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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 17
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,241 miles

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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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2002 Ford Expedition engine problems

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2002 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Aug 172007

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle caught on fire under hood as a result of vehicle speed control switch. Filing claim for resulting total loss of 2002 Ford Expedition eddie bauer. Please contact for details and engineer report. (reported by ins co).

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #18

Feb 212007

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 63,000 miles
2 - electrical problems the first problem resulted in about $800 worth of repairs - a wire underneath the dash grounded itself on the frame of the automobile. This showed itself by blowing several fuses as well a shutting down the ability to put the car in gear once started. It took several weeks to realize the exact problem. Replacing fuses helped, but blow several days later. Many options such as the power windows, radio, rear wipers, running board lights, interior lights, etc. Would not work. The second instance is even more alarming - the speed control deactivation switch caught fire while in the garage. My wife was at home at the time. She needed something out of the car. When she opened the door to the garage she noticed that the garage was full of smoke. She called 911. The fire department got the car out and extinguished the fire.... we were lucky.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #17

Oct 102006

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
: the contact stated while parked and unattended, there was a fire in the engine compartment. The fire engulfed the entire vehicle. The fire department was called to the scene and a report was taken. The contact was informed the fire began in the area of the vehicle speed control. Pictures were taken, and the manufacturer had not been notified.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #16

Nov 212005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


The contact states there is NHTSA recall campaign 05V388000 concerning the vehicle speed control. The parts needed to repair their vehicle are not available at the local dealership. The contact spoke to the manufacturer, who confirmed the parts were not available at this time.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #15

Nov 012005

Expedition 6-cyl

  • miles
Consumer letter regarding recall notice on 2002 Ford Expedition. Recall campaign# EA05005.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #14

Jun 012003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The caller complained about unwanted vehicle acceleration. This happened regardless of weather conditions and intermittently. Dealer can't find the cause of the problem because they could not duplicate it. Manufacturer said they would note the problem and contact dealer if they found an answer. Caller stated it happened mostly when vehicle was sitting still, like at a light or stop sign. Caller said the problem she read about was the throttle sticking. The consumer states that this could've caused and accident, she was in her driveway and the car lunged forward while her foot was on the brake pedal. Update 4/23/07tr

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #13

Jul 012005

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The consumer states her 2002 Ford Expedition the vehicle lunges forward. Her husband was at a stop light and with his foot on the brake it lunged forward. Her son picked her up in the vehicle today, with his foot on the brake it lunged forward while she was trying to get in the vehicle. Then it happened again at a stop light and they almost hit the vehicle in front of them. At that point, she called her husband and he told her it has occurred a couple of times to him. The dealership did not have any information as to why this happened. The dealership where they purchased the vehicle stated Ford is not responsible for that problem. The problem started a couple weeks ago, not definite.

- Brighton, IL, USA

problem #12

Nov 192004

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Vehicle was parked and it caught on fire. Owner was notified by nephew that the vehicle was on fire. The fire department was notified, and extinguished the blaze. A report was taken, and the cause was determine dto be the ABS sensor and or the cruise control where the fire originated.

- Galveston, TX, USA

problem #11

Jun 282004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
On at least 3 occasions when applying the brakes my 2002 Expedition accelerated. One of these times I was at a complete stop and saw my rpms jump up to 2000.

- Alexander, AR, USA

problem #10

Mar 262004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Vehicle accelerates by itself while braking during stops. The speed of vehicle is about 2-5 mph and the acceleration comes on without warning. Tachometer jumps to about 1500 RPM. This lasts for 2-3 seconds with engine speed returning to normal. This is an intermitant problem that I nor the dealer can duplicate. They are unable to find the cause. The first time this happened was behind a miata that was stopped at a traffic light and I was approaching from behind when it accelerated and I almost mounted the rear of that car. It pulled through the brakes and jumped forward. This has happened 4 times since bought new in Aug of 2002. It is happening more and more frequently. I have requested a replacement truck thru Ford as well as the franklin square, NY Ford dealer where I bought the car. I have not received and communication from the company or the dealer. The dealership refused to indicate in their paperwork that this vehicle was in safe mechanical condition. This is a severe safety problem and need your assistance forthwith.

- Glen Cove, NY, USA

problem #9

Dec 042003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,165 miles


We purchased our 2002 5.4L Expedition on October 13,2001. On approximately 5 occasions, we have been at a stop with the brake pedal depressed. The engine suddenly accelerated, causing the vehicle to lurch forward requiring you to apply additional pressure to the brake pedal to avoid collision or further unwanted movement of the vehicle. It is very stressful to drive, thinking that it will happen again. We have brought this problem to the attention of our dealer several times. They cannot detect the problem and indicated that there were no similar complaints on file. The last incident occurred on on Dec. 4, 2003. After contacting the customer service department at Ford Motor Company, we requested that the dealer install a flight recorder. I we fear for the safety of ourselves, of our children, and of others. To further aggravate the situation, service staff from our Ford dealer have suggested that it is driver error (suggesting that we are applying pressure to the brake and gas pedal simultaneously. We are certain this is not the case). Please let us know of your findings and any additional steps to take. Thank you.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 282003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,980 miles
SUV will suddenly idles at a very low speed - mostly when coming to a stop or yield. The brakes are applied with much force in effort to keep vehicle from lurching forward into the rear end of another vehicle. Vehicle's engine will then 'die' and I will have to put it in neutral or park to restart. Does not matter what the temperature is. The vehicle does the spiradically about once a week. I'm afraid this will cause an accident in which my 5 year old is precious cargo - daily.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #7

Oct 212003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
While at a complete stop with foot on brake, engine "revs" and lurches forward. This has happened 5 times over the past 2 years. No accidents have occurred. Took vehicle to shop after the 4th time but they found nothing.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #6

Jul 032003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,420 miles
2002 Expedition 5.4L - when braking, vehicle accelerates. Brakes were applied as hard as possible yet the vehicle accelerated against the brakes. This has happened 3 time before. Speed of vehicle ranged from 5 or 10 mph to 50 mph at time of problem. Vehicle has been taken to local dealer but no problem was found. This last time we almost rear ended another vehicle. Appears to occur only when slowing down for a stop. Will take vehicle to dealer yet again.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 022003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While at a busy intersection, the vehicle engine revved and lurched forward requiring extra brake pressure to avoid collision. The rpms were over 1500 at a stop. This is the second incident and the dealer has been contacted.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #4

May 172003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,850 miles
While at a stop vehicle revs up and lurches forward even though you have your foot on the brake. Also while driving the tachometer revs up for about a minute then goes back to normal.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 062003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,500 miles
On several separate occasions the engine has revved upon depression or release of the brakes. This causes the vehicle to lurch forward unexpectedly. The radio also becomes louder as if the speed sensitive volume is affected as well. I have notified the dealer but as they have been unable to duplicate the problem, they have not responded. Please help as I fear that this will eventually cause an accident.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 072002


  • miles
Dealer said the ingnition switch sticking between start and run was the cause of many problems but the safety issue is that the vehicle suddenly lurched when at a stop. Engine raced and much pressure was required on the brake to restop vehicle. If there had been a stopped vehicle in front of me - I would have struck it.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #1

May 292002


  • miles
On four occasions when applying brakes, and just before stopping, engine would surge and suddenly accelerate. Vehicle been to dealer, and dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Katy, TX, USA

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