really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,101 miles

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2012 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 222015


  • 76,024 miles


When driving the car in motion at speeds over 40 mph the breaks would lock up and the car would come to a complete stop

- Leominster, MA, USA

problem #5

Jul 252016


  • 67,000 miles
Vehicle downshifts abruptly while being driven at approximately 55 to 60 miles per hour. Very dangerous, it can cause an accident. Some vehicles were recalled but Ford says my VIN number was not in the vehicles that were recalled. The description of the problem is exactly as the one described to the recalls in 184,000 Ford vehicles from 2011-2012. A wrench shows up in the dash board and a sign that shows low gasoline levels. When this problem occurs the only option is to pullover as fast as possible. I stopped turned of the car and turned it back on. After the car would drive normally without showing anything on the dashboard and without any problems. I have experienced this in the last 3 weeks at least 7 times. When a scanner is connected it does not show any signs or problems. Very dangerous experience every time it happened. It usually happened at a high speed in the highway which makes it even a more dangerous situation. It happened while the vehicle was in motion and being driven over 55 miles per hour. It feels like it downshifts from 5th to 1st gear without any reason. Only while driving 55 miles per hour or more. It relates to recall 12V190000 and it seems like Ford promised to replace the "lead frame" which causes this defect at no charge under 10 years or 150,000 miles. They say my VIN number does not have recalls. I firmly believe that the symptoms of the problem are exactly the same as what all the 184,000 cars between 2011-2012 had experienced. It is an extremely dangerous situation to be in. I also found that in the past 3 cars were involved in accidents due to this issue and thankfully no fatalities. I do not want to be involved in an accident due to this negligence from Ford. Please hold them responsible and acountable for their poor accountability.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 182014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Vehicle accelerated unintended and unexpected. Speed was uncontrollable. Driver avoided to the best of his abilities standing workers and unintentionally hit two other vehicles and workers inside those vehicles. 6 injured taken by ambulance two critically hurt!

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012013


  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns 2012 Ford Expedition. The contact stated while driving 5 mph and attempting to engage the brakes, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without any warning. The contact stated that the failure occurred on a different occasion but since she was not driving there was a sudden increase in engines rpms. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where 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 10,000 and the current mileage was 20,250.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 032014


  • 20,000 miles
After engaging the 4X4 via the dashboard control knob the "service advance track" message was shown in the instrument cluster. The 4X4 was disengaged and the vehicle was then stopped. The indicator lights for the ABS, stability control and 4X4 were then illuminated on the instrument cluster. The vehicle was restarted and at this point all stability control, anti-lock brakes and other powertrain safety features were completely inoperable and/or disabled. The vehicle was serviced and a failure of the wheel speed sensor was noted.

- Beachwood, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 262012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 7,581 miles
Stopped at 0mph. Witness in car behind. Foot on brake. Touched accelerator normally. Heard noise. Car took off at high speed. Hit wall approx twenty feet away. Both front airbags deployed. No one in passenger seat. Seat belt on, per driver, witness who helped driver thru window, and examination of seat belt by inspector. However edr read seat belt as not engaged. Brake read as not engaged, however edr also read vehicle at 0mph. Accelerator 0% at 3.5 seconds prior to impact, initial acceleration 23% three seconds prior to impact, 99% 1.5 seconds prior to impact. Engine rpms data may not be appropriate. Multiple vehicles using remote controls at nearby gate. Updated 12/27/12 updated 21/31/2012

- Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

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