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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
86,772 miles
Total Complaints:
42 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (29 reports)
  2. spray WD-40 in the lock mechanism on the door (3 reports)
  3. check locking mechanism on the door move it down (2 reports)
  4. it was the door jam on the passenger side (2 reports)
  5. replace passenger sensor!! (2 reports)
  6. replace the door ajar switch inside door at latch (2 reports)
2003 Ford Expedition accessories - interior problems

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

May 022010

Expedition XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


The door Ajar started just after the rainy session in May 2010. My alarm started to go off and the lights where on, like someone had open a door. The way i found out it was the one of the front doors, the radio use to stay on for a few minutes after the SUV was turned off. Now every thing turns. After a few minutes the lights turned off while the SUV was running. I open the Drivers doors and the lights came on. Then i open the passenger side and the lights did not come on. Makes me to believe it the front passenger side with the issue.

Update from Jun 3, 2010: I sprayed WD40 and blow high pressure air all around the door latch once a day for 5 days. At the 5th day, the door ajar light started to come and go more aften. Two days later it seemed to have fixed the issue.

- , Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #21

May 012010

Expedition 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I have seen the door ajar light on in the past but a couple seconds it would turn off. We used to go all around everyone opening and slamming the doors to try and see if it would go off. It would take a couple seconds then it would go off. On May 1,2010 we had severe weather and lots of rain. When I started my truck up the door ajar light was on again! We went around the truck opening and closing doors and checking the hatch. So I went ahead and drove,the doors didn't lock automatically. When I tried to turn the alarm on the lights remained on! So irritating I don't have extra money to get this fixed! Can someone out there help! I will try the WD-40 and pray it works! I was amazed to see so many other people have this horrible problem!

- , Horn Lake, MS, USA

problem #20

Jan 012010

Expedition Xlt Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Lights remain on inside the vehicle while driving. Cannot lock doors otherwise alarm goes off every few minutes. Problem is very irritating especially when hearing the problem during the night, during working hours or in recreation areas. Can't feel safe leaving my car unattended since the doors are unlocked. Help! Need a solution. Please advise...

- , Riverside, CA, USA

problem #19

Sep 052006

Expedition XLT 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


well first thing everyone, when we got this 2003 expedition it was beautiful. my wife loved it, the kids loved it, I loved it. but a month passed. and the door ajar light came on. we took it back and they said it was fixed. we paid 245.00 dollars & two months passed and it did it again took it back& the guy told us everything working fine. but we can't get it to come off so he said we would give u a call. never happenned. its been over five years now and its still on but let me say this to everyone - whats going to happen next if your truck burns a lot of gas u have a big problem like do now. the codes for my problem are p0420 p2196 p2198 and all four 02 sensor are gone. the 2003 ford expedition should be put at the bottom of a lake. ford should do something about this problem. I would never buy ford again. never. and the bad part is ford knows this is going on and they don't care.

- , Boston, MA, USA

problem #18

Oct 292009

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Just bought ours today and discovered the problem tonight! Can't believe it!

If there's a fix - please share.

- , Doniphan, NE, USA

problem #17

Oct 152003

Expedition EB 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

This has been an ongoing problem with this SUV. I've taken it in to be fixed, and they always want to replace sensors and latches - nothing ever works so don't waste your money. The problem will keep coming back. It makes me sick that this vehicle that was $45K new is now worth nothing as a trade-in. We're forced to keep it to get our money out of it. The only reason we bought this over the competition was for the power 3rd row seats. We're paying for those seats now!!

- , McKinney, TX, USA

problem #16

May 252009

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


This is determinately annoying. Door ajar and dome lights stay on however dome lights will go off after a while. Electric door locks does not lock like there supposed to when driving. Both driver side and passenger side mirrors malfunction when you put the car in reverse they do not return to the original setting. Cannot adjust setting from inside the car i have to manually move the mirrors. This was repaired once in 2005 in California by Ford. Tried the WD 40 but did not help. Always bought Ford products and have no other compliant about the Expedition but think my 2002 Chevy has had less problems.

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #15

Feb 112009

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,239 miles

From the very first night that I brought my vehicle home, lights stayed on, both the puddle lamps as well as interior lights. The horn honked twice when locking it, indicating that there is a problem with the vehicle or indicating that a door is ajar. I came back out the next day and the battery was dead. I was furious. It has only happened a few times, but for the most part, it is working ok now. Apparently, it might have come from no one riding on the passenger side for quite some time, but now that I have my girlfriend using the side door, it seems to have the sensor working properly now. But yes, it is a pain in the ass!

- , Tampa, Floridaa, USA

problem #14

Jul 212008

Expedition XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

i scene this truck and fell in looovvve with it. i felt like im big and badazz driving it. not even 30 days after getting it the dorr ajar starting going off and the lights going off and on. i am embarrassed to drive it now. i feel like people are looking at me like i stole it

- , Columbia, Mo./boone, USA

problem #13

Jun 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

This just about DROVE ME NUTS!!!! It would beep all the time!! Nothing on my dash worked right. The interior lights stayed on... I would have to turn them off myself!! What a PAIN!!!! Took forever to figure out what it could REALLY BE! The WD40 thing-- DID NOT WORK for me!!! I had to replace the door jam button to fix the problem!

- , Speedwell, TN, USA

problem #12

Nov 012008

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,500 miles


Door ajar message repeatedly comes on as well as interior lights. When malfunctioning, can happen every few seconds. Constantly beeping! Took to goodyear shop and they say that the door switches are working correctly. Says that they believe that it is the data module may be malfunctioning and the only ones with the computer to verify is the dealer. Will update after I get bent over.

P.S. I'm in Florida, if it was a humidity problem I would have had it long before.

- , Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #11

Sep 092007

Expedition Eddie Bower 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

We got this car with in the summer of 2004 as a family car for my wife. I am more of a Chevy guy, but this is what she wanted. Every car has its small problems and this one is no different. It started small with a coil pack going out. Then the factory tires seamed to go way to soon. Even with regular rotating and balancing I could not get good life out of them. The brake dust is just a Ford thing in my opinion. After that, it was the rear dvd that quit working. I did not have it looked at, and about 3 months later the entire radio just stopped working. I was told by a local dealer that they do that and I would need a new one. I purchased an aftermarket unit for less money and in my mind got something not prone to problems. After that it was the door ajar and that constant BEEPING! That was it. I hate this thing. No one can tell me how to fix it. If I pull the fuse to make it stop, he hole dash shuts down. In my mind this thing sucks. My 92 Chevy has fewer problems and has almost 200,000 miles on it. I hope that I can avoid Ford vehicles for the rest of my life.

- , Covington, GA, USA

problem #10

Aug 142008

Expedition XLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

Have had this problem for a while now. It FINALLY has ran the battery down so I started a web search to find a solution. Put the charger on this morning, sprayed all the latches with WD40. When I pulled into the drive tonight after work... all dome lights and mirror lights still glowing brightly!!! ARGHHH! I hate this crap! Why hasn't Ford issued a service bulletin or recall on these switches?

- , Southaven, MS, USA

problem #9

Jul 162005

Expedition EB 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

When the courtesy lights interfere while driving at night a temporary fix has been to shut off the interior lights with the dash mounted switch.

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 182006

Expedition 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

Haven't tried the WD-40 yet but I certainly will. As for the high humidity... I live in the Calif. desert... we have no humidity. My problem has progressed to the interior and security lighting staying on at all times (and the "door ajar" light) Hope this is not something you will see in the future.

- , Pinon Hills, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 012007

Expedition XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I've tried spraying WD on all contacts, Sometimes simply walking around the truck and opening and closing all the doors, and the rear hatch window, while the drivers window is open has made the problem go away for a day or two. I thought that the problem was the rear hatch (we use it constantly to move our dogs) but now it seems too random. Any thoughts would be sincerely appreciated.

- , Beverly, MA, USA

problem #6

Sep 132007

(reported on)

Expedition XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

We also have this same problem with the Door Ajar error. It use to be periodically, but now it's constant. Very annoying.

- , Cedar Grove, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jul 022007

(reported on)

Expedition XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

We also have this same problem with the Door Ajar error periodically when the humidity is high. We have two other friends with the exact same problem.

- , Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #4

Jun 192007

(reported on)

Expedition 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

Problem seems to occur only during periods of high humidity which might explain why the WD40 solution previously mentioned corrects the problem.

- , Loretto, MN, USA

problem #3

Feb 202007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles

My 2003 Expedition drivers door ajar light stays on even when the door is closed. The problem is intermittent but is definitely annoying. I fixed it, at least temporarily, by spraying WD-40 in the locking mechanism on the door. Spray it in, open and close a couple times and the problem goes away.

- , Chesapeake, VA, USA

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