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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,667 miles

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2004 Ford Expedition body / paint problems

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2004 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 172007

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


Black plastic trim molding on doors of 2004 Ford Expedition are fading. All of them on the road of this vintage have the same defect.

- Lino Lakes, MN, USA

problem #2

Feb 252005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the radio light has been illuminating intermittently for the past year. Currently, it has turned completely off and the odometer light illuminates intermittently every other day. The contact stated that during the entire winter season, when she would close the two passenger doors, they would pop back open. Since the weather has warmed up, the doors are closing and staying closed more often. She also stated that the check engine light illuminates and was told that this was due to the fuel injection. The VIN and engine size were unknown. The current mileage is 113,000 and failure mileage was 70,000.

- Sultan, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 152005

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
My letter to paoli Ford to: Paoli Ford 3/18/06 attn. General manager re: 2004 E.B. Expedition purchased 3/04 problems: Door rattles, brake failure no Ford product to date has required as many service calls as this 2004 Expedition. The door rattles have never been totally fixed after7 attempts. I believe that there is a design flaw in the advance trac system that has caused a brake failure on two occasions. I do not intent to wait around for a third time. Last summer, I was traveling at approximately 50 M.P.H. when approaching a light in heavy traffic. The brakes failed. The pedal pulsated as if I was on ice, but the pavement was perfectly dry. I avoided a massive rear end collision by taking evasive action, and driving over a berm. The brakes acted as if they had about 10 % of their stopping power. When I called the service department at paoli Ford, they suggested I restart the vehicle and turn off the advanced trac button. This did restore the brakes. I dropped the truck off and they replaced some yaw sensor parts under warranty, and declared it safe to drive. This same brake failure has now happened again! the message center indicated 2 advtrac faults, but the service department says that the fault codes scrolled off the system by the time they were able to test it. They suggested that I drive it until the brakes fail again. I will not subject my family to the danger of this situation again! I do not intent to wait around for the next time the brakes fail. Ford has designed their traction control system to remove braking power when there is a potential rollover. However, when there is a problem with the yaw sensor, it can remove the braking power while traveling straight on a dry road. Ford has eliminated rollover lawsuits, but caused a brake failure in the process.

- West Chester, PA, USA

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