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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
134,846 miles

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2001 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 282016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition. After starting the vehicle, the contact smelled a burning odor under the hood. The contact looked under the hood and noticed that the engine compartment was on fire. The contact extinguished the fire. A fire report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V017000 (vehicle speed control) after the fire, but the dealer denied the repair. The failure mileage was unknown.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 042007


  • 141,000 miles
June 2007 while driving to Mexico for family vacation, a spark plug blew out of the engine in gila bend Arizona where the temperatures were close to 110 degrees. I had our dog with us so we could not go into any air conditioned buildings due to having a dog. My 8 and 10 year old boys along with my elderly mother were forced to sit outside and wait for hours until help arrived. It blew while driving on the highway. May 2015 same thing happened but this time we were heading to a family reunion camping trip and had to cancel as our vehicle would not get us there. It blew while driving on the highway. 141000 miles on the vehicle. Oct 2015, the third spark plug blew while my son was driving 25mph to school. He had to miss school that day as he had no way to get there. 187000 miles on the vehicle. This must be a defect that Ford Corp will not recognize as their fault but is common that it must be! 197000 miles on the vehicle.

- Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

problem #11

May 102015


  • 240,000 miles
I have owned this vehicle since 2012. I have had three plug to pop/ blow out, since I've owned. 1st time- was 9/2012. Was driving and heard a pop, was in motion, engine light flashed and had to be towed. 2nd time-was 6/2014 was on a mountain road, in motion and light came on heard a pop, vehicle lost power, was scary though I was going to wreck, due to lost of power. 3rd time-05/2015, was in town, coming back from the store in traffic, was in motion, it popped then died, ( light didn't come on this time)almost got hit in the rear end, due to lost of power. I cranked the vehicle and it sounded horrible. When I cranked it again I let it roll on it's own to down the hill to gas station to get it off the road, got it towed home. This is an issue Ford knows of, please get them to address and fixed. It soon. This is sold as a family vehicle and we shouldn't have to loose any family to get this addressed and fixed.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #10

Apr 092015


  • 187,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the brake lights failed to function. In addition, the check engine and the oil pressure warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the bulbs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 187,000.

- Prosper, TX, USA

problem #9

Jun 222012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • miles
This has become a serious issue. Granted we bought the Expedition used 3 years ago, but having the plugs blow out 4 times (4 different plugs) and now having to get into the head to fix the first one that the shop replaced with a helix-coil....the helix-coil actually shattered! sending bits of it into our engine. The shop wanted $2300 to fix it this time. Seriously? with all of the miles on it now it is just barely the appraisal value of the truck's worth. We have seen many reports of this happening to our type of engine. When you have an aluminum head and only 3 threads per spark just doesn't work. Thankfully we have never caught fire due to the issue and have been lucky enough to get it to a shop. But at the same time we have had to borrow money or use money that needed to go to other bills to pay for it. Ford needs to fix this! when you pay more for repairs then the actual value of the vehicle....there is something seriously wrong!

- Springfield, OR, USA

problem #8

Sep 072012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
This is the 2nd time a spark plug blew, stripping the threads again. Ford really needs to do a recall. All you have to do is google Ford blown spark plug its the first thing that comes up.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #7

Nov 032013


  • 212,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that there was an excessive water leak. Upon inspection, it was found that the intake was fractured. The vehicle was repaired by the contact. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 212,000.

- Hurbert, OK, USA

problem #6

Aug 142013


  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition. The contact stated while driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 129,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- Pine, AZ, USA

problem #5

Aug 282013


  • 103,000 miles
I started my truck and there was a very loud knocking noise, my husband looked under the hood and noticed I blew a sparkplug right out of the engine head and also broke a coil.

- Somersworth, NH, USA

problem #4

Jun 282013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
Approximately 15-20 minutes after I got home from work my 2001 Ford Expedition catches on fire. We, my wife and 3 kids here a loud pressure sound go off outside. Not sure what was going on, we run to the front door and as my wife opens the doors she screams that the house is on fire. We run back inside, she calls 911 and I take kids safely through the back yard. I got back inside the house and open the garage door and find the entire one car garage filled with smoke. Luckily, neighbors grab the hose and one a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. The flame reached the garage door and frame including gutters and roof tiles. Thankfully to the neighbors the entire house did not catch on firm said, the local fire department when they arrive at the scene. The loud pressure sound we heard was the driver side tire blow out. Apparently, the fire had started several minutes prior to us heading the sound. Considering the garage was filled with thick dark smoke, it may have been approximately 5-10 minutes since the fire started. It was the scariest moment our lives. Ever since our family has never been the same, any little sound we hear outside we're alerted.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 012012


  • 207,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the vehicle made a popping noise, jerked and began to lose acceleration power while driving at an unknown speed. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and a diagnostic was performed, which determined the failure to be a spark plug that separated from the thread. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 207,000 and the current mileage was 218,000.

- Bradenton , FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
The spark plug blew out of the motor and it can not be put back in to the motor.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012012


  • miles
Vehicle was havin jerkin issues and check engine light was on, took to shop and it was about to blow out the spark plug, I was lucky and caught it and got it replaced but I have done research and seen that many others haven't been and that this is an ongoing issue. My next problem was acceleration, the gas pedal accelerated and cause me to crash into another vehicle and the vehicle fled the scene, there was no major injuries but 4 kids were in the vehicle and are now scared to even ride with me. Mental stress is a major injury in my concern cause it hurts my heart to know my own children are scared that I wont protect them. My third problem is that just yesterday we parked on the side of the side of the road and the vehicle died and wont start, talked to mechanics and they say 01 Ford have this problem, we now have a broke down vehicle and not too sure what the defect has caused more problems to be worse. Due to the defect now the starter solenoid is out and we are unsure if possibly even the fuel pump. Ford knows of all these complaints from other owners and has done nothing. Just in my family I have 2 others that have the same vehicle and have had the same problems, why is it that Ford is not doing anything about these defects that can cause major accidents and injuries"?"

- Anahuac, TX, USA

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