really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,673 miles

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2005 Ford Expedition transmission problems

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2005 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #13

Feb 012012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 84,328 miles


I have a 2005 Ford Expedition with 84K miles and I was going 30 mph when I lost the gas pedal(power) to my vehicle. Warning light came on and then I pulled to side of road. Lucky I was not hit from behind due to losing power to the engine. Turned vehicle off for a few minutes and then turned back on. No warning light and truck ran fine. Took it to local Ford dealer who for $98 tells me I need to spend another $600 to replace throttle body. After a long discussion with service manager I decided to decline the repair until I contact Ford and national highway safety board.

- Hixson, TN, USA

problem #12

Sep 192011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • miles
While driving at 60mph on us 85 N the engine light came on with a message "check electronic throttle control" the speed began to drop and I could not accelerate. I began to merge to the right to the emergency lane. I turned off the engine and started again. Then I drove the vehicle home. It was a very scary experience I could have been in an accident. It was very dangerous. This should be a recall problem.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #11

Feb 032011


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and restarted independently within minutes. The overdrive warning indicator was illuminated and the engine began to exhibit abnormally loud noises. In addition, the vehicle would not shift gears. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed that the transmission was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was out of warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 63,000.

- San Jose , CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 102010

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


2005 Ford Expedition, transmission problem.while traveling on a highway, the O/D off light came on. Then later on, the check electronic throttle position. The vehicle went into a limp home mode. Unsafe¿when I did investigate, I noticed my vehicle was leaking transmission fluid. The spot where it was leaking from was near the radiator, the transmission lines to and from the radiator and the external trans cooler and transmission were corroded. My repair shop tried to obtain aftermarket only to find they had to be special ordered from Ford. While doing that, Ford informed him, they had some 15 kits coming in, however they were all accounted for and the next set would be in another month. Apparently there is something faulty. And definitely unsafe..

- North Babylon, NY, USA

problem #9

May 302010


  • 47,000 miles
Driving my 2005 Ford Expedition limited in the morning. After about 2 miles the car powered to a crawl and gave engine fail safe mode alert. Pulled to side. Powered down car and the restarted without incident. A week later the same thing happened again. This is apparently a defective throttle control unit. This description is all over the internet and is a known safety problem as people are reporting that it has happened to them on the freeway. Car is unsafe to drive and even though the problem is well known, Ford company is taking no responsibility. All NHTSA has to do is google "engine fail safe mode" and see the number of problems that come up with same issue. This is definitely a well known safety problem but yet there is no recall. Dealer says throttle control unit has to be replaced at a cost of $514.61 + tax. This problem may also have taken out my air conditioning. It went out at the same time as the second failure, but dealer (vista Ford in oxnard) is saying there is no relationship. Others have reported A/C shutting down when engine fail safe failure occurred.

- Port Hueneme, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 222010

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 72,200 miles
Ford Expedition 2005 transmission fail, SUV has been driven in normal way, with good maintenance. Too new to fail. My warranty expired and I know many owners have the same problem. Suddenly O/D dash led blinking and after 10 minutes only reverse gear works well, now I need to pay $2500 dlls for repair on vehicle not paid off yet.

- N Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #7

Jan 292009

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,991 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. While driving approximately 10 mph on normal road conditions, there was no response when the accelerator pedal was depressed. An unknown warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel intermittently. Roadside assistance was called to the scene and the vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician stated that the transmission failed. The dealer replaced the automatic transmission. The failure mileage was 59,991 and current mileage is 62,000. Updated 05/06/09. Upated 05/07/09.

- Sun Prairie, WI, USA

problem #6

Jun 012008


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the vehicle stalls and constantly shuts off at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on eight occasions for the failures. In January of 2008, the diagnostic indicated that the throttle body was the cause of the failure and it was replaced. The most recent failure occurred on June 1, 2008 while driving 60 mph. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the transmission failed. The dealer replaced the transmission. The contact spent $2,400 to repair the vehicle that was purchased new in 2005. The failure mileage was 16,000 and current mileage was 39,000.

- Norwak, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 052007


  • 17,275 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. When the contact starts the vehicle, the RPM's increased to over 5,000 while it was in gear and with the brake pedal depressed. When the vehicle was placed into neutral, the failure ceased and the vehicle drove normally. The failure was intermittent and the contact has not been in any crashes. The vehicle has been diagnosed by the dealer several times, but the failure continues. The current mileage was 33,000 and failure mileage was 17,275.

- Mount Dora, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 032006

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
This 2005 Expedition has only 15K miles the transmission was slipping really hard I had to drive it to the dealer in gear 2. once I arrived they told me it would take two weeks for them just to even look at it(only one trans tech) I called and found a dealer who could fix it faster. I tried to call Ford Corp to see if they would tow my SUV 30-40 miles, but they told me they don't do dealer to dealer tows. I will never buy a Ford again, thank you for helping a customer im only 28 years old and this is my 5th and last Ford vehicle.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 212005


  • miles


George newcomb landers mclarty 2609 South walton bentonville, ar 72712 I purchased a 2005 Expedition from you a few weeks ago. On 11-23-05 I brought it over to have some defects repaired. Defects that were to be fixed. Transmission. When stopped on a hill if you remove your foot from the brake the vehicle will roll out of control. This happens if you are stopped with the vehicle in reverse going down a hill of in drive going up a hill. The transmission will shift at odd times as you are driving. Rear passenger dome light flickers when you turn in on with the switch in the back. Right turn signal flashes very fast. Tires are very bad out of balance. Driver door does not latch unless it is shut hard. I told jesse that they had to be done by 5:00 pm. After keeping the vehicle all day nothing was fixed. During my visit in your office on 12-9-05 you assured me that the transmission would be replaced. You also stated that Ford was aware of the bad tires and would replace them now that I had complained. In addition to the above the following new defects have been found. Turn signals will sometimes not work at all. When making a sharp turn the rear end will slip. You can fill it not holding the road. Outside fumes are sucked into the vehicle. Any smell or exhaust from this or other vehicles is pulled inside. The leather on the front seats has turned black. The transmission, rear end problem and tires are all major safety problems. These must be fixed. I feel that having my wife drive a vehicle with these problems is putting her in danger. The turn signals and light problem are possible fire hazards. The uncontrolled air intake is a problem that could cause people inside the vehicle to be gassed by a passing vehicle. My wife has very bad allergies when these smells are pulled into the vehicle she has trouble breathing. I have never owned anything made from leather that has changed colors.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #2

Aug 272005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 952 miles
The transmission would stall and not go forward in the drive gear. Stalled in the middle of an intersection with the family in the Expedition. Had to drive home in second and first gear. Vehicle is 27 days old with 952 miles purchased at billinglsey Ford in lawton, ok 73501.

- Fletcher, OK, USA

problem #1

Aug 062005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The car was sitting and running for more than 10 minutes near a building. The car was in park. The owner was unloading the vehicle, and then walked back into the building. The owner heard a boom, and came outside and saw that the car hit a fan, and almost hit the barn. The car was in reverse when the owner got back into the car. The owner put it back in park and shut vehicle off. The car was inspected, and was determined that they couldn't duplicate the incident. The owner has not called the manufacturer. The vehicle had minimal damage. There was property damage to the fan.the owner noted there was no one around the vehicle.

- Loxahatchee, FL, USA

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