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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,350 miles

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2001 Ford Expedition lights problems

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2001 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 092016


  • miles


The check suspension light is on and I noticed every Expedition in this year range has suspension problems and the wireing sometimes the radio will go off and the lights on dash and speedometer lights will shut off.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #4

May 102014


  • 112,000 miles
Wipers fail, came within inches of major crash several times, due to poor or no visibility from rain or snow because of wipers complete failure. Also, power windows fail, interior lights fail, radio fails, 4 wheel drive fail and it was stated on line that air bag failure is also a problem. Can not drive in rain or snow! when looking up the GEM module part (generic electronic module) it was stated in several online parts sources that the 2001 Ford Expedition had a windshield improperley sealed at the factory on the assembly line. Thus water leaks on the GEM module shorting it out; and it was stated that in several of the same vehicles that their entire fuse box fails which is located directly under the GEM module which is mounted on top of the fuse box causing entire electrical failure. I feel it is the responsibility of Ford to recall these vehicles and fix the problem. It is an assembly line failure, I can not renew my licence due to safety standards until this issue is addressed and Ford corrects the problem.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Aug 012011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 107,750 miles
The multifunction switch is failing when the steering wheel/column is put into a lower position. The left turn signal fails and goes to a rapid pulse unless the steering wheel is in the highest position. This is the exact same issue with the multifunction switch affecting the turn signals on my 2001 eb Expedition that I see all over the internet and as is being addressed in an announced recall for other Ford vehicles. will the recall be extended to other models having the same exact issue" I am also concerned now about possible electrical fires after reading other complaints here. I do not see recalls for these safety issues though. What will it take to get attention on these issues and to get Ford to make the appropriate safety corrections"

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #1

Jan 182008

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
After rain or heavy fog we experienced many electrical issues on our 01 Expedition incl. Horn not working normal, front & rear wipers not working or coming on by themselves, door locks locking/unlocking while driving, interior & exterior lights not working, alarm system going off while SUV was being driven, fan blower on after SUV was turned off, radio working intermittently, etc. The latest occurred 1/16/08 after heavy rains the prior night. SUV wouldn't start in the morning and had to be jumped. It was driven that day with only issue being interior lights coming on themselves. On 1/17/08 SUV wouldn't turn over and again was jumped. There was clicking noise from engine compartment that seemed to be coming from kelsey hayes black box. We immediately took SUV to dealership and asked for tech to witness issue. Tech confirmed noise coming from the K-H ABS module, said problem was probably due to windshield leak into fuse box & GEM module which was sending current to ABS module and also causing interior lights to turn on/off by themselves. On 1/18/08 dealership said tech did pressure test on windshield and it leaked and needed to be resealed. Fuse box and GEM module would also need replaced. Since problems were caused by water leak Ford ext.warranty won't cover repairs. I spoke to srv mgr, who said he would call zone mgr.and get back to me. I called Ford customer relations (crc) to document issues. Called dealership on 1/21/08 and srv. Mgr. Said zone mgr. Said nothing could be done to resolve situation and we were responsible for repairs. Due to ongoing electric issues with SUV we fear other safety features may malfunction compromising our safety. Ford issued ssm 15773 on 4/05/02 to dealerships addressing unusual electrical issues after rain or snow resulting from a windshield water leak. The ssm included actions to be taken in that situation. Our vehicle was back to dealership many times after release of ssm for electrical issues and ssm work was never done.

- Metairie, LA, USA

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