hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 16
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,887 miles

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2001 Ford Expedition engine problems

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2001 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #43

Aug 142009

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 168,000 miles


Ford 2001 Expedition 5.4L V8 sparkplug blows out of the cylinder head. Vapors, smoke, loud noise extreme hazard to my wife while she was on the highway. This engine should be recalled and Ford should effect the repair. Many people are at danger due to this obvious design flaw.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #42

Jul 102010


  • 145,000 miles
2001 Ford Expedition blows spark plugs, pieces break off fall into cylinder and damage engine. Fuel gases from open chamber have potential for fire.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #41

Jun 222010


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Ford Expedition. She stated that the vehicle was parked for 2 days without operation yet the vehicle caught on fire. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. A fire report was available. The vehicle was towed to an undisclosed location. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact to submit all documentation pertaining to the fire before they would provide any assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 90,000.

- Chila Vista, CA, USA

problem #40

May 272010


  • 60,000 miles


For the 5th time, my Ford Expedition (2001) has blown a spark plug from the engine. I have now sunk thousands of dollars into repairing this defect, furthermore, I have been stranded on a highway or city street with my children in the car 2 times thanks to this unsafe defect. This issue is clearly a national safety issue and requires a recall.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #39

Feb 192010


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition. On February 19, 2010 while driving at 15 mph, smoke began to emit from the hood. The contact pulled over and the vehicle caught fire. A police report was filed. The contact called the manufacturer but was offered no assistance at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 150,000.

- Chicago, ID, USA

problem #38

Feb 192010

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I was driving a 2001 Ford Expedition [xxx]. I was coming from 290 expressway going towards central ave. I turned on parkside ave as I was driving my 9 year old son stated that the car was smoking. I told him ok I'm going to pull over. As I was about to pull over it started to catch fire. My children started screaming the car is on fire, the car is on fire. I said to them it's going to to be alright. I started pulling them out by there shirts, arms, legs whatever I could grab. We all got out safe thank god. My 2 year daughter is still afraid of big trucks and still talk about the fire today. I lost my children clothes (school uniforms) and some shorts I bought earlier that day. I lost there book bags, and my purse. I also always carry 2 or three pairs of shoes in my truck at all times they are also gone. I lost my nice radio I got from the flea market. I am devastated and I just paid off my truck a week before it burned up. I have been on the bus since then with all 4 of my children. I trying my best to make it but it is hard. Please help me and my family we need and deserve our truck. Thank you.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #37

Jun 302009


  • 80,000 miles


My wife was driving on the road when all of a sudden the engine started making a loud sound and wouldn't hardly run. The check engine light never came. I told her to call for a tow truck when it happened the first time and he told her the spark plug had blown out of the engine on the left bank. Then exactly a year later it happened again only on the right side when my wife was driving on the highway and the check engine never came that time either. We had the engine replaced at the expense of $5200. This was on a 2001 Ford Expedition with 88,000 miles on it. Because this was the 2nd the spark plug had blown out and the Ford dealership quoted us 13 to 15 hours to repair the hole, $4800 to replace the heads or $5300 to replace the motor with a 100,00 mile warranty.

- Damascus, OR, USA

problem #36

Feb 232010


  • 90,000 miles
Number 3 spark plug blow out. Stripped threads on head.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #35

Feb 162010


  • miles
No need for long drawn out sentences, blownout spark plugs and Ford wont own up to it, it's real great to be an american.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #34

Dec 202009

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford Expedition 4.6 V8, and my spark plug blew out on me damaging my head and snapping my coil. I understand that this is becoming a common problem with Ford and they no about it but refuse to take care of the problem. I had to replace my coil and take my head to a machinist so I can put a spark plug back in it.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #33

Nov 222009

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 105,569 miles


The wife was leaving for work on Sunday Nov. 22nd. She returned a few minutes later and the vehicle was really loud. The problem was that a spark plug had blown out of the motor. The vehicle is still in the driveway yet to be repaired. 2001 Ford Expedition 4.6L V8.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #32

Nov 072009


  • 91,600 miles
Spark plug was blown out on my 2001 Ford Expedition (5.4 L). This poses a concern over the risk of a fire.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #31

Nov 022009


  • 169,000 miles
I parked my 2001 Ford Expedition XLT SUV in my parking stall on the afternoon of November 2, 2009 at approximately 1600hrs. The vehicle was parked until time of the fire which occurred between 1600hrs and 2325hrs. The entire engine compartment burned the fire was so intense that the hood of the car completely melted away. The fire burned and melted through every part of the inside of the vehicle. The front windshield busted out as well as 4 passenger windows. I have pictures and video of the aftermath of this fire. No one was injured and no other vehicle or property was damaged. Nothing unusual was noticed up to the day the vehicle fire.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 152009


  • 140,000 miles
I was driving at about 45 mph when the spark plug blew out. Pulled vehicle off the road and it towed to a mechanic. The whole motor had to be taken out to fix the problem.

- Boston, KY, USA

problem #29

Aug 052009


  • miles
There was basically nothing wrong with the car, my boyfriend drove it back from corpus christi that same day and there was no overheating whatsoever. At around 930 pm. We were inside our home and heard poppin noises. We opened the door and the vehicle in total and complete flames. We called the fire dept and they put out the fire. It took a good 20 minutes to put down the fire. Thank god we weren't driving the truck and no one got injured. I have 3 children, 5, 2, and 1 year old. There fire destroyed the engine, no windshield, and the tires are melted in the front. All the front of the vehicle is destroyed. Besides that, my children carseats and other personal property were destroyed.

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #28

Jul 102009


  • miles
Sparkplug blowout #3 cylinder.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #27

Jan 032009


  • 75,000 miles
I was driving down the highway in Alaska going about 70 when there was a loud banging sound and it felt like I lost compression. I immediately pulled off at the next exit and checked under the hood at first I thought it was a blown head gasket but upon having it towed to the nearest shop it was determined that the spark plug ejected and caused the cylinder head to melt and also had major junks of metal in the engine itself.

- Elmendorf Afb, AK, USA

problem #26

Mar 042009


  • 146,000 miles
2001 Ford Expedition blew spark plug out of cylinder.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #25

Nov 232008

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 102,239 miles
While traveling on the freeway at about 70mph when I heard a loud "popping" noise from under the hood. Discovered one the spark plugs had been "ejected" from the cylinder head. The coil that sits above the spark plug had been broken as well. I was able to replace the spark plug and tighten it down enough to seal the cylinder and get the vehicle to a shop. The shop replaced all 8 spark plugs and the broken coil. The vehicle is a 2001 Ford Expedition XLT with a 4.8 liter Triton V8 engine.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #24

Sep 222008


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Expedition. While driving 55 mph, the contact heard a loud pop and the vehicle began running very roughly. She pulled to the side of the road and smelled gasoline fumes coming from the vehicle. An independent mechanic confirmed that the number 3 spark plug had ejected from the vehicle, and only 7 of the 8 spark plugs remained. He also warned that there was a potential risk of a fire if she proceeded to drive the vehicle in that condition. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were less than 100,000.

- Greenville, NC, USA

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