really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 2
Average Mileage:
53,258 miles

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2008 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 052014


  • 139,800 miles


I was driving down the highway coming to a red light and I left off the pedal and my vehicle kept going it would not slow down. The rpms finally came down and I was able to stop. Then I went home and put it in park and the rpms went up on its on. All the way up to 3K RPM. I had to put my foot under the pedal and pull up. This is very dangerous. I have already paid Ford $195 for them to clean throttle body and did not fix. Can't afford to take it back.

- Greenwood, MS, USA

problem #10

Mar 092014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Pulling into the garage and the car spontaneously accelerated causing me to slam on brakes. This is the second time the car started accelerating spontaneously since I purchased it. The first time I was stopped at a stoplight with my foot on the brake when the car started revving and wanted to jump forward, if I hadn't through the car into park I would have hit the car in front of me.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #9

Nov 182012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
While driving, the vehicle suddenly started to accelerate on its own. Slowed vehicle to a safe speed and RPM's jumped to 3000. Put vehicle in park and the RPM's remained at 3000 and the engine raced loudly. Took video of foot pedal, tachometer and under hood to record incident. This self acceleration happened in March at 99,000 miles and wife was nearly killed (ODI #10450449). The dealership could not find anything wrong. After vehicle is re-started vehicle appears to run fine.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 122012


  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Expedition. The contact was reversing from a parking space when the accelerator pedal became stuck and caused the contact to crash into a vehicle behind her. The contact then shifted into drive and the vehicle abnormally accelerated until crashing into the vehicle preceding the contact's vehicle. The contact was unable to stop the vehicle as it accelerated through a red traffic light. The contact was able to shift into park as the vehicle decelerated to a stop independently. The contact mentioned that three passengers in the other vehicles involved were reported injured. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but the dealer was not able to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was also contacted but provided no assistance. The failure and current mileage was 43,000.

- Arlington , TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 042012


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated to over 100 mph. After trying to decelerate, the vehicle would not slow down. The contact shifted into neutral and was able to coast to the side of the road. After stopping, the contact noticed that the brakes were smoking and extremely hot. The police and fire department were contacted arrived on scene to assist the contact. The police and the fire department both noted that the accelerator pedal had become jammed and would not release. The battery was then disconnected so that the vehicle would not ignite. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was awaiting a diagnosis of the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 99,000.

- Stewart, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 102011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Car was on cruise control and the accelerator was pressed to pass another car. The accelerator got stuck and the car kept accelerating. The brake was pressed and we tried to turn off cruise control and it would not stop accelerating. Finally, it made a popping sound and stopped accelerating. It happened multiple times on the interstate. It also happened when we got off on to highway and accelerated. The cruise control was not on and it just kept accelerating, the brake would not stop it. The accelerator was just stuck accelerating.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #5

Nov 022009


  • 0 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Expedition eddie bauer edition. While driving in reverse at a low speed the vehicle accelerated. She engaged the brake pedal and the vehicle continued to accelerated. The contact crashed into two vehicles, a tree and a pedestrian. The contact stated the pedestrian was killed. The contact stated that her vehicle made a 360 degree turn. A police report was filed. The contact stated the vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileages were unknown.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 022009


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Expedition. While reversing out of a parking space, the vehicle abnormally accelerated and spun around into a 360 degree turn, crashing into two other vehicles and a pedestrian before accelerating forward and crashing into a nearby tree. The pedestrian was killed. A police report was available. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where repairs were made to the body damage. The manufacturer sent out an investigator to further assess the vehicle but there were no failures found within the vehicle. The insurance company also sent an inspector and was unable to find any failures in the vehicle. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 11,000.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #3

May 042010


  • 32,000 miles
Sudden acceleration in 2008 Ford Expedition (king ranch). Vehicle accelerated after being put into drive. Vehicle went through double brick wall and over a horse before coming to a stop.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 022008


  • 9,042 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Expedition. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle accelerated without warning to approximately 50 mph. The contact attempted to engage the parking brake; however, the vehicle would not stop. She had to shift the vehicle into park and shut off the vehicle. Approximately 20 minutes later, the failure recurred. The dealer inspected the vehicle, but could not duplicate the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 9,042 and current mileage was 9,142.

- Thorndike, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 022009

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Experienced problem with power windows failing to operate whenever vehicle was in direct sunlight ( 90 degree or more) with all windows closed. Two dealers were notified and nothing could be found because by the time consumer got to the dealer the windows were working properly. Seeking help from NHTSA in this matter. Replaced main power window switch on driver side on 5-26-00. According to the police report, the consumer entered the vehicle, placed the vehicle into reverse, when suddenly the vehicle accelerated backwards in a clockwise direction. During the reverse movement, the consumer struck the left front of another vehicle and hit a pedestrian who was ultimately killed. Updated 04/06/10

- Lanham, MD, USA

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