2020 Lincoln Continental Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Structure and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

The final year for Ford’s luxury large sedan has occurred, leaving owners with the 2020 Lincoln Continental as the last option. However, customers still flock to get this vehicle before it’s gone, mainly because the automaker claims it has the “technology to drive you forward.” A little research, however, indicates that the structure is poorly built and owners are dealing with several engine concerns.

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Problems with the Structure

The Lincoln Continental is not a cheap vehicle. For the amount spent, there should be no problems with the structure, but there is. 

An Edmunds review states, “Minor cabin squeaks/rattles which should never exist in a car this expensive.”

It turns out that the automaker has released three communications related to other structural concerns. Service Bulletin #SB 20-2233 states that some of the aluminum body panels are experiencing corrosion, while Service Bulletin #SSM 48765 says that there have been troubles with the door latch assembly. That’s not all, as Service Bulletin #SSM 48742 also talks about the front door creaking when opening and closing. This issue is due to sheet metal fatigue. Apparently, it’s tiring for so much technology to be in one vehicle. So much so, that the automaker couldn’t put enough time into the structure to get it right.

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2020 Lincoln Continental Complaint Summary

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Back Over Prevention
Electrical System:wiring: Rear Compartment/trunk
Service Brakes
Unknown Or Other

Problems with the Engine

What’s even more important than the structure? The engine, of course. In fact, if this vital component doesn’t run right, the car might not take people anywhere.

Here are a few complaints about the engine and powertrain from an Edmunds review. “No engine compartment light (seriously Ford…that’s a big oops). Checking the transmission fluid level is also very difficult in this car. The car should also have digital options to monitor engine temp/battery condition in my opinion.”

Again, the automaker isn’t hiding problems from the customer. Service Bulletin #SSM 48991 talks about the malfunction indicator lamp coming on and an Engine Coolant Over Temperature warning. The cause of the malfunction goes back to an engine coolant temperature sensor or defective knock sensor wiring harness. With so many annoying defects, it might be smarter to opt for a Ford vehicle instead. It might at least save customers some money and certainly can’t get much worse than the Continental. It’s no wonder that the luxury automaker chose to scrap the entire model and move on.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Cecil

    I have owned over 100 vehicles in my lifetime, I have Never owned a vehicle with the accelerator even with the brake pedal.

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