hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,412 miles

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2005 Ford Expedition brakes problems

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2005 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 212016


  • 123,000 miles


Was driving and experienced complete brake failure, no warning, went to stop and had no brakes what so ever! the brake line going to the passenger side front caliper had completely rusted away under the middle of the vehicle between the passenger side front tire and the ABS distribution box. I was always told that the brake systems were designed with a tandem master cylinder so that if an event like this happened you would still have 2 wheels that had brakes. This obviously is not the case as there was a complete loss of all 4 brakes. Luckily I was only doing 25 mph and there was no traffic where I was when this happened, it took a ways to get the vehicle stopped by applying the parking brake. I don't want to even think what would happen if I was on the freeway doing 70 mph and had to stop in an emergency and this happened, I would probably be dead and possibly someone else also. This needs to be addressed asap. Peoples lives are at serious risk here. I cannot understand why these brake lines would not be made out of 318 stainless steel, they would never corrode and this would possibly save lives. I am totally convinced that people have died from this happening. This is nothing new with Ford! my mechanic told me that he sees Ford vehicles all the time with rusted out brake lines and people that have experienced complete brake failure due to this.

- Wyandotte, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 192014


  • 146,000 miles
While driving on the highway the car completely shut down. All lights on dash lit up, radio went off. Seconds later the car restated itself and the radio went back on. This happened twice on 10/20/2014 and once about two weeks before that.. no warning lights come on, no bumps the road was smooth, no rain puddles. It just dies and restarts itself each time. For about 6 months now the car dies completely when I am backing up every now and then not each time. We had 5 people in the car and got very scared. I have had lots of work done to the car and have receipts. Mechanic said it sounds like ran electrics problem that could be one of a hundred things. Please help with a solution.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

Jul 192014


  • 183,797 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the brakes were engaged but failed to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 183,797.

- Emporia, VA, USA

problem #5

Mar 222014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


I have talked to a few other owners of Ford Expedition (later models 2004-2008) and there is a definite issue with rust and other components rusting out. It seems to be a serious issue with rust esp when the brake lines are basically all rusted out in the front of the vehicle. Also the cross member frame underneath has a lot more than acceptable amount of rust, never seen this much even with a truck I have now a 1997 Dodge with 190,000 miles doesn't even come close to the rust I see with the Ford. Rust bubbles on the rear lift gate handle area and just about all around the window areas and the hood. Mind you that the time we've had the vehicle only maybe a handful of times it was out in snow or even rainy weather - low miles for the year 67,000/8 years+. the lines and rust repair will cost money $$ to fix I believe that Ford knows there's an issue and stiffs the consumer knowing that the materials rust out causing a very unsafe vehicle to drive. Anybody for a class action lawsuit here?

- Coatesville, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 312014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2005 Ford Expedition with adjustable height of the brake peddle. The adjustment does not work and the height of the brake peddle is at a height that when the brake is depressed it is also possible that the accelerator is also depressed causing unexpected acceleration. I have contacted my local dealer and www.Ford.com about this safety issue and both have told me that there is no recall and that they will not fix or assist me on this. I believe that the sudden acceleration is a serious safety concern and should be addressed by NHTSA.

- Sunbright, TN, USA

problem #3

Dec 092013


  • 152,000 miles
I was driving with 4 kids in the car, when all the sudden my car turned off, all the lights came on the dash. Luckily I was able to move over to a parking lot. I turned the car off, turned back on, nothing. Tried again and it worked. I was able to drive 50 miles home and as I was turning in my driveway it happened again.

- Denton, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 012013


  • 88,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph engine stopped working making brakes and steering fail. Limped off busy road luckily! engine light showed electronic throttle failure. Now check engine light is on. Going to dealers for repair today-since this is an obvious problem for Ford why haven't they addressed it! could be deadly if fails in heavy traffic conditions.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 162012


  • 59,500 miles
Driving the vehicle and I attempted to stop and the brake pedal went to the floor, even after pumping the brakes. Soon afterward the low fluid light went on. I had the vehicle taken to my licensed mechanic who diagnosed the problem as a rusted through brake line. Several other locations were heavily rusted and leaking as well. I was very fortunate not to hit anyone, especially since I had 5 children in the vehicle with me at the time of the incident. I have been the only the owner and ordered the vehicle new from Ford. This vehicle is lightly used and not garaged.

- Woodbridge, CT, USA

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