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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2014 Ford Expedition owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"front pads needed replacing and rotors turned"

Jim V., TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Need to replace front brake pads. Seems a little early to need to do that"

Jason F., MN (2014 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"Brake pads are glazed. Ford says they have 70% of pad left, but would need to be replaced to eliminate squeaking. Cost to replace is very high and wasn't done"

John K., CA (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"19,000 miles. Large vibration at highway speeds. Dealer turned the front rotors. Problem got worse. Dealer replaced both front rotors at no charge"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Rotors have been turned twice, and also replaced over 40k miles of driving"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"Burnt smelling fluid. flushed and still smell"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"The dealer replaced all four struts. The car would bounce driving down the street. This fixed the problem"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Replaced all four struts at 90,000 miles"

Michael F., TX (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering fluid was collecting in the boots requiring replacement of' the rack and pinion system"

Michael F., TX (2014 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

Glass defects

"Front windshield glass cracks easily. I have replaced twice this year"

Richard W., OH (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Windows

"Window motors degrade with decreased temperatures. As the temperature drops, the motors slow down and become weaker. They stop working below 0"

Richard W., OH (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Rear cargo area glass shattered inexplicably while driving"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"rear quarter panel window came loose from the latch"

Don S., MT (2014 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 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

"Dash Lighting is very, very poor, black background of gauges makes it very, very difficult to read"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Horn

"Horn quit working. The horn went out on my 2010 expedition also"

Shann B., TX (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Interior lights

"Bulbs burn out quickly"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Left rear light quit working"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Trim on rear window inside latch spontaneously broke"

Jim C., UT (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint on aluminum tailgate started bubbling. Repainted under warranty"

Michael W., MN (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Rust

"Rust bottom of tailgate. This is my 4th Expedition and same problem on 3 of them, 2004, 2008, 2014"

Scott L., ON (2014 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

Radio

"GPS RECIEVER ON ROOF AND SIRIUS RECIEVER IN RADIO"

Robert N., GA (2014 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Voice control commands

"They do not function very well"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Expedition XL 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

Squeaks or rattles

"The trouble was in the head liner"

L H., TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"a car that's only 3 years old and is well taken care of should not have as many squeaks and rattles as it does"

Anonymous, CA (2014 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

Cylinder head

"4 of 8 cylinders not compressing"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine has problem with 4 of the 8 cylinders not hvaing enough compression. Dealer had to replace / rebuild the phase sensors"

Anonymous, TX (2014 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

Electrical failure

"SUV would randomly stop running......sitting at traffic lights, in parking lots, etc.......would shut down completely"

Anonymous, AL (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"Seal on front axle differential to drive shaft was leaking, required replacement of seal under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Started slipping and complete failure took 2 weeks to replace"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 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

Engine Minor

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

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.

Exhaust

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

Climate System

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

Engine Cooling

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

Transmission Minor

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

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