2005 Ford Expedition XLT Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 4A)
Traded my beloved 2002 Expedition for a brand new 2005 last month. Lots of differences, also some similarities. So far the 2005 has run flawless. I replaced the stock wheels and tires immediately. Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo's; best tire ever made for an SUV makes this truck stick like glue. The 2005 version sits lower than the 2002, something that on one hand is disappointing, but it is easier to get into and out of. The 300HP V8 moves this SUV without breaking a sweat. My 2002 had the 4.6L V8 and while it was a solid running engine, when fully loaded it didn't have nearly the pep the 2005 has. We'll see how durable the new engine is over time. Styling is very clean.
Engine, visibility, outside mirrors, power 3rd seats, all seats fold completely flat!, handling, safety features, styling.
Leather quality better in the 2002 vs. 2005, center console storage area is insanely huge, revert back to the 2002 size. Exterior moldings sound like they rattle while on bumpy roads? 2002 always felt solid. Gap between 3rd row and 2nd row seats when folded flat is poor. Power outlets in poor locations.
2005 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4WD 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 4A)
Buying a "King ranch" was not my original objective, but it has exceeded all my expectations for an SUV. Lots of room, great leather seats, comfortable ride, lots of power, but keep that speed down to enjoy some decent fuel economy for an SUV. It will haul anything with little or no effort. Launch the boat and retrieve it as easy as pulling out of a parking space. This is an excellent cruising machine for those with large families or if you need room for stuff.
My favorite features are the great leather seats, DVD entertainment system, and an easy-to-use navigation system.
2005 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer Rwd 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 4A)
This is my third Expedition and with this one I would have to say that Ford is trying to cut some corners on their bottom line. The interior feels like they put in more "hard plastic" materials. I have had a lot of cosmetic issues with the exterior. The climate control seats used to be built into the seats; now it is a blower that goes under the seats that you can hear when on. The entertainment screen could be in the back of the seats because it blocks your view while driving. Too much cheap plastic inside this model.
2005 Ford Expedition XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 4A)
We live in Doha, Qatar and needed a large SUV for the wife to drive our two kids and a dog around town and the occasional trip to the desert (and feel safe in verses the very aggressive driving styles encountered here!). After looking at a number of domestic US (Suburban, Durango) and non-US (Nissan, Toyota) SUVs, the Expedition by far offered the greatest value for the money. We love the strong A/C system and room and could not believe you can buy this much SUV for so little money.
Large, big V8, great A/C system front and rear, rides very well for a large truck chassis.
Can always use more power! Consumes large amount of fuel but after all it's only 80 cents a gallon here. Second and third row air bag system should be standard.