really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,267 miles

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2001 Ford Expedition electrical problems

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2001 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #12

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 #11

Dec 302007

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,995 miles
I was coming home from church in heavy rain in 2001 Expedition when the windshield wipers and radio quit. I was forced to pull over due to not being able to see road ahead. I shifted into park and the radio and wipers came on. But as soon as I shifted back into drive they quit again. So I waited out the rain. When rain ceased I made it home with no wipers or radio. When I switched the ignition to off and removed the key the radio and wipers started to work again. The reading on the speed odometer was little dashes, and three warning light were own. Turn key back on and tried to crank SUV. It would only turn the engine over (not starting it). I disconnected the battery to keep from running battery down. If this had happen in heavy rain on a crowded highway there would have been a major accident and probably death. It seem that the 2001 Expedition has a history of windshield leaks letting the rain get on the fuse panel junction and GEM module. What will it take to get Ford to fix this problem, death and property damage?

- Perdido, AL, USA

problem #10

Feb 152007

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Unexplained electrical activity when the car is unattended. Smell of burning plastic/wiring after vehicle has been shut off. Clicking/hissing coming from under dash after vehicle has been shut off and key removed. Heater, radio will continue to run after key has been removed, has even come on by itself after the vehicle has been left unattended. Multiple warning lights flashing for no reason as well as random warning bells.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #9

Jul 312006

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles


Experienced failure of several electrical components - electric door windows on right front, rear windshield wiper, cruise control, interior lights would not turn off, battery wore down, sunroof window. The dealer stated that water got into the car and had to replace the fuse box and computer and the switch for the front right window. Returned with right front door window, and rear wiper not working again and have to replace the motor for these.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #8

Apr 262004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,906 miles
Windshield wipers, radio, clock, all stop working due to water leak. It was raining for several hours. In addition, the ac blower was running with the engine off and with no keys in the ignition. Dealer fixed winshield water leak and installed sop parts GEM module and cjb; also replaced central junction box. Despite all this, in two other occasions, the ac continued to run without the key in the vehicle. This was finally fixed. Old parts are not available.

- North Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #7

Jan 032005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,300 miles
There was a heavy rain the Expedition was parked outside. There was water on the floor mat. The headlights, windshield wipers, radio worked when the Expedition was off. Yet would not work when the car was on. The Expedition acted on its own. We took the Expedition to the dealership (jim keim Ford) where we purchased the vehicle. They charged us $893 to fix the fuse panel, sensor panel and reseal the entire front window. Then jim keim told me it would be another $200 if they broke the windsheild. I paid the money and have not had a problem since.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 012004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles


Fuse box and module all kinds of electrial problems also car will start on its own the car will jump into reverse

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 152005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact states the windshield is leaking, causing the computer in the fuse panel to short out. The stereo, windshield wipers, and the air conditioner come on when the vehicle was not in use. Windshield was replaced. Warranty expired, and electronic panel had not been replaced. Ford manufacturer has been contacted.

- Miami Shores, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 042004

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
This Expedition starts up with no key wipers start and stop door lokes open and close 4 wheel drive engages and disengages in park or neutral the car tries to start again when it is already running. The car was parked while I went into the store my wife was in the car it jumped into reverse she jumped out of the car the door hit her nocked her down and almost ran her over this can be repeated the fuse box and module were replaced at a cost of about $1,000 also I had to replace the front windshield as it was leaking they said the car was out of warrenty the car has never been in a accident.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #3

Jan 012005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
Electronic shortages is causing malfunctions in the ignition switch, wipers, running lights and radio. These malfunctions seem to worsen when it rains. The vehicle starts by its self while unattended. When driving if the wipers dont work, I have to shift the transmission to neutrl for them to operate and the same for the radio. I have spent several hundred dollars to have this problem looked at and the Ford dealership stated that they have had several vehicles come in with the same problem, but I would have to pay around $1000 more dollars to change out the fuse box and still this may not the cure the problem. The technition stated that water was getting in behind the fuse box some how. He told me to silicone the cow down to the windsheild to reflect the water, so I did and it did not work. Every morning my preganent wife as to use a battery jumper box to just start the vehicle because the electronics on the vehicle stays on all the time as if the key was insertered and turned to auxillary. The vehicle attempts to start during the night by its self. It does not start, the starter just turns over as if it is trying to start until the battery goes dead. I am scared that the vehicle is going to catch fire or even blow up in front of my residence. Dealership said that they could not fix the problem until enough people came in asking for the same help. I hope there is something that can be done about this $36,000 vehicle. I have carried the vehicle to several other mechanics and they cannot figure out the problem but they still charge me for looking.

- Smithfield, NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 232004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Windshield wipers failed to work when SUV in drive;when lights on;4X4, wiper and ABS indicator on dash flashing on and off. Radio shutting off when vehicle put in drive. Pw not working when vehicle in drive. 11/20/04 was first occurrence. Happened approx. 8 times between then and 12/23/2004.

- Hannacroix, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 272001


  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Sylmar, CA, USA

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