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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,170 miles

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2004 Ford Expedition transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 012007

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


- the contact owns a 2004 Ford Expedition. While parking the vehicle the gear shift sheared off from the steering column. No excessive force was applied to the gear shift while attempting to shift from reverse position to park. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, and they informed him of the repair cost. The contact stated that there was a defect in the gear shift. The contact stated that the dealer indicated that the steering column needed to be replaced.

- Agusta, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012006

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,500 miles
When the vehicle is placed in "park", the gear shift position lever will move to the "P" position, but the gear shift position indicator stops at "N" or "R". the car will turn off and the keys can be removed as normal. This has happened many times over the past two months. The vehicle is at the dealer now for the second attempt at repairing this situation.

- Bolling Afb, DC, USA

problem #3

Aug 192005

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
2004 Ford Expedition - the gear shift indicator does not shift when put into gear. It has been doing this off and on for the past three months. Took the vehicle to the dealer to have it looked at and made an the appointment to have it repaired, the gear shift indicator was not in the proper gear when the consumer brought vehicle back for the appointment, it was working properly. Therefore, it was not repaired at that time. Currently, it is happened again. It has been in the wrong gear for about two weeks. The vehicle is still under warranty. The gear shift indicator failed at least 100 times.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #2

Jul 252005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,350 miles
July 25, 2005 my 2004 Ford Expedition automatic transmission lever failed. It will not move past the "reverse" setting, yet it will go into park. The transmission functions properly as far as I know. I am to take into dealership tommorrow. My mileage is about 13,500.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #1

Oct 032004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
My car would not go into reverse and lost full speed pressure on the highway, nearly causing a very bad accident.

- St Louis , MO, USA

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