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3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,675 miles

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2001 Ford Expedition electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 032006

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving at low speed, the number three spark plug shot out rendering my 2001 Ford Expedition unusable. Fortunately, I was able to pull off to the side of the heavily traveled road. Upon further research, this appears to be a very common problem.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #7

Jun 212006

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
: the contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the check engine light illuminated, and the vehicle lost speed and began to buck. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic shop, where it was determined that there was an electrical shortage. The number 8, 7, 5, and 4 engine coils have been replaced on the vehicle. The consumer stated the number 7 & 5 coil has been replaced twice. Updated 07/25/06.

- Reading, MA, USA

problem #6

Mar 102005

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
2001 Ford Expedition ignition coils continue to short out when wet and always after a rain - water seeps into the engine compartment and inevitably that an ignition coil will begin to short out / begin missing and lose power while driving. Because this always seems to happen during inclement weather the danger factor is heightened. I have spoken to other 2001 Expedition owners and they all have experienced the exact same dangerous and expensive problem. Another issue of consumer concern is that Ford Motor Co. And it's service representatives are keenly aware of this and in fact have repaired the continuous problem during the first 75,000 miles. I personally have had the coils go out on me while driving in dangerous weather and have now had five(5) ignition coils go out on me at this time. Ford Motor Co needs to take responsibility for this inherent mechanical problem and finally correct this problem before any accidents and deaths occur.

- Pinole, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 302005

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Contact states the car takes a long time to start, it's like the battery is dead. When vehicle was inspected the contact was told that the battery was good. When hitting the alarm the horn will sound very low, sometimes it will not make a sound at all. The automatic locks will not engage until the vehicle is already down the road. They suppose to engage when taking foot off the brakes. When starting the car the gauges will flash on/off, and then go back to normal. Also, when starting the vehicle the headlights will flash on as if the alarm has sounded, then, they will go off. The light that indicates if the car is in overdrive or regular drive no longer works. The contact received a recall letter last month regarding the scds. He reports having no problems with the cruise control. He believes the aforementioned problems are related to the defective scds. He has not taken the car to dealer to have the scds disconnected as stated in the recall. He plans to do so as soon as possible.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #4

Jan 012004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • miles
Tire tread separated. (nar) while driving a piece of the passenger side rear tire tread came off the tire. The tire was replaced with the spare. Next the drivers side rear tire tread separated which caused temporary loss of control. The tire damaged the rear bumper and wheel well. While doing research the consumer came across a recall notice for the tires. The consumer request reimbursement for the price of five new tires, damage and mental anguish. The vehicle transmission also had to be overhauled because it caused the vehicle to vibrate while changing gears. The ignition coil was replaced to alleviate bucking while driving at a steady speed.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 112004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,400 miles
Ignition coiled burned out causing a 30 amp fuse to fail. The car immediately stalled and would not start again due to electronic system shutdown. The car has only 40,000 miles and it and has had all recommended service. The Ford dealership service department who made the repair stated that there were 8 of these ignition coils and they could burn out at any time causing the same failure.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Aug 162002

Expedition

  • miles
Vehicle stalled while driving on highway. Vehicle checked by dealer, who advised consumer that coil pack and plug on one cylinder had a short circuit and failed, causing vehicle to stall. Dealer also advised consumer that this was a common occurrence.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 212002

Expedition

  • miles
While parked on a slight decline, the vehicle shut down. At first I thought I had ran out of gas, but I remembered I had just put in $15 the day before. Vehicle would not start after three (3) attempts. A gentleman suggested I let it roll down the incline, to a flat surface, and to try again. I attempted to start the vehicle again and after two (2) more attempts, it started.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

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