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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,273 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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 092004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,493 miles


The drivers side tie rod has broken twice. Both times was without warning. The dealer has fixed it once and now it is back to the dealer for the second time for same problem. The manufacturer took information from the consumer, but she has not heard back from them. Passenger side rear window does not go down from master switch. Door ajar light does not go off. Left front ball joint separated, then vehicle hit sign. Lower control arm broken, upper ball joint bad, spindle broken sway bar link broken, cv boot torn and axle pulled out of front differential. Tie rod end on left side broken and vacuum hub cracked on spindle and tire and rim damaged. Also fender liner ripped out. Spindle, upper control arm, lower control arm, cv boot replaced. Clip for axle vacuum hub and wheel and tire, removed front differential to reinstall, axle and clip replaced wheel and tire and performed alignment. Damage to hood when knuckle split.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 272004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,600 miles
Rear axle repaired 3 times, problem persists.

- Hollister, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 282003


  • miles
My 2003 Expedition has had the rear differential fail twice in less than five months. The first time with 1668 miles on it, the failure resulted in the total loss of my 22 foot travel trailer. The second time it failed the vehicle had 5142 miles on it!

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 252003

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Grinding noise in the rear axle when turning left or right after vehicle has set overnight or for a long enough period so axle components cool down to ambient temperature. I have had vehicle in for service 4 times and it spent almost 3 weeks in the shop. Problemseemed to be fixed after last visit, but noise has reappeared again. Sounds worse. Vehicle will now be going in for the fifth time for the same problem. There is something wrong, but I cannot get Ford to admit anything.

- Greer, SC, USA

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