Lincoln Navigator Years to Avoid

Lincoln Navigator is one of the best SUV models on the market. It’s built with an enormous body which means more head and legroom to enhance your comfort. The Lincoln Navigator SUV can comfortably transport a large delegation or a family of eight.

Even so, the latest model is a culmination of mistakes and technical issues. If you prefer vintage models, it’s crucial to consider the previous manufacturer recalls and other reported technical issues.

Remember, you can accidentally buy a lemon car associated with frequent breakdowns and high repair costs. Fortunately, a lemon law attorney can help you navigate and overcome the disappointment of a lemon Lincoln Navigator.

Here are the common Lincoln Navigator years to avoid

Generations of Lincoln Navigator 

The Lincoln Navigator SUV has undergone a massive transformation since its first model in1998.

Here’s a breakdown of the different generations.

  • The first generation          1998-2002
  • The second generation    2003-2006
  • The third generation         2007-2017
  • Fourth generation             2018-Present 

Lincoln Navigator Years to Avoid

1998 Lincoln Navigator

The debut 1998 Lincoln Navigator had several problems that consumers reported.

Here are the most significant technical issues:

  • EGR defects in high dust areas
  • Overheating emanating from a damaged repeller
  • A recurrent need to service the steering wheel
  • It’s not compatible with air filters with oil-coated elements

What’s more, the Ford Expedition platform received over 1000 complaints. That said, it’s safe to avoid the 1998 Lincoln Navigator.

1999 Lincoln Navigator

According to NHTSA, the 1999 Lincoln Navigator had 146 technical complaints.

Here’s a breakdown of the technical issues associated with the model:

  • Leaking oil from the head gasket: Drivers who used the 1999 Lincoln Navigator noted burned oil smell and light smoke from the engine. This model may also consume more oil than normal.
  • The lower plastic manifold may come apart
  • Rear air-bag suspension problems
  • The need to inspect transmission fluid every 30,000 miles
  • Smelling or overheating coolant with no visible leaks.

In a nutshell, the 1999 Lincoln Navigator model recorded multiple complaints affecting the consumers’ comfort. It’s, therefore, prudent to consider other options.

2000 Lincoln Navigator

The 2000 Lincoln Navigator has fewer complaints than the 1998 and 1999 models. Nonetheless, a few recalls have dented its reputation.

Here’s a breakdown of the recent recalls:

  • Decreased lighting visibility
  • A defective fuel system
  • Lack of amber side reflectors

If you’re considering buying a 2000 Lincoln Navigator, consult a mechanic for a green light and inspection of any underlying issues.

2001 Lincoln Navigator

Despite the significant reduction in complaints, a few buyers experienced trouble with the engine and electric system. Previous users have reported minor problems like lifting vehicles with air suspension, a defective EGR system, or a damaged impeller.

Check for any outstanding recall issues before you consider acquiring a 2001 Lincoln Navigator.

2002 Lincoln Navigator

The 2002 Lincoln Navigator model has significantly fewer complaints than other first-generation models. You can therefore consider buying this model if you prefer driving older models.

2OO3 Lincoln Navigator

2003 Lincoln Navigator ushers in the second generation series. Unfortunately, customers have reported numerous complaints that touch on engine, electrical, and suspension. 

Here is a table of the top 10 complaints.

Category Number of Complaints
Electric defect 21
Paint Problems 18
Brake Issues 9
Transmission Problems 7
Defective Drivetrains 6
Windshield and window problems 6
Interior Accessory problems 6
Wheels problem 4
Steering Issues 3
Exhaust problems 1

                  Source: NHTSA and

The majority of 2003 Lincoln Navigator complaints touched on electrical and air conditioning. For instance,  a running board that didn’t retract, faulty driver and passenger mirrors, or failed passenger lock system.

It’s, therefore, safer to consider another model considering its transition phase.

2004 Lincoln Navigator

Suspension is the only concern with previously reported issues on the decline. To that end, the 2004 model is a worthy acquisition but in line with your mechanics’ advice.

2005 Lincoln Navigator

2005 Lincoln Navigator has fewer technical or system complaints making it a perfect alternative.

2006 Lincoln Navigator

It has numerous complaints regarding air suspensions, a solid ground to avoid the 2006 Navigator model.

2007 Lincoln Navigator

2007 Lincoln Navigator ushers in the third-generation models. Despite the transition, the few complaints make it an ideal model to buy.

2008 Lincoln Navigator

There are only a few reports of defective brake systems with the 2008 Navigator. It’s, therefore, a safe option to consider.

2009 Lincoln Navigator

There are only a handful of complaints surrounding the 2009 Navigator, making it an excellent alternative.

2010 Lincoln Navigator

The common problems of the 2010 Navigator include lights, drive trains, or interior accessories. Even so, they’re scanty, making it a prudent choice.

2011 Lincoln Navigator

The 2011 Lincoln Navigator extends the run of safe units to buy. Similar to the 2010 model, it has minimal complaints or defects.

2012 Lincoln Navigator

The 2012 Navigator has minimal complaints touching on suspension, power train, service brakes, and vehicle speed controls. It’s a safe model; however, consult a mechanic to avoid a troublesome unit.

2013 Lincoln Navigator

Apart from a few reports about transmission defects, the 2013 Navigator is a safe bet.

2014 Lincoln Navigator

There are only a few complaints regarding the engine or drive-train. Otherwise, the 2014 Lincoln Navigator is a great option to buy. 

2017 Lincoln Navigator

2017 Navigator is a sturdy and pleasant SUV with minimal mechanical issues. It’s, therefore, a safe alternative for anyone looking to buy an older version.

2018 Lincoln Navigator

The 2018 redesign ushers in the fourth generation series. As expected, a new series has a few technical issues. That said, consider buying other models to avoid the transition hitches.

2019 Lincoln Navigator

The 2019 Navigator has only a few technical issues making it a great option.

Speak to an Experienced Lemon Law Attorney

If you’ve bought a lemon Lincoln Navigator, it can result in months of disappointment and repairs. With that in mind, you need a reputable attorney like Lemon Law123 to pursue the rightful compensation. Contact us online or call us at 657.529.5239 for a free case review.

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