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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,474 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Ford Expedition drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 052008

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles


Within months of purchasing the vehicle it began to spontaneously go into 4 wheel drive. Initially I thought I had hit the switch which is nowhere near the steering wheel. I put the vehicle in neutral and then back into drive and it seemed fine. It began happening more and more frequently. On one occasion in 2003 I was driving on the freeway and it locked up. It went into 4 wheel drive and luckily I was wearing my seatbelt because the force was comparable to slamming on my brakes. I drove off the freeway and was able to get it out of 4 wheel drive but was terrified to drive on the freeway. I called the dealership who told me they couldn't look at it until the following morning. Reluctantly I drove it home. I was repeatedly told nothing was wrong with my vehicle while it was under warranty. While driving my vehicle through a parking lot it decided to go into 4 wheel drive and completely locked up. I could not drive in forward or reverse. I had the vehicle towed to a dealership who told me that there was problem with the 4 wheel drive that could be fixed but that my warranty did not cover it. About a thousand dollars later I drove off with my vehicle believing that it would work properly. Within less than one year of the repair I was on the freeway again and my 4 wheel drive kicked in. Once again saved by the seatbelt, I called the dealership. Again I was told that the repairs were only covered for 1 year or a certain amount of miles (not sure on the miles ?5000). The dealership told me that this was not an unknown problem that Ford was having. They told me that they were aware of the problems but all they could do was keep fixing it. The dealership even had the nerve to tell me that when it starts to bind up to put the vehicle into reverse. Very helpful when your doing 65 on the freeway. Today while actually using my 4 wheel drive the transmission continually slipped.

- Brentwood , CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 112007

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition. The contact heard an unfamiliar noise while driving the vehicle. He took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the transfer case needed to be replaced. The dealer made the repair, but three days later the vehicle failed to drive in reverse. The contact returned to the dealer and was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The speed was unknown. The current mileage was 105,000 and failure mileage was 58,000.

- Edmund, OK, USA

problem #2

Mar 242006

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,896 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle shifts into four wheel drive low on its own. The vehicle has been to the dealership for repairs. The transfer case pump and GEM module was replaced, neither of these repairs fixed the problem. This problem caused an accident, while traveling 40 mph in a turn, the vehicle shifted in 4WD low and the vehicle lurched to the right. The vehicle hit a rock wall on the front passenger side. There was a police report taken at the scene and both occupants received minor injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop for repairs.

- Guilford, CT, USA

problem #1

May 012004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford expidition with only 35000 miles on it and the transmission burned up. The repair shop said the transmission problem was common with the expidition and it was flawed in its design. It cost me $2,200 to overhall the transmission, I asked Ford to cover the repair, they said no, please help, thanks, mark.

- Sweetwater, NJ, USA

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