hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,839 miles

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2001 Ford Expedition fuel system problems

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2001 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #9

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 #8

Dec 272010

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 129,570 miles
I have a 2001 Ford Expedition with approximately 130K miles. The spark plug in cylinder 4 blew out yesterday while my wife was driving down the highway. We discovered the cylinder head threads have been blown out also. I am unable to replace the spark plug without repair to the head.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 222010

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
Ford 2001 Expedition has a blown spark plug. The engine could have caught on fire while I drove the truck with the vapors pouring out of the plug spot (which flew out of the engine on to the road some where behind me). Ford knows this is an engine defect. Why are we not having a recall for this problem.

- Somonauk, IL, USA

problem #6

Feb 102010


  • 110,000 miles


Blown out spark plug from 2001 Ford Expedition Triton 4.6L engine during operation on a public road. The second spark plug on the passenger side blew out of the engine while it was being driven on the road. This made a loud "bang" sound as if a tire blew out. The loud sound continued like a loud exhaust leak and gasoline vapors were immediately present in the passenger compartment. The driver shut off the engine to prevent an engine fire after attempting to safely park on the side of the road while avoiding moving traffic. This required aggressive maneuvering to avoid moving traffic. The car is now awaiting repairs, which is est. At >$3,000. The mechanic reported that this is a very common problem on Ford vehicles with the Triton engine. I have never before seen a spark plug "blown" out of the socket like this. The plugs were replaced once at about 50K miles. The engine has about 110K miles today.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 132010

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
On 02/13/10 at approximately 10:30 a.M., I was driving my 2001 Ford Expedition with the 5.4 liter V-8 down us highway 151 North of fond du lac, Wisconsin. The throttle/accelerator stuck and the Expedition accelerated to over 60 miles per hour. I applied the brakes to slow down to avoid an accident. The engine continued to race and the back tires spun on the ice and the front tires stopped as I came to a stop upon the ice. I turned the ignition off. After a few minutes, I started the 5.4 liter engine again. The engine raced again with rpms reaching over 5000 rpms. I quickly turned off the engine ignition again and opened the hood and checked for obstructions. No apparent obstructions. After a few moments, I started the engine again and the engine idled down to normal RPM. I had an adult passenger in the vehicle that witnessed the throttle/accelerator stick.

- Waupun, WI, USA

problem #4

Apr 302007

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,981 miles
While driving back from New Hampshire to Virginia, my 2001 Expedition popped a plug from its engine. I had to have it towed 200 miles because the smell of fuel it was late Friday and there was nothing I could do until Monday. I called the customer service line in dearborn, mi. I was told by the female operator (charlotte) to bring my vehicle to bowditch Ford and to have them run a diagnostics test. My vehicle went off to the shop via flatbed as to not cause any further damage. I later received a call from the service manager telling me that it would cost $92.50, I ok'ed it because over the weekend I did some research on the Triton engine and found that this was a common problem. In the meantime I was still in contact with Ford and had even talked to an operator named ralph. I explained to him that I did some research and found that this had happened to nearly 800,000 vehicles and some resulting in death. Dearborn, mi said they would keep in touch with the dealership and would contact me Thursday. Thursday morning came and I was contacted by dearborn again. They told me that there was nothing they could do that I would have to pay for the damages myself. I was also told by dearborn to ask the dealership, "who receives certain allocated funds each year for repairs just like this". the dealership refused assistance. After all was done I was charged for an ecsd diagnose (92.50); 2 spark plugs (6.81); 1 coil assembly ignition (103.69); fuel ingestion cleaner (6.47) another vehicle key ? (30.00); misc drivability charge (92.50); PCM reprogramming the computer? (92.50); clean the throttle body (78.75); clean the injectors? (65.00). They also fixed a speed control deactivation device of which was under recall. As a disabled veteran that was half my check for the month. The dealership had my vehicle for 3 days. 1st day, checked engine and found the number 1 and 4 plugs were screwed up and that the injectors were backwards.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 122001

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


When the vehicle sat on an incline, the engine stalled. If the vehicle had less than half tank of fuel, it would stall. This problem occurred over five times, but the dealer was not consulted.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 232003

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
When driven in cold weather, vehicle throttle will suddenly stick and accelerate to very high RPM. Braking system is unable to stop vehicle. This has happened on several occasions. Went to dealer with service bulletin number and was laughed at. Told me to leave vehicle with them.

- Milford, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 052001

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Whenever fuel tank is below 1/4 tank & vehicle is down hill or on down slope, vehicle would stall out. Had taken to dealership numerous times for problem. Was informed by mechanic problem could not be repaired after having fuel pump and other related parts replaced.

- Valley, AL, USA

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