28th Oct 2008, 15:47
Original owner of a 1999 Eddie Bauer Expedition since May 1999. This vehicle has been great and fun to drive. It has served me and my larger family well.
I have gone through the usual recall as others for tires and wiper control problems. I have only bought one set of tires since owning this vehicle and they are only about one year old.
I now have 150000+ miles on it and the ball joints now need to be replaced.
In the last year I have replaced 2 coil packs, replaced the transmissions seal and pump, replaced the idler control valve, and replaced all four of the center caps that will not stay on after tire rotation and balancing.
I now have the feared oil leak from the head gasket, which the Ford Dealer quoted $2100 to repair. I am now looking for a good and honest mechanic that will do the job at a more reasonable rate.
The truck is probably not worth much more than $5000 with today's market, so I may be forced to retire this vehicle. But before I do I will certainly try to bring it back to health if possible and affordable. If not, I still feel that this has been one of the best vehicles that I have owned.
I would buy another Ford in a minute if the opportunity presents itself!!
1st Dec 2008, 00:23
I have 1999 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer.
This truck has been one of the best. With 106k on it, it still runs like new.
The only problem I am having is the digital diameter, comes on and off. I find out I was not the only one to have this problem.
Other than that, everything is fine.
27th Dec 2008, 13:16
My 99 Expedition makes a clunking noise coming from the transfer case every time you accelerate or just try to get up to speed, or like it just snowed 1ft and I can't use it because I fear I would blow it up. Has anybody else experienced this problem, and do you know what in the transfer case causes this?
29th Dec 2008, 23:07
I purchased my 1997 Expedition preowned in 2001 with approximately 82,000 miles at the time.
Within 5k miles I needed to replace the cylinder heads because they were warped. During the time of purchase I did opt for the "aftermarket warranty" sold by the dealer. Thinking this would cover most of the work (sadly these warranties are a money maker for dealers). It nitpicked every little item. It did not cover the $2k cylinder heads! Only covered the head gaskets. The damage to the heads should have been covered in my opinion due to the subsequent failure of the cylinder head gaskets causing the heads to warp. Out of pocket for the repairs, about $4k.
I have had no problems with the truck with exception of 1 coil pack at about 100k miles other than that it has been pretty reliable.
Currently with 143k miles, I have the dreaded right side head gasket leak. Got a quote from dealer, 1 side $2400, both sides $3400. NICE! I figured with new heads it should have lasted, at the very least another 80k miles with no problems with head gaskets. I plan on doing this job myself to save a few bucks, just don't have the time, so the car will be down a couple months.
In a nutshell, I will never buy another Ford, these cars are junk. Nor will I purchase an aftermarket warranty (worthless)
30th Dec 2008, 01:15
99 Expedition XLT 4X4.
Already dealt with the leaky cylinder head gasket under warranty, somewhere around 30K, they actually replaced both head gaskets.
The dealer noticed that the power steering pump was leaking, and replaced that and the sticking throttle body under extended warranty.
The A/C needed recharged due to a leaky schrader valve.
I bought a new battery at 5 years.
On Dec 26, 2008 heading out of town on vacation with the family, the heater core let loose at 90300 miles. Fortunately we made it home and my friend and I tore out the entire dash to replace the $70 Ford part.
The car is in great shape and we really like it. I've only run synthetic oil since break-in. I expect to have it at least another 10 years. It does well in the snow, pulls my boat effortlessly, and has lots of room for people hauling and whatever else I need to haul.
One of my 4 Fords. First On Race Day!
3rd Jan 2009, 22:11
1999 Ford Expedition, 180000 miles, 5.4.engine. Runs great, no problems. Changed plugs at 170000 miles and spark plug caps. My wife loves the SUV.
2nd Apr 2009, 15:50
We purchased our 1999 Expedition in 1998 and currently have 150,000 miles on it. We've never owned a better vehicle in which to travel. It has it's third set of Michelins, new heads at 75,000 due to factory recall and has never failed us. When going on a trip the G35 sits and we jump in the Expedition for a comfortable ride.
20th Apr 2009, 11:36
I have 279,000 miles on my 1999 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer with the 5.4 litre 4wd, and I've been lucky with this vehicle. I've had no major repairs (just regular wear and tear). Very roomy and comfortable, and will keep this truck for another 10 years.
2nd Jul 2009, 19:38
I own a 1999 Ford Expedition 5.4L E.B. Edition, which I purchased with 69,000 miles in early 2004.
I've had problems from the very beginning - starting first with a fluid leak in the power steering - which turned out to be the least of my problems.
A few months later, the alternator died - no big deal.
Soon afterwards, I needed new brakes - which of course is standard maintenance - but was blown away when I realized that it would cost me over $500 to do so.
Sometime later, I began experiencing problems with the heat and A/C (which would be understandable had it been a normal problem by any means).
The front vents would blow cold air in the winter and hot air in the summer, meanwhile both rear sets of vents (middle and far back) would blow the desired temperature. Turns out that there is a little flap that breaks off or seizes up, preventing any temperature changes in the front (which is very inconvenient when you live in Michigan - a place where you desperately need both). The estimate was an average of $1800 to fix... needless to say, I've suffered the frozen windshield and windblown hair.
The keyless entry stopped working (conveniently locking me out of my running vehicle for an hour and a half on my lunch break) - it hasn't worked since.
The odometer flickers on and off - never seems to be working when mileage information is needed.
The knob for the headlights broke off and has to be custom ordered.
A bearing was replaced - about $350.
Both the parking brake and holders for the license plate light have are corroded and literally crumble when you touch them.
One ball joint gave out with no warning - coincidentally shredding several other parts and totaling $2200.
Recently, the torque converter went out... the transmission had to be rebuilt for $1900.
I am now planning to take old unfaithful back in for the replacement of the other ball joint within the next week because it is now going out (mind you, I just got it back 2 months ago from the rebuild).
I also discovered 2 days ago, during my routine oil change, that now have an oil leak too.
The only thing that stopped me from buying a new car, was idea that in repairing these things, the car would be just about brand new... the reality is that there is ALWAYS another problem.
Now here's the real kicker... I only have 117,000 miles on it. I babied this car like no other, it was the first car I ever bought myself. Originally purchased for 16,000 - I've now paid much much more. Lucky to get 5,000 in today's market, I am not likely to give it up. It's a love hate relationship with this truck - love the looks, hate how it's built. I will never buy another... EVER.