Ford's Expedition EL is a huge SUV capable of carrying nine passengers, their luggage and still tow a heavy trailer. For the most part, the EL succeeds. It has a roomy third-row seat, it handles reasonably well, and it accelerates strongly while towing our 5,000-pound test trailer. However, the Expedition's ride is stiff, it gets low fuel economy and the engine frequently sounds coarse and strained.
Alerts
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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.
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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

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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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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.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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

Ford's Expedition EL is a huge SUV capable of carrying nine passengers, their luggage and still tow a heavy trailer. For the most part, the EL succeeds. It has a roomy third-row seat, it handles reasonably well, and it accelerates strongly while towing our 5,000-pound test trailer. However, the Expedition's ride is stiff, it gets low fuel economy and the engine frequently sounds coarse and strained. A rear-view camera is optional.

Seating
3 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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended SUV
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.4-liter V8 (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint on aluminum tailgate and hood blistered and off"

Charles L., MI (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"The paint began peeling on the rear side panel. Also the paint is bubbling at the bottom of the inner hatch"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Paint peeling on aluminum panels"

Robert M., IL (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Paint bubbling up on hood and on rear door"

Ronald R., PA (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Paint bubbling and lifting on aluminum lift gate. Has been painted twice since new, and requires repainting again. The first time was covered by warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"paint on fiberglass hood and rear hatch is bubbling and cracking off"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"paint bubbling up around Ford emblems. They will not fix"

Kim P., IA (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"paint blisters on aluminum hood and rear hatch door"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"needed refinishing lost its gloss"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Paint is flaking off aluminum hood and tailgate. Understand it to be a common problem"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Rear tailgate door has already been repainted by the dealer and it's peeling again. The door is plastic so I guess it should a special primer and paint for that application"

Anonymous, NH (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"paint bubbling under hood, under tailgate, on rear of tailgate and roof. Dealer refused treatment saying it was not covered under warranty. Paint applied too thin and base metal not properly prepared for paint"

Ross G., FL (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Rust

"rusted out rocker panels"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Excessive rust on rocker panels, completely rusted out. Many areas of paint peeling"

Robert G., IL (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"on rear hatch rust bubbled up under the paint coat in several places, but Ford said that it was beyond warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Bad rusting on roof indentations because water sits in the grooves. Ford would stand behind this . I constantly use touch up paint and grinding rust , but rust always comes back. Very disappointed in Ford !"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Ford Expedition Unsure 5.4-L V8)

"both rear wheel well rusted"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"paint peeling off of aluminum tailgate and hood. Also rust on rocker panels under doors"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Hole in top of truck appeared,size of dollar coin, dealer fixed, hole reappeared, had repaired by independent firm out of pocket. Dealer refused warranty service, cited water drain design faulty"

Ross G., FL (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"exterior plastic molding not secured well and came loose"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 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

"Rear seat compressor banging whenever running"

Ronald R., PA (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Does not blow cold air"

Anthony K., MA (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Air controls quit at 98000 miles No power"

Mark K., FL (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Short in wiring harness and two of the coil packs on each cylinder. Due to the nature of the design 2700.00 dollar repair. Now there is also a noise on start up like a rattle that may be the cylinder head, and the blower motor is on high always"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Air controls stopped"

Mark K., FL (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Evaporator

"I had to replace the evaporator due to a leak"

William E., FL (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Heater system

"Heater went out and it cost about $200 to fix the passenger side, but on the driver's side the mechanic said that they would have to take the steering column completely apart fix this driver side heat and it would cost $1200. Really poor design, Ford!. Need-less-to-say, I bought a fuzzy lap robe to keep me warm on the driver side!"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"faulty pigtail on system"

Robert M., IL (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 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

Electronic or air suspension

"Air compressor failed since new car compressor did not have a spitter to remove water"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"We had suspension problems with the Expedition in the first year after purchasing the vehicle new and had to pay to get the air suspension repaired, now again, 10 yrs later we need to replace suspension parts"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The vehicle has air leveling suspension which required dealership replacement twice; first because the problem was misdiagnosed/erroneously repaired, the second time they got it right"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"pump failure on air ride suspension"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Very expensive fix. Air suspension went out. Compressor very expensive"

Kim P., IA (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Air bags were leaking"

Anonymous, MS (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"I am about to do a second replacement on the air suspension compressor. It buzzes loudly every time it cycles now that it needs repair"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 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

Heated or cooled seat controls

"The heated driver seat failed with a broken connection in the seat. It is $800 to repair"

Anthony K., MA (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Seat controls - movement

"memory for two settings not working"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The paint bubbling issue is limited to the lift gate"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Even with an electronic module to prevent galvanic corrosion, my tailgate is showing several signs of bubbling. I understand that this somewhat due to the fact that it is aluminum and the rest of the vehicle is steel"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Locks and latches

"Drivers side interior door handle broke, unable to open door from the interior"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"electric driver side door lock failed. Had to replace. Did the repair my self to save $450. The part was about $25"

Richard L., TX (2007 Ford Expedition Unsure 5.4-L V8)

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.

What Owners Say

"Fuel pump died and the warranty from the used car dealership paid for the repair and the tow"

Lea S., MN (2007 Ford Expedition Unsure 5.4-L V8)

"Fuel pump failure"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Car suddenly wouldn't start and had to be towed to garage to find problem and fix fuel pump also found broken manifold bolts"

Anonymous, IN (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"fuel pump failed and the replacement pump failed after 3 months"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Fuel cap

"Tank pressure sensor caused the gas cap light to come on"

Anonymous, IN (2007 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

"Short in wiring harness and two of the coil packs on each cylinder. Due to the nature of the design 2700.00 dollar repair. Now there is also a noise on start up like a rattle that may be the cylinder head, and the blower motor is on high always"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"high risk of spark plugs breaking during replacement causing pieces to require additional labor and special tools to extract. also high possibility of losing broken pieces of plugs into cylinder requiring engine disassembly to remove"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"When replacing the spark plugs, were informed that it could cost between $400 and $5000 dollars because spark plugs might break off when taking them out. Might have to pull the engine out to take out spark plugs"

Anonymous, MO (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Poor spark plug design causes them to corrode in the head and break off when removing. Need special tools to complete task. Common problem with 5.4L engine"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 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

Master cylinder

"Mayer cylinder had to be replaced. Complete brake failure"

Donald L., TX (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Parking brake

"Parking brake simply did not hold and required replacement when we replaced the wheel hubs this spring"

Kenneth B., VA (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Antilock system (ABS)

"The brake pedal would depress all the way to the floor. The warranty had expired and it cost me in excess of $800 to repair"

Shaun F., OK (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Breaks wear extremely fast in the front of the vehicle"

Anonymous, FL (2007 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

Cylinder head

"Cam replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Rocker seized and dropped valve into cylinder causing hole in piston. Required complete engine rebuild. Then had issue with cam tensioners and Variable Cam Adjusters"

Michael D., IN (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"88,000 miles 7 years old oil changed every 3,000-4,000 miles. Internal timing, phazers, valves, rods damaged. Maintained well. Thought I would get at least 150-200K miles out of it. Ford customer service was useless. I will never buy a Ford a"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Timing belt or chain

"Timing belt tensioner replaced for the second time"

Shannon G., FL (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 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

CD player

"Multi-CD player has become unusable since CDs can get stuck in it"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Cd player would no longer eject CDs. Had to replace unit"

Robert G., IL (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Unit will NOT eject CDs"

J T., TX (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Radio lights don't work. Thought replacing fuses would solve problem but this failed"

Anonymous, MO (2007 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"At least one brake light on this vehicle seems to burn out every year. Because of this, I've changed both lights every year for the past four years"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Light bulbs had to be replaced right after purchase"

Ricky S., TX (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

"Problem is with the driver's power seat. Forward /back control stopped working. Seat track has to be replaced. Dealer estimate: $1150.00"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Transmission wasn't shifting well when pulling trailer needed to be reprogramed"

George C., BC (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

"the engine coils failed because of an antifreeze leak that spewed liquid all over the coils and plug wires"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"oil leak on rear axle. Replaced seals"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 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

"Transmission surges at times, unpredictable"

Ron B., MO (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"Had on-going issues with leaks, turns out seals and lines needed to be replaced"

George C., BC (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"routine transmission service and within a week the truck wouldn't come out of first gear; turns out there was a leak due to a hose not being reinstalled correctly at the time of service"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Torque converter started making noise and therefore trans. had to be pulled and rebuilt"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Torque converter

"Problems at low exceleration"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"The main coolant line, running in a pipe over the top of the engine, broke under pressure and flooded two cylinders"

George S., UT (2007 Ford Expedition Unsure 5.4-L V8)

"the hose coming from the heater core at the engine compartment bulkhead failed, without warning despite maintentnce service every 5k miles as requested by MFG"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Right side exhaust manifold had to be replaced due to a small crack. Cost about $800"

Douglas M., SC (2007 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

Differential

"front and rear leaking oil"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Ford Expedition Limited 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

Air or water leaks

"bad "T" joint required replacement with a specially made hose that cost several hundred dollars plus over $150.00 in labor to install"

Kenneth B., VA (2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
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