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.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags available 2001-2002, standard from 2007. Head protection air bags and ESC available from 2003, standard from 2007.
Road Test

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.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.6-liter V8 (232 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 (260 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Ford Expedition owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"Cowling below the front bumper hit a parking lot wheel stop, breaking the plastic"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"clear coat coming off front bumber"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Paint has peeled off on the back of the vehicle and on both rear fender areas"

William L., NY (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Paint on rear tailgate is flaking and pealing off. Car was rust proofed when new. This appears to be defective paint from factory. Do see others with similar defect"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer Unsure)

"Paint on back door bubbled and pealed"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Paint bubbling on rear hatch"

Greg C., IN (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"The paint on the rear liftgate is blistering due to corrosion of the aluminum caused by steel/iron particles embedded on the aluminum at the factory by accident. Ford knows this is a BIG issue with this model but does not fix it!"

Art H., PA (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"clear coat peeling Rust blisters on tailgate and inside doorpost"

Larry H., PA (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"We live near the ocean and the roof is rusting"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 4.5-L V8)
Rust

"rusting around both back wheels and the rocker panels"

William L., NY (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"I can see rust developing on interior of left front fender, on inside of joint, lowest point. When drivers door is open. Car was rust proofed when new"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer Unsure)

"both rocker panels rusted out"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Both rocker panels have rusted through. The radiator support panel has severely deteriorated"

Franklin M., KY (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Love this vehicle but is quickly being eaten away by rust. Specifically, the rocker panels have rusted completely and I expect the floorboard will rust through soon"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Rocker panels rusted out. Radiator support frame rusted out"

Franklin M., KY (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The body is rusting out by the wheel wells and running boards. Seems to be a problem with most Fords!"

Barbara B., MN (2004 Ford Expedition Unsure 4.5-L V8)

"the panel under the doors rusted out"

Patrick M., DE (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Twice needed repairs"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Ford Expedition Unsure 4.5-L V8)

"Compressor failed and was replaced"

Franklin M., KY (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"has been replaced 2 times .was making noise"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"This Expedition seems to have periodic problems with the A/C control in the rear"

Barbara B., MN (2004 Ford Expedition Unsure 4.5-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"Door blend actuator knocks, had to replace"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"The rear climate control doesn't work, and if it's on it makes a loud clicking/thumping noise"

Scott H., NJ (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"intermittent gusting, stopping"

James M., SC (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The front passanger diverter door and the far rear blower fan both had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Plastic valve on the rear ad unit fails every 3-4 years"

Keith H., MO (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Leakage in a seam in the evaporator. It was"

Calvin S., VA (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Drivers side stopped cooling. Required replacing parts inside of console and seat"

Jon H., AZ (2004 Ford Expedition)

"There was a blockage in the system that was causing the leaks as well as the AC system efficieny"

Calvin S., VA (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"ate CD, now it won't eject and cannot use any features even for DVD Player"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"#2 disk holder skips all of the time, if we are using a multiple disk book on disc it is very frustrating. Also, the volume control on the radio has a mind of its own. It will go straight to super loud if you touch the steering wheel button"

David L., FL (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"CD changer will not accept or eject CD's"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"it won`t work. cd`s hung up in it"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Volume control on the radio does not work. I have to use the steering wheel controls to adjust volume"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"it was part of cd"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"cruise control and radio volume do not work on a regular basis. i play and play with the cruise control to make it work. Sometimes it works after much trying. The horn sometimes does;n't work"

David L., FL (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"Already discussed under vibration"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"HAD THE BRAKE ROTORS TURNED AND NEW PADS PUT ON. THUS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE REPLACED THE BRAKES ON THIS SUV"

Jim Y., FL (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"75000-80000 miles before brake pad replacement needed. Pretty good"

Roger S., NJ (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 4.5-L V8)

"Front brake pads were worn out - replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Both front and rear (different dealers) brake recommendations were for replacing rotors with (after market) rotors. Both were different but satisfactory. Same for brake pads. 75000 (rear) and 80000 (front) for first service"

Roger S., NJ (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 4.5-L V8)

"are to easy wrap"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Antilock system (ABS)

"parts not available anymore"

Anonymous, AK (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"Interior Door handle, driver side broken"

Kenneth S., FL (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Seat controls - movement

"Power seat does not always work"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 4.5-L V8)

"The rear wiper stopped working. It's not a fuse issue"

Scott H., NJ (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Every couple of weeks my vehicle signals me that the rear window is unlatched. No idea why it does that but I have already had to replace it once"

Denise D., KS (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"No longer heat or cool"

Franklin M., KY (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Seat controls - temperature

"Temp on the passenger seat no longer works, cannot see how to fix without taking the entire seat apart. Not worth the money to take in"

Denise D., KS (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"steering knuckle and cv joint"

Jack B., MT (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Right rear wheel bearing"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Differential

"Differential clutches required replacement; initial assembly had flat surfaces (some engineers great idea that did not work well) whereas replacements had grooves (presumably to reduce wear due to heat build up.)"

Douglas C., AK (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Transfer case

"traction control"

Jack B., MT (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"At 40000 miles had to replace transfer case, complete. At 61000 miles, had to replace clutches in transfer case due to improper parts installed in initial repair"

Douglas C., AK (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel vibration

"Steering wheel vibrates above 60 mph. Have not had it checked out yet"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 4.5-L V8)
Tie rods

"Tie rods failed and required replacement"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Grinding noise. Had to replace right rear bedaring"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Alignment

"fixed rear axle can't be fixed"

Anonymous, AK (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"gear shift indicator does not move from park to drive"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 4.5-L V8)
Keyless entry

"won't work"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"short circuit that drained the battery"

Steve P., PA (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Coolant leak in the intake manifold. The manifold is made of a plastic composite instead of metal to save weight and is thus not as durable. The manifold cracked. That part alone cost over $400"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"sun roof small leak"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"It appears to be with the suspension. When you hit a bump or the road sways a little you hear loud squeaks and rattles...very pronounced!"

Dennis M., NE (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"One of the exhaust manifold gaskets were leaking. This simple part requiring replacement required over $400 in labor"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Pipes separated and leaked from CAT converter to rear pipe. I just replaced the hole thing to muffler and tailpipe"

Henry M., NY (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

"Just broke and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Alternator

"Alternator failed while on a trip. We were in a small town in New Mexico and could not get the correct alternator, but was able to install a similar model. We later had to install the correct model after we returned home"

Rodney I., TX (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Small leak in gasket"

Robert W., FL (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 4.5-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Idle control valve needed replacing at about 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 4.5-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Started slipping and jumping into first gear. Had the transmission replaced two times previously under Ford warranty. Knew that it was the problem"

Mardy J., AR (2004 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Gear selecter not connected to dash indecater, could not tell what gear transmission was in"

John C., MO (2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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