really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
77,936 miles

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2006 Ford Expedition electrical problems

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2006 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Jun 272016


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the engine fail safe mode warning light flashed and the vehicle drastically reduced speed and stalled without warning. The contact had to apply force to coast the vehicle off the road. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the computer needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #24

Nov 162015


  • 130,000 miles
I was driving down the freeway approximately 50 mph when my engine completely shut down. There was a beep and a light came on that said "enginer fail safe mode". the engine shut off, but luckily I still had full movement of my steering wheel so I was able to change lanes and get off to the shoulder. I panicked for a moment, but started the car and it started right back up. I attempted my drive to work and made it there. Not sure what to do about the problem, but I'm scared to drive it anymore. Especially with my children in the vehicle and my husband is out of town for work. This is a major safety issue and needs to be recalled.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #23

Sep 292015


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled. On another occasion, the vehicle stalled after the vehicle engine safety mode was initiated while driving approximately 5 mph. The vehicle was restarted but the failure recurred five minutes later. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Millort, AL, USA

problem #22

Apr 152015

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


First occurrence exhibited flickering dashboard lights before the electrical system went completely dead and the engine quit while accelerating at approximately 20 mph. Put vehicle in neutral and was able to restart engine normally before coming to a stop. Have experienced several short instances of dash flickering over the past couple of weeks with no apparent engine problems. During that same period there have been approximately 4 instances of the electrical system being completely dead upon the initial attempt to start the engine. When this happens, the only light that is illuminated on the dash (or anywhere else for that matter) is what I think is the airbag light; however, normal electrical power has, thus far, re-appeared within 5 minutes and the engine then starts and runs normally. Yesterday the "check engine" light came on and I was able to pull a code of P0119 (engine coolant temperature circuit intermittent) upon returning home. I subsequently cleared the code, but the reader indicates another code is "pending". I believe this is a symptom of a larger problem. I have not experienced a "engine failsafe mode" warning message, but this complaint is very similar to many others already posted and I agree with the related safety concerns and need for a recall.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #21

Jan 152015


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the fail safe warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Myrtle Beach , SC, USA

problem #20

Dec 292014


  • miles
Engine frequently goes in to engine failsafe mode. This happens typically when the car is being lightly throttled such as around corners or in rush hour traffic. The car restarts fine, but must be completely turned off, which disables airbags, makes power steering and power brakes impossible to use. Previously I have cleaned the throttle body of the car at the suggestion of numerous mechanics, and this resolved the issue for nearly a year. Now the problem is back again. I'm concerned for my wife's safety. The throttle body needs to be redesigned as the throttle plate sticking returning invalid data to the computer sending the engine into failsafe mode.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #19

Jul 212014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


Engine just shuts off, especially at a stand still & A/C on. Not as often if A/C is not on.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #18

Feb 172014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Was driving down the road when Expedition started to lurch and not shift properly. Took it in to auto shop and they diagnosed that pistons 3 and 7 were misfiring. Went to change spark plugs and plugs broke off in the engine. Had to order special tool to remove them, second time they have had to be replaced both times they have broken off. Cost was over $1500

- Sandwich, IL, USA

problem #17

Oct 132013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
Vehicle simply shuts off at any time and shows 'engine fail safe mode'. this has happened approximately 15 times since we bought the vehicle (used) in March 2012 (most recently on 10/13). I have researched this online and many other owners have the same complaint. We replaced the tps at a cost of around $300 as a possible fix and this worked for about 6 months - now the problem is back and my research indicates we need to have the throttle body replaced. This will cost us around $500 - for a total repair cost of around $800 - which we cannot afford! Ford has literally $hundreds of millions to take care of this and must recall due to this issue - there is no excuse to allow this dangerous problem to continue. Ford Motor Co. Owes me $800 due to their poor engineering and unwillingness to solve this issue - they are greedy crooks.

- Centre Hall, PA, USA

problem #16

Jun 032013


  • 128,000 miles
Lemon! 2006 Ford Expedition beginning of June it started "bogging" down while driving. We took it to autozone, misfire. Took it to a mechanic we know and he told us the codes showed 6,7,8 sparkplugs. Trying to save $.this helped a little, started doing it again but worse, this time it was decelerating we were going 75 & check engine light started flashing & bogged down to 50 on the hwy almost cause several wrecks as I tried to pull over to the side (with my kids in the car) took it into the mechanic & other spark plugs coil packs & 1 injector got it fixed picked it up & didn't even get down the road & it did it again.this time check engine light went off after flashing.took it back to him & no codes couldn't find anything.went hm & almost got in a wreck again! it decelerate to 45 after going 70. We went hm, next morning going to take it back to him again!! while driving, A/C turned off, door sensor alarm fail popped up, another sensor fail, &pulled over put in park & wouldn't come out of park.called mechanic, after so many look overs thinking it was PCM, security module, he gives up after 2 wks of working on it.we get it hm & start looking on here & find so much about this like its going in safe fail mode without shutting off. Start looking at all the other forums & this yr model had 362 complains on another site & many on here, several of this same deal.we started with fuses #5 blown, change blows immediately, change again blows again. Start chasing wires, change again starts up.okay great!!! now rough idle, way bad who cares it starts! drive it to work, we desperately need my car & Ford cant get to it for 1 1/2 months.starts stalling while driving again A/C shuts off and slows down. Ford needs to fix this before it kills someone! this is a major defect that will kill! I have found this same issue on this same site a lot! why isn't anything being done? help!!!!!!!!!

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #15

Jan 092013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 58,318 miles


On 1/9/2013, I was driving at approx. 35 mph when the engine turned itself off. I attempted restarting the engine to no avail. I coasted to the side of the road where the engine still would not start. After waiting about five minutes, I was able to restart the engine. The car seemed to run slowly on the way back home. The next time I drove the car, it seemed to run normally. On 2/12/2013, my wife was driving the car at 25 mph when the engine died again. She had to coast to the side of the road & wait to restart the car. She slowly drove back home with the vehicle. Next time the car was taken out, it ran normally. I am concerned that this problem could occur on the interstate highways at a higher speed & the result could have been vastly different.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 012012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the compressor and the air conditioning failed. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the compressor was leaking, causing the air conditioner from functioning properly. The current mileage was 59,174 and the failure mileage was unavailable.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #13

Jan 102012


  • 83,000 miles
I have this problem where my truck is losing power and then dying while I am driving. This is very dangerous on the roadways. I have a special needs child and grand children that I Transport. Ford needs to recall these trucks and fix them.

- Mt ,Caemel, TN, USA

problem #12

Nov 262011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
While driving my 2006 Ford Expedition eddie bauer, the engine completely shuts off. Sometimes while sitting idle and other times while driving 70 mph on the interstate. Tonight, within 1 hour this happened about 15 times where the engine cut off, I lost power steering, had to roll over to the shoulder, turn the key off and back on to restart...sometimes it would take up to 10 minutes to restart. I was lucky we were not hit from behind. I have 2 kids in carseats still that could have been injured. Research online reveals that I am not alone. This is a very dangerous defect that could get somebody killed.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #11

Feb 112011

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
I was driving my 2006 Ford Expedition & the fail safe engine light came on & that stops the gas pedal from working. You then coast over to the side of the road & turn the truck off & restart it like nothing happened. This has happened 2 times about 3 months apart. I had the truck check by bob boyd Ford & they said it needed the throttle body & gas pedal sensor replaced, I called Ford & filed a complaint of how dangerous this is, especially if you are making a left turn in on coming traffic( my Ford case number [xxx]) I then went on a Ford truck forum & found that many others had the same problem with Ford F-150 & Expedition all 2006 models. A person recommended that I replace the throttle position sensor, so I did at bob boyd Ford for $196.58. I also kept the old part.the new part is different in size & has metal key holes instead of plastic. The fail safe engine is only suppose to come on if the engine coolant is very low according to the Ford owners manual, there was no reason for it to come on at any time in my SUV truck. Ford wrote me & the Ohio attorney generals office & said that I have fixed the problem by replacing the throttle position sensor on my own & me paying for it ( case closed). Ford never said any thing to me about replacing the throttle position sensor to fix this problem. Again they said it was the throttle body & gas pedal sensor. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Nelsonville, OH, USA

problem #10

Mar 012011


  • miles
2006 Ford Expedition. Consumer states vehicle will activate the engine fail safe mode and vehicle will shut down while driving the consumer stated when the vehicle shut down, loss of power steering occurred. The consumer stated upon stopping, he discovered that turning the ignition switch to the off position and turning it back to the on position, the engine would re-start. The dealership was unable to find any problem by running a diagnostic check. The consumer stated no warning lights appeared, except when the engine fail safe mode activated. The engine safe mode warning disappeared upon starting the vehicle.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #9

Feb 282011


  • 63,500 miles
2006 Ford Expedition E.B. and engine failsafe mode 1. the events leading up to the failure: There are no detectable events preceding whatever causes the vehicle to go into "engine failsafe" mode. The vehicle runs fine as it always does and then it just happens randomly. 2. the failure, how often it occurs, its consequences: Failure occurs at random and is not predictable it just happens. The vehicle operates normally as it should and in a spilt second it is like the vehicle just shuts off, the information center displays "engine in failsafe mode". the engine is actually running in failsafe mode but only at an idle, the power steering and brakes function however the throttle is totally unresponsive in failsafe mode, the vehicle slows to a creep and will stop at the slightest incline. When the vehicle stops the only available option is to turn the key off and restart. The vehicle always restarts and resumes normal operation and driveabilty is fine, just as though nothing ever happened. The occurrence first happened early in January 2010, again in late January, then in September 2010 then again on February 26 then twice today February 28 about 20 minutes apart. The consequences: Scary, dangerous, hazardous. Feels like an insurance claim and/or a lawsuit waiting to happen. When a vehicle under power just shuts off instantly for no apparent reason it is logical serious injury or worse is a realistic consequence. 3. what was done to correct the failure: So far just a lot of Ford guesswork. The internet has a significant number of consumer posts regarding various repairs made. The reported repairs range from sensors, spark plugs, coils, cats, filters, converters and more. The common thread in these consumer reports is the problem still exists and occurs randomly after repair.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #8

Jan 102011


  • 59,000 miles
2006 Ford Expedition shuts off while driving. Extremely dangerous. Car will start back up without any problems but will shut down sporadically.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 062011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 76,170 miles
My wife was driving her 2006 Ford Expedition down a busy road at a speed of about 40 mph. She was driving with another friend and our 2 children (18 months and 1 week!) a wrench symbol warning light came on and the vehicle shut down. She put on her hazards and was able to safely come to a stop. She turned the ignition key to the off position and then was able to start the engine again. After talking to a mechanic and doing internet research I found this is a very common problem which consists of the electronic control of the throttle. The fix is upwards of $500; so a recall of something that expensive can easily be brushed under the table by Ford. This problem needs to be addressed by Ford. If more vehicles keep shutting down on their own someone will soon be injured or killed.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 072010


  • 66,816 miles
I was driving 45 miles an hour down a major highway when my engine in my 2006 for Expedition just shut down without warning and went into "fail -safe mode". thank god I was able to cross 3 lanes of traffic without incident to get to the shoulder. I shut off my car as the manual told me too. After 20 mins I was able to restart the car. I drove to the nearest dealership so they could look into the issue. It was diagnosed as needing a replacement throttle body. When I asked "what happened" why did this happen"", I was told "it just happens, " and "there is nothing preventative that can be done.". conveniently this part was not covered by my 100,000 mile powertrain warranty that Ford is so proud of on its used vehicles. This repair cost me $609. The next day I did some research and found numerous complaints on the exact same issue for the same make and model (2006 Ford Expedition) on the following website: www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2006/Ford/Expedition/engine+and+engine+cooling+system. I called the service manager to discuss and he agreed he has been seeing alot of these throttle body replacements and engine shutdowns on this model and agrees a recall needs to be done before someone gets seriously hurt. I am just thankful my 3 kids were not in the car with me and pray this doesn't happen again. The service manager gave me this web address to make an official complaint, hoping a recall would take place.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

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