2022 Lincoln Aviator Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical & Structural issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

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The 2022 Lincoln Aviator is a luxury three-row SUV meant to haul the entire family in style. The company claims this SUV is “intelligently designed,” but customers can’t stop complaining about the faulty electrical system and defective structure.

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Problems with the Electrical System

As a luxury automobile, the Aviator should have a well-functioning electrical system, but it doesn’t.

Here’s one NHTSA complaint worth reading. “This is brand new vehicle with 3,000+ miles on it. The first day owned it, around 12-21, the vehicle would not go into drive. A warning message appeared that said ‘high-voltage battery warning”, “The hybrid powertrain system has detected a fault”. It would also flash “Full Accessory Power Active”. After some internet searches I found a thread in ford that said ‘let the car sit for 20mins and it will restart.’ I did that and vehicle restarted. I made an appt with my local Lincoln dealer… and they inspected the car on 1-18 thru 1-21. They did not find anything wrong with it but did find the codes. They stated they thought the battery was dead. This was impossible due to the fact I drove the car 500 miles from Alabama to KY on 12-21. Today, 2-2-22, my wife was driving home from work and the car shut off on the interstate. When I say shut off, I mean it died at 65mph. She tried to press the accelerator and the car just continued to de-accelerate. The check engine light popped up and said ‘Stop Safely Now.’ Luckily, my wife was able pull off the interstate without causing an accident. Once stopped, she turned the vehicle off and tried to restarted it. It popped the same message about ‘full accessory power’ and the car wouldn’t start. She tried the push button start to no avail, tried the remote start to no avail. Finally she used her ‘phone as a key’ and it started. She was able to drive home. I have called Lincoln and made them aware of the issues. They have asked for me to bring the car in immediately. I informed them I would be filing a complaint here as well. This car is a $85,000 death trap. Lincoln needs to take this very seriously and an investigation needs to open to find out why this vehicle is behaving like this. It is not safe to drive.”

While Lincoln doesn’t discuss a lot of issues, there is some communication about faulty electrical problems. Service Bulletin #SSM 50361 states that some of the Aviator vehicles have poor sound coming from the front speakers when connected to Bluetooth. The problem stems from a bad wiring harness. What’s funny is that the same problem exists in the Ford Explorer, mainly because these are the same vehicles. So, what are customers paying more for?

Problems with the Vehicle Structure

It’s clear that the Lincoln Aviator isn’t made to any higher standard than the Ford Explorer.

One example can be found in an Edmunds review. “For a few dollars more, the Lincoln Navigator is available. Cramped rear passenger compartment comparable to Ford Explorer. Rear seating lacks the luxurious appeal of the front passenger area. The Aviator MSRP is a high price to pay for lower fuel consumption.”

Sadly, Lincoln is refusing to discuss any structure issues. At this point, the customers will have to learn for themselves the hard way. The Aviator might have a design, but there’s nothing intelligent about it.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 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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