really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
153,738 miles

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problem #15

Dec 262018


  • 200,000 miles
5.4L gas engine. Spark plugs have blown out of 2 different cylinders in 2 months. I have found only that this is a known issue for several models with this engine including the F-150. Ford had done nothing to address this faulty engine design. Both times my plugs blew out I was accelerating from a stop while turning left.

- Clayton, NJ, USA

problem #14

Oct 012014


  • miles
(takata recall) I have purchased my truck from a legal car dealership in reno nv had 135000 miles wen bought ive had to replace fuel pump had to buy different rims/tires due to wear of stock rims.. exhaust problems replaced fuel injector.. wear of thing causing water damage when raining outside. Spark plug ejected from engine was in motion 45 mph stationary moving problems also N wen turning.

- Nixon, NV, USA

problem #13

Oct 012016


  • 180,000 miles
I have a Ford 1998 Expedition, eddie bauer edition. It has a 5.4 liter engine with aluminum heads. Three times I've had a helicoil blown out leaving me stranded. Now a spark plug has blown out breaking two coils. Ford has made this vehicle for years with this engine. All with the same problems of components blowing out of the engine. I feel it is Ford's responsibility to start a recall and fix this defect.

- Selah, WA, USA

problem #12

Aug 142016


  • 13,600 miles
#2 spark plug blew out of 5.4L 2 V V8. Was on highway at time. Had to immediately pull over and disconnect fuel and spark for that cylinder. Was over 100km from home, couldnt afford to tow veicle so I had to drive it the remainder of the distance home. Inspected today, there is no threads left. Now need to drill and tap head, install helicoil/timesert and hope for the best.

- Apsley, AA, USA

problem #11

Mar 172016

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 203,538 miles
Went to store, came out battery dead, car wouldn't start. Had not left lights or any accessories on. Got a jump, drove to auto parts store. They checked alternator and battery and said battery dead, needed an overnight charge. Let them charge battery, put back in car, horn started blowing and would not stop despite my using both the key and key fob. Horn blew for 5 hours before I found out how to disconnect from google. Got horn to stop, and car wouldn't start. Ford dealer said anti-theft system had to be reprogrammed at cost of $250 plus tow to dealer. I never armed the system and it should not have shut my truck down and prevented me from driving it. I don't have $250 and then I found out the repair is only $100 at most. But this according to my dealer happens to any Ford anytime the battery goes dead and is replaced, anti-theft system is making people pay $250 to Ford to reprogram what should not have to be reprogrammed. Please help me. Thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Colorado Springs, MI, USA

problem #10

May 032015


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owned a 1998 Ford Expedition. While the vehicle was parked, the engine caught fire. The fire was extinguished by the fire department. The vehicle was deemed destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. A police report was not filed. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 012014


  • 225,000 miles
While I was diving around 35 mph to 45 mph a horrible violent shake starts to occur. And is very difficult to accelerate especially once you hit the freeway very unsafe to drive at such speeds. It starts with a violent shake with loud noises coming from the exhaust. It has blown 2 coils already.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #8

Oct 302014


  • 184,000 miles
Blew a spark plug, stripped the threads right out of the aluminum heads (horrible design). Not an issue for newer vehicles until they reach 140-190,000 miles, and now I see online that it is a huge issue for thousands of owners of the 4.6 & 5.4L engines. Breaching the heads exposes fuel to the spark and could create dangerous fires. The fixes are either temporary or very costly, this shoddy design should be corrected by Ford now that all of these vehicles are reaching higher mileages and still on the road. For Ford to save a few bucks by using aluminum heads is not worth the safety of thousands of loyal customers who have always stood by Ford. My confidence is definitely shaken by their willingness to compromise quality and safety for profit.

- Troy, MT, USA

problem #7

Oct 192014

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
I have a 1998 Ford Expedition the spark plugs number 3 and 4 keep going out I have done everything I can own my budget to try and fix but the problem keep happen. I smell gas and see smoke this is the only vehicle I have to get me and my daughter around I need this problem fix permanently don't wont nothing to happen to me and my kid as far as truck fire or gas fumes. So please can you get with Ford to fix before something bad happens to us.thank you.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 022013


  • 120,000 miles
Ford Expedition caught fire while parked at walmart store, it started at driver side on engine and it took a few minutes to burn whole SUV.

- Fords, NJ, USA

problem #5

Nov 142012


  • 260,159 miles
While driving down the road, my 98 Ford Expedition spark plug blew out and caused a small fire in the engine compartment.

- Chesterhill, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 092013


  • 125,000 miles
I have the 5.4 Triton V8 engine. I just had my 3rd spark plug blow out in the last year.they need to recall these heads. Luckily it hasn't resulted in an engine fire like it has for others.

- West Valley, UT, USA

problem #3

Oct 142012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 296,770 miles
Spark plug keeps coming out and if you don't stop and pull over immediately it can cause a fire due to ges coming out of the hole and getting on a hot engine.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #2

May 212012


  • 158,000 miles
Driving down the road in our town and #3 spark plug blew out of cylinder head, had to be trailered to a Ford mechanic to fix the problem - new spark plug, coil and cylinder head work - and I found out this a very common problem with the 5.4 Triton motor!!

- Moline, KS, USA

problem #1

Apr 302012


  • miles
The sparks plugs burnt out they were ruined and I just had a tune up.

- Charleston, SC, USA