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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,202 miles

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2004 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 112014

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 164,000 miles


While driving on a 3 lane highway where the speed limit is 65, I began my transition to the right lane to exit. We were traveling approximately 60mph. As I began to change lanes the vehicle noticeabley began to accelerate. At first I thought the cruise control had been activated, but when J attempted to stop, the car kept trying to accelerate. As I entered the exit ramp the car did not slow down the way it should have and the brakes did not feel sure. As I was able to come to a safe roll, I placed the car I to neutral at which time the car accelerated violently. I felt for the gas pedal which seemed to to depressed as if the cruise control was on. However, I was stopped. The engine did finally slow to within normal RPM. I was somewhat convinced that something may have been stuck, but soon realized that the gas pedal is hinged from above and not into the floor, nor was there anything on the floor.

- Warwick, NY, USA

problem #12

Jun 012014


  • 72,061 miles
While slowly braking to a stop behind traffic stopped for a red light, the engine suddenly accelerated with my right foot still on the brake pedal. I pressed harder on the brake and when I realized the engine was still revving (at over 3,000 RPM), I put the transmission into neutral and noticed the engine speed erratically bouncing up and down in roughly the 2500 to 3500 RPM range. I still had my right foot firmly pressed on the brake pedal. I finally shut the ignition off and put the transmission into park. I waited a a few seconds and restarted the engine. This entire time I never lifted my right foot off the brake pedal. The engine started and idled at a normal 600 RPM or so. I carefully put it into drive so I could get out of traffic. At each subsequent stop, I would put the transmission into neutral just in case of another incident. I promptly drove straight home which fortunately was only 2 miles away. I checked the floor mat to see if the accelerator pedal could have gotten stuck but there was plenty of clearance. The floor mat is anchored to the floor so doesn't move. This is the first time something like this has happened to this or any other vehicle I've owned or driven.

- Foster City, CA, USA

problem #11

May 112014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Vehicle had a sudden unintended acceleration event which nearly resulted in an accident. This was a very nerve racking experience and I had difficulty stopping the vehicle (despite applying full brakes) as the RPM continued to increase to approx. 5000. On stopping the vehicle I managed to place it in neutral and the engine continued to rev excessively. I turned off the engine. Vehicle was brought to local Ford dealership who confirmed a high rev problem with the electronic throttle control and recommended a "throttle body" replacement.

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #10

Jan 232010


  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Expedition. She smelled plastic burning in her garage; however, she observed flames coming from underneath the hood of her vehicle. The fire department extinguished the fire and the vehicle is in her garage. The vehicle was destroyed and there were major damages to her residence. The dealer was not notified. Her insurance company stated that Ford will be sending out an investigator to determine what caused the fire. There is an incident report from the fire department.there is a recall on Ford vehicles for the cruise control switch but at this moment they don't know if that caused the fire to occur. The failure and current mileages were 79000.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #9

Nov 022009


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Expedition. While entering the drive-way, the vehicle lurched forward without pressing the accelerator pedal. He had to remove the key from the ignition to stop the vehicle. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership. The current and failure mileages were 90000.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #8

Jul 162006

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,060 miles
On three occasions starting 6/21/06, after putting the car into gear (forward twice, reverse once), the engine immediately raced and lurched, and an inordinate amount of pressure had to be applied to the brakes to try to control the car. There were three different drivers each time who will attest to this. The last occasion, my wife was backing into our driveway, stopped, put the care in 'park', and then, after a minute, into reverse again, where it immediately accelerated to a very high rate of speed, smashed into my son's van (totaling it), pushed the van another 15 feet over two trees, where she finally had control of the brake. We are very fortunate that no one was hurt, but I'm very concerned at Ford's response. I took it to springfield Ford, where I purchased the care, and was told that, after a thorough check they could find nothing wrong with the vehicle, and that they even talked to the Ford 'hotline', and that the Ford engineers had 'never heard' of a situation like this. I told the service rep that if he googled 'sudden acceleration' and 'Ford' he might get an education. Needless to say, I have appx $3-4,000 in damages to the Expedition, and the van, a '99 Windstar is beyond repair. I'm sure that by contacting the local dealer, I'll get nowhere, as it's very apparent they either don't believe me; don't care; or are covering up what truly is a serious issue. Thank you for your time and consideration.

- Springfield, PA, USA

problem #7

Jul 062005

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


1998 Ford Expedition caught on fire while the vehicle was parked and the engine was cut off. The consumer believed his Expedition suffered from the same defect in the cruise control deactivation switch as other vehicel's.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 182004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles
On 9-18-04 darrell baldwin, denice baldwin and devin theisen were in 2004 Expedition sitting in driveway preparing to leave for a soccer game. Darrell put the vehicle in drive with the brake firmly applied. The car involuntarily accelerated at high rate until the brakes quit and shot us into our other vehicle parked in the driveway. We veered right trying to miss the truck but was unsuccessful. The car continued across our yard heading toward our neighbors house across the street. During this time the brakes were unable to stop the car and the gear shift wouldn't go into neutral. The path left skid marks down our driveway, across the street and finally in the driveway of our neighbor. This was an extremely unsafe situation. Usually there are children out playing and had this occurred when children were present it could have been a potentially fatal situation! there is a problem that needs to be researched. Ford has taken possession of vehicle for investigation.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #5

May 122004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While the vehicle was parked and running it suddenly accelerated, causing it to collide with another vehicle. It was taken to the dealer for inspection, and problem was not resolved.

- Eaton, CO, USA

problem #4

Apr 192004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
The consumer was pulling out of a parking lot in light rain, made a right turn and the vehicle surged forward and veered into the street. The consumer was standing on the brakes, but the vehicle continued to surge forward. The vehicle hit and scraped a parked vehicle, damaging the right side. The vehicle was finally brought to a stop and taken to the dealer, who examined the vehicle and could not find anything wrong with it.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 172004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles


The vehicle transmission was in the park position while waiting on a slow train. When engaging the transmission into the drive position, after the train had passed, the vehicle uncontrollably fully accelerated on it's own. To avoid a seriously collision with oncoming traffic, the driver turned the vehicle on to the railroad tracks where it came to a stop after damaging two wheels and high centering on the tracks. This is a very dangerous vehicle.

- Sealy, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 142004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,010 miles
On Sunday, 3/14/2004, I was driving my 2004 Ford Expedition on dry pavement when the vehicle began to shake with acceleration (15-20 mph). I checked to be sure there were no flat tires and proceeded. Once the vehicle was up to 45-50 mph I attempted to brake and the vehicle's brakes did not properly respond. The brake pedal began to vibrate and shake but the vehicle did not slow down. I applied the brakes harder and the vehicle came to a slow stop. Once the vehicle stopped a warning buzzer sounded and the vehicles message center stated "check advtrac". the advtrac feature disabled and I was able to drive the vehicle home safely. The next day, (today 3/15/04), I drove the vehicle to the Ford dealership without event. The dealership had no idea what the problem was but stated they would contact Ford and let me know. This event took place on a clear paved dry flat road. Fortunately, there were no other cars in my path of travel. Had there been, a collision would have occurred due to the failure of the braking system. The vehicle has 2014 miles and the VIN is [xxx]. the vehicle was being operated in the "2high" mode. This is a serious system failure related directly to the advtrac system. Update 07/30/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Canandaigua, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 132004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,100 miles
When coming off a ramp and merging into oncoming traffic the accelerator became stuck. The driver had to slam on the brakes and place the transmission into neutral. At 1,470 miles while pulling into the driveway the truck suddenly stopped accelerating and would only go in reverse. The automatic transmission piston had disintegrated.

- North Huntingdon, PA, USA

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