My wife and I purchased our Eddie Bauer Edition 2000 Ford Expedition, with the 4.6L engine and auto trans, new. We kept it for eleven years, finally trading it in this year for fear of having to put a...
My wife and I purchased our Eddie Bauer Edition 2000 Ford Expedition, with the 4.6L engine and auto trans, new. We kept it for eleven years, finally trading it in this year for fear of having to put a lot of money into it and because of the lamentably low fuel mileage. We bought it at a time when I wanted my wife in a tank due to the driving demands of her job.
The Expedition is a beautifully-styled, ultra comfortable SUV with loads of cargo space. The air-ride suspension made it my favorite to drive, around town or on long trips. Configured with two rows of captain's chairs, we were able to seat seven people. The third row seating was a problem for taller people. There is a price to pay for comfort, though. She never got more than twelve miles per gallon in city driving and we were lucky to get sixteen MPG on the highway.
At fifty thousand miles, we had to replace three of the eight plug coils, an expensive bit of surgery by the dealer. They were expected to last 100,000 miles, so I guess we just got a few bad ones. The air bags, in the suspension, had to be replaced twice in eleven years, another expensive repair. We kept wondering when the next shoe was going to drop, so, when it started smoking on some startups, we decided it was time to move to a more fuel-efficient, smaller SUV.
Although I loved the Expedition's appearance, size and comfort, I rated it a poor value for the money not only because of its initial high purchase price, but because it is expensive to operate.
We bought it with the factory tow package, but found that the small engine and the soft suspension were not suited to towing as the vehicle "bucked" every time we hit a bump while towing. The decision to buy the smaller engine (it was also offered with a 5.4L V-8) also didn't give us the expected better gas mileage.
All-in-all, I liked the vehicle and it served its purpose, but it turned out to be expensive to drive and unnecessarily large and heavy for our needs.