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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,477 miles

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2005 Ford Expedition electrical problems

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2005 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #28

Nov 082010

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 63,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is incident 3 of 3 with respect to this vehicle. In each case, the car was traveling at a normal rate of speed under ordinary traffic conditions. Without warning, the car either lost power and shut off suddenly or lost the ability to accelerate and slowed to a stop. In each case dashboard message center warning "check electronic throttle control" (or something similar) appeared. In each case the driver turned the ignition switch to the off position, waited several minutes, and then started the car. The warning message no longer appeared and the car ran fine without further immediate incident. In this particular case (incident #3), the car was traveling at approximately 25 mph on a two-lane (one lane in each direction) DC city street. The car lost power completely, and the driver was not able to move the car out of the lane of traffic, thereby blocking the heavy line of traffic behind her. After several minutes, the driver was able to restart the vehicle.

- Chevy Chase, MD, USA

problem #27

Feb 012010

Expedition

  • 60,000 miles
This is incident #2 of 3 with respect to this vehicle. In each case, the car was traveling at a normal rate of speed under ordinary traffic conditions. Without warning, the car either lost power and shut off suddenly or lost the ability to accelerate and slowed to a stop. In each case dashboard message center warning "check electronic throttle control" (or something similar) appeared. In each case the driver turned the ignition switch to the off position, waited several minutes, and then started the car. The warning message no longer appeared and the car ran fine without further immediate incident. In this particular case (incident #2), the car was traveling at approximately 60 mph on a four-lane (in each direction) interstate highway (the inner loop of the capital beltway in montgomery county, md). The driver was able to move the car from the second lane from the right to the shoulder before losing all power to accelerate, although at rapidly decelerating speed, this maneuver was extremely dangerous. When the car was next taken to the dealer for service, the dealer did not report an on-board diagnostic code that would account for this incident.

- Chevy Chase, MD, USA

problem #26

Oct 012009

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
This is incident #1 of 3 with respect to this vehicle. In each case, the car was traveling at a normal rate of speed under ordinary traffic conditions. Without warning, the car either lost power and shut off suddenly or lost the ability to accelerate and slowed to a stop. In each case dashboard message center warning "check electronic throttle control" (or something similar) appeared. In each case the driver turned the ignition switch to the off position, waited several minutes, and then started the car. The warning message no longer appeared and the car ran fine without further immediate incident. In this particular case (incident #1), the car was traveling at approximately 35 - 40 mph on a three-lane (in each direction) state highway. The driver was able to move the car from the middle lane to the right lane before losing all power to accelerate. This road has no shoulder, so the car blocked traffic in the right lane until it was restarted. When the car was next taken to the dealer for service, the dealer did not report an on-board diagnostic code that would account for this incident.

- Chevy Chase, MD, USA

problem #25

Oct 112010

Expedition

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2005 Ford Expedition. While driving on the hwy the "check electronic throttle control" light came on and shut down my car.. I had no accelerator pedal control. This occurs on average once a month. When this happens, you have no power. You have to coast to the side of the road and call for help.

- Dunedin, FL, USA

problem #24

Sep 212010

Expedition

  • 65,000 miles
I was driving 55mph on highway, when all of a sudden there was no power to gas pedal. The check electronic throttle control light flashed, I pulled over three lanes to side of road. I sat there trying to start vehicle continuously, finally after 10 minutes it started.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #23

Sep 122010

Expedition

  • 37,000 miles
Our 2005 Ford Expedition has shut off without warning twice now. The first time this happened we were driving back from Missouri to Virginia after the holidays in January of this year. We were on the interstate driving about 70 mph when the car just stopped and the check engine light came on. We called Ford and they said to let it sit for 30 minutes and then try to start the car again. We did and it worked. The technician explained that it may have been the cold weather. Just yesterday 12 Sept 2010 my wife was driving home from work when the car shut off on its own again and the check engine light illuminated. She waited a few minutes and the car started again. The cold had nothing to do with it yesterday. Both times we were forced to coast to the side of the road in heavy traffic. Living in the DC area and using interstate 95 on a Sunday afternoon is always a challenge. Having your vehicle just stop running is insane. I am unable to find anything about a recall, but in a search of the web I found numerous owners having a similar issue. What is Ford doing about this?

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #22

Oct 012008

Expedition

  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2005 Ford Expedition - electronic throttle problem. This has been an on-going problem since 2008, a very dangerous problem. Will the notification warns you the car dies in mid-traffic causing you to coast and then the engine dies. I have had this fixed in 2008 and in 2009 and 2010 is having the same issue - someone will end up with a death due to this problem. Please investigate.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #21

Mar 152010

Expedition

  • 70,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Expedition will suddenly turn off while in motion with no warning. There is no pattern to determine when it will turn off. In the 6 months I have owned the vehicle, it has turned off close to a dozen times, at speeds ranging from 20 miles an hour to full freeway speed. The electronic throttle control light turns on. I have taken it to a reputable mechanic who was unable to replicate the problem as the code reported that the error occurred while the vehicle was turned off - which is technically impossible. Research has shown this is a common problem with this vehicle, and it is obviously dangerous for a vehicle to turn off while it is in motion. I would hope this vehicle is recalled before information leaks that people have died as a result.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #20

Apr 102010

Expedition

  • 45,000 miles
While driving my Ford 2005 Expedition the car stops responding to the throttle and losses all power. The dashboard warning system displays "check electronic throttle control". after shutting the engine off and waiting several minutes the car can be restarted and driven. We have inquired about this issue with no satisfaction.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #19

Feb 132005

Expedition

  • 64,085 miles
My 2005 Ford Expedition suddenly lost all power while driving in roseville, ca on Saturday February 13th 2010. My family of four was in the car, and luckily, we avoided an accident. A "engine fail safe mode" light came on, and I had to pull on the side of the road. I restarted my vehicle with no problems.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #18

Sep 152009

Expedition

  • 47,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Several times while driving my Ford 2005 Expedition the car stops responding to the throttle and losses all power causing an unsafe condition in traffic. The dashboard warning system displays "check electronic throttle control". after shutting the engine off and waiting several minutes the car can be restarted and driven. We have inquired about this issue with no satisfaction.

- Holliston, MA, USA

problem #17

Jan 202009

Expedition

  • 57,368 miles
While traveling at approximately 60 mph in morning rush hour on a major highway a message appeared on the display board stating check electronic throttle sensor vehicle then immediately died and I was unable to accelerate. I was able to coast to the shoulder attempting to avoid any collisions. Once I came to a stop I placed the vehicle in park and turned the ignition off. After a few minutes I restarted the car without any problems. The message on the display screen was no longer there but the check engine was on. For the remainder of the day I had no further issues. The following day after work it happened again in 5:00 traffic. Once returning home I began to do some research on this issue. To my surprise I am not the only one having this issue. There are 100's of post on line in multiple places inquiring about this issue. My concern is the safety of my family and others that may be on the highway when this issue occurs. When this occurs you are unable to accelerate. This could cause severe accidents as well as deaths if this issue is not addressed.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #16

Sep 122008

Expedition

  • 78,000 miles
Electric throttle control went out while driving ast 60 mph also ignition fuse went out so car was dead leaving me stranded in the middle of no where with 4 girls in the car. The engine literally stopped while I was driving at 60 mph. Could have been very dangerous if on a crowded interstate.

- Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

problem #15

May 222009

Expedition

  • 89,923 miles
While driving our 2005 Ford Expedition the "check throttle" light came on. The car immediately quit running and fortunately I was able to coast to a stop. We called our Ford dealership and was told they thought a recall had been issued for this problem. We took the car to the Ford dealership and was told then that they could not find a recall for this problem. It costs us $626.37. We have since learned that there have been numerous complaints about this same problem on 2005 Ford Expedition. Was told when we called Ford headquarters that we needed to file a complaint.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #14

Apr 262009

Expedition

  • 64,843 miles
This is the 5th time this particular malfunction has occurred within a 4 month period. While cruising at low speed (5-15 mph) in stop and go traffic, the engine light illuminates and the vehicle shuts down. With the vehicle engine off there isn't any power steering and driver must maneuver safely to the side of the road and come to a complete stop, place vehicle in park and restart the engine. The error message is about the throttle control and the vehicle is only 4 years old with 64,000 miles. This is a safety concern especially at high rates of speed and the part is not covered by the vehicle warranty. I went to the Ford dealer where we purchased vehicle and was charged $684 to replace the electronic throttle control. That's when I learned that this malfunction has recently been occurring on several 2005 Ford Expedition vehicles in the last 6 months. Apparently, there is no Ford recall for this part and it is a true safety concern for all Ford Expedition owners.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 052009

Expedition

  • 52,000 miles
I was driving 55mph on highway, when all of a sudden there was no power to gas pedal. The check electronic throttle control light flashed, I pulled over three lanes to side of road. I sat there trying to start vehicle continuously, finally after 10 minutes it started. My 9 month old daughter and I was almost killed on the highway due to this problem. My vehicle is now running terrible. I came home to see if I could find anything on the internet and found that this is common in the 2005 Ford Expedition and nothing is being done. Is it going to take someone getting killed for Ford to recall this problem? it obviously is a manufacturing problem and they are doing nothing about it. I will be contacting Ford tomorrow to see about getting my vehicle in and fixing this.

- Chesterton, IN, USA

problem #12

Apr 052009

Expedition

  • 40,852 miles
As I was driving to my office shortly after noon today, an alert appeared "check electronic throttle system." My Expedition would not accelerate, I coasted into a parking lot and tried to accelerate, but nothing happened. I turned off the engine and restarted my vehicle - I could then accelerate my vehicle and continued to my office. This is was a very scary incident, thankfully I was the only one in my vehicle today; my grandson is sometimes with me. I am also thankful that I was in the right lane, so I was able to coast into the parking lot.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #11

Mar 152009

Expedition

  • 40,000 miles
On my 2005 Ford Expedition I have gotten an alert of "check electronic throttle system". on two occasions when this alert has sounded, the vehicle has died out in the middle of travel and I had to get to the side of the roadway to restart. On two other occasions when this alert has sounded, the vehicle did not die but I was not able to accelerate. I had to stop and restart the vehicle. This is very dangerous when you are traveling down the roadway and your car either dies out or losses power. After the second occurance I took it into the dealership and was told that they found nothing when hooked up to the computer. They could do nothing. The vehicle runs fine other than this. There is no warning whatsoever that this is going to occur.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #10

Dec 102008

Expedition

  • miles
While driving, check engine throttle control light comes on. The car essentially shuts down - loses acceleration, power steering, etc. This has happened three times...December 10, 2008, February 23, 2009, and March 2, 2009. The car will start again if you turn it off and re-start it. This can be extremely dangerous if it happens at a point where it's hard to pull over. After reading message boards, it seems to be a fairly common problem in 2005 Expedition.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #9

Jan 262009

Expedition

  • 62,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway at 65mph and the "check electronic throttle control" light came on and then my vehicle engine shut off. I had to pull over with no power and little ability to turn before vehicle would restart. It has done this now three times. I have researched the cost for repairs but due to the high expense ($500) I am not able at this time to fix.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

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