1999 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4 from North America


Best large family hauler made!


A small rubber elbow for the PCV to manifold failed, causing lean error; replaced with a short fuel line hose $2.

A blinking light on the dash for ABS. Looked up on the internet and was advised to replace the $20 sensor on the rear differential. One bold and 5 minutes and fixed. $21.

The alternator failed at 105,000 miles, then that one again at 158,000 miles (replaced free the second time). $175.

Shift cable broke at 75,000 miles, new part was $50 at Ford and they said it had been improved due to heat destroying the grease in the cable where it passes by the exhaust manifold - hasn't failed again.

The starter solenoid on the firewall would not work on very hot days until it cooled down. $20.

General Comments:

Other than regular wear and tear - brakes, fluid changes, drivers seat edge, floor mat; I have not had any substantial issues at all.

We tow our boat, Quad trailer, utility trailer, jet skis, not to mention our 5 kids all over! The front and rear air conditioning and heating work better than any other vehicle I have owned, even though ours is black and the sun heats it while parked it's quick to cool down. It's also excellent in bad weather; rain or snow is not a problem. Without a trailer, highway mileage is still near 18MPG with over 160,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2010

1999 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4L gas from North America


Good tow vehicle with some 1999-specific faults


Head gasket at new (* under 5,000 miles).

Head gasket blew at 102,000 (no compensation from Ford).

Ignition coils.

Faulty GEM module (replaced).

Alternator at 108K miles.

MAF cleaned/rebuilt.

General Comments:

I love the power train of this vehicle, it is really exceptional, and the transmission has been incredible because I have towed a lot and done some hard mountain service with this vehicle.

I think the head gasket problem and some other more frequently faulty parts than should be expected, have tarnished this otherwise well engineered vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2009

1999 Ford Expedition XLT Eddie Bauer 5.4 from North America


The best Ford has ever offered


Ignition coil in cylinder number 1 & 6 shorted out while washing the motor. Apparently these big block motors don't like water... (my fault)

General Comments:

The car weighs a little over 6,500 LBS, but the 5.4 motor pulls it hard, especially after 30 MPH.

Gas mileage is really bad, (11.3) compared to my Honda obviously, but I just love the Expo. It does so much more than the Honda, that it just makes it so much better to drive. With this I get safety, reliability & comfort.

Despite the car being 10 years old, the car has held up beautifully. Interior still looks new, even the wood trim and the A/C is ice cold. The exterior paint is a tad faded, being red, but it still shines.

I've owned many cars, From Nissan's, Honda's Toyota's, even Jeeps, but none of the cars I've had come close to how good this Expedition has been.

Despite the rumor of spark plugs flying out of the threads, I've never experienced it, on any of the Fords we've had from a 4.6 and another 5.4 we used to own.

I love the car and I highly recommend it to any one looking for an SUV.

All I need now is a scanner and spare coils, just in case.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2009

16th Sep 2009, 14:57

Not a rumor about the Spark plugs flying out! My #7 plug blew. Fortunately, it was a relatively easy fix with a Hela-coil install, and only cost me a couple hundred. Much better than having to completely pull the head! I was still able to drive it, but it was NOISY (essentially down one cylinder, with exhaust into the engine area under the hood).

1999 Expedition XLT 5.4L.

Be careful not to over tighten the plugs when installing!! (I don't know if this was the issue, as I knew about it when I had the plugs installed at a dealer... blow out occurred 13 months later).

31st Jan 2010, 20:09

That's what I did when I replaced the coils & plugs. I put them in HAND TIGHT. The Alum. head is very thin, and if you over-tighten, you can damage the tap, and the plugs fly out.

Other than that, as an update, one of my heater hoses broke. However, upon closer inspection, the hose was previously cut by the dealer, and was reconnected with a cheap, thin metal tube that gave way.

Went to home depot and bought a $0.77 metal tube and reconnected it. Cheap-easy fix. I'm surprisingly getting better mileage now. 14 City & close to 17 on Highway.