really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 16
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,242 miles

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2001 Ford Expedition electrical problems

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2001 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #79

Sep 302016


  • 162,000 miles


The horn doesn't work at all even when locking with the keyless fob. Cruise control doesn't seem to work at all. I can engage the E-brake and the light won't turn on in my dash. None of the controls on my steering wheel work at all.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #78

Aug 092016


  • miles
The check suspension light is on and I noticed every Expedition in this year range has suspension problems and the wireing sometimes the radio will go off and the lights on dash and speedometer lights will shut off.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #77

Dec 292015


  • 112,000 miles
NHTSA action number: EA05015 component(s): Electrical system, exterior lighting, visibility I'm having issues with my vehicle similar to the issues described in NHTSA action number: EA05015. This is the second occurrence I've had with this vehicle. The first time the unit was replaced, not covered by warranty. Now it's happening again. I'm getting "door ajar" notifications and the interior lights are staying on. Vehicle is surging (feels like someone stepped on the gas pedal). Vehicle has stalled in traffic. This is a safety issue.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #76

Jul 172015


  • 103,000 miles


The contact owned a 2001 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked and later became engulfed in flames. The fire and police departments were notified of the incident. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The fire department chief determined that the fire was started by a faulty ignition wire insulation. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Peeskill, NY, USA

problem #75

May 102014


  • 112,000 miles
Wipers fail, came within inches of major crash several times, due to poor or no visibility from rain or snow because of wipers complete failure. Also, power windows fail, interior lights fail, radio fails, 4 wheel drive fail and it was stated on line that air bag failure is also a problem. Can not drive in rain or snow! when looking up the GEM module part (generic electronic module) it was stated in several online parts sources that the 2001 Ford Expedition had a windshield improperley sealed at the factory on the assembly line. Thus water leaks on the GEM module shorting it out; and it was stated that in several of the same vehicles that their entire fuse box fails which is located directly under the GEM module which is mounted on top of the fuse box causing entire electrical failure. I feel it is the responsibility of Ford to recall these vehicles and fix the problem. It is an assembly line failure, I can not renew my licence due to safety standards until this issue is addressed and Ford corrects the problem.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #74

Nov 222012

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
This has been an issue since acquiring this vehicle. The brakes are very soft, they will pump up but when a quicker slow down or stop is needed an individual doesn't have a lot of time to remember that. There have been no injuries or crashes as of this date. Master cylinder was replaced on mechanic's advice however this did not improve this issue. As well the vehicle seems to need the lower ball joints wear out quickly. Also please note that each time it rains there is water coming in from somewhere on the top driver's side of the windshield and post. It drips from that hand grip down to light switch and into vent on driver's side as well. There have been times where there is an electrical smell which causes concern of a vehicle fire possibility.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #73

Aug 182013


  • 208,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle caught on fire where the fire department was reported. The fire department stated that the fire started from under the hood of the vehicle. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure and current mileage was 208,000.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #72

Jul 182012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
I am having various electrical issues ranging from check engine light going on periodically with codes not stored when checked, on, dome light in the car not turn on when driver door opened, radio not working when key is in on position, dash lights go off intermittently. One night during a very heavy rain storm the alarm went off and we were unable to disable for over 30 mins. Had to remove the battery for the beeping to stop. When we checked the next day, inside the vehicle was a puddle of water on the dashboard & droplets were coming from the top drivers side of the windshield. Also noticed that water was streaming down from inside a handle on the frame by side of the windshield on driver side. Unaware of global windshield/seal issues with Ford we proceeded to have the windshield replaced. At the time we were unaware of any additional damage. Shortly after while driving we began to experience various episodes of the car revving itself up, as if it was in control of its own speed, making it difficult to control the car. During these episodes of acceleration the car temperature & oil gauges registered at overheated levels & many times the dash lights would go off. In this case I pulled over and turned the car off. After a couple of minutes when I turned the car on, the car was back to normal as if nothing had happened. Typically when this happened although the check engine light was lit, when I took the car in to be serviced by the dealer I was told no error codes were stored in the vehicle. This vehicle continues to self accelerate and rev up intermittently. At present I need to have the car smogged for renewal but the vehicle system readiness test register incomplete and there are no faulty codes listed. I have read that various owners experience these conditions which has been caused by water leak into the fuse box and the GEM due to the windshield seal failure.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #71

Jan 262012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 111,600 miles
On the morning of January 26, 2012 I parked may car at my employee parking lot at approximately 5:50am. I head to work like any ordinary day, and at approximately 8:30 am, I had co-workers informing me that my car was on fire. I ran out to the parking lot and found my car in flames. My 2001 Ford Expedition eddie bauer caused the two cars on my sides to catch on fire as well. When the fire department arrived it was too late to save anything from the car. It was a total loss, everything inside was destroyed into ashes, my personal belongings were unrecognizable. I only had liability insurance on my car, and will have to pay for the damages that my car caused to the other people..I am now left with no car, and having the blame of the fire when I did absolutely nothing wrong. My Ford Expedition was in perfect conditions and up to date with all of the services; now that it was the family car and we traveled all around the country with it. We were the only owners and bought it brand new for a reason. The cruise control recall was taken care of immediately after receiving the letter in the year 2004, and was never re-installed. The causes of the fire are still unknown, and I will like to let Ford know of the situation so they can do something about it. It is such a traumatizing situation that I would not like anyone else to experience. I have lost all of my trust on Ford. Be aware people, do not park next to a Ford, you never know when they might catch on fire.

- Sugar Land , TX, USA

problem #70

Aug 012011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 107,750 miles
The multifunction switch is failing when the steering wheel/column is put into a lower position. The left turn signal fails and goes to a rapid pulse unless the steering wheel is in the highest position. This is the exact same issue with the multifunction switch affecting the turn signals on my 2001 eb Expedition that I see all over the internet and as is being addressed in an announced recall for other Ford vehicles. blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2011/07/recall-alert-26715-Ford-trucks-SUVS.html will the recall be extended to other models having the same exact issue" I am also concerned now about possible electrical fires after reading other complaints here. I do not see recalls for these safety issues though. What will it take to get attention on these issues and to get Ford to make the appropriate safety corrections"

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #69

Aug 092011


  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the vehicle ignited and became engulfed in flames while the vehicle was parked. The fire and police department reported to the scene and a report was filed. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. There was also damage to two additional vehicles parked in close proximity to the contact's vehicle. The vehicle was destroyed and not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Guarabo, PR, USA

problem #68

Jun 192011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Bought a 2001 Expedition from a used car lot. Since purchase, cruise has not worked, short in ignition switch which radio and blower stay on and kill battery. Replace tie rod ends, front brakes and rotors, rear seal leaking. Replace ignition switch. Nice looking vehicle but many electrical problems for my wife and kids to be riding in. I have only owned vehicle for 1.5 months and already have spent $1500 in repairs and still has issues. Please help in getting the vehicle in safe running order for my family. This is my wife's car and I seem to be driving it more so they can use my company car for safety.

- Scotts, MI, USA

problem #67

May 232011


  • 130,000 miles
My 2001 Ford Expedition caught fire in my driveway soon after my cruise control quit working. It burned and caused my 2004 Ford F-250 to burn and subsequently caught my house on fire.

- Kimberly, AL, USA

problem #66

Jan 012009


  • 80,000 miles
Electrical: Windshield leaking for a few years. First a small leak and did not think much about it. Now it seems to be greater leaks into the car when it rains- leading to electrical issues such as dash lights go out, blower stays on, fuel gauge does not read right. Radio sometimes will not work right and the lights go out. Fuel tank: Issues from day one - floats did not work right, now gauge does not read right, one point I could not fill the car - mechanic did something to try and correct it. Hood/windshield leak: Must be careful not to go to an automatic car wash. Water into the engine area. Must park at a certain angle during the rain. Coil packs go out.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #65

May 072011


  • 136,894 miles
This vehicle was sitting in the service department of our dealership and had been idle since 5:00pm on 5/6/2011. At approximately 1:15pm on 5/7/2011, the vehicle spontaneously caught fire and subsequently caught a large portion of the service department on fire. The total damage is still untold, but the fire has shut the dealership down until it is deemed safe to open again. After speaking with fire officials and hearing this is a common problem among this make and model vehicle I did research and found that the cruise control switch has been found to be the culprit of many fires just like this one.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #64

Mar 202009

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Persistent problems with this vehicle are failures of the ignition coils and boots (5.4L only), and restriction of the exhaust gas recirculation (egr) passages inside the intake plenum (4.6L only). The cost to repair the ignition coils and boots is estimated at $103 for parts and $32.50 for labor for each defective coil. The cost to clean the egr passages is estimated at $4 for parts and $65 for labor. All prices are estimates based on $65 per flat rate hour and do not include diagnostic time or any applicable sales tax.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #63

Dec 152010

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
In the last 6 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 called Ford Motor Co to inquire about a recall. They have no record nor keep any data on anything. 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. This is a Ford manufacturers defect.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #62

Jul 192009


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the electrical system malfunctioned, the instrument panel would illuminate suddenly without warrant, the radio would engage independently, and the windshield wipers would activate without the keys being in the ignition. In addition, the contact stated that the windshield wipers would not engage while the vehicle was turned on. The vehicle was inspected by an authorized dealer who advised the contact that water was leaking into the vehicle through the windshield and the windshield would need replacing. The windshield was replaced yet the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer but the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure or diagnose where the leak was coming from. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer advised the contact that they could offer no assistance without an accurate diagnosis. The failure mileage was approximately 98,000 and the current mileage was approximately 121,000.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #61

Sep 202010


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition eddie bauer edition. While the vehicle was parked, the contact was informed that the vehicle was on fire which originated from under the hood. The contacts family was able to extinguish the fire. A police report was filed. The vehicel was destroyed. The failure mileage was approximately 115,000.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #60

Jul 022010


  • 90,000 miles
Leaking windshield causing different systems to act unpredictably. Currently ac blower fan circuit blown (fixed 4X), cruise control dead after intermittently working (high potential of fatality if acceleration out of control). Radio comes on an off. Check engine light on continuously. Numerous codes showing up even after deleting. This problem has been occurring for years ( at least 4 years). The windshield has to be replaced as per technician but I strongly feel that Ford should just plug the leak for all the Expedition and Navigator being affected by this. Others have had more serious problem - windows opening and closing automatically (no user action).

- San Antonio , TX, USA

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