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1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,807 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.

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2003 Ford Expedition drivetrain problems

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 262015

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 255,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Transmission slipping @ 30-50 mph.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #10

Sep 092014

Expedition

  • 120,880 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the vehicle jerked violently and stalled intermittently on several occasions. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after several attempts. An independent mechanic stated that the coil springs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,880.

- Bakersville, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 072014

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
My 03 Ford Expedition started cutting off every time U put it N drive unless U keep the gas pushed a little this is happening every time U put it in gear.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #8

Aug 262013

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle shifted into neutral independently and began to roll away. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 90,000. Updated 10/29/13

- New Era , MI, USA

problem #7

Apr 092013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • miles
I was on interstate 95 southbound when I heard a loud boom followed by a flapping sound I pulled onto the shoulder to see what happend when I noticed gas coming from the area where the spark plug was at I shut the car off and called for a tow.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 032013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Ford Expedition 5.4L V8 shudders and stalls at low RPM in drive and in reverse. This truck only has 49,000 miles and it is likely to be a failed torque converter or transmission which can cost over $2,000 to repair. It drives mostly normal when od is disabled, but the issue does not go away.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #5

Mar 032013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 49,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Ford Expedition 5.4L V8 shudders and stalls at low RPM in drive and in reverse. This truck only has 49,000 miles and it is likely to be a failed torque converter or transmission which can cost over $2,000 to repair. It drives mostly normal when od is disabled, but the issue does not go away.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #4

Jun 112009

Expedition 4WD

  • 79,000 miles
My wife and I own a 2003 Ford Expedition XLT 4WD since 2004. Every since we owned this vehicle we have had problems from the rear lsd being replaces twice, the electrical harness replacement, all power locks replaced (due to coming open by themselves), and recently the two coil packs blowing out of the motor. We spent over a thousand dollars to get vehicle to pass smog due to outrageous spark plug prices along with labor cost of $400. I am fed up with Ford and want everyone to know how their quality is so sub-standard. This vehicle has been in the shop around 6-7 times and I have to worry every time I drive it. Please issue a recall on the spark plug issue as Ford agrees it is a defect, they will not take responsibility for their shabby work- [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #3

May 032009

Expedition

  • 80,000 miles
We you make a turn you her a noise from the rear end.

- Drummonds , TN, USA

problem #2

Jul 092006

Expedition

  • 53,000 miles
I have a rubbing / grinding noise coming from my rear end on my 2003 Ford Expedition. And as I look on the internet there are 100's of people that are complaining about the same problem. This has to be a known issue with Ford and they aren't standing behind there product.

- Hyattesville, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 082003

(reported on)

Expedition 8-cyl

  • miles
There is a rattling noise in passenger side door. And at time it is hard to close. When the vehicle reached 43 mph a humming noise could be heard. The humming continued when the vehicle reached 59-72 mph. The technicians replaced the drive shaft twice but the noise continued. There was a roaring noise which came from the wheel area. The dealer adjusted the park brake shoes. The was noise the steering wheel was turn right or left. The technician added a wheel additive. The passenger door was difficult to close. The dealer adjusted the striker. The front windshield weather strip was loose. The dealer resealed it. The was rattling in the center of the dash. The dealer removed and reinstalled a cluster and reinstalled the insulation. The driver side seat belt twisted.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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