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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
82,773 miles
Total Complaints:
39 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (27 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 (1 reports)
2003 Ford Expedition electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Aug 062012

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,422 miles


About two months ago, my door ajar MSG was on, as we're the dome lights. Good news is that the dome lights go off about 15 seconds after being put into drive, or after 20 mins after getting out. I noticed other posters said this problem drained their battery, but this failsafe should avoid that situation unless that is not working or the battery is very weak. Spraying WD-40 into the mechanism has not worked and I will have to check a couple of other things I found on this site that resolved the problem. I was surprised to hear from some that it happens when it rains, my truck has never been garaged, and the problem started after 9 years. Sorry to say but I believe we have had worse problems with older cars especially cars American cars in the early 80's. As I said my truck is 9 years old, i bought it new in 03, except for gas mileage I love my Expedition.

- , Cumming, GA, USA

problem #38

Jan 022013

Expedition Eddie Bauer XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

This is VERY annoying. The door ajar and dome lights stay on when the car is started and dome lights will go off after driving for awhile. The door ajar "alarm" continues to go off while driving and sometimes causing the interior lights to come on. There seems to be no way to get it to stop going off. 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. I love the options that my expedition has to offer, however these two issues are making my not want to drive.

- , Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #37

Jan 092012

Expedition LX 4.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 169,000 miles

Always try WD-40 in the door mechanism first. WE suffered with this problem for a long time because of the expected cost to repair it. I found the solution on car complaints and it fixed the problem instantly.

- , Marietta, Georgia, USA

problem #36

Nov 252004

Expedition XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles


The door ajar notice and interior lights have been coming on since a month after I purchased this truck. Ford "fixed" the problem three times while I was still under warranty by changing sensors and latches but problem always returned. After warranty was up had problem "fixed" two more times, neither lasted more than a few weeks/months. I've now had my truck for 8 years and have just grown accustomed to never having my panel lights on. It's ridiculous (with all the complaints I've seen on here and elsewhere) that Ford refuses to admit there is a problem with this vehicle. (my transmission had to be totally rebuilt at 22000 miles also but that's a whole separate story...but at least that "stayed fixed") :) Any tips would be appreciated. Truck only has 55000 miles on it (2003) and I have no plans to get rid of it but I would love to get rid of this annoying problem!

- , North Bergen, New Jersey, USA

problem #35

Jun 302006

Expedition LX 4.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I've had this problem since i bought the truck. been to shop 2 times already and had it fixed. and the repair only lasts a couple months. I've replaced every sensor this past summer and the lights are still on. its a pain to drive with no dash lights, cuz the dome light don't go off. my last resort is gonna be to take it back to ford again for the 3rd time. my boyfriend is a mechanic and he hasn't been able to fix it either. I'm ready to junk the truck and eat whats owed on it and go buy a chevy pick up. I'm bout done with fords forever.

- , Gages Lake, IL, USA

problem #34

Dec 302011

Expedition EddieBouer 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

I bought this truck last knight. I knew the door ajar light was on, but thought it was just something stupid. Then found out after dark, the dome lights wouldn't turn off. So then I figured the door ajar light had something to do with the dome lights. Then when I turned the truck off, the radio turned instead of turning off when the door opened. That told me it was a sensor. So I got a can of WD-40 (PT Blaster) and sprayed all of the latches. As I was doing that, I found 2 of the doors were missing the rubber stops. I had some laying around in my tool box( I don't know why) but I replaced them. And that seemed to take care of it. After looking around the WWW, I see this has helped other as well.

- , South Bend, IN, USA

problem #33

Jun 012010

Expedition XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


I have had nothing but problems electrically with this 2003 Expedition, which I bought new. Worst vehicle I have ever owned! Will never purchase another Ford based on my experiences with this vehicle.

- , Groton, Connecticut, USA

problem #32

Aug 022011

Expedition 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 172,500 miles

This problem is so annoying. I have spent many nights sitting in my truck(which I love) trying to figure out how to get this light to go off. Thanks to another customer's complaints I now know what to do to fix it ...but every time it rains... come on Ford, recall it and help us out. We love our trucks but not this problem.

- , Pensacola, Florida, USA

problem #31

Feb 132011

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

we found that our door ajar light and dome lights would not go off on a rain day... what we did to find out where our problem was check the locking mechanisms on the door and it was stuck in the open position... my husband pushed it up and it went off... it wasn't a big deal and we will get it checked out... I wish that ford had a recall for it so we wouldn't have to worry about it on rainy days....we are really happy with our vehicle at this point... it is everything we need and more!!

- , Oak Harbor, Washington, USA

problem #30

Jul 022009

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

First - your Ford Service should be able to tell you which door is the culprit. If yours can't, find one who can. Mine said it was the right REAR door, when all along I was convinced it was the right front.

Second, check to see if all the little black rubber bumpers on the door jambs are in place. That appears to be my problem. My door ajar light started coming on 2 years ago. I tried slamming, I tried WD-40, and finally I changed the sensors on both front doors. The warning and chime still came on until I got the above diagnosis, and I noticed that one of the little cone-shaped bumpers for my right rear door was missing. Once I replaced that in a couple of minutes (for an outrageous $5 plus tax!), the problem stopped.

Third, the design of the door ajar sensor on the 2003 Expedition is criminal. It's a metal plunger in a switch whose circuit is open when the door is properly closed, and closed if not - sending the warning signal. The plunger is pushed down by the bottom of the "C" shaped door latch as it rotates around the striker on the door jamb. If the door latch hasn't rotated far enough because the door is really ajar, the warning sounds. It also sounds 1) if the door is not held tight by pressing against the aforementioned bumpers or 2) if the metal plunger has worn a groove in the bottom of the door latch, preventing the latch from pressing down enough on the plunger. Because the sensor is mounted below the latch inside the door, it's unlikely that WD-40 will reach it and do any good. However, a new bumper fixes 1), and a new latch (not sensor) will fix 2). It's less likely that the plunger will get stuck in the up position and stay that way if the door handle is worked vigorously. However, if this is the case, a new sensor is needed.

- , Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #29

Oct 102009

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Interior dome lights and chimes would go off intermittently. Extremely annoying and distractful having dome lights pop on and off along with chimes doing the same.

- , Antioch, CA, USA

problem #28

Jul 012009

Expedition ELT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

I too have the Door Ajar problem. Passenger Front door is the worst when there is humidity, The WD40 has helped but I have also found water inside the door after heavy rain that may also be contributing to the issue. I have pulled the rubber plug at the bottom of the door and drained as little as a quart and as much as a gallon from the door.

- , Memphis, TN, USA

problem #27

Sep 012010

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

The interior lights come on and will not go off until hitting the reset switch

- , Swansea, SC, USA

problem #26

Sep 102009

Expedition XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

If you go to the local Ford dealer they will be able to look up the part and show you it on the computer. You do have to remove the door panel on the inside to get to the latch and the switch. The electrical connection if i remember correctly is a twist on connection. Fixed the problem! the part at my cost was about $20.00. It was on the Right front door.

- , Brentwood, TN, USA

problem #25

Jun 182008

Expedition Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

The info system on the dash constantly says door ajar! However, none of the doors are ajar. When we took it in to be fixed they could not find the problem and the car was acting fine. There have been many other electrical problem since: interior lights staying on for hours, side view mirrors moving every time the doors are unlocked, side view mirrors not moving at all, sun roof leaking, driver side map light working occasionally, etc. Why won't ford recall ?

- , Columbia, SC, USA

problem #24

Apr 012010

Expedition Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

It's annoying my sensors and lights go off for no reason

- , San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #23

Mar 012010

Expedition 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles


- , Chula Vista, CA, USA

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

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