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Ford Expedition Maintenance and Repair



  • I've read through a lot of your comments on the Expedition, and I sense either folks really, really love the vehicle, or hold dubious thoughts on continued ownership. I have to say, I am of the later.

    I've always been a stickler about keeping up on the routine maintainence. The miles are predominantly highway. At 37K miles, I lost one cylinder head due to a faulty fuel injector (JUST outof warranty), and it cost me almost $1200 in repairs. I'm in the 56K mile range, now, and I gotta say, I am waiting for something else to go. I have a very prominent vibration through the chassis. Then you look under the hood, and points and plugs are inaccessable. I feel powerless.

    Elsewhere, the Expedition is REALLY showing it's age. The interior is not holding up well (and it is just the two of us, no kids or farm animals...). Really makes me think hard about buying a new generation of Ford product. I have never had this high-end a vehicle look like a total piece of mare'd in such a short period of time. Even after detailing.

    I really don't like the new Ford idea of very expensive, disposable vehicles (life expectancy of no more than 4 or 5 years), and I feel that is where I am with this Expedition. After 30+ years as a diehard Ford person (started with a 1972 Mercury Comet, then Montery Coupe, EXP, Sable, F-150(2 of them!), Explorer Sport, Focus and Expedition), Nissan and Honda/Lexus are really looking good.

    Thanks for the forum,
  • The rattle in the dash board came from behind the passenger airbag. They said it was a wire that was rubbing so they secured it with antirattle foam. On my 04 Expy the gas pedal seems to have a little play in it. The 05 that I checked out did not. The gas pedal play makes a slight noise when I tap it. Does anyone else have this problem?
  • I would keep it for a while. I would of probably purchased an extended warranty at 36k. Anyway now I would hold onto it and see how it goes. I had a 95 plymouth voyager awd with a 100k warranty. Many problems during the 100k that were fixed. Kept it to 160k, comparably very few issues the last 60k. Than traded it in for $1500
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,613
    had a '00 expedition.
    i have an '02 explorer now. i was putting a lot of miles on it, and my wife on her vehicle too, so i bought a focus that we split driving on.
    since my driving pattern on the explorer is now something like 800 miles in a weekend, 800 miles in 8 weeks, another 800 miles in a weekend, i'm looking at expeditions again.
    back to the expy. we were in an accident on the highway where someone came across the highway and hit us knocking off the left front wheel and suspension.
    at first i thought i had a flat tire, but realized the sound was wrong. after figuring out i still had steering control but little brakes, i brought it over to the right shoulder and stopped. it was misting out and i saw an overpass a hundred yards or so up the road. i drove it(without a left front wheel) under there so we would be out of the rain.
    when the state trooper showed up, he looked at the expy, looked way back at the other vehicle, looked at me, looked at the expy, looked way back at the other vehicle, looked at me again, but never asked me anything. you could tell the wheels were turning. i didn't volunteer anything back, other than to ask if the other people were ok (they were).
    when the flatbed showed up to tow the expy away, we woke up our 10 year old who was sleeping in the 3rd row. she didn't have a clue until she got outside to see it. then she said, 'dad, you're going to buy an excursion tomorrow right?' 2 jaw droppers in 1 day. i got it fixed and kept it for a while.
    i guess my rambling point is that maybe it will take care of you when you really need it to, not that other vehicles couldn't do the same.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    With my 99, I found the ride deterioration, vibration issues to be tire related mostly, and a straight-line issue with general wear and tear on suspension parts, shocks, struts, air suspension, whatever, after about 50,000 miles, but not to an aggravating point. Just that I could then notice, it wasn't quite as solid as she once was when new. But it was still very competent and smooth, if the tires were right. If the tires were out of balance, were cheap, were out of round though, it played hell with the whole truck.
  • My wife had complained of a sudden braking sensation while driving our 2003 Eddie Bauer Ford Expedition. I thought she was imagining things or left the parking braking on. I then had the same thing happen to me while driving on the freeway, I went from doing 60 mph to 20 mph without applying the brakes. Imagine how freaked out I was. I immediately pulled over had the vehicle towed to the dealership. They have had the vehicle for 5 days and have no idea what is causing the problem. Has anyone ever heard of this issue?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    but it sounds like the Traction Control module or the ABS system may have activated erroroneously.
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    There have been some problems with the trailing link arms breaking on the late Expeditions, may want to have the front suspension checked. Also check tie rod ends, looseness in these front end parts can aggravate existing vibrations. Have the tires checked for out-of-round, you may need to have them road force balanced.
  • fx4fx4 Posts: 72
    Discontinued? I saw on a Yahoo data base that the 2005 NBX Expedition was marked (Discontinued). Also 2005 2wd and 4wd King Ranch Expedition models are listed. Who has the latest?

    Hey, NVBANKER. Ready for the Holidays?
  • mbonembone Posts: 1
    I have a 00 Expy XLT and all of a sudden my "Door Ajar" light, bell, and interior lights keep going on while the doors are completely closed. Before I take it to a shop and pay an outragous price I'm wondering if any of you have had this problem and how you fixed it???

    In addition to this, my rear wiper doesn't work anymore. The motor works but it seems to not grab onto the wiper arm. Any help?

    I have not had any vibration problems on my truck and it may have to do with the tires. I have Goodyear's and they actually seem to be the best tires I've ever used, and I've had many vehicles. Just thought you might be interested.

    Please help on the "Door Ajar" thing. Thanks!

  • My husband and I are looking for a used Expedition and was wondering if anyone knows of any major problems that may be in the future for a 1998 with 72,000 miles on it. Anything we should look out for that would indicate major issues (other than the normal used car check-list)? We'd like to get a newer one, but want to stay in a price range that's around $15,000. Any advice would be nice. Thanks!
  • The same thing just happened to me and my husband this weekend on our 2000 Expedition. Luckily we weren't on the highway. This is the tie rod about to break. We described the trouble to the dealership where we bought it 3 days ago and they suggested that perhaps we had the 4WD engaged. The dealer drove it himself and the same thing happened to him. He was literally screaming. This is when the tie rod actually broke. It is in the shop now. It is the inner tie rod (the outers have already been replaced). After fixing this the mechanic tried to align it and found that the ball joint needed to be replaced as well, something you can't see from just having it on the rack. We are going to replace both ball joints. Final cost $600
  • duce1duce1 Posts: 2
    I had an earlier post about vibration in a brand new '05 EB. Tourguide suggested waiting and letting the tires wear in and it was great advice. After about 300 miles it smoothed out at most all speeds. Still a little vibration at 80 or over but much, much better.
  • I'm glad to hear that it smoothed out for you. My experience with the rack & pinion steering is that it gives unparalleled road feel, but that it is extremely sensitive to tire irregularities. At 3500 miles mine has completely smoothed out at all speeds.

    The only thing that takes a little shine off my enjoyment of driving my 04 is it's thirst. Other than that, I'm loving the comfort, safety, and nearly everything else about my Expedition. At times I wish for a nicer stereo, but I can live with the one Visteon makes for this. It seems to me though that for $40K I ought to get more from that end. Oh well that's just a personal preference I guess. I know others probably aren't as concerned about sound as I am.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    YO, FX4 - you bet! Heading back to Florida for the duration old friend, see how things are going down there. Check on the store......etc......
  • I had a 01 EB still under warranty and I took it to the dealer. They fixed replaced the bulb. i had the same problem in which I could not find it at all in the owners manual.
  • fx4fx4 Posts: 72
    Must be nice! Have a safe trip.

    My 2004 Expedition--the dealer is replacing the rear axle assembly in hopes of calming down a very annoying whine heard mostly in 66-68 mph range at light throttle. Minor whine at other speeds in 50-low 70s range Second time in for the problem. The dealer techs use a series of magnets at various drivetrain places to pick up on the source of the noise. Recent Enterprise rental 2005 E/B Expedition had its own loud rear whine, but at lower mph than the above for mine. Never had any rear-end noise problem with 4 previous new Broncos or new 2000 Expedition (Broncos may have been too noisy overall to hear any rear-end problem anyway)? Wondering if IRS has anything to do with all the reported rear whine noise in Expedition and Explorer per posts on Edmunds and TSBs? Incomplete original Ford engineering? Whine noise may be showing up due to better overall NHV control in later models, with rear-end design and quality about the same? Don't know.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    this is interesting, and I certainly don't doubt the problem exists, so many testimonials, but I have 24,000 miles on my 03 Navigator, and total silence so far from the rear end. Not a whine, not a whimper. What can I say?
  • I have a 2000 model Expedition XLT and I have enjoyed it for the most part. The transmission was replaced at 55,000 miles because of rough idling and involuntary revving of the engine.

    Anyone else have similar problems??
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    The Transmission replacement corrected that problem?
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