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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
151,950 miles
Total Complaints:
31 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. tap out the hole and insert heli coil (16 reports)
  2. not sure (8 reports)
  3. run thread chaser and intall spark plug with lock tight (4 reports)
  4. clean and replace coil and spark plug (2 reports)
  5. replaced spark plugs (1 reports)
2000 Ford Expedition engine problems

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2000 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

Nov 242016

Expedition XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 261,472 miles


I love my Ford Expedition but this is ridiculous. Ford knows the problem but doesn't acknowledge it for this year model. Fortunately, my husband is mechanically inclined and can fix this but not everyone is that lucky. Spark plugs blewing out of the motor is a major problem. Ford needs to get this addressed.

- Adonica B., Granbury, TX, US

problem #30

Jun 112016

Expedition XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 212,000 miles

i have been a ford use all my life , Not any more never again , ford knows about this problem and still dose nothing to fix it or recall it FORD TUFF my ASS

- Don H., Dover, TN, US

problem #29

Jan 092016

Expedition XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,400 miles

My Expedition is my main transportation me and my daughters where stranded 5 miles out of town. I have been a loyal Ford owner for years to see the many problems with these engines and Ford giving people a tough time about getting them fixed , that I'm wondering if I should be loyal, because I have a lot of family and friends that own Fords who I will be telling about these problems and to maybe think twice about Ford. I don't have a lot of money but as a veteran I do know a lot of people, so I hope Ford does right. I'm taking my expedition in to be fixed today, I'll get back to you on the cost .

- tomnv, Mesquite, NV, US

problem #28

Sep 232015

Expedition Eddie Baurer 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 153,267 miles


Spark plug blew out destroying the coil. It stripped the threads out too. Not sure how I'm going to fix it and it's our only transportation.

- William G., corpus christi, TX, US

problem #27

Apr 012014

Expedition XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 199,100 miles

I had a second spark plug to blow out on June 06,2015 and it cost me $590 dollars. This is very frustrating and costly. Ford should fix it's problems and do right by their Ford owners.

- Robert J., Senoia, GA, US

problem #26

Nov 162014

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,764 miles

The dealership that I have taken my vehicle to for repairs and service is awful. For some reason they just take my money and a few days later I am back to have the same thing looked at again and again. I could not pass the state emissions test because of the check engine light. Now, just before my family and I are due to travel, the truck takes a nose dive and we are stuck home for the holidays. Has those problems been identified as a recall item? Can I be reimbursed for the other problems that I have had with my vehicle?

- lhg4444, Fort Meade, MD, US

problem #25

Feb 112014

Expedition XLT 5.1L Trition`

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles


I purchased this piece of crap used on August of 2013 due to the fact that I was broke and REALLY needed a 3rd row seat to take grandkids that I just got custody of back and forth to school. I knew it was not a perfect car, ( drivers side window doesn't roll down, the car smelled musty and radio/dash lights work only on occasion) but it ran, I could afford it with limited cash and it had enough seats. In December I had to replace the all the brakes and rotors. In January I had to replace the windshield wiper motor and the battery after the wipers completely stopped working while driving home from school in a snow storm. And 2 days later the car just died while coming home from the grocery store. THEN in February it "popped" while driving home from taking the kids to school . thought it was the muffler, pulled over and the muffler was fine. "cruised" home (5 blocks) without using gas except to pull into driveway. Looked under the hood and spark plug was just laying on the block with the coil wire hanging around looking like it was in a small fire. Replaced plug/coil wire with new one and added a helix coil. popped out again about a month later. replaced plug/ coil/ helix wire/ re-thread/ sleeve. this happened 3 more times with the last time being on August 2nd of 2014 and I put in all new parts and even J.B.Weld around anything that I could (not the tiny screw that holds it all in, didn't want to have to replace the heads!!) I let it set for almost 48 hours. started the damn thing, backed out of the driveway, put my foot on the gas to pull forward,, POPPED AGAIN!! pulled back in the driveway and there is sits, a 5100 pound lawn ornament. Now all I have to do is replace the heads with another set that (i'm sure) will do the same damn thing. I now have to make 2 trips (with my daughters little Pontiac) to get the kids to school. I would like to know if this particular (vin #) ever had a recall on this and if it was fixed?

- Sara A., Davenport, IA, US

problem #24

Oct 072013

Expedition XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

This is some piss poor engineering. The spark plug buried 6" below the surface and poor material choice. When I tapped the aluminum, I used cutting paste. The aluminum just came off in small chips instead of nice slivers. A clue that some cheap beer cans were melted down. Installed helicoil and hoping the other 7 don't blow out.

- rv10flyer, Grayson, KY, US

problem #23

Jun 012012

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 210,000 miles

I limped it to shop immediately. After replaced plug with helicoil, has held for one year.

- hwmonkey, Lancaster, OH, US

problem #22

Jan 232013

Expedition Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 215,000 miles

On major bypass around city and plug blew. Had to drive a ways to get out of traffic. Fumes were terrible. Luckily we found a shop close by that could repair it immediately. Said he knew exactly what happened because it happens all the time to the expeditions. Told him it was the second time. He said it would happen again. Terrible flaw in Ford design. They should recall them.

- Lonnie L., Morganton, GA, US

problem #21

May 262012

Expedition XLT Triton V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles


Camping trip 200 miles away in the middle of nowhere with 3 kids - BLAM! bang, bang, bang, bang....What the? Thank goodness for AAA.

Come to find out, it was plug #3 that had blown out. Luckily, it didn't ruin anything on it's way.

Called Ford. They are aware of the problem. The block is aluminum, the plug is steel. The hard steel rattling in the soft aluminum wears the hole until...well...go back and re-read sentence #1. Ford's solution for after the fact is to helicoil, which, depending on which plug it is should cost about 300-500 per pop.

We have blown 2 additional plugs since, and the last one did some damage. The mechanic (who is awesome) believes it's the intake valve but would have to take the motor out to determine that and we just don't feel it's worth that kind of money anymore. It's now fine around town, but we do not trust this beast to go long distances anymore.

We have a few friends that work at Ford in quality. Both of them have looked up the problem and taken it as high as they can in their food chain. Ford knew about the problem, but never recalled the engine because so far, it has not been life threatening. They created the helicoil kit for mechanics as a fix to the problem (at around $800 for each kit, btw.) Their "solution" for preventing this is to super glue the plugs in before they blow. Stunningly genius.

Our beast was the best ride we've had until this happened. We took her everywhere, packed her with 5 kids, dogs, used her as a camper (almost a queen size bed in the back!), towed trailers, boats, uhauls, took her across country (a few times), took her 2-tracking a TON of times - and never had a problem with anything even when we neglected her and forgot to change the oil for a few thousand extra miles. Once the first plug blew though, it wasn't long before the next 2 blew (about every 4 months or so) and it's got that telltale rattle that says we're about to lose another one any time soon.

She was an awesome beast while she lasted. Ford's recall policy sucks.


problem #20

Jun 132012

Expedition XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,241 miles

ford 1997 to 2003 4.7 and 5.4 triton motors know for blowing spark plugs. bad motor -that's not the worst problem wait for head gasket to blow. min to fix $3000.00 at dealer

- carmaster, Columbus, OH, US

problem #19

Sep 232011

Expedition Limited 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

I have this problem the first time and bought the Expedition a year a go. I was driving normal 45mph and all the sudden a loud bang and clatter for the rest of the luckily only 5 miles to my home more likely rolling home then driving. Since I have the car 2 more major problems appeared. So I`m hoping I come out of this cheap, if not this will be my last Ford I buy in the future. I will look for something more dependable. The plug rear driver side blew and I have to find out tomorrow what that will cost me. Just hoping if I can do it myself not over $50,00 if it goes in the hundreds I will say bye, bye Ford forever.

- fjd, San Jose, CA, US

problem #18

May 222011

Expedition XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 182,500 miles

Ford Expedition has always been my favorite suv. I purchased a 2000 expedition 5 yrs ago. i kept it 3 yrs then it got totaled in an accident. that one never gave me any problems outside of the normal repairs. 2 months ago i purchased a 2000 XLT model with 182,000 miles on it. Hell i only paid $2,000.00 for it, so i went ahead and bought it, since i've never had major problems with my other one. two days ago i got in my truck to go to work, turned the key heard a loud pop, then loud knocking. Had it checked the spark plug blew out, broke the coil. So i went online and did some looking, this truck as major problems in that area. these trucks have blown the engine and caught fire.i'm afraid to drive my truck now. I'm fixing my truck and selling it. BOSSLADY0910@ATT.NET. contact me by e-mail if your interested in buying it. I'm buying me a Mercedes!!!!

- Veta R., New Iberia, LA, US

problem #17

Feb 012011

Expedition XL 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles

2 times in less than 6 mths!!!! Come on.... : ( PLEASE READ MY OTHER COMPLAINT ON SUSPENSION PROBLEM!! The Expo is a junker.......

- Sonya J., Dalton, GA, US

problem #16

Dec 012010

Expedition 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

On a road trip I heard a loud pop and lost compression 80 miles outside of my destination it start sputtering & knocking. I got it to the repair shop they told me they may be able to rethread it or I can replace the engine for the second time. They were ablr to fix it but it still misses and all spark plugs have been replaced. So cant wait to sell this truck unfortunately I have two of these.

- Carnelll A., Killeen, TX, US

problem #15

Nov 132010

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

Car was driving just fne, outside of other issue, A/C no longer works, Radio does nto disaply, CD changer stopped working, but I could live with those as I use the car to get fromn point a to point b. The car started just fine, I was at a light, when suddenly the engine sounded like it was baout to cut off. I had no power, I had no idea what was going on. I took it Mon to my mechanic. He informed me that I had a blown out spark plug, and the header could have been damaged. He could not tell until he removed it. The initial repair costs would have been in the 900 range, but if the header was damaged, a 2300-3000 was the estimate for a repair. after reading the complaints here, a recall should be issue, and Ford should pick up the charges. I am not sure if I can get anything out of this vehicle now, or jsut junk it. perhaps I shjould had turn it in during the cash for junkers period.

- Javier A., Stow, OH, US

problem #14

Dec 012009

Expedition V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Again, another spark plug blowout, FORD should fix this damn problem under a recall

- Shane D., Grand Marais, MN, US

problem #13

Oct 032009

Expedition V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

The solution would be for FORD to step up and admit that there is a problem, it was the biggest pain in my ass to repair...

- Shane D., Grand Marais, MN, US

problem #12

Jan 152010

Expedition 4x4 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

so we're driving down the road and the truck was running fine. out of the blue we heard this horrible horrible knocking sound i pulled over and shut the truck off. a few minutes later started it back up ( started right up) but still the knocking sound. it soounded as though somethig was going to shut through the truck. I then went to the ford dealership and had it fixed. To find out they said there is no such thing as a blown out spark plug sure enough that was what it was. We were pissed we just bought the truck two months ago and had to spend 274.00 dollars in it already.

- rory, Port Allegany, PA, US

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