really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,492 miles

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2003 Ford Expedition transmission problems

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #18

Apr 052004


  • 25,000 miles


The transmission has failed twice in my Ford Explorer, first at about 2500 and now, after a rebuilt engine was installed, at 205,000. As well, I have had differential problems, moon roof issues, paint issues, cracked head, etc.

- Andover, NJ, USA

problem #17

Mar 272011


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle restarted after ten minutes and was taken to a private mechanic. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 180,000.

- Newman, GA, USA

problem #16

Feb 272011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
2003 Ford Expedition would not start after long tow to mechanic it was a burnt relay switch but now it turns off while driving, change the relay switch and problem is temporarily fixed now since the relay is for the fuel pump and PCM my transmission is acting up not shifting 3rd or over drive no one can figure out the problem but we are scared to drive the truck!

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #15

Dec 262009


  • 56,000 miles


I was driving down the freeway when my Expedition made a noise, the inside dash lights flickered and the transmission started acting up. I pulled over at a hotel. I called a tow truck who came to pick it up a few days later. When he started it the wiring harness caught unfire. The entire wiring burned up on the lift side of the vehicle. The mechanic told us we were luck to have stopped. If we continued down the highway my family and I would have been in great danger. I believe the fire was the fault of bad wiring. I check the recall sites and my vehilce was not part of the faulty wiring recall.

- Fpo, AE, USA

problem #14

Dec 212007

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,900 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. While driving 50mph, the vehicle began to hesitate after making a loud noise. After describing the symptoms to the dealer via phone, he stated that the failure appeared to be the transmission. The noise is getting progressively worse. The warranty has expired. The dealer is diagnosing the failure today. The current mileage was 93000 and the failure mileage was 92900.

- Bowie , MD, USA

problem #13

Apr 242005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,500 miles
Consumer states: Had car in park with slight incline, and left vehicle running, and the vehicle slipped out of gear and went into reverse. No one was in the vehicle.

- Camden, AR, USA

problem #12

Nov 172004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


Consumer was unloading some materials from the rear of the vehicle when all of a sudden it jumped from park into reverse on its own. Consumer was dragged into the other side of the street, resulting in injury.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #11

Jul 092003


  • 6,200 miles
While parked on incline vehicle slipped out of park gear into reverse, and vehicle rolled back, and rolled over consumer's knees when trying to stop the vehicle. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Richmond Hill, GA, USA

problem #10

Feb 142005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle will not engage into reverse keeping it from moving out of a parking space. Manufacturer has been notified by owner.

- Baldwin Park, CA, USA

problem #9

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

problem #8

Jul 312004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,400 miles


I parked my 2003 Ford Expedition in my driveway. I put it in park and engaged the emergency brake. As I went to open my door I turned to see the truck rolling down the driveway. It hit my neighbor's truck and when I got to the truck, it was still in park. After having the truck at the dealership for several days I was told there was nothing wrong with it. I asked for a Ford rep to examine the vehicle but with no success. The people at the dealership have been helpful however they are running up against a brick wall as well.the owner and service manager were told by Ford that an independent engineer would be sent out to look at the truck. When I called I was told the notes stated that there was no further action necessary by Ford.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jul 192004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2003 Ford expediton jumped from park to reverse while idleing on a slight incline, after approximately 12 minutes, went in reverse, and struck a house. I ran after the Expedition, as it only gained speed, towards the house, and I was not able to catch the vehicle without being injured myself.

- Denison, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 232003

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
Transmission popped out of park while idling on a slight incline and struck a light pole. This was a marked police unit.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 302003


  • 1,700 miles
Consumer shifted the transmission gear into reverse, but vehicle was unable to accelerate in reverse. Dealership was notified, but the problem was not resolved.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #4

Nov 152003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
Vehicle will shift from park to reverse without the brake pedal depressed.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 312003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2003 for Expedition. It recently came to my attention that I do not have to actually apply my brake to move my car from park to reverse. I only have to barely touch the brake pedal and can put the vehicle in reverse. I feel that this can be very dangerous should a child be left alone in a running vehicle. Hen I took the vehicle to the dealer he later informed me that all 2003's do this. I contacted Ford Motor Company but, also feel it is necessary to inform you and ask for your assisstance in this matter.

- St. Francisville, LA, USA

problem #2

Apr 052003


  • miles
While parked on a slight incline the vehicle coasted backwards without warning.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 282002

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,755 miles
The vehicle experienced a severe vibration, when the gear was transferred to 4-wheel drive, the dealer was unable to fix the problem.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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