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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
159,750 miles
Total Complaints:
42 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (15 reports)
  2. replace spark plug/coil (12 reports)
  3. insert helicoil (7 reports)
  4. replace the head due to spark plug blow out (5 reports)
  5. pull head up, drop threaded insert in (3 reports)
2001 Ford Expedition engine problems

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2001 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Jan 082018

Expedition XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


Heard a sudden loud BANG followed by a succession of bangs, thought I had a blowout on the highway. Dropped the vehicle at VIP the next day. They told me that the spark plug ejected and they could fix it but recommended that I take it to a Ford dealership as this is a known issue and they have a better method of repairing it so it's less likely to blow out again. Brought it to the dealership got it repaired, the tech told me that 9 times out of 10 it's spark plug #3 with this issue. Yet there is no recall for this and I had to pay for the repair!

- Annette G., Sidney, US

problem #41

Jun 302017

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 213,000 miles

Since buying this vehicle I have learned this is a common problem, and sometimes happens with lower mileage vehicles. Why would Ford continue so many years with the same design flaw? Why haven't they recalled and fixed these cars and trucks?

- Thomas H., Summerville, US

problem #40

Jul 072017

Expedition XLT 5.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,854 miles

THIS IS THE SECOND TIME TH HAPPENED. First time was last summer. That was on the #3 plug at the back of the engine, this time the #1 plug, up front. Destroyed the coil when it blew. First estimate, from Ford was for over $1,000 dollars to replace the head. Pep Boys put in a threaded insert , new coil, new plug and it works fine. I was shocked to discover, when I searched on the web, how commonly this occurs! Shame on Ford! Been a Ford fan up to now, but this could cure me if it happens again. Real danger of an under-hood fire with raw fuel getting ejected from the plug hole, when the engine is running,

- Lawrence D., Fayetteville, NC, US

problem #39

Oct 142015

Expedition XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 196,000 miles


This is the 3rd spark plug to get blown out. My son missed school that day as he could not get there in this broken down vehicle.

- kristi13, Prescott Valley, AZ, US

problem #38

May 282015

Expedition XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 189,000 miles

The first time I was going on vacation to Mexico, this time I was headed up North to go camping with friends. I had to cancel my visit with them.

- kristi13, Prescott Valley, AZ, US

problem #37

Oct 052015

Expedition 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,574 miles

Problem ocurred when driving in traffic. had to drive further with spark plug blown out to get off the highway.

Created a hazardous dangerous circumstance. Mechanic advised that this problem is probably a design flaw as there have been several ford trucks with this problem that he has fixed.

- pauley56, Lincoln, CA, US

problem #36

Jun 042007

Expedition XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles


My family was on my way Mexico for vacation and this occurred in Gila Bend where it was over 100 degrees. I had my dog with me so we could not go inside anywhere to escape the heat and had to sit for 6 hours until other family members could rescue us.

- kristi13, Prescott Valley, AZ, US

problem #35

Dec 152015

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,506 miles


- James S., Kettle Falls, WA, US

problem #34

May 082015

Expedition 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 240,000 miles

HERE WE GO AGAIN . THIRD TIME I HAVE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM ,SINCE I'VE OWNED THE VEHICLE. Was driving in town, back from grocery store with my children in the vehicle . I heard a very loud POP . The vehicle lost all power. THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT DIDN'T COME ON THIS TIME. We almost got hit in the rear end. This is a serious issue and getting worst each time. After a few minutes the vehicle finally crank, it sounded horrible. I let it roll on its own to the bottom of the hill to the gas station. . We got it out of the way and I got someone to tow it home. I had to pay to get it fixed again, coil, plug and labor.. Caused me to miss a couple days of work, again. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT FORD IS AWARE OF AND IT REALLY DOES NEED TO BE ADDRESSED AND FIXED BY FORD SOON. I sure hope this issue is fixed before someone get hurts or dies due to the lost of power or the vehicle shutting off completely due to this issue . This vehicle is sold to be a family vehicle, so FORD SHOULD TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION AND FIX BEFORE SOMETHING HAPPENS TO A FAMILY, WHO IS PART OF THE FORD FAMILY PER THEIR SALES PITCH. PLEASE CONSIDER WHO YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE AND THAT THEY REALLY DESERVE TO BE TREATED LIKE ONE OF THE FAMILY ,AFTER ALL THEY CHOOSE YOUR VEHICLE TO TRANSPORT THEIR FAMILY SAFELY.

- teresaga, Lawrenceville, GA, US

problem #33

Jun 012014

Expedition 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 226,069 miles

Was driving on a mountain road , twisting and turning. The check engine light came on and I heard a pop. Was scared to death, didn't know if I would loose all power , brakes etc. Was a very scary situation. I had to get someone to tow me from Jasper, Ga. to Cleveland, Ga. Was taken to FORD dealership the next day. Where it had coil and all plugs replaced, however the dealership said since another plug had popped out before , I should start looking for another vehicle, and of coarse they would be happy to sell me one. I just look at the man like really. It's a problem that FORD knows about and this is your only suggestion. Ended up costing me towing, parts& labor and time off work again. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME SINCE I HAD THE VEHICLE IT HAS POPPED A PLUG OUT.

- teresaga, Lawrenceville, GA, US

problem #32

May 102015

Expedition 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 213,000 miles


This was the first issue I had with the vehicle. Was bought used on 06/11/2012. Was driving and heard a pop sound , was on interstate with my children in the vehicle. It was scary, wasn't sure if it would catch on fire. Kids were very upset and here we were broke down on interstate, had to get it towed home. It cost me the tow, parts and labor, and time off work.

- teresaga, Lawrenceville, GA, US

problem #31

Jul 012015

Expedition 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

This is the second time a spark plug has blown out of the head. The first time was about a year ago and then again yesterday. Both times we were scheduled to leave town the next day for a vacation. Both times our vacation has been cancelled because of this issue. I know one thing for sure is that I will never buy another Ford.

- Steve B., Imperial, CA, US

problem #30

Nov 142014

Expedition LX 4.6lV8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles

Spark plug blow out, happens while driving. The driver is handicapped and it is a real problem when something like this happens, especially when it is serviced regular, and if it even sounds funny it is being checked but did not expect this.

- Janet T., newmatamoras, OH, Bulgaria

problem #29

Jun 222012

Expedition XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 225,000 miles

This has become a serious issue. Granted we bought the Expedition used 3 years ago, but having the plugs blow out 4 times (4 different plugs) and now having to get into the head to fix the first one that the shop replaced with a helix-coil....the helix-coil actually SHATTERED! sending bits of it into our engine. The shop wanted 2300.00 to fix it this time. Seriously? With all of the miles on it now it is just barely the appraisal value of the truck's worth. We have seen many reports of this happening to our type of engine. When you have an aluminum head and only 3 threads per spark just doesn't work. Thankfully we have never caught fire due to the issue and have been lucky enough to get it to a shop. But at the same time we have had to borrow money or use money that needed to go to other bills to pay for it. Ford needs to fix this! When you pay more for repairs then the actual value of the vehicle....there is something seriously wrong!

- leuor, Springfield, OR, US

problem #28

Feb 042014

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 193,000 miles

Bought this Expedition used a week before Christmas. in the 5 weeks we have owned it, we have replaced 4 ignition coils. like one a week .If Ford knows about this issue, why is nothing being done about it?

While I am aware that we bought this vehicle with 190k miles on it and we were expecting some repairs from time to time. Just didn't expect them all at once! What a pain!

- Sinclair L., Aiken, SC, US

problem #27

Nov 162013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 219,000 miles

I was not aware of the issues of ford personally but I was told. Yes my husband and I purchased a used Ford not even 2 wks and still have to make payments. We drove it for a week and now its sitting in the driveway because the threads have been stripped before by a blown spark plug. We found this out after the spark plug blew and it was sitting inside a extension which allowed it to stay in place. Even though this has happened and I'm a little upset I still believe that God will work it all out for us not matter what Ford does!!!!!

- Karen N., Riverdale, GA, US

problem #26

Apr 032011

Expedition XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I bought my expedition 2 yrs ago, used- I absolutely LOVE my truck, however the love is not returned, A year ago we were planning to move from Tx to Wa, we did what we were suppose to do (took it in the the shop, had brakes done, got a tune up, etc.)

Sooo, the time comes and we get our U-Haul trailer and load it up, morning comes we hook'r up and go on our way- all was great untill Az when BLAM, my truck looses power and the Check engine light comes on, I was able to limp it another 100 miles to some family and took it to a shop where I was told it not only fouled a plug but broke off a piece and is somewhere in the engine----- they wanted $3500 to look inside and find it, I reclined- flat bedded it up to Wa.

I drove it, she still had get up and go when needed but I couldn't get it over 65 without the check engine lite flashing for the last yr and just recently changed the plugs-- and OMG, what a difference--- And then not a week later, on the freeway, my truck loses the power again and is now running like doodoo-- I was told maybe the gas mixture was too rich, that my coil packs need replaced, that its the oil, ect.

I'm so frustrated at what "COULD BE" the problem? I cannot afford to replace my truck or have anything major done to it. It would be nice if (as stated in other post) FORD would do something about it, Perhaps we should all get together and protest their bad decision in SCREWING over hard working people

- Carol O., Lacey, WA, US

problem #25

Jun 032013

Expedition Eddie Baur

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

I bought this vehicle used with 35,000 miles on it and for about a year it ran great with no problems. A year into owning it I hear the loud pop that's all too familiar now but at the time I thought it was a blown motor. Since then I've heard the pop a total of 5 times to the tune of 275.00 per pop. Well this last pop was the mother of all pops and ended with the mechanic saying the plug had blown the head to the point he couldn't re thread it. The really bad thing is I've kept this vehicle immaculate inside and out. Other than a small rip on the drivers seat (which most expeditions appear to experience as well) this truck is clean as the board of heath. Now I'm hearing at least 3000.00 to have it repaired. This aluminum head is a piece of crap and Ford should be sued. I'm so pissed right now because I hate to scrap the truck but....This is Bull !

- estn, Jackson, TN, US

problem #24

Dec 152012

Expedition XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,178 miles

Plug blew when future son in law was picking up sneakers that he sells for a business. Approximately 100 miles away. Had to call AAA for tow. Had it towed to local Ford dealer (Chapman Ford) where their diagnosis was a blown engine that needed to be replaced at cost of $7200. Asked if they could install helicoil and was told no the piston is broken. Had truck towed to my regular garage where helicoil was installed at a cost of about $210. Went back and told the dealership the story and asked why they told me piston was broken was told problem with engine could show up any where in next 5,000 miles. I had them listen to how good the engine was running they just tried to ignore me. I've put over 2,000 miles on the vehicle since this incident still running well. I don't know if Ford is aware of that fact not only are these engines defective but their dealers are trying to make big money on someones misfortune. I managed to complain enough for the dealer to begrudgedly refund my diagnostic charge but that was all.I'm not satisfied with this experience at all.

- chiefmac100, Mountville, PA, US

problem #23

Jul 012012

Expedition XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles

Thought I had blown a head gasket. The truck would not speed up, but the engine roared. Bought a code checker and found the 2 spark plugs which were blown. Pep Boys tried to tell me it was 2 of the other spark plugs, then eventually came around to my diagnoses, so then, I told them to change all of them.

- Jim B., Howell, NJ, US

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