2018 Lincoln Navigator Problems and Complaints

Rating8.5

Ranked #2 in Fullsize Suv

Write A Review
Starting MSRP 

$72,555 - $94,205

Check Best Price

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

Updated on: May 5, 2022

Nathan Dyer's image
Nathan Dyer 

Senior Editor


Lincoln has always been regarded as the American upscale brand of choice for many right from the time they were used as presidential vehicles. This also suggests that their vehicles are well built and reliable and the Lincoln Navigator is their top-of-the-line full-sized SUV that has had some tough times in the past to justify itself to be a good deal. The 2018 Lincoln Navigator however comes loaded with features to the brim and the fit and finish on this SUV feel snug and perfect. The Navigator has only been recalled 4 times and has just 14 complaints proving its reliability and this car stands strong amongst its competition from SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, the Infiniti QX80, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS- Class.

More from Lincoln Navigator

Find a used Lincoln Navigator for under $44995 | Check out price savings and popular options here!

Buy a new Lincoln Navigator for sale starting from $80475 | Check out the latest deals here!

2018 Lincoln Navigator Exclusive Interior and Exterior Pictures | View latest Pictures

User complaints and problems

Electrical Problems

  • Warning lights - It was stated that the “Shift fault’ and other warning lights illuminated for no reason.
  • Steering – The steering adjustment buttons only work for the forward and backward adjustment and do not move the wheel up or down but instead make a grinding noise. Also, the wheel was claimed to feel loose while driving.
  • Reverse camera – The camera was reported to blackout after putting the car to reverse making it hard to maneuver.

Mechanical Problems

  • Engine – The user stated that the car shudders with a rattling noise and at times hesitates to accelerate upon depressing the gas pedal. There was also a reported fire from the engine bay for an unknown reason.
  • Transmission – The gear shifts were noticed to be very hard and rough. This makes a loud noise almost like someone hit the car.
  • Suspension – After dropping the car for maintenance, a user found that the rear axle nuts were just hand tightened and weren’t torqued with the right pressure.

Exterior Problems

  • Liftgate – The liftgate was found to open by itself after locking the car.
  • Rear door – The rear driver-side door opened while driving and failed to lock itself.

Recalls

S. No.

Date

NHTSA ID

Issues Noticed

Additional Remarks

Remedy

1

14th November 2018

18V805000

The seats are missing J-channel reinforcement brackets.

The seat could move in an event of a crash and this may not properly restrain the occupant.

The seats will be inspected and the J-channel bracket will be replaced if necessary.

2

12th June 2018

18V392000

Fuel pump assembly welds may fracture causing a leak.

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can cause a fire.

The dealers will replace the high-pressure fuel pump and associated components.

3

4th April 2018

18V213000

Missing roll pin causing loss of park function.

The vehicle may roll away even after placing the shifter in park.

The transmission will be inspected and a roll pin will be installed if missing.

4

16th January 2018

18V058000

Second-row power windows may not reverse.

When the windows don’t automatically reverse due to an obstruction, it can increase the risk of injury.

The second-row window module will be inspected and replaced if necessary.

Should you buy the 2018 Lincoln Navigator?

Even though the Navigator cost just under $73,000, we’d say that the car is worth every single penny. Two of its competitors are much more affordable in comparison but the Mercedes just isn’t as spacious, refined, powerful, and luxurious as the Lincoln, and on the other hand, the Infiniti just doesn’t feel updated and also lacks the power and well-planted drive that the Lincoln offers. The Cadillac Escalade is as huge as the Navigator but there is a clear difference in the quality of materials used and the drive quality of the Escalade just feels unrefined and this car is also slightly expensive compared to the Lincoln. It’s clear that the Navigator dominated this segment and there really aren’t any concerns regarding the car that we came across.

Important 2018 Lincoln Navigator Links:

Used Lincoln Navigator For Sale

View More
16

2018 Lincoln Navigator Reserve

Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

$51,990
Est. $705/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,784 Below market
RMV: $57,774
Indianapolis, IN
Check Availability
15

2019 Lincoln Navigator Reserve

Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

$60,904
Est. $826/mo
Good Deal
$6,435 Below market
RMV: $67,339
Boulder, CO
Check Availability
1

2018 Lincoln Navigator Premiere

Premiere 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

$46,550
Est. $632/mo
Good Deal
$4,908 Below market
RMV: $51,458
Hurst, TX
Check Availability
25

2019 Lincoln Navigator Reserve

Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

$50,700
Est. $688/mo
Good Deal
$5,303 Below market
RMV: $56,003
Wesley Chapel, FL
Check Availability
19

2019 Lincoln Navigator Reserve

Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

$54,055
Est. $733/mo
Good Deal
$5,690 Below market
RMV: $59,745
Duluth, GA
Check Availability
19

2018 Lincoln Navigator Select

Select 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

$49,970
Est. $678/mo
Good Deal
$4,912 Below market
RMV: $54,882
Canton, OH
Check Availability
16

2017 Lincoln Navigator Select

Select 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

$32,495
Est. $441/mo
Good Deal
$3,195 Below market
RMV: $35,690
Mundelein, IL
Check Availability
9

2017 Lincoln Navigator Select

Select 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

$33,499
Est. $454/mo
Good Deal
$3,308 Below market
RMV: $36,807
Oxnard, CA
Check Availability
14

2018 Lincoln Navigator Reserve

Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

$43,600
Est. $591/mo
Good Deal
$4,283 Below market
RMV: $47,883
Lemont, IL
Check Availability

Latest Navigator Stories/Updates