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A large SUV produced by Ford. In Ford's SUV lineup between the smaller Explorer and the larger Excursion.

Awards and acknowledgements include:
A Luxury Car Book 2000 (by Jack Gillis) Best Bet in the Large Sport Utility category.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford Expedition page on 18 June 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV built by Ford. Introduced in 1996 for the 1997 model year as a replacement to the Bronco, it was previously slotted above the smaller Explorer. It is Ford's largest and last truck-based, off-road and tow-capable SUV. The Expedition is based on the Ford F-150 pickup and shares various components. It comes in a regular-size and in the longer EL/Max version (2007–present) that replaced the Excursion which was discontinued in 2005.

The Expedition is the third Ford vehicle to use the "Expedition" name, as it was originally used on a 1992 concept vehicle, the F-150 Eddie Bauer Expedition. The name was subsequently and briefly used for one of the Ford Explorer Sport (two door)'s trim levels during the 1995 model year, before applied to this SUV for the 1997 model year. Expeditions were originally built in Wayne, Michigan. In 2009, Ford shifted third generation production to Louisville, Kentucky, and converted the Wayne assembly plant to build the Focus. A refreshed third generation arrived to dealers in July 2014 for the 2015 model year.

Vehicle background

The Expedition offered up to nine-passenger seating in model years before 2007 (with a front bench seat option); 2007–present has bucket seats in the first row. It is equipped with a V8 engine. It is similar to the Lincoln Navigator, especially in Limited or King Ranch high end trims; both of which were introduced for the 2005 model year. With the 2011 model year, the base model was designated XL, an upgraded XLT, and new for 2011 XLT Premium that replaced the Eddie Bauer trim which was phased out from the entire Ford vehicle lineup. As of 2010, over 1,545,241 Expeditions (both standard and EL/Max) have been sold. A modified Special Service Vehicle version is available for law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and emergency medical services.

The Ford Expedition is also known for being one of the longest-lasting vehicles on the road. With 5% of vehicles over 200K miles, it landed the #4 spot in a 2016 study by iSeeCars.com listing the top 10 longest-lasting vehicles.

First generation (1996–2002)

Known internally at Ford as the UN93, the first generation Expedition was developed under the UN93 program from 1991 to 1996.[5] The all-new full-size SUV was introduced in late 1996 as a 1997 model. It replaced the aging two-door Ford Bronco. The XLT was the base model. The Expedition featured optional three row seating, first row captains chair seating, available second row captains chair seating, leather seating surfaces, illuminated running boards, heated side view mirrors, power moon roof, dual zone climate control and Ford's Mach audio sound system with rear subwoofer. Many of these features were standard on the Eddie Bauer version.

Second generation (2003–2006)

The redesigned second-generation Expedition was developed under the U222 program code name from 1996 to 2002, under Ford chief vehicle engineer Steve von Foerster and chief program engineer John Krafcik from 1998 to 2002. Design work began in 1997, with a proposal by Tyler Blake being chosen by management and frozen for production in 1999. UN93-body mules were spotted testing in 2000, with full prototypes running from late 2000. The new Expedition was unveiled at the 2002 North American International Auto Show, in January. It was launched in 2002 for the 2003 model year and featured a new four-wheel independent long-travel suspension system, becoming the first full-size sport utility vehicle to use a fully independent suspension.

The new independent rear suspension (IRS) was perceived as being controversial by some at the time of its introduction. A misconception was that the Expedition's towing and off-road capabilities would be reduced, in comparison to the previous generation's rear live axle. Nevertheless, underbody obstacle clearance improved by half an inch, and up to two inches under the axle differentials. The new suspension reduces rear unsprung mass by 110 pounds, and allows for a full 9.4 inches of suspension travel (how much the wheels can travel up or down) improving its ability to traverse uneven terrain for improved control and ride quality. The four-wheel independent long-travel suspension itself is a purpose-built version of race suspensions found on off-road desert race vehicles.

Third generation (2007–present)

The 2007 model year introduced the third generation developed under the U324 program code name which was an updated version of the second generation Expedition. Most of the improvements were mechanical in nature, and included a sheet metal refresh and redesigned interior with upgraded materials A new long wheelbase Expedition EL in (U.S. only) and called the Expedition Max (in Canada and Mexico only) as a replacement for the discontinued Ford Excursion.

High-strength hydroformed fully boxed Ford T platform (chassis) was a modified version of the half-ton Ford P2 platform from the Ford F-150. The new T1 platform replaced the old U platform, and provides 10 percent more torsional rigidity than the U platform. T1 incorporates a four-wheel independent long-travel suspension system (first introduced on the second generation) with redesigned suspension geometry and an all-new five-link rear suspension with new rear lower control-arms. As with previous model years, the suspension system could be had with adaptive pneumatic air-ride springs.


Multimedia

13-57012 David Michery v. Ford Motor Company
11 March 2016
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
David Michery appeals the district court's judgment in favor of Ford Motor Company in a diversity products liability action seeking damages for injuries Michery sustained in a single-vehicle collision involving a 1999 Ford Expedition.
Download 13-57012 David Michery v. Ford Motor Company in MP4 format - 270MB


Photographs

2012 Ford Expedition 2012
2012 New York International Auto Show
Photo courtesy BlueSpringsFordParts.com
View photo of 2012 Ford Expedition - 305KB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
September 2007Not in Traffic Surveillance Roll Away Investigation / Vehicle to Non Motorist
1998 Ford Expedition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3,762KB - 23 pages
classified date 2000Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1999 Ford Expedition, 4-door 4x4 SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 31.5B - 91 pages
classified date 2000Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4 x 4, 4-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 49.7MB - 116 pages
January 2005On-Site Child Safety Seat Investigation
Vehicle - 2000 Ford Expedition
Cosco Eddie Bauer Convertible Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 266KB - 15 pages
March 2005Child Safety Seat Investigation/ Vehicle to Vehicle
2000 Ford Expedition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,911KB - 22 pages
March 2008Remote Not in Traffic Surveillance Back Over Investigation
2000 Ford Expedition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,288KB - 23 pages
August 2005Child Safety Seat Fatality Investigation
2002 Ford Expedition
1993 Dodge Caravan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3,056KB - 30 pages
September 2007Child Safety Seat / Vehicle to Vehicle Investigation
2002 Ford Expedition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4,513KB - 25 pages
October 2002Ford Safety Canopy Special Study Investigation
Vehicle - 2003 Ford Expedition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5,835KB - 14 pages
February 2004SCI/NASS Combination Ford Safety Canopy Special Study Investigation
Vehicle - 2003 Ford Expedition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3,019KB - 12 pages
12 April 2007Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 138: Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
2006 Expedition Four-Door MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.9MB - 83 pages
May 2004Ford Safety Canopy Investigation / Rollover
2003 Ford Expedition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,217KB - 17 pages
July 2004Ford Safety Canopy/Child Safety Seat Investigation/Rollover
2003 Ford Expedition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,273KB - 32 pages
July 2007On-Site Not in Traffic Surveillance Back Over Investigation
Vehicle - 2003 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4,238KB - 24 pages
September 2007ODI Rollover/Rim Fracture Investigation
2003 Ford Expedition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,430KB - 14 pages
June 2009On-Site Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection Investigation
Vehicle - 2003 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,886KB - 15 pages
July 2009Not-in-Traffic Surveillance Calspan On-Site Front Over Incident Investigation
Vehicle: 2003 Ford Expedition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,390KB - 21 pages
June 2004Ford Safety Canopy Investigation/Vehicle Rollover
2004 Ford Expedition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,131KB - 15 pages
25 February 2003Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208 for Occupant Crash Protection: Sled Test
2003 Ford Expedition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.6MB - 229 pages
17 April 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 135: Passenger Car Brake Systems
2003 Ford Expedition XLT, 4-Door MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.3MB - 74 pages
4 September 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 301L: Fuel System Integrity
2003 Ford Expedition MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.1MB - 63 pages
29 November 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 110: Tire Selection and Rims
Ford Expedition XLT Four-Door 4X2 MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.9MB - 43 pages
8 May 2007Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 301R: Fuel System Integrity - Rear Impact
2006 Ford Expedition XLT 4X2
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.5MB - 56 pages
February 2009On-Site Rollover Investigation
2007 Ford Expedition XLT
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,169KB - 28 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
7 March 2011For Sale: 2004 Ford ExpeditionGus Philpott, The Woodstock Advocate




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