hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,917 miles

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2001 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #16

Jan 212010


  • 102,000 miles


Was driving down the road in heavy rain when windshield wipers stopped working. Could not see 2 feet infront of me, so I was forced to pull over on a busy road. Put the truck in park, and wipers started working. Put back in drive and they stopped. Finally the rain slowed enough for me to drive with out the wipers, very unsafe! when I got home, I turned the key off, pulled them out of the ignition and the heater kept running. I had to turn it to off position. Lights on gauge cluster were flickering too. Opened driver side door and radio stayed on. Had to manually turn that off as well. Smelled something burning, so I quickly unhooked the battery. Came back a couple hours later, connected battery, now vehicle wont start! will turn over, but wont crank. Did some research and found that this is a very common problem with many different Ford vehicles! problem is caused by a faulty windshield, allowing water to leak into the cab, behind the dash, and get water on the GEM and fusebox, creating corrosion. These problems could be very unsafe! possible fire from electric short, possible injury/death from wipers quitting while driving. Ford should take responsibility for their faulty design!

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #15

Feb 202008

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,500 miles
Water leak in the front windshield (following a few consecutive rainy days), causing electrical failure of the dome light, wipers, radio and gear selector. Ford service advised replacing the fuse box and GEM module for $1,100. This is my family vehicle and I am deeply concerned that this may cause an electrical fire or unwnated electrical activity when the car is unattended. My car is just under 80K miles. I have done some research and can see that there are many others that are experiencing similar problems. This is a safety concern that should should be attended to immediately. I hope this can be resolved without taking legal action.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 162008

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
In the last few months, I have noticed that when it rains, my blower motor will run on high-speed and my lights will flicker after I turn the vehicle off. At first it would stop after a few seconds, however this last time, it ran for about 10 minutes and finally shut off. I have a co-worker who has the exact same Expedition and asked him if he's had this happen too him, which he stated yes and has been going on for around 6 months. I called Ford Motor Co to inquire about a recall, since this is very unique in nature, and (of course) they have no record nor keep any data on anything (according too the rep). Not quite sure what their job is! so I called the local dealer and they were 'familiar' with my problem and had a 'few' fixed. Well, after doing some research on the internet, it turns out there's more than just a 'few' incidents.. there are several!!! the problem appears too start with a water leak in the windshield, going to the fuse box and gemodule which in turn sends electrical currents to the ABS module which cause all sorts of problems. Now if this isn't a Ford manufacturers defect versus normal wear and tear, than I guess my college education means nothing. From my research and the local dealers quote, the cost of this repair starts a $1000.!! as of today, I have not fixed it, I'm deciding it I want to get a diff vehicle.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #13

Aug 162007


  • miles


I am having the same water leak problems that I've seen on here before. Water is getting into my fusebox every time it rains. I don't have the money to repair this so it is an ongoing safety hazard for me. I cannot believe this has not already been recalled after viewing all the complaints on the internet.

- Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #12

Feb 052007

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles
Windshield wipers, rear window wiper, windows, interior lights and moon roof quit working, apparent cause was GEM module due to leaking windshield?

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

problem #11

Jan 152007

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,900 miles
After a rain and ice storm water leaked around the windshield causing electrical failures, including but not limited to the windshield wipers and the headlamps. Water entered the engine of the vehicle through an improperly sealed windshield causing the power distribution box and the generic electronic module to get wet. These components control various electrical systems in the vehicle. This caused the vehicle to stop running. Electrical damage had to be repaired and a new windshield had to be installed. This caused the owner to pay over $2000 in out of pocket expenses.

- Bastrop, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 232006

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


My windshield on my 201 Ford Expedition is leaking and has caused my GEM module to act up. Most notably windshield wipers not working, radio on and off.

- Dunkirk, MD, USA

problem #9

Jan 122007

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
HVAC blower motor runs when engine is off. Numerous electrical problems with this 2001 Ford Expedition. Water also gets in the cab somehow when it rains.

- West Monroe, LA, USA

problem #8

May 122006

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,061 miles
Electrical hazard due to water intrusion resulting from windshield leak. 2001 Ford Expedition experienced several electrical failures during rain storm including but not limited to windshield wiper failure, headlamp failure, window/door lock failure, ac runs with ignition off and keys removed, car attempts to start without keys or driver.

- Bourbonnais, IL, USA

problem #7

Mar 012006

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,375 miles
Windshield on 2001 Expedition leaks and GEM module has shorted out.

- St. Louis , MO, USA

problem #6

Mar 302005


  • miles


Ford Expedition 2001 windshield leaking through hand holds on right and left side. Diagnosed as windshield sealant failure between the hand and the glass over approximately 75% of the sealant band area. Solution: Remove glass, strip all sealants, prime body, prime glass, replace glass (broken during removal).

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 092005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Leaky windshield caused electrical failure of the general electronic module, causing most systems in vehicle to malfunction, including transfer case switching, transmission shifting. Ford, nor advantage warranty company would stand behind the cost of this failure brought on by poor quality in manufacturing.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #4

Dec 282004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,733 miles
Incident: 2001 Ford Expedition 1. windshield wipers would not work, radio would go off when vehicle was put in gear, blower, compass, thermometer lets & bells would not work, vehicle would not start, battery eventually went dead, etc 2. had to service the vehicle for safety and performance reasons 3. Expedition was serviced at a local Ford dealership. Service department advised us that there was a water leak around the windshield. Water was leaking into an electrical box - had to replace fuse panel and reseal glass at a cost of $456.96.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 052005


  • miles
2001 Ford Expedition leaking front windshield caused electrical damage to fuse block and assembly. Vehicle became a no start resulting in out of pocket repairs by Ford dealer in stockbridge, mi. Mechanic commented at time of repair he had already fixed several vehicles previously to my repair for water damage under dash due to leaking windshield.

- Chelsea, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 052005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,110 miles
My windshield on my 2001 Expedition is leaking water in the driver side lower corner. It's seeping into the floor boards and into the engine electrical compartment under the hood.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 192003

(reported on)


  • miles
Running board lights overheated, resulting in their failure. Related recall 03V094000, consumer's vehicle not included due to VIN.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

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