really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,426 miles

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2005 Ford Expedition electrical problems

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2005 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #69

Nov 272016


  • miles


This car just numerous of problem..... who ever built this car did not have a good job of doing

- Park City, IL, USA

problem #68

Aug 142016


  • 200,000 miles
Same as everyone else driving normally and truck completely shuts off 4 different times all differently I changed the fuel pump driver module had fuel tank dropped and changed fuel filter and pump I'm not going to lie I love my baby she's been good to me besides this I have 250,000 plus miles on her and counting and never faced probs till now I've recently this year (technically) rebuilt her motor and that's it. Also passanger over head lightstart have been acting funny some work some don't and ac in the 3rd row sometimes goes out or makes a clicking noise and heater don't work at all on the 2nd or 3rd row I am a single female with 3 young kids id love to keep my baby running so please help and I've had one other prob one time on high way I had a fender bender I repeatedly stopped over N over on breaks and never managed to stop until I slammed into other driver in fronthe of me me and my kids were terrified and never thank god happened again but yep so please for the love of people's safety recall fix and apologize for the wrong harmful doing like big boys and pay up or you'll either lose precious innocent lives of Ford customers or just lose customers in general have a heart fix yalls wrong and lets move on with this Ford built tuff heck of a beautiful SUV and lets live life safe ty sorry for the caps not yelling just needing to stand out is all Texas is where I'm at yall be safe ;)

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #67

Mar 162016


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the air conditioning unit failed and emitted hot air from the vents when activated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic several times where the blender door actuator, compressor, and control panel were replaced; however, the failure recurred. The mechanic stated that the failure could not be remedied. The manufacturer stated that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The contact was also advised that the failure could have been attributed to the control head that was located behind the control panel. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Vidalia, GA, USA

problem #66

Mar 012016


  • 20 miles


I have a 2005 Ford Expedition and have maintained my vehicle maintenance and only have 124,000 miles on this vehicle. It continues to shut off the engine and code fail safe mode on code appear and when I'm driving on the highway it is dangerous. After reading so many complaints this is unsafe. Also, the computer issues with locking doors, failure of the transmission (which I had to replace) such a disappointment of a vehicle. Ford should recall engine and computer issues. I purchased this vehicle brand new $50,000 + and have not be able to depend on the stability since I've had it.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #65

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 #64

Nov 182014

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,520 miles
While moving in traffic the vehicle engine cut-off on its own. Message came up on dash display, something about "elect throttle control". was moving very slowly on an interstate highway bad traffic, with heaters (front and back) and the radio on. I was able to coast off to the side of the highway. Turned off radio, heaters, then was able to restart the vehicle. Battery condition was fine (replaced 2 years ago), no other warning. Vehicle is well-maintained, never driven hard or used for towing. Today I am taking it to a Ford dealer for evaluation.....updated 08/25/15

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #63

Feb 082008

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 8,000 miles


The dash message center lights have progressively been getting dimmer to the point the mileage information, direction of travel and temp are unreadable in daylight hours. However, at night, when the auto lights turn on, the message center is quite clear.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #62

Apr 162013

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
While driving along at 55 mph engine shut down. No power brakes, steering, etc. Indicator message on dashboard said "check electronic ignition". repair cost $ $724.19.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #61

Nov 192014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
For the 3rd time in the past year I am driving down the road at about 40 mph - engine lights comes on, message "check electronic throttle control" comes on - I have no power, I coast to the side lane turn on hazard lights, turn key to off position. Restart the car (takes a couple of tries) and continue - this is extremely dangerous and should be addressed by Ford ( I have reported this issue) looking on line and on one site www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Expedition/2005/engine/vehicle_speed_control.shtml there are 52 complaints with the same issue. There are many other sites reporting the same exact problem. I am taking my vehicle to the dealer tomorrow - what else should I be doing to resolve this issue. - it's apparent that many other people are having this same exact issue- does it take someone dying to get the car manufacturers to listen to their customers?

- Cooper City, FL, USA

problem #60

Nov 182014

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 111,520 miles
While moving in traffic the vehicle engine cut-off on its own. Message came up on dash display, something about "elect throttle control". was moving very slowly on an interstate highway bad traffic, with heaters (front and back) and the radio on. I was able to coast off to the side of the highway. Turned off radio, heaters, then was able to restart the vehicle. Battery condition was fine (replaced 2 years ago), no other warning. Vehicle is well-maintained, never driven hard or used for towing. Today I am taking it to a Ford dealer for evaluation.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #59

May 302014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 11,000 miles


I was driving my 2005 Ford Expedition at 25mph and came to a stop light. I stopped. I tried to accelerate but I couldn't. my RPM where moving but car would not. Then the check electric throttle control message popped on. Car finally started to accelerate but died out. It then restarted and drove normally for 4 blocks, before not accelerating at all. Had to be towed to Ford dealer. This needs to be recalled.

- New Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #58

Apr 122011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle died unexpectedly while traveling down highway at a high rate of speed. There are hundreds of complaints just like this on here. If a recall isn't in order people will die and the lawsuits will begin. It's obviously a major mechanical problem. Ford and the NHTSA should be liable. This is serious and reading through all of these complaints it doesn't seem like the NHTSA is doing their job.

- Warrensburg, MO, USA

problem #57

Feb 282014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
While driving home down a slight decline, I heard a beep and the message on the dash read (check electronic throttle control) which I then mentally added to my list of things to do. Not until a needed to start accelerating again did I realize that my throttle was completely inoperable. Luckily, a word used frequently by other owners to describe this same issue, I was able to coast to a stop while other vehicles went around me. Turning off the vehicle and restarting it seemed to "reset" the throttle control. I do not trust that it will be safe to use, particularly with the winter driving conditions that I encounter. I have an appointment scheduled for Monday. With all the complaints I have seen regarding this same issue, I am shocked that more action (recall) has not been taken. Does a crash, fire, injury, or fatality need to occur before this can be taken seriously? I am baffled that a warning message cannot be displayed in advance of complete throttle failure considering the potential catastrophic outcomes. This vehicle was inspected/serviced November 2013.

- State College, PA, USA

problem #56

Dec 302013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
While driving 55mph on interstate 95 in philadelphia, pa with my wife and 2 children the vehicle stopped running and I was dangerously stalled in the middle of interstate 95. The check engine light came on and check electronic throttle message came on. This is a family vehicle and my wife and I refuse to drive it now in fear of this incident occurring again resulting in death or serious injury. Based upon my research, it appears to be a well known problem that occurred to thousands of Ford Expedition owners. I would appreciate the problem being addressed expeditiously before people are killed and/or injured.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #55

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 #54

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 #53

Aug 112013


  • 80,000 miles
Rear driver side passenger window went down by itself and there is no way to send it up. Is stuck open. I am reporting because I found more than 20 forums online with hundreds of reported complaints on the same issue and I don't see the necessary recall on this item.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #52

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 #51

Jul 012012


  • 119,000 miles
The spark plug broke in the engine costing a lot of money to repair. Now another one is stuck and I cant afford to get it fixed. This could possibly cause fire and create a safety hazard. There are numerous complaints out there and this really needs to be a recall situation.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #50

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

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