2018 Lincoln MKC Problems and Complaints


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2018 Lincoln MKC SUV Problems, Issues, Complaints, Recalls, and Which Year to Avoid

Updated on: May 4, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Lincoln MKC carries on the traditional luxe of Lincoln in the form of a crossover SUV but has a polarizing exterior design, to begin with. On the brighter side, the SUV gets the reliability aspect right with a negligible amount of complaints and recalls in its recent history of model years. The 2018 MKC has faced a total of 9 complaints and one recall to date where the complaints cover almost all the major areas of the vehicles. But the low count of complaints indicates dependability even though the SUV lacks in some key areas as compared to its rivals. Coming to the rivals, the MKC’s competitors are the Acura RDX, the Audi Q5, and the BMW X3.

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Lincoln MKC user complaints and problems

Engine problems

  • Engine failure: Two complaints stating engine failures were reported so far against the 2018 Lincoln MKC. In both cases, the engines failed due to the coolant leaking inside the engine causing damage. In both cases, the vehicles required a complete engine replacement.
  • Vehicle rolling over: One owner reported a complaint regarding this issue. The report states that on one occasion while the vehicle was parked, it rolled away. The owner tried to stop the vehicle by entering it but was unable to do so and was injured during the process.

Safety problems

  • Lane departure system malfunction: One owner faced a serious issue with his vehicle’s lane departure system along with the airbags. While driving, the lane departure system was engaged to correct the course of the vehicle and keep it within the correct lane. While correcting, the system made the vehicle pull more to the left than required which caused a collision and the vehicle flipped over. The front airbags of the vehicle did not deploy and the owner was injured.
  • Faulty tires: A single report was filed by a user against the faulty tires on the affected vehicle. The owner complained that the vehicle’s tires would either lose air or develop bubbles prematurely which could be hazardous at any time.

Miscellaneous problems

  • Rear deck door malfunction: A single owner was affected by this problem. In the report, it was mentioned that the vehicle’s rear deck door doesn’t lock fully and the electronic locking mechanism remains active continuously trying to lock it. Due to this, the vehicle’s battery was drained completely on multiple occasions.
  • Sunroof crack: The sunroof of one 2018 Lincoln MKC developed a crack without any reason according to the owner. Upon further inspection, the dealership mentioned that the crack was a result of an impact on the glass but the owner mentioned that there were no impacts.

2018 Lincoln MKC recalls


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February 12, 2018


Incorrect Brake Hoses may Chafe

A brake fluid leak may lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake hoses, replacing any that are incorrect, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2018. 

Should you buy a used Lincoln MKC?

If you desire to own a luxury crossover with an unconventional design, the Lincoln MKC would be the most preferable option. The SUV does lack in some areas such as handling, rear-seat space, and cargo space but it does make it up with its reliability and killer base price. Going for a used example of the MKC poses no problem at all and once you get to know a reputed dealer, nothing should stop you from getting one home.

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