The Lincoln Mark series is certainly one of the finest examples of American luxury cars ever conceived. It is a well-earned reputation too. Over the long years that the company has been in operation, its client list is a veritable who's who of American celebrities, politicians, and power brokers. It isn't surprising, then that this is the car one get when one wants to project a "power vibe." Because of this reputation, and the need to protect it consistently, cars of the Lincoln Mark series are highly consistent when it comes to quality and dependability. Still, no brand is entirely perfect, so gathered here are the top two complaints people have had with cars of the Lincoln Mark Series.
A commonly reported problem that is specific to the 1998 release of the Lincoln Mark VII is that the rearview mirror had a disturbing tendency to begin to vibrate at high speeds. As one increased their speed even more, the vibrations would become intolerable and completely be useless in viewing anything under the vehicle. While it might only seem like a minor inconvenience, this is actually very dangerous-potentially leading to very nasty crashes.
While this problem is something of a rarity, the causes are many. Some have pointed to the tires as being at fault. In some cases, replacement of these tires has led to permanent alleviation of the vibrations. More seriously are the cases that tie the problem to the engine itself. The best way around this is to take the vehicle to the dealer or a registered mechanic to better narrow down the responsible component, and have it replaced straight away.
An even rarer problem than the first mentioned, but again manifesting in the 1998 Lincoln Mark VII. People reported that the vehicle intermittently stalls out and dies without any warning at low speed. At its worst, this problem can cause a serious loss of control over the vehicle. Most cases peg this to the engine specific to the Mark VII, and so the only real solution is to return to the dealer for a full engine overhaul or possible replacement.
Note that these problems are not manifested generally among Mark-series Lincolns.