really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,917 miles

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2006 Ford Expedition engine problems

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2006 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #22

May 132010


  • 99,000 miles


2006 Ford Expedition shuts down while driving engine goes into fail safe mode which is like neutral with limited steering capabilities and no gas pedal use. Bought vehicle in Dec 09. This vehicle has done this approx 7 times. Has happened while on surface streets as well as the freeway. Very dangerous. At dealer for third time and they are giving a third reason for it happening. Checked internet and it is full of complaints of exactly same problem with no resolution from any mechanics but several different reasons they were given. A definite safety issue! on the phone with Ford customer service today about the issue. They will get back to me tomorrow. No recalls on this, apparently until someone gets hurt. This is another Toyota issue waiting to happen. I am a state trooper and you can believe I feel this is serious and needs to be addressed. Someone could be seriously hurt or killed especially on the freeway when this happens.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #21

May 092010


  • 76,000 miles
My family, which I have five children in the truck. On 10fwy on mothers day Expedition lost power in second lane 65mph flowing w/ traffic. We managed to get in emergency lane. Had no idea what was happening! amber light appears (wrench)"? clueless. Put truck in "park" turned off truck waited 5 minutes. Truck started?" drove home as truck is not unsafe. Parked truck for 3-days now truck will not turn on. Dealer will look at truck for charge of course.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #20

Apr 022010


  • 83,968 miles
Driving to work via freeway, had just reached the bottom of a freeway off-ramp, at a stoplight. Light turned green, had just started to go and the "fail safe engine mode" light on my 2006 Ford Expedition came on the dashboard, within 5 seconds the car turned off on its own, like taking the key out of the ignition. Had it towed to a Ford dealership, they ran diagnostics, said the throttle body assembly needed replacing. I looked on the internet, googling "fail safe engine mode" and "Ford" and found this to be a common problem. Asked why it's not a recall item or has a technical bulletin with so many cases of it, plus it's very dangerous. Many in their internet postings said the problem comes back. Dealership said to contact Ford corporate, opened a cudl case for me to request reimbursement. Wrote a letter to Ford corporate, included internet links to all the postings of other people having the same problem, asked for $480.35 reimbursement, also asked what they are doing about this dangerous situation with the throttle body assembly. Ford corporate send me a letter back, simply said I'm past warranty and unable to provide reimbursement. They did not reply regarding my question about what's being done about this dangerous problem.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #19

Sep 012009


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. While driving in a parking lot at about 15mph, the vehicle just shut off. A light on the instrument panel indicated that the vehicle was in " engine fail safe mode". the contact put her hazard lights on, put the vehicle in park and turned the engine off. She restarted the vehicle and it operated normally. The contact stated that this has happened about 6-7 times. She reported the failure to the manufacturer and they stated that they never heard of anything like this. The driver does not feel her vehicle is safe. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage is 52,691.

- Potts Town, PA, USA

problem #18

Feb 132010

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Sparks plugs blew out right at 60,000 miles on 2006 Ford Expedition on our way from Maryland to Louisiana. Started getting problems in North Carolina. After spending $2000 for hotel, rental car and possible fix by Firestone..it still was not working. Brought to Ford dealership and said it was spark plugs that blew and a common thing for F150S and it would cost over $7,000 to fix it and recommended trading it in. So we did cause we had no choice with the truck being in nc.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #17

Feb 112010


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the fail safe mode was activated and made it impossible to continue driving after the vehicle was stopped. The vehicle would not accelerate or turn in any direction. If the vehicle was turned off and restarted the vehicle would function properly. The vehicle malfunctioned whenever the vehicle was pulling off from a stop. The vehicle had 38,000 at the time of the failure and the current mileage was 38,500 current miles.

- Maimi, FL, USA

problem #16

Dec 012009


  • 93,000 miles


Driving vehicle and car shut off. A wrench symbol appeared. After 2 attempts, I was able to get the vehicle restarted. Took car to garage for service and was informed that the computer code which came back was the "cruise control circuitry" and I would need to take the vehicle to a Ford dealership for service due to the nature of the repair.

- Chambersburg, PA, USA

problem #15

Nov 172009


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Expedition with 50,000 miles on it. My wife drives this car with our children. About 7 or 8 times now the check engine or (wrench light) comes on going down the road and shuts the car off completely. I have looked online and have seen that thousands of people are having the same thing happen to them. From what I read it has something to do with the electronic throttle control. I know you probably get complaints all the time but this is very serious. Every post on the web says that Ford has no recall and that the dealerships are doing nothing to fix this problem but putting a new part on and charging for it. This is absolutely ridiculous. There is obviously a problem. Please help me and others to fix this problem before someone gets hurt.

- Coats, NC, USA

problem #14

Jul 032009


  • 48,000 miles
Engine failure of 2006 Ford Expedition. Dealership explained the engine had a bent injector rod. Advised new engine was necessary. Cost estimate $4000-$7000.

- Tioga, LA, USA

problem #13

Jun 012009


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled. The engine warning light illuminated on the instrument panel and read, "engine fail safe mode." After several attempts, the contact was able to restart the vehicle. The dealer replaced the throttle body assembly. After the repair, the contact began smelling a burning oil odor in the vehicle. The smell became stronger and then turned into a gaseous odor, which was also entering through the interior vents. The contact inspected the vehicle, but could not locate any gas leak. The odor became so overpowering that one of the occupants had a nose bleed and several other occupants suffered headaches and stomach aches. The dealer stated that the oil level was too high and caused the fuel odor. The odor is still present. The current and failure mileages were less than 66,000.

- Hollywood, MD, USA

problem #12

Mar 132009


  • 60,000 miles


My 2006 Expedition had a spark plug blowout. I understand this is a frequent problem and is a design defect versus a maintenance issue. I did buy the extended warranty and have been told it is not covered.

- Eureka, MO, USA

problem #11

Mar 052009


  • 62,000 miles
Engine shuts off while driving down the street. Engine fail-safe light is displayed. Was barely able to steer the vehicle to a safe area. Restarted engine, everything came back up again.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 222009


  • 46,000 miles
My truck went into fail safe mode while on the highway. This caused the truck to stop suddenly with no use of gas pedal but the engine was still running. This almost caused an accident. I was able to drift over and shut the engine off and restart it and it ran fine the rest of the day. Now I am afraid to drive it.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #9

Dec 172008


  • 53,000 miles
My truck went into fail safe mode while on the highway. This causes the truck to stop suddenly with no power to accelerate but the engine still runs. This caused me to almost be crushed by a tractor trailer behind me. I had several children in the car too!!

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #8

Aug 212008


  • 48,000 miles
August 21 on the way to work (4 mile drive) the truck started to shake and lost power, check engine light came on, we took the truck to the dealer, and they can not figure what is going on, so they said the engine needs to be replaced. The codes are P0022-P0305-P0307-P1184-P2198-P2273 my family just came back from a 3000 trip, I can only imagine having this happening to us during this time. I been looking for the same type of trouble to this trucks and found that there is a number of similar complaints about having to replace engines ranging from 38,000 miles to about 60,000miles. The price of this cars are well over $35,000 to having to spend another $7,000 with all the problems of our economy right now a normal person like me can not afford another rip off by one of the big companies, like Ford. All I'm asking is that they take responsibility for this engine troubles and repair like they supposed to.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #7

Jun 202008

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 43,654 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. While driving between 25-55 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate and shake violently, the engine light illuminated, and smoke appeared from the tail pipe. The vehicle could not be driven greater than 60 mph. The higher the speed, the more the vehicle would shake and vibrate. The failure occurred everytime the vehicle was driven. The dealer has had the vehicle since June 24, 2008, but they still cannot determine the cause of the failure. The current and failure mileages were unavailable. Updated 09/29/08. The dealer replaced the converter. Updated 09/29/08.

- Haywood City, MO, USA

problem #6

Jun 232008


  • 29,890 miles
My 2006 Ford Expedition suddenly shuts down for the third time now while driving on the road. The engine shuts down suddenly and gives out the engine fail safe mode message on the board. Dealer says nothing showing up on the diagnostics. How could that be. There's got to be a reason why that SUV suddenly shut its engine down. Accident will happen if this will not be resolved.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 012006

Expedition 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Ford Expedition has safety issues with engine. Consumer states that the engine gags or shakes upon ignition. Consumer is mostly worried about the wobbling when making turns. Claims there is loss of power. The rear latch would stick at times to the point where the door would not close.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 202007

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,398 miles
2006 Ford Expedition that cuts out while driving, started at approx 18K and has been to same Ford dealer 5 times. Problem has not recurred since last visit to dealer but could come back and is serious safety factor as a total loss of power without warning. Last repair noted a adjustment or repair to throttlebody.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 242006

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
I purchased a 2006 Ford Expedition in April of '06, beginning in November of '06 my engine began stalling. The consequences included loss of braking power, freezing of steering, vehicle slowing with no control. I brought this to my dealers attention on numerous occasions as the problem has continued throughout 2007. I am very concerned of the potential for accidents and injuries.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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