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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,072 miles

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2007 Ford Expedition drivetrain problems

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2007 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 232021


  • miles


Unknown about what causes the issue but was Told it was manufacturers fault not mine. Insurance adjuster came out as well and said that my full coverage won-€™t cover anything at this point and told me as well to go contact the manufacturers to see what the option are available

- West Columbia, SC, USA

problem #12

Sep 012020


  • miles
I have a 2007 Ford Expedition will start up in the morning and be fine until it warms up then it will stall out in the middle of the road or at stop sighs or lights these motors are know to have problems from factory it is my only car I have to go to college I need help resolving this issue

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #11

Jun 192019


  • 160,000 miles
When you drive the vehicle and come to a stop, ie: (intersection) the vehicle will go into neutral while it's in drive and upon pressing the accelerator pedal, it enters a safety type mode with no indication and will remain in gear zero for approximately 1-2 seconds and then as it starts moving, it does so with very little power leaving the vehicle in danger of getting struck by another vehicle from cross traffic. At this time, I have no idea what is causing this issue but it seems to be common via the internet complaints on the 6R80 transmissions on Ford vehicles. This has happened to me 4 times while trying to cross multi lane highways but the most recently came very close to what could have ended into a multiple fatal accident with a semi truck who was barely able to stop in time before I was able to cross a 3 lane highway. I have been able to have the vehicle go back to normal by simply shutting off the vehicle and restarting it. What makes this really dangerous, is the driver such as me being unaware that my vehicle is in a safety restricted power output when this happens. No warning until you commit into a deadly situation. People report this issue on the internet as the vehicle going into neutral by itself when coming to a stop. When they try to resume driving the vehicle rpms will increase and the vehicle might or might not pop into gear softly or forcefully. Sometimes with full acceleration authority and sometimes with a max attainable speed of 5 mph or less depending on the gradient and terrain until you can reach a safe spot and restart the vehicle.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 112018


  • 219,935 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Expedition. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and the ABS warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was pushed to the side of the road and towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that a sensor next to the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. In addition, while driving 60 mph, the ABS warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 219,935.

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 292017


  • 154,000 miles
Vehicle was traveling about 70 mph on the interstate. Pressed accelerator to pass a tractor trailer. The vehicle downshifted to pass (automatic transmission), but then downshifted all the way down to 1st gear on its own, which immediately revved the engine up to red line (5000 RPM) and caused the rear tires to start to slow to less than vehicle speed. As a result, the tires started smoking and caused the vehicle to skid sideways to the right off the road and down the embankment. Luckily, I was able to maintain some control of the vehicle down the grassy embankment and finally get the transmission slipped into neutral to regain control of the rear tires and narrowly avoid crashing. The only reason there was not a crash was due to that section of the interstate having a relatively shallow grassy downward embankment. 1000 feet in either direction of that interstate would have caused a multi-car accident. Once the vehicle was stopped, I was able to get it back into gear and drive it up to the shoulder of the interstate. I was able to get the vehicle safely back to my home. Once home, I was able to research that there is an existing Ford recall for this issue, but it is only on 2012 Expedition and 2011-2012 Ford F-150S with the 6R80 transmission. My vehicle has the 6R75 transmission, which was the predecessor to the recalled one above.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 122011


  • miles
The first occurrence was the transmission slipping on acceleration and stopping or going up hill. Its been to our Ford dealer where we purchased it and at first they felt it and said they fixed it but now everytime I take it in for that or the ac blower going off and on they say they don't feel or see anything it gotten ridiculous. In the freeway I-10 me and my son were trying to accelerate on and almost got hit by a semi truck the vehicle would not go fast enough. I wont bother with the dealership here in town they don't care. It has happened many times and now the air bag light goes off and on in temperature change it seems like. Our dealer fixed the door handle but now any rain the inside of our door fills with water and they say its not there fault and wont fix that either. Very disappointed with Ford. Spoke to them about the air bag and they also say they wont fix. We have had nothing but problems with this 40000 SUV very dangerous to drive and its suppose to be a family vehicle....right we get no update or recalls info and our dealership is the worst I've ever dealt with

- Yucca Valley, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 052014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


The wiring harness from the transmission to the engine compartment crosses over the catalytic converter on the passenger side. There are a series of clips that are supposed to hold the wire harness close to the under body of the chassis. These clips prevent the wiring harness from touching the catalytic converter. During use, the catalytic converter gets hot and this heat degrades the plastic clips to the point where the are brittle and fail. This can result in the wire harness contacting the catalytic converter. The heat from the catalytic converter subsequently destroys the wiring and insulation to the point that the ECM receives erroneous indications from the transmission. If exposed for sufficient time the condition could cause an accident due to the transmission begin in limp mode, suddenly failing or a fire due to the wiring harness igniting.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #6

Jun 072014


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while attempting to tow a boat out of the water, there was a sudden increase of engine rpms and the transmission failed to engage preventing the vehicle from moving. The contact mentioned that he had to turn off and restart the vehicle in order for it to resumed normal function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 105,000 and the current mileage was 107,000.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #5

Oct 012011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The vehicle began to idle real rough to the point of bouncing in an uncontrolled manner. A knocking noise started coming from the engine. When you tried to increase speed two cylinders missed. When the vehicle was manufactured incorrectly, it caused the oil to be distributed unevenly through the engine and the engine to heat unevenly. This starvation of oil over time to the engine allowed for metal to shred and contaminate the engine and the engine has to be replaced in a 5 year old car. If the engine is not replaced the conditions would continue to intensify and the outcome is unknown. After investigation into the problem I learned that Ford had sent out a technical advisory bulletin to help service departments identify the problem so obviously this is not a one time based failure.

- Harker Heights, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 262010


  • 65,000 miles
2007 Expedition 2 wd 5.4 6spd. Auto park lock device was not working. Car could be shifted from park without keys or applying the brake. Car rolled down a hill across a street down another hill into a creek with 5yr old child and dog in car. Purchased certified pre owned less than 1 month ago.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #3

May 052009


  • 7,000 miles


It was 5/5/09, my wife was driving vehicle on a 'chip and sealed' street. She parked it on the shoulder and went to some yard sales. She return to the vehicle and was backing it, to turn around. The engine changed sound and began to rev up. [she was now half its length up a concrete driveway.] with her foot still on the brake peddle she immediately shift the transmission into a forward. The engine was really loud and revving up with the rear tires squealing, and spinning, the vehicle's front tires begin to slide on the gravel of the 'chip and seal' and then slide on the crushed rock of the next drive way. With her foot still firmly on the brake peddle and now both hands on the steering wheel, the vehicle lunges and scoots forward out of control on its own, plowing into a brick mail box. As the vehicle is plowing over the mail box, the engine suddenly idles down and the vehicle stops moving. My wife had never removed her foot from the brake peddle until after she shut the engine off. The brick mail box was totally destroyed costing and the Expedition had damage to the grill and front fascia. The county sheriff was called to the scene and the vehicle was towed to the dealership. After 3 wks they found nothing wrong and declared it was safe to drive.

- Mt Vernon, IN, USA

problem #2

May 012008


  • 30,000 miles
Vehicle often fails to move when on an incline, e.g., pulling boat out of water on launch ramp; backing vehicle up steep driveway. When the accelerator is depressed, engine does not respond and vehicle will not move. I have to turn engine off and after a few seconds, turn it on again before it will move. I have taken this vehicle to the dealer two or three times (unknown) and they have been unable to find problem and repair. I am now out of warranty and Ford refuses to handle this complaint. I have written to Ford and they do not care to respond.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 212008


  • 1 miles
We have a 2007 Ford Expedition with a remote electric start installed in the truck. When you remote start the vehicle then get into the vehicle with the keys out of the ignition you are able to put your foot on the brake pedal and move the gear shift to any position........... this has been witnessed by the Ford dealer who was shocked, but has told me its working the way it was designed........... if you test this, ,,,,,, remote start the vehicle then sit in the drivers seat, put your foot on the pedal and move the shifter. The car will shut off as its suppose to and once the engine dies the shifter will not move. Its just for the split of 3 to 10 seconds it takes for the engine to stop that shifter is free to move..........if a child is to enter the vehicle and put their foot on the pedal they will have that amount of time to move the shifter and once you move the shifter that car is free to roll at anytime and the shifter can still move.............................................................. the problem as I see it. If I remote start the vehicle and a child climbs into the vehicle and pretends to drive puts his foot on the brake and moves the shifter, the car is going to roll and it never had the keys in the ignition..................... I park on a hill and this good easily kill someone if the vehicle rolls...................the fix would be not allow the gear shift to move out of park with out the keys in the ignition. I was advised by Ford not to remote start my vehicle with the doors unlocked and that's fine for me, but for the rest of the drivers of these trucks who knows. I have been told this must have been missed by Ford. The ignition needs to see the key before it releases the shifter. Just my thoughts. Thank you.

- Southborough, MA, USA

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