really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,380 miles

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2006 Ford Expedition engine problems

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2006 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #58

Jun 012015


  • 164,500 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. While driving 65 mph, the engine warning light illuminated and flickered when accelerating. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 164,500.

- Cedar Creek, TX, USA

problem #57

Nov 012014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle jerked and lost power as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Yuba City , CA, USA

problem #56

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 #55

Mar 242015

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 106,556 miles


Driving down highway at 45 mph when engine fail safe mode came on. With no power, had to veer off to a turn lane put in park and restart car. This is the second time this has happened. First was on highway as well around 40 mph, same thing happened; no power had to veer off to the side of the highway, park and restart car. Extremely dangerous to be driving on a busy highway and have Expedition shut off completely.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #54

Mar 172015

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
I was driving about 25-30mph and making a left turn. The vehicle suddenly shut off. I had no power steering or anything. It was totally off and stopped in the middle of the road. If a car had been coming it would have hit us. I was able to turn off the key, put it in park and start it up and pull off the road. I decided to carefully try to get home. On the way home I was stopped at a red light and it shut off again, no warning. I was blocking traffic. I was again able to turn off the key, put it in park, and start it up. I made it home a short distance. This is very dangerous and someone could get killed on a highway by a car randomly shutting off and becoming unsteerable.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #53

Feb 242015


  • 90,000 miles
Was driving about 35 mph when engine fail safe mode came on and truck just shut off. This happened 4 times between location and home. Almost got rearended when it happened.

- New Market, IN, USA

problem #52

Jan 152014

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


SUV entered safe mode... engine shuddered, low power in low RPM bands.. would not accelerate. Had spark plugs replaced in 2014 at 88000 miles. In 2015, 115,000 miles engine does again while driving interstate putting me at risk on road of collision due to power loss. Did not enter safe mode second time... just could not get power - had to push hard on gas to get it into lower gear/higher rpms. Took to repair shop thinking coils (cop) needed replaced. Told engine is no good and needs full replacement. A wreck could occur when engine fails like this. Engines should not be dead at 115,000 miles. I maintained according to mfg suggested maintenance schedule.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #51

Nov 072012


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted however, the failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 99,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Parksville, MD, USA

problem #50

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 #49

Sep 012014


  • 100,000 miles
As I am driving down the road I lose power and deaccelerate and go into fail safe mode. The little wrench light comes on the dash. Then the engine cuts off completely. This has happened at multiple speeds. It is extremely dangerous! once I turn the key off I restart the engine and it may not happen again for a month. I replaced the throttle position sensor and it did not do this for about a year, now it is starting again and it has happened 5 times in the last 3 months. It has happened at 65mph, 40mph, 25mph, 55mph, 30 mph. There is no pattern. I have been lucky that I have been able to pull over to the side of the road or turn into a parking lot each time this happens, it scares me! I have read multiple accounts of this happening online to the 2006 and wonder why it has not been recalled if there are so many problems with it. I have taken it to Ford twice and bc the light does not stay on and it is not happening when I bring it to them they tell me there is nothing they can do.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #48

Oct 132011

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


Engine shut down at highway speed. Loss of power steering and power brakes. Was able to coast to emergency lane then restart car. Happened two additional times. Took to shop where the throttle body was replaced. No issues since then (~ 1 year ago). Sounds like manufacturer defect. This is a safety issue.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #47

Sep 222014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the electronic throttle control and the service engine warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle stalled, but was able to be restarted and resume normal operation. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #46

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 #45

Jul 182013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Engine went in to fail safe mode and stalled while coasting to pull off. Put in neutral shut off key and then restarted. No more problem..until a year later. Fail safe then stall. Restarted and check engine light on. After 10 miles fail safe and stall. Restarted check engine light on took to dealer. Diagnosed as throttle body $650 repair. Obviously; I am not the first victim! shame on you Ford for not stepping up and taking care of your customers and replacing the throttle bodies. To consumers..fail safe doesn't mean safe to keep driving, it is designed to keep the engine running just long enough to maintain power steering and brakes while you pull over. Good luck!

- Glen Allen , VA, USA

problem #44

Jul 282014

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
The car stalled while turning no warning at 25mph start and shut does it 6 times going home.

- Coeur D Alene, ID, USA

problem #43

Jul 042014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 68,685 miles
Driving in town on four lane at 45 mph. Fail safe light appeared and engine cut off and lost power steering. Almost rear ended as there was no place to pull off the road! engine was restarted and did not occur again while returning home.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #42

Jan 202014


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. The contact stated while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and the entire instrument panel illuminated. This failure occurred six times over a period of six months. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000.

- Redwood Falls, MN, USA

problem #41

Apr 102013


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while attempting to merge into traffic, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate and misfired without any warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the spark plugs needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 97,000 and the current mileage was 98,500.

- Carrollton, OH, USA

problem #40

Apr 252014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 120,549 miles
2006 Expedition fail safe mode came on while driving my children to school. Car immediately slowed to under 10mph. Was barely able to pull over and restart it. Thank goodness I was not on the expressway doing 60+ mph. There are numerous complaints on this issue with this car. It was very scary!

- Griffith, IN, USA

problem #39

Apr 222014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Was driving down off ramp lost all power to the vehicle, no steering, no brakes. I had my 3 children in the vehicle with me and thankfully I was able to cost to the shoulder until help arrived. Extremely scary had it happen 2 minutes earlier would of been off the ramp and into oncoming traffic! this is unacceptable!! my mechanic says it's the fuel pump, and just the part is 500 dollars"!? this could of ended very badly and I have had nothing but issues with this piece of junk. The paint is peeling off, looks like no primer or sealer was used it literally is flaking off on the hood and rear gate right where you would put your hands to open it. In the manual in very small print it says the oil from your fingers may cause paint to corrode, are you kidding me??? your not supposed to open your hood or tailgate??" ridiculous!! this vehicle in my opinion is a lemon!!

- Sandwich, IL, USA

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