The Lincoln Navigator is a luxury full-size SUV that Ford first introduced for the 1998 model year. Throughout its more than 20-year history, the Navigator has been produced as Lincoln’s version of Ford’s full-size SUV, the Expedition, including the distinctive Lincoln styling to the exterior and interior.
The current fourth-generation Lincoln Navigator debuted in the 2018 model year and features:
- Aluminum body construction
- Same platform as the Ford F-150 pickup
- Redesigned rear suspension
- 5 Liter, V6 Ecoboost engine (same engine used in some Ford F-150 models)
Navigator sales in the US have varied over the years as Lincoln faced more competition in the full-size SUV category, and smaller, crossover SUVs have increased in popularity. Ford currently sells between 15-20,000 Navigators annually in the US.
Like the Expeditions and Ford F-150 pickups that share the same 3.5L engine, the 2018 and newer Lincoln Navigators have suffered from excessive oil consumption. In July 2019, Ford issued a Service Bulletin detailing the problem and recommended replacing intake gaskets and valve covers as needed. Abeel & Associates has represented dozens of Navigator owners in Lemon Law and breach of warranty cases for range of major defects.
Recent model year Lincoln Navigator are experiencing the following defects:
Owners incur the significant added expense of adding oil between the periodic oil changes recommended by the manufacturer.
Ticking noise when starting, vehicle rocking back and forth or even bucking when idling.
The oil consumption issue often leads to multiple gasket and valve replacements as dealers struggle to resolve the defect.
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