Lincoln Zephyr Problems

Harsh or Delayed Shifting of Automatic Transmission on Lincoln Zephyr

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The automatic transmission may develop shifting concerns. On lower mileage vehicles, upgrading the software in the powertrain control module (PCM) and the transmission control module (TCM) may correct the problem. As the mileage increases, internal transmission damage can occur. Repairs could involve replacement of the valve body or a complete transmission rebuild. Whenever major transmission repairs are made, it is important to be sure the PCM and the TCM have the latest software updates to help prevent these issues from reoccurring.

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Lincoln Zephyr Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 98,397 (32,000–203,000)
1 model year affected: 2006
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hard shifting from transmission. hard thump when car is put into reverse after that car has been running for 20 minutes
I have problem with my transmission slipping and shifting hard. Now the problems has gotten worse...started experiencing slippage while driving and hesitation in acceleration.......
Transmission shifts hard when it gets warm. It shifts so hard it feels like it is going to come apart.
Was told by a lincoln service shop the car needs a new Valve Body. They say the diagnostic report came back without any codes. Problem began with the LED panel on the instrument cluster working intermittently. Then I noticed it sometimes didn't shift smoothly. Finally, there are sometimes clunking noises, and sometimes a different noise when turning. Other times the car drives fine. The care went from having a clean bill of health at 84K to all these problems at 90K. All regular maintenance and oil changes have been done and the car is not driven hard. I understand this is a known problem with Ford/Lincoln transmissions.
Car will not accelerate when merging into interstate traffic, it hesitates and slowly adjusts. I am afraid a semi will not see me. I am told to see a transmission person. Is there this not a know defect?? I just had to spend $2100.00 to fix this. Frustrating
Car skips when driving up hill/or needing to increase speed intermittently. Dealer states no code upon diagnois referred to DTC update. Recommend 'value body' repair and reset codes. Still working to solve problem
Dealer also says it needs a new valve body. This will cost around $2200.00 to fix. I am seeing a lot of people are having the same issue. It has to be a manufacture defect.
car has a delayed and very hard shift from 1st to 2nd and from 2nd to 3rd. at its worst the transmission will not shift at all at speeds of 50mph or greater.
Transmission shifts hard from park to drive, harsh and/or delayed down-shifts when passing, skips when driving in stop & go traffic. The dealer said there was no issue when last checked around 50k miles but did reset shift programming, which didn't solve the problem.
The transmission is now linking fluid.
I noticed about a month ago slow going up hills and stalling when sitting at red light.
2006 Lincoln Zeypher in Columbus, Ohio. The car will not shift out of first gear, it will not excel over 20 mph. Right now it's sitting at a garage where they have quoted me $3000.00 to replace. It ther a recall on this transmission? Purased only 9 months ago in Mayfield Heights, Ohio from a large well advertised dealership. They offer no help. Anyone know a fair, honest transmission shop in Cleveland or Columbus?
When I accelerate to merge into traffic the transmission skips as if I had hit a pot-hole... feels like it's going to fall apart overtime. I better change cars before this thing deteriorates and all falls apart. I just don't wanna deal with this.
i had this issue when shifting to reverse it jerks horribly. also when i accelerate and im about to hit 20 mph it jerks again the shift has a delay
When down shifting up A hillor luging it slams and goes into neutral type non gear, have to put it into true neutral and let revs. come to normal level and then shift back into drive.
Hard shifting also passing gear is not available and car slows down when going up a hill in when trying to speed up car makes loud noise and only moorevoowmm think I need a rebuilt transmission with updated software $2600 to repair very nice body but internally trash