2004 Ford Expedition
There are 2 user reviews for the XLT 4x4 5.4L trim shown below
- smooth ride, handling, power, comfort
- brake dust on front wheel, gas mileage
I have test driven almost all of the full sized SUVs that this world has to offer, the ones that stand out are the Expedition and the Yukon/Tahoe. For the money, the Expedition seemed to be a better value. Maybe it's the fact that my brother-in-law sells new Fords that helped to tip those scales a bit, though.
Overall, I am fairly satisfied with my decision. I think it is a very nice and smooth ride. It is very comfortable and it seems to handle the ice & snow of our MN winters like a champ.
I really love it in heavy traffic! There is nothing better than being able to see over and around the car in front of you.
My only complaints are that my gas mileage in the city is at about 14.2 mpg... hwy I am getting about 14.6 mpg. I would be extremely pleased if I were getting 19! Maybe I am a lead foot - I will give you that. But I am of the opinion that I would need to be rolling down a hill with a wind at my back to get to hwy speeds and not burn the hell out of my gas. But hey - it's an SUV.
Also, the front wheels are always black with brake dust. In fact, it I have noticed that this is very common on newer Expeditions and Navigators that I see out on the road. Did Ford use crappy brake pads or what?
Over all though, I would recommend that people take a long look at this vehicle - if they are in the market for a full sized SUV. As long as expectations are realistic, I think you too could be satisfied buying an Expedition....read morehide
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- Very nimble for its size, very comfortable inside, good all around SUV
- Ford dealers have inconsistent service from dealer to dealer
We've now owned a 2003 and a 2004 Expedition XLT 4X4. I am very pleased with this vehicle in all respects except one. Here goes. The price is much better than any other competitor comparing apples to apples. It tows my 20 foot ski boat competently. It is very comfortable, even in "the way back" for 8 people of any size. It is very nimble, easy to maneuver/park. It has excellent all around visibilty. The interior is very pleasing to the eye and very functional. The outside is a little less stylish than most but looks okay. I had a roof top carrier on mine with my wife, 3 boys, and two parents on a 600 mile cross country trip in bad weather. The machine performed admirably and got about 19-20 MPG which completely shocked me. I would and will buy another one. Ford could compete with Toyota and Honda easily with products like this one if they could fix their ridiculously inconsistent service and sales network from dealer to dealer. Here is my example. I shopped for my new Exped online from about 4 dealers within a 40 mile radius. Ford has an excellent website for this type of transaction. I bought mine from a dealer in a town about 30 miles away who bent over backward to accomodate me and my trade in. I was very pleased with the salesman's ethics level (it didn't hurt that the dealership is family owned and he's the grandson). The local dealer is bigger and undesireable to deal with unless you want to pay a lot more and be treated like meat when you go in there. After about 4 months, the leather on the drivers seat began to crack. I took the vehicle in to the local dealer for warranty coverage. The service manager came over, looked at the seat, held up a pictorial chart to my seat, then walked off to go back outside to smoke, leaving the service rep to tell me it wasn't covered. This re-confirmed my suspicions about buying anything from this dealer. I called the dealership where I purchased the beast and was told they would take care of the seat unconditionally. Ford needs to deal with their dealers and bring uniformity to their product line service. Honda and Toyota dealers don't treat you like this over service issues from my experience. I'm a Ford-buy American-fan and hope they do better soon. They have awesome products....read morehide
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