2006 Ford Expedition XLS 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 4A)
We bought a Mercedes GL thinking it would be a good replacement for the Expedition and are glad we didn't get rid of the Expedition. The chassis are much better sorted out in the Expedition which is suprising since the GL has air springs. Steel springs on the Expo win the ride comparison and the Expo has as good or better noise isolation. The GL is one awesome machine, but the Expo is actually a better full sized SUV.
We purchased ours new and owned it for 10 years. I've never loved a vehicle more. It rode smoothly, handled like it was on rails, rain, snow or shine. It had a lot of room to haul stuff on trips to the beach loaded with entire family. Had plenty of room for my 6'7" son. Front seats were very comfortable, middle and rear seats were adequate. I drove it in 2 ft of snow without any issues whatsoever. In fact, this truck was a snowmobile! The long wheelbase makes it incredibly stable, and the AWD feature was just fine for anything I got into. I truly LOVED this truck. Sadly we lost her last weekend. My son was in an accident where he hit a telephone pole and rolled it. He walked away with only bumps and bruises! The fact that it's a large, solidly built truck saved his life. Mechanically, we had zero problems until just over 100K miles. It was time to change the plugs, and like others - we had 3 break off in the head. That cost $$$ to fix. Several of the catalytic converters went bad causing the check engine light to come on. Another expensive fix. We had to replace the coils after 100K miles too. We had the bubbling that others have mentioned in the paint along the leading edge of the hood and the tailgate. Frustrating because we kept it clean and waxed. The grey trim along the bottom of the truck faded but there's a liquid you can apply that makes it look brand new. The truck was gorgeous the whole time we owned it. I was so proud of it. The 5.4 engine had a ton of power and pulled our 21' boat with ease. I absolutely LOVED my Expedition and we are in the market for another one. Needless to say, I highly recommend it.
2006 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 4A)
I bought my 2006 with 103,000 miles, as I needed a vehicle to tow my boat, which trailers at 6500 pounds. I use it on weekends to head to our river house. Holds lots of gear, comfortable and quiet ride. I've put another 20,000 on it and plan to keep it for another 50,000. Driven it on several long trips, taking my daughter and a vehicle full of her belongings to and from college 500 miles from home. Reliable and enjoyable ride.
Just look up the slew of problems with the 5.4L in this 2006. Apparently it has a lot of issues that Ford decided to hide from the public and failed to fix. There is a class action lawsuit on the spark plugs. Apparently, there are lots of other issues, including cam phase sensors. Mine started idling rough, wife drove it a couple of miles home, 2 hours later it was at the shop. The shop is about 1 mile away. Got the call today. It needs a new engine!!!
Edit: We are now just waiting until the end of the year so we can donate it to charity. It's not even worth selling. Maybe I will get a small tax benefit out of it?