My Expedition is almost 6 years old with 71,000 miles. With just less than 36,000 the engine needed replacement. Last July 2005 with 67,000 it needed a transfer case. This past week in February 2006 the transfer case needed replacement with only 5,000 since July. At the same time Ford needed to replace the rear end. Quality is Not Job One. I would not recommend this vehicle.
I like the Expedition, it's a nice truck with a nice ride. The only thing I don't like about it is that the gas mileage is so poor. I manage about 12-13 mpg in the city. This SUV still goes and goes after 110,000 miles and still running strong. The 5.4 V8 is powerful.
Heated seats, power adjustable pedals, beige trim, automatic headlamps, roomy, 6-CD Player, 5.4 V8 engine, auto dimming mirror, chrome wheels.
Improved gas mileage, volume and temperature controls on the steering wheel, passenger power seat.
Have been stranded three times in 82k miles. Once with a ghost problem with the front wheels grinding and stopping the truck while coasting. Pulled over in Nashville and of course the problem went away. Never came back. Second experience was with the transmission getting stuck in Drive and had to be towed. The linkage needed replacing. Third, at 80k, a spark plug blew out of the head. Come to find out this is a known problem at Ford since they engineered and sell a repair kit to add a coil to allow the plug to be reinstalled. Kit only works if minimal head material gets blown out. My problem took too much material so head needs replacing. Don't just do one head because the other has the same flaw.
Roomy. Plenty of power. Never been stuck in 4wd. Cuts through deep snow with ease and pulls trailers very well.
Better engine that lasts longer than the payment schedule. Better interior design quality (plastic pieces break off easily).
Overall, I have been pleased with this truck. Pros: carries everything, comfortable. Cons: poor gas mileage, third row seats don't fold flat. The biggest negative comes when you go to get the truck fixed. Ford seems to hide parts in hard-to-find places. Replacing the $50 front heater core requires $600 of labor to remove all the other parts that block it.
Single feature? Comfort. For its size, it's not too unwieldy.
The newer models have folding 3rd row seats, so it looks like they fixed that. I'm looking to replace this vehicle now, but the 2006 Expedition's interior seems much cheaper.