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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,836 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Ford Expedition drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Dec 222009


  • 80,000 miles


Transmission on 2005 Expedition is slipping. When the vehicle is placed into drive and the foot throttle is depressed the vehicle hesitates to move forward, but then jerks forward. Other times it seems like it doesn't want to upshift when driving on the freeway. I must also state that the paint on the tip of the hood and on the tailgate are starting to bubble /blister, the vehicle is only 5 years old and the paint is cared for through polishing and waxing twice a year.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 102009


  • 51,195 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. When he attempted to drive the fail safe mode warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel, and then the vehicle stalled. The throttle also disengaged, which caused the vehicle to drive in neutral gear. He usually has to restart the vehicle to resume normal operation. No repairs were made. The failure mileage was 51,195. The current mileage was 61,000.

- Manorville, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 012009


  • 38,000 miles
While driving with a small child in the car - less than 15mph near a residential area - my 2005 Ford Expedition ltd suddenly flashed an error message "check electronic throttle control" and immediately lost acceleration, braking and steering. I was able to veer the vehicle to the side of the road without causing an accident. I used the emergency brake to stop the vehicle at which time I manually turned off the ignition. Waited a few moments, and managed to get the vehicle started and running again. There was absolutely no warning and the vehicle gives you no opportunity to get the vehicle pulled over safely before disengaging. This appears to be a very serious and dangerous sudden mechanical failure.

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 202009


  • 63,700 miles


My 05 Ford Expedition was recently in the shop several months back for electronic throttle issues. Tonight the check electronic throttle light came on and caused a total loss of acceleration. I put my hazards on and coasted to the side of the road. After turning off my engine and restarting my vehicle runs like normal again. Luckily it was very late at night and no other cars were around. This is potentially very dangerous if it occurs in fast moving traffic. I have researched this issue and see countless posts on internet forums from 05 Ford Expedition owners detailing my exact issue and temporary solution. When is this going to be officially acknowledged by Ford as a serious defect and recalled?

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #3

Apr 112009


  • 60,400 miles
2005 Ford Expedition was stopped at stop sign. "check electronic throttle control" message was displayed on message center, along with an annunciating "ding". engine continued to run, but accelerator pedal was completely dead. Shut off ignition and restarted vehicle, and accelerator control returned to normal. There was one occurrence so far.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #2

Dec 232008


  • 63,130 miles
"check electronic throttle" message appeared and accelerator pedal became inoperative. This is the second time this has occurred. Shifted vehicle into neutral, restarted engine while rolling along and error was corrected.

- Mount Prospect, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 162008


  • 63,000 miles
"check electronic throttle" message appeared and accelerator pedal became unresponsive in traffic. Pulled over, restarted engine and issue corrected itself.

- Mount Prospect, IL, USA

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