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
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.
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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

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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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 2008 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 peeling off hood and tailgate, Ford offered no assistance but acknowledged it was a problem! love it otherwise"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The paint bubbled up on the back hatch door. Then cracked and peeled off. Metal exposed so had it repainted before it could rust. Was told due to the type of metal the paint will most likely bubble, crack, and peel off again in the future"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford Expedition Unsure 5.4-L V8)

"bubbling of paint on tailgate"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Aluminum tailgate corroded and blistered paint. I had to have it stripped and repainted at my expense in 2014"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Same areas as rust comments"

Michael M., IN (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Paint bubbled from underneath then flaked off in various places"

Walter G., NC (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"The paint on the tailgate is "blistering" in many places and the entire tailgate will need to be repainted"

Virginia D., ID (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Aluminum body panels - hood and hatch - have peeling paint and are corroding"

Scot R., CT (2008 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Paint is bubbling up on front of engine hood"

Robert B., FL (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Paint cracking and bubbling due to oxidation of the aluminum tailgate material"

Anonymous, WV (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Paint bubbled up on rear deck and chipped off in another area on rear deck"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The paint on the hood and tailgate has bubbled up in several spots. This is a known issue with Ford due to quality control in the paint application"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"paint chips off of corners"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Paint chipping and cracking in various areas on tailgate"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"paint peeling off corroding aluminum tailgate"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Paint peeling from aluminum tailgait"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The rear lift gate's paint is bubbling and chiping off"

Earl F., MI (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Ford has a known problem with aluminum body panels on this vehicle. The hood and tailgate are made of aluminum. The aluminum oxidizes causing the paint to bubble and peel off. They refuse to do anything to fix it"

Eric S., MI (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Rust

"surface rust on tailgate around license plate frame and license plate light housing. Also bottom portion of tailgate, hood front"

Michael M., IN (2008 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

"The CD player will not recognize a loaded CD and not play"

Tom D., TX (2008 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"CD system failed to function"

Anonymous, WY (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"CD Changer has failed 3 times. I replaced the entire factory unit multiple times and finally gave up and switched to an aftermarket post the last failure"

Robert J., CA (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"cd got stuck and will not dislodge. was told it would cost about $45 to get the cd out and more if there were more problems, but wouldn't know until cd was out. they wanted to replace entire system for $500"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The manufacturer of the NAV system stopped issuing updates. This is a DVD system so no more updates renders the system nearly useless"

Robert S., NV (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"The LCCD screen went blank, had to have it replaced $450"

Tom B., OK (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The system does not work in cold weather. The system cannot read the CD"

L M., SD (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"System failure, could not locate car. Attempts to repair failed"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"SiriusXM radio worked perfectly during the trial period. After subscribing, radio works intermittently ... perhaps 10-15% of the time that it is turned on"

Brad M., TX (2008 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"The radio stopped working completely and had to be replaced"

Earl F., MI (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"Picture frequently is scrambled. Believe there is a short somewhere. Fixed once, now happening again"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"The back-up camera fails intermittently and they haven't been able to determine the problem"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"The entertainment system does not work. I cannot load the DVD"

Anonymous, CT (2008 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

"External thermometer will go down to -21 and Ac quits cooling till it corrects itself and slowly returns to correct external temp"

Jeff G., TX (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The blower fan would only blow on the highest setting"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Some type of relay..covered by warrt"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Rattle noise in the fan motor"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Fan stopped altogether when using AC"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Condenser

"$1300 labor to get to $500 part to replace"

Lee M., FL (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"leak at the condenser requiring replacement $400 or so"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"It had a leak at a coolant hose, replaced and repaired for about $300"

Anonymous, NE (2008 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

"On cold weather, when I open the automatic liftgate, it closes automatically even when I'm still trying to load or unload stuff. I have to hold the lift-gate to prevent it from hitting our heads My family finds this to be disconcerting since the l"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"tailgate corroding because its aluminum"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Doors or sliding doors

"See paint problem above for tailgate"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The driver's heated seat does not work"

L M., SD (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Seat controls - movement

"Electronic memory positioning of driver's seat has repeated problems even after repair"

Anonymous, WV (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Automatic driver's seat does not properly move forward when key is inserted and memory settings do not stay set"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Driver's side window regulator failed and was replaced"

Scot R., CT (2008 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"all power windows very slow to move. passenger side window seized and mechanism broke"

Robert B., FL (2008 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

"Left front hub assembly went bad and was replaced. Right front hub assembly seals were leaking and were replaced"

Gary F., IL (2008 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"leaking from various driveshaft seals"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The rear and front wheel bearings wore out had to be replaced both the left (driver's side). $700 rear and $500 front"

Tom B., OK (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

"Replaced bearings in drive ubir and hubs"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"One of the front 4WD actuators had to be replaced. this was covered under the warrantee"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Differential

"Front differential bearings started failing, and were unbearably loud after about 8 months. Bearings and gears were replaced"

Brian F., MN (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Leaking seals that will cost ~$400 to repair"

Anonymous, CT (2008 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

"related to the master cylinder lock up"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Master cylinder

"Replaced plugged HCU"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"applied brake to one wheel and locked up, apparently an ongoing issue with this ford product at Ford has not recalled"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"just time to replace"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"This vehicle is especially hard on brakes - I feel the brake system is undersized for the vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Rear brake pads wear out at least twice as fast as front pads. In addition, rear rotors were worn beyond safe limits in under 50,000 miles while front rotors show very little wear"

Robert J., CA (2008 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

Shocks or struts

"replaced because of wear"

Joseph S., MA (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The left rear suspension air bag failed and leaked. I replaced both air bags with spring coils. Ride is a good and don't have to worry about the other failing. The cost was somewhat less than replace the one air bag"

Tom B., OK (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Rear shocks failed completely leaking oil. The front shocks wore out at the same time"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Struts normal wear and tear, replaced and vehicle drives like it did 100000 miles ago"

John D., VA (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Steering wheel vibration

"Vibration due to balancing, bearings"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Manifold warped, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"the exhaust manifold had to be replaced on one side. apparently it is a common issue for the big block fords, my brother had the same problem with his f150. It was covered under our extended warrantee"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Leaking exhaust where it bolts to the engine block at start. Only noticeable during cold start up some of the studs and nuts holding on the manifold were rusting away. new manifold still sounds loud at start. Sound goes away quickly as it warms up"

Lester W., SC (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Muffler

"Muffler rusted out where calcium chloride is used in this area for snow removal"

John D., VA (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Failure of right catalytic cnverter"

Jon B., TX (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"One of the catalytic converters stopped functioning. Ford replaced at no charge even with the mileage and given the age of the vehicle. They were very good about it"

Dennis R., AZ (2008 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"Right bank upstream sensor gave check engine light occasionally. Replaced sensor, problem solved"

Thomas P., TX (2008 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

Body control module

"Door window regulator failed"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The right fog light just fell off its socket. Just found it dangling and was burnt out. My wife mentioned she when she was at a drive thru bank, she must have driven over snow/ice, did not hit anything. When I inspected the SUV, I noted that the p"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"replaced wiper transmission"

Michael W., WA (2008 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"A few months ago, the valves began making a lot of noise. We took it to our Ford dealership in Asheville who told us we needed a $3500 repair, or we could have a serious problem. We took it to a second Ford dealer who told us it was just a noise pr"

James C., NC (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Accessory belts or pulleys

"Idler pulley defective and squeaks"

R M., PR (2008 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Spark plug came out creating a 7 cylinder vehicle. Dealer error"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford Expedition Limited 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

Timing belt or chain

"Timing belt chain tensioner was worn and making noise. Repair required replacing head gasket and extensive engine work at a cost of several thousand dollars"

Warren C., NV (2008 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

Rough shifting

"The transmission makes a weird growl noise when down shifting between 4 and 3. Very mechanical noise. Fixed once under warranty at 30,000 and now back for some time now"

William B., CA (2008 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.

Engine Cooling

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

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