In the plus-size SUV arena, the Expedition EL is the only other mainstream game in town to the popular Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL twins. While the Expedition was freshened for 2015, it is still vastly outdated and outclassed compared to the competition.

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.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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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 2017 Ford Expedition owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Back up camera would stop working intermittently. Dealer had a hard time tracing the problem because the malfunction left no diagnosis trail once it stopped malfunctioning. The camera is working again consistently w/out any reason as to why"

Melanie E., ID (2017 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Camera was intermittant"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The camera stopped working many times. It took the dealer many attempts to fix it because the problem, when it started, wasn't widely known to be a problem. The last attempt to fix was a success because the dealer had info as the issue had become more well known."

Anonymous, ID (2017 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The backup camera failed over the span of 2 days. I took it to the dealer and they replaced the camera under warranty. I have had no problems since the replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Replaced twice in two years!"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Intermittent backup camera failure. Corrects itself. Dealer could not replicate the problem."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"It started in April 2020. Developed video issues. Fixed in May under warranty."

Anonymous, (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Intermittently works when it is cold outside."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"On occasion, the display screen goes completely blank for 5 to 10 seconds. Then the Ford logo appears and the system reboots. This most often occurs when the NAV mode is displayed."

Brian W., TN (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"USB port with MP3 flash drive skips."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Incoming and outgoing calls indicate they are connected, but at least one of the parties cannot hear the other."

Brian W., TN (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"mostly, when the phone is already paired with Bluetooth, and the charging line is connected for charging. When I stop the car and disconnect the phone, it isn't always re-connected the next time I get in the car. I have to sometimes manually (via screens) reconnect, or delete and re-add the device. several times now the system needs to have a master reset done (again, via screens)"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

"locked up could not move"

Anonymous, WI (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Seal leaked. Limited slip had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2017 Ford Expedition King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"25000 Kilometres clutches in the rear end started to seize up. Ford fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"differential was vibrating / locking up when turning at low speed"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Expedition King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Rear differential failed while on vacation stranding me in Florida."

Steven S., NC (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Driveline vibration

"When the vehicle is cold, especially when turning for a standstill, there is a very noticeable vibration, from the front to middle of the vehicle"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Electrical failure

"A throttle sensor failed. It is, apparently, a common problem. Every once in a while, the car would randomly go into limp mode. I could restart it and it would be immediately fine! My regular mechanic speculated the issue. As luck would have it, the censor failed when I was a five-minute drive from the dealership. They sent a tech to read the computer and confirmed the censor failure. They replaced the censor and there have been no issues since. I love my stud of a car!"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The air conditioning would randomly quit working. There was a loose connection in the kick panel on the passenger side floor. You had to bump the panel to get it to work again. The 4x4 selection switch broke off. Had to use rubber cement to hold it together and have a good connection."

Anonymous, KY (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Blower motor went out and had to be replaced. This is the 2nd time it has had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The placement of fan vent will suck up small plastics or paper items! Causes fan to make noise and expensive fix!"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"It would not blow."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Blower motor just stopped working. Under warranty so they replaced. After about a week it stopped working again. Actually once this happened I traded it in."

Dean S., IL (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Loose wiring on the plug connecting the blower motor resistor. Was able to repair it myself for about $20."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"AC lines to rear of vehicle got a pebble wedged in which wore through the lines. Entire line had to be ordered as a single item took several weeks to get the part"

Anonymous, (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"air conditioner line had a leak and it took 2 months to get a new line from Ford"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Leaking pipe covered under warranty."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

"Engine coolant leak at connection to turbocharger. The leak was repaired under warranty, but has recently reappeared."

Anonymous, (2017 Ford Expedition King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Water in the doors after a rain or going through a car wash."

Becky Y., LA (2017 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Noise from right front passenger door"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Water runs down window and gets in the inside of the doors the only way to drain it is to pull the rubber stripping back and let it drain out. Dealer said there was no way to fix it. I've drained more than a gallon of water out of the doors after a hard rain."

Becky Y., LA (2017 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"the drivers seat makes a squeaking noise"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Back lift gate had a squeak that required the panel to be completely removed and new clips installed on the panel to stop the squeak"

Anonymous, NE (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Wind noise

"It has always been a problem. I did bring it back to the dealer and they tightened the rear door locking. It is often too noisy for normal conversations."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Ford Expedition Unsure 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Squeaking

"there is a squeaking rear brake (right side) only at very low speeds when coming to a stop with very light brake pressure. It is more annoying than a safety problem. It was initially looked at and the rotors and pads were de-glazed. The problem returned less than a week later. Will have it looked at during the next service interval"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Ford using disk brake pads that are subpar. Have had to return to a repair shop twice trying to fix the Squeak in the front pads"

Anonymous, NE (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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)

"EVP valve failed. Covered under warrenty."

Anonymous, UT (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Fuel injection system

"45000 kilometres. Black smoke from tail pipe (called carbon bypass) took to the dealer and they said this is normal Still doing research as the warranty expires this month"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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 the roof is cracking and peeling off around the channel indentations."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"When downshifting going downhill it will most of the time shift back and forth between gears instead of staying in one gear."

Kit T., UT (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Rear vent windows can never be used. At times I can smell exhaust with no other vehicle close by. I always need to close the ambient air vent when following cars up-hill and at times, when a vehicle is next to me."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Ford Expedition Unsure 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"Excessive wind noise comes through the driver's side door seal. Door does not seal properly"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

"Strut was leaking and had to be replaced"

Gregory T., OH (2017 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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.

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