned me.... and yes I probably tell 10 people a week to stay away from Ford. The $5500 engine rebuild probably will cost Ford several million dollars in lost business from me and my extended social network.
#759 of 978 Re: 7 valve sticks 2003 Aviator [bostoncigar]
Jul 20, 2009 (11:27 am)
Very, very few companies would cover a repair out of warranty. As for Lexus - go ask all those Camry owners with sludged engines how Toyota takes care of their customers.
The Aviator was a piece of crap - no argument there. And that's why they cancelled it. But that has nothing to do with the other Ford products.
#760 of 978 Re: 7 valve sticks 2003 Aviator [alberti]
Jul 20, 2009 (6:20 pm)
I know the guy selling. Heres what he has had done.
- engine rebuild at 105k (my facts were off it has 165k on it now)
- new tranny at 120 k
- bearings replaced in 2006
- new radiator in 2006
- brakes and rotors done few months back
He isn't hiding anything. I have copies off all the major repairs and none since 2006. He has had it since day 1. He bought it new. Aviator is also listed as a good consumer used suv.
I talked him down to 4800. I think thats a decent deal for an engine that has 60k on it.
He has put in 8800 in repairs over 2005-06.
I sort of think it's not a bad deal at all. I pick it up next week.
Jul 20, 2009 (6:29 pm)
It has so many miles due to his constant traveling to WV from Columbus.
I had it checked by my mechanic and got a thumbs up from him. He said the 7 valve issue is minor and said he would fix it for no more then 300. But said it is fine not to fix it at all if I so chose.
Otherwise its in close to perfect condition in and out.
#762 of 978 Re: Brake Problems [lesliey1]
Jul 23, 2009 (12:12 pm)
I had this problem as well. I ended up replacing all the brakes and pads $1000.00.
Sounds like the brake drum/or drums is warped.
#764 of 978 Aviator timing chain
Aug 13, 2009 (12:25 pm)
The Ford mechanic told me there are all kinds of recurring problems with the Aviator. The timing chain is just another problem because of PLASTIC PARTS!
It cost me over $3000 to fix and none of my letters to Ford were even answered. Not even a "we got your letter" response.
Because of this, I advise everyone to avoid Ford products. I drove them for over 30+ loyal years and this is their non-response.
NO MORE FORDS FOR ME, MY FAMILY, MY FRIENDS AND EVERYONE I CAN TELL THIS STORY TO!
#765 of 978 Re: Aviator timing chain [fordsnomore]
Aug 13, 2009 (1:15 pm)
Why do you think they quit making them 3 years ago?
#766 of 978 Re: Rear Wheel Clicking [akirby]
Aug 25, 2009 (12:45 pm)
It tuned out to be a corroded parking brake shoe. I had the same noices.