hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,800 miles

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 202014

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


I was traveling at 70 mph on the interstate. The car popped, sputtered and died. Has steadily gotten more and more frequent. Engine dies at idle, dies at slow speeds as well as faster speeds. Very dangerous! have replaced the PCM, wiring harness, and fuel pump. Is not repaired. Power mirrors readjust themselves when the keyless entry is used. Several warning lights stay on, door ajar, check fuel cap, advatrac will not turn on. Rear window will not work. Back up sensor will not work. Interior lights as well as exterior lighting will not power off when car is turned off. You must manually turn them off or the battery drains.cd player will not eject cd's loud popping sound in the front end and grinding sound when stopping. I have had this in the shop since June of 2014 and they cannot find the problem. Have already spent $1000 trying to repair. This vehicle is dangerous and can very likely cause an accident. It is not safe to drive. Ford auto shop wants to charge me $100 an hour to diagnose the problem then they are not sure if they can find the problem, they are telling me it could cost between $500-$1000 just to find the problem. I have checked several web sites and see that there are many, many people with the same problems with the same type of vehicle. This should be looked into before someone is injured or killed in an accident caused from the car stalling!!!

- Lowell, AR, USA

problem #4

Dec 072013


  • miles
Bulbs melting third brake light assembly internally. This happened to original and recently replaced unit. Bulbs were seized to the plastic mounting and melted/deformed both bulb mounts and reflector. Unit is now defective.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 092009


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph at night, the headlights suddenly turn off and back without warning. The headlight relay made a noise as well. The failure occurred several times. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that there were no related recalls. The failure mileage was approximately 91,000.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #2

Jan 012009


  • 200,000 miles
Brakes need to be replaced constantly. Pads wear very fast. Rotors wear easily and need replacement with pads each time. When brought to have rotors turn, was told they are manufactured with very little tolerance and could not be turned even though there was minimal visible wear. Was told they did not "mic" with enough range to tolerate the cut when turning. Rotors should not need replacement with each brake change. Excessive brake dust. Brake dust has eaten away at finish on rims. After last brake repair, front end now has a clicking sound. Brake pedal has always felt spongy. On two occasions with aggressive braking conditions, brakes locked up. Told dealership who said this is normal with the Ford braking systems. Additionally, we have had an ongoing problem with the passenger side fog lamp not staying lit and the metal reflector piece in the fog lamps coming loose. We are now having problems with two (front drivers/rear passengers) door electric locks not unlocking or locking the doors.

- Oxford, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 282002

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
While driving 30 mph, the vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. Suddenly, the vehicle stalled. The driver tried to restart the vehicle and was not able to do so. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the alternator and battery needed to be replaced. While unlocking the driver's door with the automatic switch both side rear view mirrors would automatically move up and down. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic replaced both side rear view mirror motors. Consumer adds both side view mirrors motors replaced 2 to 3 more times. The fog light housing replaced, rear light covers replaced due to moisture, heater core switch replaced from dash. Brakes squealing when applied. Transmission slipping and power steering pump winding.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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