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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 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)

"The back hatch developed raised paint blemishes, a bout a dozen. Paint was under warranty, took it in and they said that it would not be covered under warranty! Other experinece with the local dealer on misinformation. We will not go back to Ford."

Gary M., AK (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Tailgate bubbling of paint around license plate chrome accent."

Barry B., KY (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Paint on rear gate is bubbling up. Not painted right at factory"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Rusting under paint on rear end"

Owen H., WI (2011 Ford Expedition 5.4-L V8)

"Rear tailgate under Ford logo paint bubbling, very common issue on expedition seen many around just like ours"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"aluminum hood and tailgate"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)

"Paint on rear door started to bubble up all over rear door , looked like rust spots but it's an aluminum rear door. Ford would not stand behind it. Started around 90000 miles. Truck has never sat outside"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Paint on the back door was bubbling like it was rusting under the paint in several areas. It was under warranty for paint problems still but when I took it in the service guy said that kind of problem was not covered under warranty?! Last Ford I will buy"

Gary M., AK (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Paint bubbling on the back of the vehicle is very common. Ford has not helped with this problem. I bought the car with 71000 miles. their support for this issue stops at 70000. The dealer repainted the back hatch but the bubbling re-appeared within one year. Other than that, I LOVE this car!"

Poliquin G., ME (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Paint on the hood and the rear tailgate which are both made out of aluminum are starting to bubble in numerous places because of cross-contamination in the painting process. The other parts of the vehicle are made from steel and the paint is still excellent"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Corrosion causing paint to bubble up on back lift door"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"My back lift gate the paint started peeling off 6 years ago got so bad had to have repainted"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Tailgate corrosion will cost me $900. Body shop said was from aluminum gate meeting steel screws, and a poor primer seal. Ford refused to fix it. Internet is full of similar complaints"

Darren L., MN (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"We observed that the paint is bubbline, peeling and flaking off of the hatch, approximately 1 year ago (June 2014). The warranty had expired the month prior (May 2014), therefore they won't cover the repair eventhough the problem clearly started pri"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"The paint has been peeling since 56000 and ford says it is not covered under warranty. I have found 5 other expeditions with the same problem"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Small bubble in paint"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Rust

"Paint rusted underneath rear panel on rear"

Owen H., WI (2011 Ford Expedition 5.4-L V8)

"live in fla"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford Expedition XL 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

Alignment

"Steering wheel not centered and clicks"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"The air pump gave out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Had the compressor replaced but the diagnostic panel continues report there is a problem with the air suspension. Also the pump seems to struggle at times running excessively. The dealer cannot isolate the problems to resolve. Never buy the air suspension system on an Expedition"

Robert F., OH (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Air suspension system failed. Had to replace the air pump and the air suspension shocks ( rear air complete strut assemblies)."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"air suspension on rear wheels failed"

Charles M., FL (2011 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)

"Air suspension on rear wheels failed, repaired under warranty"

Terp P., ON (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Compressor issues- replaced twice"

Kerry M., BC (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering hose is seeping oil at the crimp joint which seems to be a poor quality hose"

Robert F., OH (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Front shocks failed and were replaced at 10k miles under warranty. They failed again at 22K miles and I had to pay to replace them so I replaced them with after market shocks. The rear shocks failed at 16k miles and the vehicle was 3 months out of warranty and I had to pay for these repairs myself again replacing them with after market shocks. BIG FAIL for Ford on this and will prevent me from purchasing another Ford product EVER."

Justin F., TX (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"had to replace front struts"

John P., NY (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Vehicle began to feel mushy over bumps with rear end tending to kick out over sharp bumps. Dealer replaced rear struts which cured the problem"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Wife hit pot hole, broke strut. Replaced all four, truck rides much better. Other non broken struts were worn out"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"I had to replace the struts and shock absorbers. It had become difficult to control at higher speeds, especially in turns."

Edward S., UT (2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"I had to replace all four struts because of leakage"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Struts failed were replaced by Ford"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"25000 miles showing at time of purchase and front shocks were BAD! Unbelievable! Dealer was not punctual in replacing them!"

Jay W., TX (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Have had continuous of fluid leaksge"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"3 of the 4 gas struts failed at 50000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition XL 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

A/C compressor

"It stopped producing cool air."

Ronald M., SC (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"The cooling system is inadequate. I had this same problem with my last Ford Expedition."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"blend door actuator went out- for the 2nd time. 1st time under warranty. This time, fixed myself"

David-Angela H., TX (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Valve which controls the air from cold to hot was stuck on hot air"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Making noise"

Anonymous, AK (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Had to replace the blower speed controller. Did it myself"

Doug M., SC (2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"Fan worked on high speed only at times. Installation of new fan blower motor speed control solved the problem ($243 repair including diagnostic check)"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Blower motor was not working at 70,000. Ford dealership repaired under warranty"

David Y., OK (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Venting is dash malfunctioned"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Condenser

"car quit cooling"

Charles N., AL (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"condenser failed for second time since buying the car"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Problem with AC condenser was result of an object striking it and causing it to leak, not mechanical failure"

James K., WV (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Evaporator

"Had to replace leaking evaporator.... over $600 for parts and labor. Works great now"

Doug M., SC (2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"failure requiring replacement at 65000 miles; cost of repair ~$2000"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The system one day just stopped working. I could push either button and the lights would blink briefly and nothing more would occur. I had it checked with my local shop and they told me the code that came out said I'd need to go to the dealership."

Anonymous, AB (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Heater system

"Heater blend door actuator failed, replaced"

Darren K., KS (2011 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Replaced security system module. Car would not start. Alarm system was locked"

D B., CA (2011 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Rear center brake light quit working"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Right rear turn signal bulb was burnt"

Alex M., CA (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Gauges

"Cannot read odometer,mileage,trip length, or any of led messages during the day unless I shade it with my hand. Green led lights not bright enough."

Anonymous, (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Headlights

"In damp weather the headlights flicker and the message center says there is an electrical issue. Computer doesn't store the code and it hasn't done it while at the shop, so we are still hunting the cause of the problem"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)
Interior lights

"The dashboard information . The contrast is dull. Very dangerous to the driver, when needed. It is impossible to read."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"Intermittent warning message that the TPS was not working. Mechanic gas been unable to find problem since it is so intermittent."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper motor died and needed to be replaced. Took two tries for them to replace properly"

John S., ME (2011 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

Parking brake

"Parking brake seized up and would not disengage... had to tow to mechanic. Also, the parking brake will NOT prevent the vehicle from moving if you shift into Drive/Reverse; only the alarm will sound. Very weird and unsafe!"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Ford Expedition Unsure 5.4-L V8)
Rotors

"Rotors were warped at 70,000. Ford dealership replaced under warranty"

David Y., OK (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Rotor or wheel hub caused extreme wear. Was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Squeaking

"under heavier acceleration at shift get squealing noise"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"brakes squealed when applying them at low speeds- front driver side. still had 50% brake pad left. Issue occurred 2 years previous. auto shop couldn't find any issues. solution- replace brake pads"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 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 new transmission shifts very roughly. The dealership, that did the replacement, stated that was normal for the work they do."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)

"Rough downshift to first, fixed it of pocket expense ecu reprogramming to latest, $150"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Down shifting in mountain passes can be clunky and jerky at times"

Joe M., CO (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Sensor caused car to stop, auto brake, lose power"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 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

Heated or cooled seat controls

"Driver side heated seat stopped working"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"seat heating and cooling system failed"

W W., MI (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Mirrors

"Will not go back out in sync"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Windows

"Driver window stopped working. Took it in to the local Ford Dealer. Was quoted an amount to fix. Went to pick it up and the amount was now 5x what was quoted. Noexplantion, nobody around form the service department. Another reason we will not go back to Ford."

Gary M., AK (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Engine began tapping noise warm and cold with loss of power on hills. Dealer replaced mass air flow solenoid and reset the timing phasers. Dealer advised repair to phaser may not last due to mileage on engine"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Repaired under power train warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Oil leak in transmission discovered during regular maintenance"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The oil pan gasket/seal started to leak. It cost $614 at Ford to have the seal replaced. They said they had to use a special glue that had to sit for several hours to form a seal. I was at the dealer for 6 hours. The repair has worked so far and there is no leak."

Beverly B., CO (2011 Ford Expedition 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

Display screen difficult to see

"LED display Illumination of data (MPG, miles to empty, etc) in center dash below speedometer is too dim to see in daylight"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Would not communicate with the vehicle."

Jeff B., TX (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Constantly bounces out when car is parked. Audio book on iPod does not resume, necessitating aggravating search for place where left off"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Would not pair after numerous master resets."

Jeff B., TX (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 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

4WD/AWD components

"I've always taken in my vehicle for maintenance. At the 100,000 mile mark, it was very expensive. Like over $1300. And that I was told was just for normal maintenance."

Anonymous, OK (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Air conditioner would only work sporadically. When the outside temperature was over 78 degrees it would not work, however, when I would get down the road about 10 miles it would suddenly work. Never worked when I needed it most. Was told it was not under warranty."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Transfer case

"No real problem, it was just normal maintenance cost that was alarming."

Anonymous, OK (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 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

"The driver's door fills with water"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Ford Expedition Unsure 5.4-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The seal around the rear window leaks. I live on gravel and the dust gets into the seal trough and if I don't remember to clean it frequently the window leaks from top to bottom."

Beverly B., CO (2011 Ford Expedition 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Ford and the dealership were not surprised that the transmission failed. We have never used it to tow anything. I was very disappointed. My 2006 Acura has never had a transmission problem."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

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

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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