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2017-2019 Ford Expedition Among CR’s Used Cars To Avoid

Each year, Consumer Reports puts out its list of used vehicles that it believes one should avoid purchasing, which can certainly be helpful to anyone considering that type of move. In that regard, The Blue Oval has had a few models land on this list in recent years – in fact, in the latest rankings, the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid and 2021 Escape both made the “cut” thanks to a variety of factors used to determine this list. However, they weren’t alone in that regard, as select models years of the Ford Expedition also landed on CR‘s latest roundup of used vehicles to avoid, too.

According to Consumer Reports, the 2017-2019 Ford Expedition is a range of vehicles used shoppers should avoid this time around, based on rankings it derived using data from a variety of sources. Those include its Annual Auto Surveys submitted by owners, which notate any problems those folks have experienced with their vehicles. In that case, every vehicle on this list has much worse-than-average reliability compared to the rest of the pack.

The 2017-2019 Ford Expedition made the cut this year after ranking dead last among its peers in the full-size SUV segment in terms of reliability, with a score of just 13 out of 100 possible points. Along with five recalls that have been issued for this particular model, Expedition owners report having a number of issues with their SUVs, with most of them pertaining to the engine and powertrain in general.

Among those problems, some have experienced issues with their transmissions shifting roughly, slipping gears, and causing error codes, which – in some cases – have required a rebuild or replacement to rectify. On top of that, other owners report having problems with their SUV’s automatic running boards failing to deploy due to faulty motors, as well as loose tailgate glass when lifting that particular part.

We’ll have more on the Expedition soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Expedition news and ongoing 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. David Dickinson II

    Our ’19, which is identical to the red FX4 in the top and center picture, has had virtually no problems at all. It has been an outstanding family hauler, and I hope to get at least another decade+ out of it. It is surprising to hear others have not had similar good experiences.

  2. Terry Powell

    I was concerned until I seen who made the news. If someone rates Magazines CR would be worst than last

  3. Plains States Patriots

    Hmmm…..I need to go read why they rated a used Expedition that way.
    Consumer Reports has an unimpeachable record in independent testing and documentation. That doesn’t mean they’re right in every case with every product, and ‘caveat emptor’ applies to their reviews as much as it does the products and services they review.
    Their integrity isn’t ever in my question, although their conclusions have been known to be.

  4. Cigna

    It doesn’t matter what CR or any other auto publications/websites say, all Ford/Lincoln products should be avoided at this time given Ford’s horrendous recall/quality/reliability issues. Ford’s quality is now in the same league as Alfa Romeo’s.

  5. Mf

    Our 2019 has been a wonderful vehicle with all the issues that are common on them, now addressed.

    Powertrain warranty paid for an engine overhaul due to the cam phaser rattle at 52k or so. At 56k as the warranty nearest ending, we had the transmission rebuilt due to hard shifts. Neither of these were catastrophic issues, more annoyances. It also just had the seatbelt pretensioner recall performed.

    Outside of those (fairly large and would be expensive) annoyances, it’s been a wonderful vehicle.

  6. Mario Marcos

    2017 was the last year of the previous generation. 2018 and 2019 is the current generation pre-facelift.
    So much for correct information.

    1. Brett Foote

      Nobody said these models are from the same generation, they’re just three specific years highlighted for experiencing more issues than others.

  7. Steve

    Transmission that would shift from 5th or overdrive into 1st at 75 mph without any warning. Ford had a recall but after 3 attempts that failed to fix the issue I gave up and went for the first time in 45 years of Ford ownership bought a Mazda . Next time it’s a Toyota


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