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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,333 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 engine problems

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2005 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 192011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • miles


While driving at 60mph on us 85 N the engine light came on with a message "check electronic throttle control" the speed began to drop and I could not accelerate. I began to merge to the right to the emergency lane. I turned off the engine and started again. Then I drove the vehicle home. It was a very scary experience I could have been in an accident. It was very dangerous. This should be a recall problem.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #5

Nov 132010


  • 38,000 miles
I filed a complaint in Oct (10355191) requesting info on vehicle shut down. It happened again this week while my wife was driving to work.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 232010


  • 96,000 miles
Original factory spark plug backed out from cylinder head. Checked remaining 7 spark plugs. Four of seven loose. Mechanic recommended using heli coil kit on all spark plug threads. Mechanic mentioned that this was a common occurrence on Ford 5.4 liter engines. If this is true, it appears as though a recall should be required for repair of cylinder heads.

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 032009


  • 72,000 miles


My 2005 Ford Expedition suddenly and unexpectedly shut off in the middle of the highway. An error code of "check electronic throttle" displays on the dash and a warning signal sounds. All while the vehicle loses the ability to accelerate and power steering. After bringing the vehicle to a stop, it cranks right up as if there was never a problem. It has now done this about 5 or 6 times. We have nearly been hit twice by 18 wheelers as a result of this. This is an extremely dangerous problem. I have researched the problem online in hopes of finding out what could be causing the problem. To my horror, I found hundreds of similar complaints all linked to the 2005 Ford Expedition only. I have not seen this type of complaint for any other model year. I'm leary of even taking it to a dealership for the problem at this point because the comments around the issues have been that Ford has replaced the "throttle body" and in some cases it didn't resolve the problem. To me it sounds like a recall is needed to address this issue. It shouldn't take a severe accident or death to remedy this situation. It sounds like Ford is trying to avoid issuing a recall on this from the complaints that I have reviewed. If the 2005 Ford Expedition is the only model year affected, then there is something that was programmed or installed incorrectly on the Ford Expedition from that model year. An investigation needs to be initiated before the fatal results that Toyota has had recently become a part of Ford future, and all because they want to be in denial of a problem which should initiate a recall to fix.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 072008


  • 36,000 miles
2005 Expedition has severe engine ticking problem (sounds like a diesel) original complaint was before warranty expired told by dealer that it was the "3 valve motor noise". when it got worse at around 37K miles (1K) out of warranty dealer then tells me that there has been a tsb issued (tsb 06-4-7 original version was actually issued shortly after the truck was built) it is the cam phasers and valve lash adjusters and it will be $3000 to repair and now not covered under warranty. I have repeatedly worked with the dealer and Ford customer care to resolve issue the last person at customer care told me "its your problem" just before hanging up on me. This after a similar pulling teeth episode to get them to fix the known corrosion problem that they had and denied before I found a tsb about that too, I now have another large rust spot on my back door that the will not fix either. All of this after I paid $4000 to get rid of the Lincoln ls that I owned that they could not keep running after dumping thousands of dollars into a cop problem that was eventually covered under a customer care program. I sure did not get any money back on that. Someone has to wake someone over at Ford up and get them to fix this garbage they have been turning out..

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #1

Mar 112009


  • 90,000 miles
Car keeps dies in traffic almost everyday and the electronic throttle control light keeps coming on. Ford wants $800 to fix. With this safety issue, I believe there should some sort of action Ford should take and fix the problem since it is always happening to this year and model so often.

- Holts Summit, MO, USA

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