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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,339 miles

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #12

May 282009

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. The vehicle has Continental Contitrac TR tires, size P265/70 R17. While driving 65 mph, the contact heard a loud noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. From the driver's side rearview mirror, he noticed a large portion of the rear driver's side tire separating. The contact pulled the vehicle off the road and noticed the tread of the tire in the middle of the roadway. Roadside assistance arrived and replaced the tire. The contact called the manufacturer of the tires and is waiting on some paperwork. He believes that a recall should be issued. The failure mileage was 126,000. Updated 07/28/09 updated 07/30/09.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 052006

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Three of the four original tires on my 2003 Ford Expedition have had a tread separation failure. The first occurred June 2006 at approximately 36,000 miles. This tire was replaced pro rata at the Ford dealership. The second occurred fall of 2007 at 48,000 miles and was also replaced pro rata at the dealership. Now a 3rd tire has failed, Feb 2008 at approximately 52,000 miles.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #10

Dec 132007

(reported on)

Expedition 8-cyl

  • miles
2003 Ford Expedition with tire failure. Consumer states that he saw a piece of his tire bounce off the pavement behind his vehicle. The tread had separated from the rest of the tire. Pictures attached. The consumer stated the tire was still inflated. As the consumer continued to drive, the rest of the tread came off and blew out which caused damaged to the vehicle. The consumer stated the tire had a slow leak because of a nail and was repaired 1 year ago, and there had been no problems until this incident. ( Continental conti trac tires).

- Big Spring, TX, USA

problem #9

Jul 012007

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. The vehicle has Continental Contitrac tires, size LT275/65R18. While driving 65 mph, the contact heard a loud noise. The contact looked in the rear view mirror and noticed that the tread separated from the passenger side rear tire. He attempted to drive to a fuel station when the tire completely blew out. The failure bent the fender of the vehicle. The tire has since been repaired. The dot number was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 40,000.

- Big Spring, TX, USA

problem #8

May 032007

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. While driving approximately 50 mph in dry conditions, both rear tires lost their tread. The contact was able to avoid a crash, but the vehicle sustained damage from the tread separation. The tire shop stated that the failure was normal. On June 5, 2007, the contact experienced the same tire failure with the rear replacement tires. The driving speed and road conditions were also the same. The tires were Continental Contitrac aw (P27560R17), which were recalled under notice # 02T012000 (tires:tread/belt) on November 21, 2005. The contact has pictures along with the tire to send. The current and failure mileages were 50,000. The consumer provided a copy of the estimate for repairs, multiple pictures of the problematic tires, and also a copy of the recall for pertaining to the defect of the tires. Updated 08/06/07

- Yulee, FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 132007

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
On March 13, 2007, our 2003 Ford Expedition had a tread separation tire failure. We were pulling a travel trailer and both vehicles rolled over twice. The tires were original equipment Continental tires. Two of the four passengers were injured enough to require emergency room treatment. One was airlifted to the hospital, the other driven to the hospital. Both were treated nad released the same day. Continental tires are dangerous and should not have been on this vehicle based on the tire recalls that have occurrred. I was unaware of any safety problems with Continental tires.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #6

Nov 232006

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,070 miles


Ford Expedition 2003 XLT, 53700 miles, Continental Contitrac SUV tires, tread separation on left rear tire, damage to the wheel well area, replaced all 5 orig. Tires with Michelin tires for about $10.00, kept all tires. Managed to stop car before roll over. No recall received from Ford. What should I do?

- Del Rio, TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 202005

Expedition 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated the driver's side rear tire came apart on the tread. This happened while driving on the interstate at 70 mph. It pulled off the bottom part of the truck, and did damage to the bumper and paint damage to the door. The vehicle was pulled over and a mechanic had to be called to change the tire. The tire still had air, just the tread was coming off. The tire was taken to the dealership, but they state it was not covered under the warranty.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #4

May 132005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
Only one of 4 original equipment tires on a 2003 Ford Expedition had execssive and unsafe wear ( feathering) on the inside tread of a tire after 23,000 miles. The tires were rotated every 4000 miles. Manufacturer refused to adjust the tire. Ford refused to adjust the tire. Photos avaialable upon request.

- Hiram, GA, USA

problem #3

Apr 252005

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tread separation of low mileage Continental TR 265/70/ 17 SUV tires- no accident occured, problem noted by Ford service dept during servicing.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #2

Apr 202005

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
Since we have owned this 2003 Expedition we have had the windshield replaced due to noise and loose stripping, then, the contracting person put in the wrong years windshield. The emissions canister was cracked and was replaced. The muffler would pop after turning off the engine, but couldn't be fixed until verified by Ford. I waited for 3-4 hours one day with 3 children while they let my car run and shut off. We finally called ahead, and had them wait outside on us until we killed the engine to hear it pop. It was a poor muffler weld and was repaired. The side molding rattled badly, and was terribly faded, and that was replaced. The door gets a lot of wind noise, and a whistle in the window. They said window passed the dollar bill test and was fine but it still whistles. They, put a clear strip along inside of door to help noise. It doesn't. then, the rear Continental tire had such horrible, uneven wear, it was extremely dangerous. Bought new tires for $600. Then rear differential malfunctioned, and would make a grinding on turning left or right. They fixed that in March 2005, and it just started doing it again. Now, there is a strange noise when revving the engine to drive coming from under the hood. It is going in tomorrow for the noise and the rear differential. On top of all the repairs, we have had a squeaky brake issue. Also, they have said they were good. They just get a lot of brake dust, just sand them. Our side windows shimmies all the time. ! I did invest in an extended warranty!.

- Ellsworth Afb, SD, USA

problem #1

Nov 242004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I bought a 2003 Ford Expedition. I have been having problems w/ the ride, only to be told by the dealer that the only fix is to replace all of the tires. I only have 20000 miles (almost all highway) on the tires, with good tread depth. According to the technician "they've had tons of problems" with the Continental Contitrac SUV tires. If this is the case, why isn't there a recall? this vehicle is very hard to steer with the tire problem, and it shouldn't be the consumer that pays for these flaws.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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