really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,999 miles

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2003 Ford Expedition body / paint problems

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #10

Apr 192016


  • 186,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the front passenger side subframe corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 186,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #9

Oct 242015


  • miles
My passenger window and both back windows have dropped several times. I have had to have this fixed more than once on the back passenger side window, what happens is ill try to put the window up and the window motor makes a struggling noise and I am unable to roll up the window. At this point I'm sure it must be a defect because of how it has happened to each window more than once. Also the bumper that goes around the entire car is extremely faded and I am unable to get fixed I have gone to get estimates for a pain job but have been told due to the material it is just going to fade I would need to get it sanded and have them do some special treatment I cant afford and they will not just paint over it for me because they guarantee there work and would have to redo it too often. All the Expedition I see have the exact same issue.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 122012


  • 100,000 miles
I owned this vehicle since 2003. A couple of years ago I noticed small perforation/rusting on the top of the vehicle and over time it became worst. Now there are numerous badly corroded areas. It appears that due to the design and the materials used water remains trapped especially when the vehicle is parked. Also poor workmanship or poor materials are contributing factors. This may have caused this unforeseen issues. There is a possibility that the hood can become weak in the areas affected by the corrosion, therefore I am seeking guidance. I did reach of to the Ford company with negative results, they only advise that this was not a warranty issue. On another note I am the only owner and I have not lived close to the beaches or even where you would expect corrosion of this magnitude.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 012013

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, deceleration became very difficult. The vehicle was examined by an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the brakes lines had rusted. The mechanic also discovered that the rocker panels and frame was rusted. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 150,000. Updated 06/27/14

- Vinton, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 012005


  • miles
The paint has been bubbling on the liftgate of my Ford, Expedition for years. Just recently, that paint has been chipping, which I'm sure is going to cause rust to form. I've read many similar complaints from other Expedition owners, but I can't find a place where Ford has responded, except to say why it is happening. Will Ford be doing anything to remedy this for their consumers?

- O'fallon, MO, USA

problem #5

Feb 062008


  • 88,000 miles
When it rains the rear doors of the vehicle fill with water. I have done everything I can to make sure the door is sealed but it still fills up with water. It has rained a lot this week and the doors are full again.

- Wedgefield, SC, USA

problem #4

Jan 032012


  • 108,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the driver's door opened without warning and would not remain latched or closed. The dealer had not been notified of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The current and the failure mileages were 108,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 012007


  • 20,000 miles
First, the door ajar light came on and stayed on. I continued to go around the vehicle opening and shutting the doors and the light remained on. Consumer could not start the vehicle since the light came on, and had to get a jump to start it. After a few days of this the battery was finally ruined, and I was forced to buy a new one. I used lubricants to try and clear debris from the door sensors and this worked for 3 months. Now it will not work at all. Talked to dealer and they want to charge 600 dollars per sensors. Nothing wrong with sensor its just dirty. Second, the rear ac is making a clicking noise and will not control temperature. I sent it under warranty to the dealership and replaced the ac mechanism, stated "this was a common defect with the vehicle". 5 months later this part went out again and it was no longer under warranty and the dealership would not replace the problem and wanted to charge me over 300 dollars. They apparently replaced the defective part with the same defective part and would repair it again 5 months later!!!. third, the side panels on the Expedition exterior started fading at about 20,000 miles. The dealership replaced them under warranty. About 20,000 miles later we noticed they had faded again. We took it to the dealership and they would not replace the defective panels this time because it was know longer under warranty. Even though it was another defect replaced with a defective part. Forth, the rear passenger exterior door/window trim is bubbling and peeling off. This looks horrible! fifth, the front passenger and font driver window switches that roll down the windows are having issues. I had the motor replaced for the passenger window and it fixed the issue for a little bit. Now the passenger can not roll down the window. However the driver can"?" please help! I need help with any or all of these issues. I don't know where else to go!

- League City, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 092004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,493 miles
The drivers side tie rod has broken twice. Both times was without warning. The dealer has fixed it once and now it is back to the dealer for the second time for same problem. The manufacturer took information from the consumer, but she has not heard back from them. Passenger side rear window does not go down from master switch. Door ajar light does not go off. Left front ball joint separated, then vehicle hit sign. Lower control arm broken, upper ball joint bad, spindle broken sway bar link broken, cv boot torn and axle pulled out of front differential. Tie rod end on left side broken and vacuum hub cracked on spindle and tire and rim damaged. Also fender liner ripped out. Spindle, upper control arm, lower control arm, cv boot replaced. Clip for axle vacuum hub and wheel and tire, removed front differential to reinstall, axle and clip replaced wheel and tire and performed alignment. Damage to hood when knuckle split.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
My Expedition is a 1yr and 5 months. With less than 500 miles paid for a front end alignment and tire rotation, because of bad vibration at speeds of 60-70 miles an hour. Still had vibration, took it back to dealer, they said the truck came with tires out of balance. Still had vibration, took it back to dealership, a box dealing with the steering wheel had to be replaced. Since then I have paid for another front end alignment and tire balance, now tires have worn so bad dealership will probably blame worn tires for the vibration. There is more!!! the seal on the front windshield came loose and started leaking, and had to be replaced. In the front defrost vent some foam stuff had come loose and would flap around when the vent was on, the dealership called it ( packing) it was replaced or glued back down. The side trim on both sides from the two front doors, to the two rear doors faded badly, and had to be replaced. The dome light had a pinched wire and would flicker when turned on or hit a bump, it was repaired. The power window swith light, driver side went out, and the unit had to be replaced, and now the cruise control will not stay engaged when I hit a bump most of this happened in under a year.

- Antioch, TN, USA

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