hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,836 miles

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2005 Ford Expedition drivetrain problems

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2005 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Sep 262016


  • 186,000 miles


I have an 05 Expedition eddie bauer edition and the truck was shuddering and vibrating while on incline or driving. It also would hesitate upon acceleration. The next day the truck will only roll in reverse it will not drive forward and the "check electronic throttle control" message continues to pop up. Drove it and all of a sudden it wouldn't shift, and all gauges went flat, truck was still revving but gauges were at zero and the truck wouldn't move. I was going 60 mph. And it just stopped moving completely. Cannot drive the truck.

- Ohatchee, AL, USA

problem #26

Oct 152015


  • miles
Transmission bad, paint come out some areas, replace all the spark plugs

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #25

Jul 302015

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 147,024 miles
My 15 year old son and my life were placed in serious danger, by the gross negligence and deceptive business practices promoted by the Ford Motor Company, regarding scan code P2106. Since as early as February 26, 2013 Ford Motor Company was made aware of a dangerous defect concerning the mechanical and electrical components of their manufactured product released to the consumer public for profit. The vehicles are Ford trucks, manufactured from 2003 - 2008, with the V8 5.4 L engine. Public record reveals case no. 12-7222, jason schmidt, (plaintiff) vs. Ford Motor Company, (defendant) filed in the United States district court for the eastern district of Pennsylvania, that Ford Motor Company is well aware of this issue. I believe that Ford Motor Company has made no attempts to inform Ford dealership owners, the Ford dealership managers or Ford service repair shop managers at the Ford dealerships and consumers who had already purchased their manufactured product of the issue. This issue is very dangerous, I was traveling 70 mph, with my son in the truck. Ford Motor Company has gone on record, via telephone conversation, explaining to me that; "Ford Motor Company has no control over how individual dealerships function or operate their establishment places of business, sorry. But I can take a complaint and be sure that the dealership receives it and provide you with a complaint number". flammer Ford, spring hill, fl replaced a part and neglected to test drive the truck, released the vehicle to me and the part replaced was not what was wrong with the truck. I had my truck towed to autonation Ford in brooksville, fl for the same issue (P2106 code), they did the same thing, without replacing a thing. Only this time, while driving on a highway, my truck and the lost all power. My truck is back at autonation Ford in need of a new transmission.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #24

Mar 102015


  • 150,000 miles


Since purchasing the Expedition in December 2014, I've had several incidents of "check engine throttle" warnings and the engine shut down, suddenly. This seems to also have a secondary issue of the truck hesitating/sputtering around 40-50mph. The vehicle has shut down on me in city traffic quite a few times and once on an exit ramp of the highway. This is a very dangerous situation to experience. The dealer mentioned possible spark plug issues. When the "check engine" icon finally came on, I had it read by the dealer and an independent mechanic. The code is a P2104. The dealer never got back to me on a remedy for this. The mechanic says the electronic throttle control must be replaced and could be the cause of both issues. Both have been reported to the dealer before their warranty expired. I'm finding the repair could cost about $700. An issue of the engine shutting off, regardless of speed, while driving is very dangerous. The truck must be placed in park, turned off, the re-started before continuing my drive. The scariest was upon an exit ramp of the highway at approximately 30mph.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #23

Jun 092014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Accelerated engine to pass, engine coughed and heaved. The RPM climbed but vehicle acted like it was dying. Car eventually died. Turned car off re- started it. Chk engine light came on. Engine ran rough wanted to ramp up in rpms but still acted like it was going to die. (this is not the first time, it is very intermittent) the last time it seemed serious and continuous they changed the transmission. The problem did not leave. I read numerous post on the web site as the problem continues to come back. Never showing codes. Just runs like crap. Numerous identical problems on the internet. Bought a new maf. No help. Replaced coil packs no help. Checked and cleaned vct solenoids. No help. Replaced camshaft position sensor. No help. No chk eng lights. Will not exceed 3500 RPM.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #22

Dec 162013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
Driving on highway at about 60 mph changing lanes and a odb message appears "check electronic throttle control" and the car just shuts down. It was a life threatening moment for my family and I as a truck that was on coming from behind with speed had to slam on the brakes in order not to collide with me since I had no power to accelerate. I was only fortunate that the truck had a clear lane to change into abruptly. The electronic throttle message after further research is a wide spread know issue among Ford cars and I am livid and very angry that the NHTSA has not issued a recall on this know issue as it is public knowledge online. This needs to be addressed immediately to avoid any potential future tragedies. I hope Ford does not want blood on there hands!

- Oceanside, NY, USA

problem #21

May 122011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 149,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the transmission would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 149,000.

- Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, USA

problem #20

Jan 252013


  • 122,000 miles
Driving in city traffic, at approximately 35 mph. The electronic throttle control light came on and engine died. We were able to coast to gas station. The vehicle started right up and everythings worked fine. The next day took vehicle to Ford dealership. After troubleshooting, they were not really sure of what was the problem. But they suggested changing the throttle body. We decided to take vehicle home. Vehicle worked fine until yesterday, the problem occurred again. This is an unsafe condition. There is a large about of E-mail traffic about this same problem, and Ford has not issued a recall.

- Rockton, IL, USA

problem #19

Oct 022006


  • 10,000 miles
First time it occurred I was traveling to work the car stalled while driving approx. 20 mph and there was no control of the car - was able to move to side of road and restart. Fault on the console was "electronic throttle". has happen approx 4 more times at various speeds and conditions with three different drivers. No problem ever found by dealer. Has happened at high speed on the freeway complete loss of steering and power occurs more concerning it can happen at any time without warning. I find this to be extremely dangerous and a death trap waiting to happen. The last time it occurred when by teenage daughter was driving she was scared to death refusing to drive it home. This reminded me of Toyota prius so I took it upon myself to report my incidents. Looking at the internet I now find it occurs frequently and it is not an isolated case.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #18

Oct 042012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 46,600 miles
I was driving, when I tried to further accelerate, the car did not respond and a warning " check electronic throttle control". I pulled over and was able to restart the car and continue to drive as normal. The internet indicates this is a common problem in 2005 Expedition. This is obvious a highly dangerous situation to not be able to accelerate while already driving.

- Beverly Hills, CA, USA

problem #17

Dec 162011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


I have a 2005 Expedition and have had a electronic throttle control failure on it twice in the last 10 months. Both cases happened while turning through a major intersection, the engine continued to run, but there was no connection between the gas pedal and the throttle (stepping on the gas had no effect). Luckily I was able to coast through the intersection and onto the shoulder without getting hit. The first occurrence was in Dec 2011, and it just happened again this morning (1 Oct 2012), luckily I was driving and safely maneuvered out of harm┐'s way. If it had been my wife and children in the vehicle, or if it had happened on the highway, it is highly likely that the outcome would have been much worse. There are many reports of this same failure on the internet. I will not let my wife and children ride in the vehicle tried to have fixed at the dealer in Dec 2011 and they had no idea how to fix it, just wanted to start replacing parts. Called the dealer again today and they had no other answer.

- Wantage, NJ, USA

problem #16

Jun 012012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
A clunk/thump noise from the rear when the transmission is engaged or shifted, during a change in vehicle direction or on acceleration. Have had my trans replaced once under warranty and now its doing the same thing again.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #15

Jun 062012


  • 102,000 miles
Warning light said electronic throttle control, this is the third time I have almost had a major accident and Ford tells me to call them when I have an accident or the code shows back up. They admit that they are aware of this issue but it must fail completely before it can be replaced under warranty or recall. Also the truck cuts out at 60mph and jerks until you speed up. They advised they are also aware of this problem and come back when it breaks down.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #14

Dec 232011


  • 129,000 miles
Traveling in a parking lot car died and said check electric throttle control. Wont run or crank. Left stuck in a parking lot had to get towed home.

- Hutto, TX, USA

problem #13

Aug 142011


  • 90,000 miles
2005 Ford Expedition eddie bauer, 90,000 miles. (vehicle manufactured in 2004.) while being driven at highway speed throttle stuck in fully depressed position after being engaged for a routine pass of another vehicle. Vehicle was noted to accelerate. Accelerator pedal could not be returned to non-depressed state when force applied. Brakes applied forcefully, vehicle was unable to be slowed or brought to a stop. Strong smell of "burning" brake pads was noted. Attempted to shift vehicle into automatic transmission position of neutral. No change in engine speed noted. Transmission then shifted into reverse. Vehicle wheels locked up and vehicle skidded approximately 100 - 150 feet before coming to a stop. Antilock system and other systems did not activate. After coming to a stop, throttle pedal was inspected. No interior interference from floor mats or other materials noted. Operator is 100% certain as a result of "real-time" visual confirmation, that accelerator and brake pedals were not mistakenly engaged or dually engaged. Cruise control was not engaged. Vehicle has been serviced and maintained regularly and with precision and detail. Vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic immediately post the incident. Throttle body found to be fouled and dirty. Independent mechanic is reasonably certain that dirty throttle body is most likely cause of this event. Independent mechanic has personal knowledge and experience of similar throttle body failures producing similar events as has been described above. This vehicle has had other premature failures, including (1) need for transmission and transfer case to be rebuilt at 28,000 miles; (2) failure of power driver's seat to move on its track at 25,000 miles; (3) premature cam phaser failure and rebuild at approximately 35,000 miles.

- Saint Davids, PA, USA

problem #12

Jun 012011


  • 100,000 miles
We wife has a 2005 Ford Expedition, it is used mainly for her to haul our kids to practice and school back and forth. The truck is constantly dying while driving it. The display shows check electronic throttle control". this morning she was taking the kids to school when it died while going through an intersection. I have talked to several different dealers who say they never heard of this problem, but can check it out for $$$$$$ yet I can search the internet and find the same problem happening to these Expedition. My questions is why isn't Ford being responsible and getting these recalled and repaired before someone is killed in these vehicles. Can you imagine driving with your loved ones and loosing full control of your vehicle at anytime.we have experienced the shutdown at all speeds. It is getting worse. Where is the recall Ford"? before someone is killed.........update changed out the tps quess what didn't fix it still doing it..what now Ford?"

- Canton, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 112011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 81,024 miles
2005 Ford Expedition has been stalling with no warning with the check throttle control light on. Will restart after turning off. I have replaced the throttle sensor twice and has not helped. This problem is very common for the 2005 Expedition. Ford dealer will not help, but offers a $700. Fix that I understand does not always help.

- Helotes, TX, USA

problem #10

Jan 252011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
I was driving up the highway with my two kids in my car. I was traveling about 40 mph. All of a sudden I hear the beep on my system and it stated that I needed to " check electronic throttle control". I laid off the gas and went thru a light when I attempted to hit the gas again I realized I had no power at all and I was coasting. I got in the turning lane and had to pull in front of a car just so I would not be stuck in the middle of the road where my kids and I would have been in an accident. I waited about 10 minutes and the vehicle fired up. I was in tears trying to make it to my office because I felt like it might happen again. The whole mile it took for me to get there the truck felt like it was going to shut off again. It felt like the truck did not have gas and was riding on fumes. It was shaking and moving slowing. I will not drive it like this and will probably trade it in now. I cannot drive a vehicle that I do not feel is reliable for me and my kids. This is the first time that this has happened and the truck has 83K miles on it. I also had problems with the catalytic converter at 46K miles. My mechanic said that the throttle body could have failed as a result of the catalytic converter not working properly. I might try to fix the problem depending on costs associated with it or might get another vehicle.

- Mansfield, GA, USA

problem #9

Dec 152010

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 83,500 miles
2005 Ford Expedition limited ~83.5K miles vehicle had been driven about a half hour and the engine stopped without warning, unable to accelerate, brake or steer. Coasted to side of road, shut vehicle off, restarted. Took to dealership, unable to register code however I provided them with comments from online sites pointing to throttle control body failure causing engine to go into failsafe mode. Dealership's first inclination without any codes is to replace a fuel sensor. Dealership refused to address throttle control body despite my suggestion along with other vehicle owner's incident reports from online sites. 8 days later while my husband was driving myself and five children, after about a half hour of driving, he found he was unable to accelerate, looked at the message center and it said check electronic throttle control at which time he put the vehicle in neutral and was able to restart. Dealerships are not addressing this issue because the onboard computer or sensors are not storing these codes, the problem is so far intermittent. This particular dealership despite my research would not address the issue. It also appears Ford is not acknowledging this either. So far, I have found one instance online where the owner of a 2006 Expedition was reimbursed from Ford for the replacement of their electronic throttle control body thereby acknowledging some semblance of responsibility. This newer throttle control body is different than the original, improved. Why is there not a recall or even a tsb" how many reports of there out there, how many accidents, injuries, possibly deaths might be attributed to this failure" after contacting Ford, we will have the throttle control body replaced. Also, it appears, people are being suggested to replace the sensor first only to have the problem occur again - it's not the sensor, it's the actual part.

- Milton, WI, USA

problem #8

Apr 092010


  • 90,000 miles
2005 Ford Expedition "electronic throttle control" light will come on and the engine will stall. This will happen at any time, any speed and without warning. Unfortunately someone will have to be severely injured before Ford takes a look at this.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

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