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Ford Expedition Among SUVs To Likely Last Beyond 250K Miles

The Ford Expedition has been recognized numerous times in the past for being a very reliable vehicle, making iSeeCars’ list of the top 20 models that are most likely to enjoy the longest lifespan, as well as being named as one of the most likely vehicles to exceed the 200k mile mark. Now the Ford Expedition and its ability to provide reliable transportation has once again been recognized by iSeeCars, this time on its latest list of SUVs most likely to last beyond 250k miles – joining the Ford Super Duty F-250 and F-350, which landed on the overall, non-segment specific portion of that same list.

The Ford Expedition ranked tenth among all SUVs with a 19.9 percent chance of making it to the 250k-mile mark, which is 1.3 times greater than the average model. According to iSeeCars data, the average SUV has around a 15 percent shot at lasting precisely that long.

To come up with this list, iSeeCars analyzed over 260 million vehicles sold between 2012 and 2022 to determine which are most likely to survive to the 250k-mile point. The average odometer reading for each vehicle was calculated at each yearly age, and a proprietary model based on these average mileages was developed to estimate the probability that each vehicle would survive to various thresholds. Ultimately, this latest study found that the average lifespan of vehicles in general is getting longer as time goes by.

“Vehicle lifespans continue to grow, with more than 20 cars now having a 20 percent or better chance of lasting at least a quarter million miles,” said Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. “For most of the automobile”s history, 100,000 miles was considered the maximum usable lifespan. Over the past 30 years we’ve watched an increasing number of cars reach 200,000-plus miles, and for our tenth Longest-Lasting Cars Study we’ve expanded our analysis to predict which vehicles have the greatest likelihood of reaching 250,000 miles or more.”

We’ll have more insights like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Expedition news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Isaac

    With the 3 valve 5.4? Not a chance at least not on the original engine now with 2 or 3 engines later maybe.

  2. Anonymous

    Looking at it another way, there is an 80% chance it doesn’t make it to 250K miles. I have always liked the Expedition, but this study doesn’t necessarily inspire confidence. Honestly, I would be happy with *any* vehicle that could simply make it to 150K miles with only routine maintenance and nothing else. That would be a successful ownership experience for me.

  3. David Dickinson II

    I had a Honda Civic that went 13 full years without needing a single repair. After 20 years, I finally traded it in. For all the environmentalists that think the planet is doomed, very reliable and efficient ICEs that last 200k+ miles are much better for the environment than the EV gyrations they are trying to foist upon society.

    1. Titus McGuirk

      You took the idea out and improved it; wow.

  4. SAS

    My 1997 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer Edition has nearly 220,000 miles on it and it is still running strong with the original engine. It has had tuneups and different flushes of different things to get it running at tip top condition. We’ve loved this SUV and have quite a few friends, neighbors and family that have the 1st generation with miles in the 200,000 range. I’m looking to finally buy a replacement for towing my travel trailer, even though, my ‘97 Expedition has been a great vehicle for us as we definitely use it like a truck with a camper shell. If you take care of your vehicle it will last you beyond 200,000 miles as well as do everything you need it to.

  5. Steve

    ANY car can last as long as you want if you’re willing to dump enough money into repairs. Taxis hitting the million mile mark isn’t uncommon (Tesla’s have been doing it frequently lately). These fords make it to 250k for the same reason, they’re all fleet vehicles so the labor is basically free. Combine that with the high cost of replacement for this type of vehicle, and you’ve got expeditions on their third transmission and second engine at 250,00 miles.

    As a guy that’s owned 3 fords, lemme tell you, they’re not getting that far because they’re reliable.

  6. Nick Hammond

    The 5.4 3v will make it fine but only if you change the tensioners at the 100-150k Mike mark. Use the cast iron ratcheting previous generation tensioners and while you are at it lock out the cam phasers and put in the newest roller followers. FOMOCO parts only. The transmissions are reliable and should last the distance. I did it myself for about 2k, compare that to a new SUV and it’s more than worth it.

  7. Joshua Davis

    I am the proud owner of a 2003 ford expedition 5.4l Eddie bower edition. Although it hits my pocket with no remorse, because being she doesn’t sip fuel by no means, which is my only complaint. This beast has exceeded all my expectations by hitting the 308,000 mile mark and still running strong. She comes in after my 2001 explorer sport4.0 which hit 302000 miles before she caught fire but that was my fault for not replacing the valve cover gaskets, was still running strong until her last drive. Keep it up Ford. Making longer lasting vehicles helps the ones who cannot purchase $50,000 new vehicles eventually own them at a decent price and enjoy them for many years to come. 100% fan always


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