FORD EXPEDITION

OVERVIEW

Manufacturer: Ford

Production: 1996–present

Model years: 1997–present

  • Body and Chassis

Class: Full-size SUV

Body style: 4-door SUV

Layout: Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive

             Front-engine, four-wheel-drive

Related: Lincoln Navigator

  • Chronology

Predecessor: Ford Bronco

                     Ford Excursion (Expedition EL/MAX)

HISTORY

The Ford Expedition is a full-size three-row SUV manufactured by Ford. Introduced for the 1997 model year as the successor of the Ford Bronco, the Expedition was the first full-size Ford SUV sold with a four-door body. For its entire production life, the Ford Expedition has been derived from the corresponding generation of the Ford F-150 in production, sharing some body and mechanical components. The fourth-generation Ford Expedition began production for the 2018 model year. Similar to the configuration of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the Ford Expedition is sold in regular and extended lengths (the Ford Expedition EL/Max); sold since 2007, the latter functionally serves as the replacement for the Ford Excursion.

The third Ford vehicle to use the Expedition nameplate, the full-size SUV follows a 1992 F-150 Eddie Bauer concept vehicle and a 1995 trim level package on the two-door Ford Explorer Sport.

Prior to 2009, the Ford Expedition was assembled at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan (previously home to the Ford Bronco)., After 2009, the Ford Expedition was moved to the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky.

DESIGN

The Expedition’s interior has a square dashboard sporting large air vents and materials that improve with the trim level. Every Expedition boasts 15 cupholders and, apart from the base two-row-only XL STX model, a power-folding third-row seat. Our Platinum test vehicle featured niceties not available on lesser trims, including the multicontour front seats with a massage function, leather door-trim accents, real wood on the center console, and a steering wheel wrapped in premium leather. While it is otherwise splendid inside, the cabin’s cheap-looking plastics are flagrant fouls and unacceptable for a vehicle that costs this much. Both models have spacious interiors and—unlike most rivals—its third row won’t torture adults. A three-seat bench is standard for the second row, but you can spec a pair of captain’s chairs if you want. The Max offers unbeatable interior cubby storage. Every model has a power-folding third row that can be controlled from the cargo area or back seats. Both second and third rows fold completely flat for a level floor, making it easier to load things.

The Expedition is an infotainment sanctuary, with numerous connectivity options and lots of available features. An 8.0-inch Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a 4G LTE mobile hotspot comes standard. Navigation plus real-time traffic and weather data costs extra. A rear-seat entertainment system is available but only on the Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum trims.

SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE FORD EXPEDITION

  • Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Expedition earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but it hasn’t been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It has all the latest driver-assistance tech, including standard automated emergency braking. Key safety features include:

– Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection

– Available lane-keeping assist with lane-departure warning

– Available adaptive cruise control

  • Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Ford provides a solid warranty on the Expedition, beating even Mercedes-Benz in the powertrain department. However, no complimentary scheduled maintenance is offered.

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR EXPEDITION?

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  • General Maintenance Information

The Normal Schedule applies to operation of the vehicle under typical, everyday driving conditions. The listed services should be carried out at specified mileage, time or hours of operation, whichever occurs first. If the vehicle is operated in one or more of the following special operating conditions, those additional services will be required. The special operating conditions are:

  • Towing a trailer or carrying heavy loads.
  • Extensive idling and/or low-speed driving for long distances.
  • Driving in dusty conditions.
  • Off-road operation.
  • Use of E85 fuel 50% of the time or greater (flex fuel vehicles only).
  • Special Operating Condition Requirements
  • When operating in dusty conditions:

Install a new cabin air filter as required (if equipped).

Install a new engine air filter as required.

Rotate tires, inspect tires for wear, measure tread depth and inspect wheel ends for end play and noise every 8,000 km (5,000 mi). Vehicles with dual rear wheels should only be rotated if unusual wear is noted. For vehicles with different front-to-rear tire pressures, the tire pressure must be adjusted and the tire pressure sensor training must be done.

Inspect and lubricate control arms, steering linkage, steering ball joints, U-joints and driveshaft with zerk fittings every 8,000 km (5,000 mi) or 6 months (if equipped with zerk fittings).

Change transfer case fluid every 96,000 km (60,000 mi).

  • When operating in off-road conditions:

Install a new cabin air filter as required (if equipped).

Inspect and lubricate control arms, steering linkage, steering ball joints, U-joints and driveshaft if equipped with zerk fittings as required.

Change transfer case fluid every 96,000 km (60,000 mi).

Use of E85 fuel 50% of the time or greater (flex fuel vehicles only):

If run exclusively on E85, fill the fuel tank with a full tank of regular unleaded fuel every 4,800 km (3,000 mi).

  • Checks and Services

Certain basic maintenance checks and inspections should be carried out at specified intervals. Any recognized adverse condition should be corrected as soon as possible.

  • Maximum Oil Change Interval
  • 8,000 km (5,000 miles) or 6 months, which ever comes first.
  • Engine Coolant Change Interval
  • 6 years or 169,000 km (105,000 mi) which ever comes first.
  • After initial change: 3 years or 73,000 km (45,000 mi).

Source: wikipedia, caranddriver, edmund

 

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