really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
118,508 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace engine (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Ford Expedition engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 082011

Expedition XLT 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,524 miles


Our family recently purchased a used 2003 Ford Expedition through Cascade Auto group in my Klamath Falls, Oregon. They are a fairly a large dealership. This purchase took place March 7th ,2011. I was never offered any type of extended warranty as I had been from other car lots in the past and had purchased. There was no car buyers guide in the window either. I also was confused as to why another salesman tore off the warranty sticker when they had told me It wasn’t coming with a warranty. I do not recall if the As-Is or warranty box was checked The day we bought this vehicle was a very stressful day as we didn’t close the deal until 9:30 pm that night because of another customer. The vehicle was also selling for $10,999 and I made a offer for$8,900. The offer was accepted at $8000.We also were responsible for changing out the tires since there were worn out studs on it at the time with no extra set of regular tires. The stud deadline was fast approaching 3 weeks ahead into April, so that put us out another $800.00. Two weeks after purchasing the truck the check engine light came on and when diagnosed it was the one of the 4 O2 sensors, the light eventually went off before i could get it repaired and i thought nothing of it. For every week up to 5 weeks after purchasing the vehicle the salesman (Will) would call me and ask if everything was going ok and so on, at that time it was. I updated him on the O2 sensor problem and he said “”It pry needs a good drive on a highway to burn off some built up fumes.” That weekend we were taking a trip to Bend, Oregon. That didn’t solve the problem of the O2 sensor.

The major problem we are fighting for is because of the following: We were on our way out of town traveling up a mountain about 35 miles from home, we were with (in front of) 4 other vehicles passing a semi truck on Hwy 140 in the passing lane. No over heating occurred no emergency lights nothing were flashing and then BAM the Hi-Temp Low Oil light the engine came on and it started making a loud knocking noise, all with in 20 seconds the power died after the knocking. Everything happened so fast. We were fortunate enough to have been far enough ahead before the road ended to cross back over into the lane closest to the ditch and drive into the ditch and stop without being hit by the semi we just passed. No one could have known unless there was an accident that we had lost power. I called AAA right away and insurance. we were towed safely home with our vehicle. Insurance wont cover this damage and car lot is saying it was sold as is, And that Oregon doesn’t have a Lemon law against used vehicles. So we now have the worlds most expensive and heaviest paper weight in our front driveway.

- , Klamath Falls, OR, USA

problem #2

Sep 042010

Expedition 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

On 9/5/2010 I check my oil that morning and notice it was a quart low. I added one quart of to my SUV and everything was fine. So, I thorught. Later that evening my family and I was on our way to Tennessee for Labor Day. We were traveling north on I-75 when the engine light came on, the temp light came on and the engine shut down forcing me to pull over on the side on the interstate. We stayed out from 6:30pm to 11:30pm. I had to have the SUV towed home.

- , Lithonia, GA, US

problem #1

Jun 062007

Expedition V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

In the middle of nowhere, Virginia, my wife got an oil light warning, so she pulled over, found a gas station and checked the oil. It was low, so she added 4 quarts, saw it was back above the line, and continued the trip. 15 minutes later, the light was back on, and before she could get stopped, the car just shut off and wouldn't turn over. The engine had seized, due to a defect in one of the cylinder heads (based on what the shop told us) that caused the oil to shoot out through a tiny hole in the head. We were beyond the powertrain warranty, so we had to pay for this ourselves. I've never been a Ford fan to begin with due to some of the stupid things they do in the engine compartment to prevent you from doing your own work, but this takes the cake. It'll be the last Ford we ever own.

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

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