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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,527 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Ford Expedition brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 012013

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, deceleration became very difficult. The vehicle was examined by an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the brakes lines had rusted. The mechanic also discovered that the rocker panels and frame was rusted. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 150,000. Updated 06/27/14

- Vinton, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 152010


  • 58,900 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition eddie bauer. Upon starting the vehicle he attempted to shift it out of park and the brake pedal depressed to the floor. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where he was informed the brake lines for the front brakes were rusted through. Those brake lines were repaired. The failure has not recurred since but he examined his vehicle and noticed the brake lines for the rear brakes were very rusty. The vehicle was not taken to be examined and has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 58,900. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lake St Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Mar 062008

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 153,208 miles
My 2003 Ford Expedition had a sudden brake failure while my seventeen year old daughter was driving. Luckily she was not hurt when this incident took place. I found the brake reservoir to be completely empty and refilled it immediately. Then I discovered the real problem. The rear factory brake lines were constantly rubbing against the rear springs of the car, thus wearing a hole in the brake line. This resulted in rapid loss of brake fluid, which also led to sudden brake failure. This would obviously be a manufacturers defect and I cant imagine why someone at Ford didn't see such an obvious problem.

- Pelzer, SC, USA

problem #1

Nov 042004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Consumer stated brake line wore out prematurely, and excessive brake dust was produced.

- Spanaway, WA, USA

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