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#80 of 827 Re: Lincoln Navigator Owners: Problems & Solutions [KarenS]
Apr 16, 2005 (1:27 pm)
1. Drivers seat failed right after the dealer installed lo jack and security alarm.
Dealer ordered new parts and fixed the seat.
2. Service department wrecked the car about 10 days after buying it.
$1500 worth of damage, dealer repaired.
3. Passenger running board failed to operate maybe 3 times out of several hundred
openings. The dealer must have known what the problem was because they fixed
4. DVD player failed. Dealer replaced
I currently have 17,000 miles on it. I can understand why it might be so highly rated as unreliable, because it has so many "gadgets" or extras that can go bad.
My nav makes a clunking sound on cold starts. It made the sound from the first few days of owning the vehicle. The service dept advised me the 2004 had a new a/c compressor and that it had a tendency to clunk on cold starts. It clunked several times when we first got the car and seemed to taper off. Truth is it rarely does it, but when it does it catches our attention. Almost a year later and the service department says they have never heard of that problem. I cant find any similar problems noted on the internet as well. Unless it starts happening more often it may never get diagnosed.
Speaking of clunks. I was going down a hill and around a corner probably to fast and we heard a loud clunk as I was making the turn. I was thinking that maybe the loud clunk was the result of the the traction stability device activating.
#81 of 827 Clunking sound......on start up
Apr 16, 2005 (4:47 pm)
Is normal - all Fords do it. It's the A/C clutch engaging the compressor, and while disconcerting, it's nothing to worry about. Don't believe me, go to the dealership, and go start up a bunch of cars on the lot. Half of them will do it when the A/C is turned on. All kinds of models. Town Cars, Grand Marquis, Aviators. It's normal.
#83 of 827 2003 Lincoln Navigator Ultimate
Apr 19, 2005 (8:33 pm)
I too have a 2003 Lincoln Navigator Ultimate. 36000 miles and maintained well. Not beaten on. I Have to date replaced the both sets of brakes. I have had countless problems with the running board. I have the liftgate problems, and the door ajar problems. I have the problems with the mirrors not going back to the correct positions, you cannot set the mirrors to go to the saved locations. The park assist never works, the chilled and heated seats do not work. The DVD player has malfunctioned, and last weekend the transmission stopped working so now I have not had my car since Saturday April 16th. I love the Navigator. But I think I need to hire a lawyer too. Has anyone else lost a transmission?? Let me know
#84 of 827 03 Navigator Probs: seaner
Apr 19, 2005 (8:52 pm)
When did this problems start?
I have an 05' Navi Ultimate with only 1500 Miles and no probs as of yet. I opted to the 40/20/40 2nd Row Seats as I have 2 little ones and a 3rd on the way and did not want to have to put on of the kids in the 3rd Row, all the time.
So, I have fixed running boards, so I wll not experience that issue.
I also found, not sure if others will agree, that the deployable Running Boards sort of got in the way for someone who does not need them, like me, as I am ~6 Foot Tall. Have other had a similar view.
Best wishes getting your Navi fixed or replaced, I hope the 05' is more trouble-free, but I did get the Ford Premium Care Warranty and Full Maintenance to 100K or 6 Years.
#86 of 827 04 Navigator Running Board Problem and more...
Apr 20, 2005 (10:42 am)
I'm having the same problems that bombero, Seaner, Chris15 have with the Running Boards some times they deploy and sometimes they don't, I took it to the dealer several times, the first time they replaced some module two days later I'm back with the same problem to make the story shorts I have had three Lincoln dealers in Southern California look at it, and they even called one of the Ford Engineers and supposedly he spent 4 hours trying to duplicate the problem but he had no luck according to the Dealer, however the next day I went to pickup the car from the Dealer, I go to open the door and the running boards did not deploy luckily it happened in front of the Service Manager, Service Adviser and the Mechanic so they called the Ford Engineer on the phone and they ran bunch of test to try to figure out the problem, but had no luck of trying to duplicate the problem, the Dealer kept the car for 4 days and I picked it up last week I didn't drive the car much maybe 25 miles and on the weekend we drove it to our friends and when we got there I opened the door and the Running Boards did not Deploy, and it happened again the next day at home so I took my video camera and filmed it also I took photos when it happened on Saturday and I had three witnessed that saw what happened, I also have many more issues with this car for example;-
factory DVD Player does not work some times and will show Error codes, GPS turns On and Off by it self without touching it.
Driver seat started falling apart so they redid and replaced the upholstery.
Brakes had to be changed twice the car had only 5,000 miles due to vibrations,
Driver seat also was not aligned correctly on the rail and will shift whiles driving they replaced the track.
Electrical lift gate stopped working after the running board module was changed and we were not even able to open it manually, they changed the motors.
Gear Shifter got loose and almost fell off...now that was funny.
Driver Side Mirror stopped folding or it will only fold half way sometimes and it will stop, they had to replace that Mirror Twice and now it makes grinding noise when folding.
=Driver side Speaker by JBL had a static noise so they replaced it but the tech never bothered to test it after fixing it so the problem was not fixed at first time, I took it back to dealer they found a faulty wire from the radio and fixed it.
to make the stories short this is my third Navigator in five years and this 04 Navigator has 12,700 miles on it, I have proof of the running boards falling and I know they cannot deny that since it happened in front of the Service Manager and the Mechanic at the local Lincoln dealer.
#87 of 827 Running Boards: Suggestion
Apr 20, 2005 (6:26 pm)
Just a curious suggestion/question. When you experience the problem, is it on both Running Boards, or just one?
Have you considered maybe the setting on the Computer is somehow getting screwed up, as I thought there is an option to turn the running boards off.
As I reported previously, I have the 40/20/40 2nd Row Bench, so I have the fixed running boards, can't get them with the 40/20/40, as I guess the motor for the Deployable Running boards are where the 20 seat mounts.
#88 of 827 Re: 03 Navigator Probs: seaner [njbaran99]
Apr 20, 2005 (8:56 pm)
I took home a Gator with the power running boards overnight when I was shopping, and also found them to be more of an annoyance, than an appliance, so chose a different truck that had the stationary boards, and haven't regretted it - especially when I hear they seem to be problematic on some trucks.. I was afraid they may be. Really cute, but sort of useless.
I've not had near the issues most of the complainants on this board have had, or to the degree they have had. My Gator runs great, engine and transmission are extraordinary. Other issues have been minor. Trucks not perfect like my 99 was, but it's still the best design out there, and if I were to replace it, I'd still get another Navigator I believe.
#89 of 827 Re: Running Boards: Suggestion [njbaran99]
Apr 21, 2005 (2:00 am)
yes it happens on both sides, and the setting for the running board is Turned ON and on Auto as well.
also my 04 Navigator is an Ultimate in the black monotone, and I do have 40/20/40 2nd Row Bench, with the Running Boards and the motor for the Running Boards is under neath the car right behind the front wheels.