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Ford Expedition Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.4 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 300 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Ford Expedition

  • Roomy on the inside and agile out on the road, the Expedition is a solid choice among full-size SUVs.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Well-thought-out interior with plenty of room for passengers and their belongings, handy fold-flat third-row seat, impressive handling for its size, great crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Poor fuel economy, ride quality suffers on rough roads, some low-grade interior materials.

  • What's New for 2005

    Various changes for 2005 include revised option packages and trim equipment, a redesigned instrument panel cluster display and a more…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (96 total reviews)

Can't go wrong with an

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 4A)

We bought our Expedition with 72k miles in 2010. It now has 138k miles. In that time we have replaced the lower balljoints, one fuel injector (Ford recall). The only other items replaced were coil packs, a battery, spark plugs, and brake pads which are normal maintenance items. We absolutely love the vehicle and while we have also bought a truck and a car we refuse to get rid of the Expedition and use it for vacations. It suits every need we have and is extremely reliable and comfortable. We will drive this one until the wheels fall off, and once we can't put them back on anymore we will likely buy a new one. If you're good to it, it will definitely be good to you.

9 of 23 people found this review helpful

Major problem that needs to

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 4A)

There is a major issue with the 2005 Ford Expedition. I was driving down the road going 50 mph and received a check electronic throttle message on the dash and the engine stopped and so did the power steering and brakes. I was in the left lane of a two lane road and nearly got in an accident. I took it to Ford and they replaced the throttle body for nearly $700. I've checked online and there are hundreds and hundreds of people with the same issue. [non-permissible content removed].

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

You take care of it,

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Expedition XLT Rwd 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 4A)

this truck as taken me all across north america, I am getting my money worth out of it but at the same time you have to be on top of your maintenance and repair if any, this truck don't like to be neglected

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

Finally got rid of my

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 4A)

Today, i just traded in my Expedition for a Toyota Sequoia, and I feel great. The Ford Expedition is perhaps the worst vehicle I have knowledge of. I have never seen a vehicle that is so aesthetically beautiful, end up being a nightmare. Before unloading that money pit on a dealership, I replaced the transmission, 9 distributors, throttle position sensor, battery, rotors, and brakes. I bought the expedition in 2009!!! These are the remaining issues that i could not afford to fix and decided to trade it in. Front differential, rear differential, throttle body, catalytic converter, driver window motor, and rear brakes. But, no longer my problem. Buyer beware!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great suv

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Expedition XLT Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 4A)

Just turned 90k miles on my 2005. Everything still original except battery and wiper blades. Very smooth ride, paired with Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo/ 2 tires..this thing has gone through 34 inches of snow like a tank....been over off road passes in Colorado at 14,000 feet, and still drives great. No rattles, squeeks, or any issues. Best SUV I have ever owned. routine maintenance always performed on time, have used full synthetic oil since new. chrome plated aircraft grade aluminum wheels make this red over silver truck look outstanding. Fully loaded, this is the longest I have owned any vehicle in my life.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

New engine?

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Expedition Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 4A)

For the first 50,000 miles, this truck ran great! Very roomy and comfortable, easy to drive and plenty of power. However, at around 60,000 miles and just 5 years after I drove it off the lot, it suddenly ran terribly and the check engine light came on. The dealer says I need the engine replaced. The warranty has expired and the dealer wanted $9000 to replace the engine! After a phone call to Ford the price came down to $5000. So far, I've spent about $800 fixing things that might be the problem but unfortunately I'm starting to think the dealer is right. I wouldn't think a vehicle with less than 60,000 would need a new motor. Very disappointed!

Gas Mileage


  • 13
  • cty
  • 17
  • highway
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Full 2005 Ford Expedition Review

What's New for 2005

Various changes for 2005 include revised option packages and trim equipment, a redesigned instrument panel cluster display and a more powerful 5.4L V8. A Limited trim level debuts this year, and includes unique body-color exterior trim, special interior trim and power-adjustable leather seats. A King Ranch package is new this year, and features unique interior and exterior trim, wood interior trim (both real and fake), unique wheels and exclusive leather seating.

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