- Five distinct trims are offered for 2004 – XLS, XLT, XLT Sport, NBX and Eddie Bauer
- XLT Sport trim level is new
- The NBX trim level replaces the XLT FX4 and adds heavy-duty rubber floor mats and a cargo area soft liner
- PowerFold third-row seat now available in cloth on all XLT models
- Reverse Sensing System, DVD rear seat entertainment system and power moonroof now available across all XLT and XLT Sport models
- Tire pressure monitoring system now standard on XLT, XLT Sport and Eddie Bauer trims
- New exterior colors: Pueblo Gold, Red Fire
- XLS replaces XLT as the value-conscious model.
- XLT includes ordering options for the previous XLT Popular and XLT Premium series.
- XLT Sport exterior appearance package is added to the lineup.
- NBX replaces FX4 Off-Road and builds on the same content.
- Eddie Bauer continues to be
offered as the top-of-the-line trim level.
New for 2004
In order to be consistent across Ford’s SUV lineup, Expedition trim level names have been changed for 2004. Five distinct series now will be offered.
The 2004 Expedition delivers a variety of class-exclusive features, including: fold-flat-to-the-floor second- and third-row seating, the PowerFold third-row seat, second-row CenterSlide section, AdvanceTrac, Safety Canopy, Reverse Sensing System and standard power-adjustable pedals. Expedition also is the first SUV in its class to offer independent rear suspension for improved ride and handling.
Expedition is built in Wayne, Mich.
Design and Equipment
The Expedition interior provides versatility with fold-flat-into-the-floor third row 60/40 seat, a 40/20/40 second row seat with manual CenterSlide section and best-in-class cargo volume.
The spacious interior offers seamless, adjustable flexibility to meet the ever-changing demands of its owners’ active lifestyles.
The 4.6-liter engine provides 232 horsepower and 291 foot-pounds of torque. The 5.4-liter engine uses a cast iron engine block that has been computer-designed to reduce vibration for quieter operation
Towing capability is impressive. The 4.6-liter engine uses an 8.8-inch rear axle gear, and the 5.4-liter delivers power through a 9.75-inch axle. This is especially important in towing and off-road applications. When properly equipped, the 5.4-liter, two-wheel drive Expedition is rated to tow up to 8,950 pounds. The 4.6-liter V-8 with four- wheel drive can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
AdvanceTrac electronic stability enhancement and Control Trac 4×4 systems are available.
Safety and Security
Four-wheel-disc ABS with the Brake Assist system is standard.
A tire-pressure monitoring system is now standard on XLT, XLT Sport and Eddie Bauer trims.
Major Equipment and Options
XLT adds to XLS: fog lamps, running boards, aluminum wheels, auxiliary rear air conditioning and heat controls, overhead console with storage, auto-dimming rear view mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, color-keyed door handles and tire-pressure monitoring system.
XLT Sport adds to XLT: Dark Shadow Grey exterior cladding, high-gloss Dark Shadow Grey tubular step bars, two-tone bumpers, moldings and lower grille in Dark Shadow Grey and silver upper grille.
Eddie Bauer adds to XLT Sport: Arizona Beige two-tone exterior appearance with Arizona Beige running boards, dual electronic temperature control, steering-wheel-mounted
NBX features: 5.4L V-8, tubular step bars, Durachrome steel wheels, skid plates, premium Sachs shocks, cargo area soft liner with storage bag and heavy duty rubber floor mats.
Expedition optional equipment includes PowerFold