The Expedition is generally well designed. It has a spacious and comfortable interior, a steady ride, flexible seating and a roomy third-row seat. However, the vehicle's 5,900-pounds of heft results in leisurely acceleration and abysmal fuel economy.
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The side to side sway is too much"

Willam M., MN (2003 Ford Expedition)

"Extremely easy to maneuver due to tight turning radius"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"Very good acceleration and handling. It has a safe, secure feel to it, and it steers and tracks very well."

JOHN R., TX (2003 Ford Expedition)

"Could use more horsepower and the brakes are inadequate"

DON H., WA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"Great acceleration mileage so so but plenty of get up and go."

Anonymous, WA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"Although not a powerful vehicle, for its size it is adequate and handles like a much smaller vehicle. Parallel parking is easy. Rides very well and very comfortable on long trips."

Anonymous, SK (2003 Ford Expedition)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very comfortable"

Dorothy G., TX (2003 Ford Expedition)

"Now almost 16 years old and with 112,000 miles on the odometer, I have not even changed a light bulb on my Expedition. It's comfortable, seats 8, carries full sheets of plywood, all my tools and I can put two futons in back and it becomes a full size bed! And it looks like the day I bought it. Ford built a winner!"

Paul F., CA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"This is a spacious lumbering REAL SUV, not a pretender like many today which are erroneously labeled SUVs. Hauls 8 people, and trailers. Utility galore!"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"The Leather seats are the MOST comfortable in comparison to even the newer F-150. The ride is better too. We are highly satisfied with this vehicle, despite the age. It was well kept."

Robert M., IN (2003 Ford Expedition)

"Tightest turning radius for a vehicle that I have ever owned. Very quiet vehicle. Ride is very comfortable."

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Ford Expedition)

"It's a good solid car, with comfortable seats and excellent visibility."

JOHN R., TX (2003 Ford Expedition)

"The motors that move the drivers seat no longer work."

WILLIAM M., MN (2003 Ford Expedition)

"Now that this vehicle is 13 years old, it appears to have a high noise level when driving"

R M., GA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"The 2003 Expedition has been a good vehicle with no major issues over the 126,000 miles of its 13+ year life. It has performed well on road trips. Very comfortable seating and ability to carry 8 adults without cramping. However, it's definitely showing its age with paint fading badly from the Arizona sun and numerous electronic issues - phantom 'door ajar' alarm and loud persistent irritating noise in the rear air conditioning fan motor."

JOHN B., AZ (2003 Ford Expedition)

"For a truck, it has a smooth firm ride."

Anthony W., VA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"They are no longer adjustable as the motors stopped working."

William M., MN (2003 Ford Expedition)

"Big seats, grab handles to help with the step up into the cab. I am getting older and I am more comfortable getting into and out of this than in many smaller vehicles."

Anonymous, WA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"Seats are great comfortable and back 2nd & 3rd row easy to lay down and the back floor goes completely level"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"We own the utility version of the Expedition so it has a bit of wind and tire noise that makes back seat conversations difficult. We accept that because it really is a truck, after all."

Ralph F., WA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"great leather seats"

Radek M., WA (2003 Ford Expedition)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Need another vehicle"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"It tows my travel trailer well and has held up considering the age of the vehicle."

GERALD S., MI (2003 Ford Expedition)

"We got this vehicle used and have put 100,000 miles on the vehicle and has been trouble free. Parts are inexpensive and easily found. Great SUV, just the MPG sucks."

CRAIG B., NV (2003 Ford Expedition)

"have owned this vehicle for 14 years and have 270,000 miles. love this vehicle!"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Ford Expedition)

"We purchased this vehicle new from a dealer who specializes in volume sales. We did our research, saw that they had 3 identical vehicles in stock, and used "Consumer Reports" and other sources to make an offer on the vehicle directly to the Sales Manager by phone. He called us back the following day and said his bottom price was $xx,xxx, about $300 less than our offer. I told him we would pick the car up three days later with a bank check. If there were any additional charges, we would be ge"

Anonymous, PR (2003 Ford Expedition)

"XLT was $10k less than Eddie Bower so was bargain, and reliability is great"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"Considering its age - the Expedition has performed well as a long haul highway vehicle. Clearly, gas mileage is not as good as in a smaller car, but it does what its expected to smoothly and with class. A great buy over its 13+ years."

JOHN B., AZ (2003 Ford Expedition)

"It was not a good value if I had to pay for labor on repairs including the parts. Their were may worn and off market parts replacements. Yes. Buyer beware."

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Expedition)

"This is a real SUV. Big with lots of room and comfort. Great value based on the longevity and utility."

Anonymous, VA (2003 Ford Expedition)

"Maintenance cost is very low. The vehicle just keeps on rolling and never seems to lose any gettyup."

Robert L., NC (2003 Ford Expedition)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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