1st Gen (1997 – 2002) Ford Expedition Problems

The 1st generation of the Expedition has a cumulative PainRank™ of 12.74. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 1997–2002 Expedition model years have sent in 560 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (45%) followed by the suspension (9%) and the electrical (9%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2002 66
2001 117
2000 122
1999 145
1998 68
1997 43

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