hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,422 miles

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2001 Ford Expedition drivetrain problems

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2001 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 162013


  • 177,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the vehicle accelerated while depressing the brake pedal. The failure recurred several times. The contact also stated that the speedometer failed to read the correct speed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the blower resistant of the air condition was burnt out. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 177,000.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 042013


  • 127,510 miles
I was stopped at a red light, and all of a sudden I heard this loud crash and bang, and was jerked forward. Thought the pick up truck behind me rear-ended me. That driver pulled up aside of me and told me you just dropped your driveshaft. Since it was dark and my vehicle was in the middle of the road at an intersection I called the police. When they arrived they told me we can't wait for your tow truck driver to get here, it's to dangerous, so they called another towing company. Well after a long hassle and the 1st tow of $150, I got my vehicle towed to my house. After making several phone calls I finally got it towed to the repair shop on 7/8/13 and had to pay another tow of $75. Finally got the call on 7/10/13 what had happened to my rotted out Expedition, all 4 control arms where rusted out, 2 of them actually bent and broke, damaging my driveshaft. Costing me another $559.14 for the repair. That's only fixing the 2 lower control arms. They have to find the 2 upper and replace them. Which will be at least another $350 this isn't even mentioning the $1,000 I spent on the rusted out rotted radiator brackets not even a year ago. I was told and expect rust but this is very dangerous, and also told Ford could have coated this parts or made them stronger to avoid these serious rust problems. Luckily I only got muscle spasms in my back, shoulder, and lower neck from this. But I don"T feel safe driving this vehicle any more. This is my last Ford I will ever purchase again !!!!!!!!!! Ford = found on roadside dead !!! this story is also shortened but the truth of what happened, I didn't mention the heat, the asthma attack I had, and the hassle I went through while all this occurred.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #4

Jul 022013


  • 110,000 miles
Ford Expedition 5.4L 2001 - sudden brake failure while traveling 25 mph in parking lot. Brake lines rusted through caused sudden brake failure. Car had undercarriage cleaning frequently during winter months and there was no indication of any problems. When replacing the brake lines, owner was informed that the upper and lower rear control arms were rusted through as well and that immediate replacement was necessary to avoid the rear track arm failure which results in dropping the rear axle and complete loss of vehicle control. Vehicle was purchased new in June 2001 and maintained continuously.owner has possession of corroded control arms after repair for evidence in NHTSA investigation. NHTSA is encouraged to contact the owner of vehicle for inspection of failed parts for investigative support.. this is a manufacturers defect and vehicles need to be recalled and parts replaced to avoid loss of vehicle control, accidents, injury and fatalities due to Ford Motor Company negligence.

- King Of Prussia, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 152013

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


Vehicle is a 2001 Ford Expedition XLT 4X4 purchased new in April 2001 and owned continuously by current owner, only serviced at hub Ford of colchester, ct and girard Ford of norwich ct. Failure of suspension/drivetrain components occurred while accelerating onto a highway onramp. Both rear lower control arms had corrosion that led to complete disconnection from rear axle. With no supporting lower control arms, the rear transaxle shifted during vehicle acceleration. Shifting of transaxle then introduced excessive force on drive shave ujoint (rear transaxle ujoint) which caused complete failure and disconnection of rear driveshaft. Vehicle's 4WD system engaged, allowing vehicle to be safely guided onto the available offramp (cloverleaf highway intersection) and into safe recovery location for towing by aaa to a local Ford dealer. Girard Ford repair estimates costs for all four corroded control arms to be approximately $1500. Shattered parts or debris also cut rear brake line leading to loss of rear braking and all brake fluid loss - causing additional indirect repair costs. Owner is recovering corroded control arms after repair for evidence to be used in any NHTSA investigation. NHTSA is encouraged to contact the owner/complainant of vehicle for access to failed parts for investigation support.

- Lebanon, CT, USA

problem #2

Mar 152001


  • Manual transmission
  • 25 miles
I have had electrical problems from the begining, then transmission problems they have attempted to repair then replace the transmission over 6 times. This vehicle has become unreliable at this point. I am trying to go through the Ford dispute settlement board at this point but I am looking for all the help I can at this point

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
I am being told my Expedition transmission needs to be rebuilt. Originally (two weeks ago) was told it was a torque converter, and noticed no differece after spending $885. After taking car back in, I am being told transmission needs rebuilding. Total cost is $2200, champion Ford says Ford will pay $1700 I need to pay an additional $300. Seems odd that a transmission goes out at 44,000 miles; we don't pull or haul anything.

- Katy, TX, USA

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