hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,844 miles

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2005 Ford Expedition engine problems

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2005 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #30

Nov 012012


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. While driving on an incline, the vehicle stalled and the electronic throttle control indicator illuminated. The engine resumed normal operation after the vehicle was restarted. The failure occurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Bremen , GA, USA

problem #29

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 #28

May 152014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Electronic throttle control help, I have a 2005 Expedition, . the thing has just started shutting down on me while driving. For no apparent reason, while driving along, it stops running, and after shutting it off, placing it in park, it will start back up. It was so scary, thanks god I didn't had any accident, this is a big issue from Ford

- Hutto, TX, USA

problem #27

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 #26

Feb 262014


  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The wrench icon illuminated after the failure occurred. The contact coasted onto the shoulder and was able to restart the engine. The vehicle was later taken to the dealer, who performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the throttle. The throttle was replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 117,000.

- Tallahassee , FL, USA

problem #25

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 #24

Dec 092013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 170,000 miles


I have six kids and when your driving and your car shuts off going 50-60 miles an hours and gives you a message fail safe message, that's pretty scary. I fixed the throttle body sensor once and now have issues with the same issue. I have looked into this and surprised that there are not recalls. This is one expensive fix.

- Anacortes, WA, USA

problem #23

Dec 162013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 144,500 miles
My mother had my car when this occurred and the incident and subsequent research showing a dangerous pattern and no recall of this issue has me very concerned. While at a red light, the engine failsafe message flashed across the dash with the engine light on while making loud alert beeps. The engine was still running but the car would not go. My mother put it in park and shut the engine off. She was able to restart the car and drive with no issues. My concern doing research on this issue is that this can occur while in motion. If this had happened a minute earlier or later, it could have resulted in very serious accidents during high speeds or left turns. I am now almost fearful for myself and others to drive this car.

- Atlantic Beach, FL, USA

problem #22

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 #21

Jul 012011


  • 85,000 miles
Vehicle stopped running while making left turn at intersection, vehicle stopped running while at stop light, vehicle stopped running while on interstate hwy at highway speeds. All this has happened more than 20 times.

- Goodlettsville, TN, USA

problem #20

Jul 062013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 98,300 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the vehicle caught on fire. The fire started from under the rear seat of the vehicle. The vehicle was destroyed in the fire. A police report was filed. The contact stated that his mechanic believed that a failed catalytic converter could have potentially caused the fire. The failure and the current mileage was 98,300.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #19

Jun 182013


  • 152,873 miles
I was driving on the freeway at 60mph and the engine shut down and showed "check electric throttle control". I was not able to pull to the side. The truck worked fine after I restarted it. This has happened 5 times. We were lucky that nobody hit us on the freeway. Throttle body needs to be replaced. 3 different mechanics and 1 electrician said this a defect and they see it all the time with this engine.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #18

Feb 072013


  • 120,000 miles
I was driving down the highway going 65 & my truck completely shut down was almost hit by a semi. A wrench sign came on, I put it in park & shut it off & started it back up. This happens all the time. I believe something should be done before someone gets killed, from what im reading its happens to alot of owners. So please for our safety do something don't wait till its to late.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #17

May 062013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and the engine fail safe mode warning message illuminated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The failure and current mileage was 125,000.

- Laurel , MD, USA

problem #16

Apr 012013


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the engine shook. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the variable cam timing phaser had failed and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #15

Apr 182013


  • 79,900 miles
Getting on freeway an audible bip and a warning came on screen indicating to check electric throttle and a few seconds later the engine died. Extremely dangerous. Had kids in car. This should be a matter for recall.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 022007

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Failure of cam shaft and valve, lifter parts associated with the right side of this 5.4L engine. Most likely due to variable cam timing units. 5.4 L engine in 2005 Expedition, first placed in service in December 2004. Right side of engine began making a ticking noise within 30,000 miles. Dealer service stated ticking noise is normal, no issues. Noise continued. Noise recently became worse. Right side of engine. Mileage for vehicle is at 142,000 miles. Independent mechanic states hydraulic lifter issue, cam shaft is bad. $1,200+ repair. Doing research on various car sites reveals many issues similar to this with the 5.4L Ford engine. Issues stated dealt with: Defective cylinder heads, failing cam phasers, camshaft bearings failing, failed cam solenoids, thrust bearing failure, variable cam timing (vct) failure and cam shaft failure due to other parts. This defect seems to be covered in a TB put out by Ford (tsb 05-15-8), but did not involve a recall. This issue has affected 100's if not 10,000's of Expedition owners. Initiate an investigation and I believe that you will agree Ford should issue a recall to repair or replace.

- Vail, AZ, USA

problem #13

Mar 052013


  • 125,000 miles
We have had three incidents of unexpected acceleration on our Ford Expedition. Once with my daughter and three grandchildren and twice with myself. I have contacted Ford and they say there is no known vehicle problem and only offered to have it towed to a Ford dealer and I will be responsible for the cost of the repair. If Ford is correct and there is no known problem, then why would Ford be willing to pay the cost of towing the vehicle to a dealership? I spoke with Ford customer service on March 5th and today April 1st. [xxx] a Ford customer service manager stated the above. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #12

Mar 212013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 111,920 miles
The engine just stalled and the message "engine fail safe mode" appeared. Luckily we were right at a parking lot that we rolled into with my husband steering. We had just pulled off the interstate traveling 65 mph. It could have resulted in injuries and/or death. Ford should fix this problem.

- Milltown, IN, USA

problem #11

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

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