really awful
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Average Mileage:
175,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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2003 Ford Expedition body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 112016

Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles


My 2003 Ford Expedition is rusting apart. The entire under carriage is rusted. The panels below all four doors have rusted to the point that you can see the truck frame through the rusted out area. I have had to replace one of the steel brake lines which rusted. Today I am having the high pressure line from the power steering pump replaced. It also is rusted and ruptured.

I have never seen this amount of rust on a vehicle. I have been advised that very shortly the frame of the vehicle will probably fail and collapse. I have been told by two mechanics to get rid of this truck before the frame fails. Just recently one of the gas tank straps that hold the tank to the frame rusted and broke. I now have one strap holding the tank to the vehicle chassis. The gas tank straps are no longer available. I will have to have something made up in order to keep the tank from falling out of the truck.

It is an absolute disgrace that the Ford motor company, who has been in business for more than 100 years, cannot make a vehicle that does not rust. I do not think this vehicle was properly manufactured. I do not think it had any rust proofing done to the chassis. I see that the 2003 Expedition is the worst model year of this vehicle manufactured to date. It has more recalls than any other model year. I do believe I will seek legal action against Ford for not properly manufacturing a vehicle that now sells in the 50 thousand dollar range. I think Ford is responsible for this and should make good on a replacement vehicle.

Has anyone ever had similar problems and where you able to get any satisfaction from Ford? Thanks, PhilipMollica

Update from Jan 18, 2016: The mechanic that is replacing my high pressure informed me that because the whole undercarriage where the power steering high pressure line is attached, the whole assembly needs replacing. This now increases the cost from 288 dollars to over 1200 dollars. I will not be doing the repair because, In the end, the frame is still bad and unsafe. The vehicle needs to be junked because the frame is not repairable.

- , Vero Beach, FL, USA

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