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Lincoln MKZ : Used

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Justin Pritchard
MKZ loved for comfort and luxury--but watch the door handles and battery
History/Description Of The Used Lincoln MKZ: Freshly updated for 2010, the MKZ took Lincoln’s entry-level product to new levels of styling, safety, and high-tech. Look for the latest gadgets including available self-parking assist, bind-spot mirrors, SYNC multimedia connectivity, touchscreen climate and navigation systems, and more.

Power came from an award-winning 3.5L Duratec V6 with 263 horsepower. All MKZ’s were automatic and front-wheel drive as standard, although All-Wheel Drive (AWD) was available. A hybrid-powered variant was available as well, but we’ll cover it in a separate review.

Available feature content included Bluetooth, leather seating, sunroof, premium audio, auto climate control, and more. Cross-shop the MKZ against comparable machines from Acura, Buick, Chrysler, Volvo, and Audi.

2010 Lincoln MKZ clusters
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Common Issues With The Used Lincoln MKZ: The MKZ is a complicated, sophisticated, and high-tech luxury car -- meaning shoppers are advised to allow plenty of time to test and inspect all high-end features and systems for proper operation. Some owners report connectivity issues with the SYNC system. Be sure you’re able to link your Smartphone or MP3 player to the system, if desired. Spend a few minutes experimenting with the system and ensuring it doesn’t “lock up” or “crash.”

Check all power windows and locks for proper operation, and try each interior door handle to be sure it’s working properly as reports of broken door handles aren’t uncommon. Checks of the air conditioner, seat heaters, and motorized seats are also advised.

Some owners reported premature death of their batteries, which would result in a no-start condition and possibly cause other electronic system glitches. Be sure the battery and charging system on the MKZ you’re considering is healthy with the help of a mechanic.

In today’s new breed of high-tech cars, plugging the battery into a trickle-charger when the vehicle won’t be driven for a few days is typically considered a good idea.

Inspect the Lincoln MKZ’s lights for proper operation noting that the LED taillamps and xenon headlamps (if equipped) can be pricey to replace if they are in need of attention.

Finally, have a mechanic check underneath the MKZ. Pay special attention to leaks from the AWD system and the condition of the suspension components.

2010 Lincoln MKZ engine
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Justin Pritchard
Justin Pritchard
Automotive expert