Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Say what you will about the styling of the Ford Edge, but the bottom line is owners seem to love this vehicle. That is, of course, except in the case of it's dangerous, worrisome and unexplained issues with random engine stalling.

Our data suggests an early defect trend, as owners of the 2007-2008 models have started posting their accounts of what happens when you're driving down the road and the engine just stops. Some at high speed, some at low speed but always a random shutdown of the engine, electrical and power steering.

Time will tell if this becomes a widespread issue, but there's no drying the seriousness of the problem. With that in mind, we're flagging the Edge with our "Beware of the Clunker" rating until the situation improves.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,027 miles

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2008 Ford Edge electrical problems

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #42

Aug 182014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 146,825 miles


Gauges on dash stop working. Tool symbol shows up also tire pressure warning and exclamation mark. Carstarts to slow down. When car is put in reverse it makes a loud clucking noise. Like the motor is gonna fall out. Can't drive it forward but U can go in reverse. This has happened several times. If you let the car sit for a few days it goes back to normal. This has to be a serious problem because lots of people on youtube have posted videos of the same problem! now I'm stuck over 100 miles away from home. Not cool Ford!!!!!

- Vacherie, LA, USA

problem #41

Jul 052014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Three days after passing my annual Texas state inspection while driving through town I initiated my left turn signal only to have the indicator blink very quickly (not the normal tick-tick-tick blink). This had happened a couple of years ago so I knew one of the bulbs had burned out on the left side. I went to the local auto parts store, purchased replacement tail light bulbs & bulb grease and asked if they could change it out for me. Upon removing the covers, the young man discovered a fried/melted assembly. There is no way to remove the bulb it is so melted in the socket and the socket is discolored from the heat. That must have been some power surge to do that kind of damage.

- Sulphur Springs, TX, USA

problem #40

Jul 112014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
While driving down the highway the speedometer stopped and went to 0 mph, the odometer read dashes, the wrench illuminated in the corner, and the airbag warning sign appeared. The RPM's in my vehicle began to climb higher as well and the car speed began to decrease, again I was on the highway. I got off an exit about 1.5 miles from when I noticed the problem start. After slowing down at the end of the exit I noticed my car would barely move and it slowly crept until I was at a safe spot to park. As soon as I parked other warning lights began flashing such as the tire pressure sign and another that I can not remember. I turned the car off and then back on and I experienced a hard start, which was loud, and when I went to change gears the car jerked violently as if the motor was jumping. When placing in reverse gear the jerk was even more violent as if I was being rear ended. I turned the car off and back on multiple times and changed the gears and each time it did the same thing. When trying to see if the car would move I had to push the gas pedal almost all the way to the floor before the car would even move a little bit and again the RPM's revved really high. I ended up calling a tow truck and my car is currently in the shop. Prior to this incident I experienced occasional jerking while driving and the car was switching gears.

- Valdese, NC, USA

problem #39

Jun 032014


  • 57,000 miles


I own a 2008 Ford Edge. Recently I noticed my Edge having a hard time shifting into fast mode. I took it to the Ford dealership, nothing is wrong. Today it was horrible!!! I get to the stop light, my Edge would not "take off" like the other cars. I sat there embarrassed for two mins trying to press the accelerator, Edge finally jerked and then took off. I am very disappointed in Ford. I can't believe they have not recalled this Edge. Now, I have to pay to get Edge fixed when Ford could fix the issue, . there are thousands of people complaining about this vehicle.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #38

Jun 102014


  • 101,000 miles
The "driver door ajar" message continues to go off on our 2008 Ford Edge. The door is securely closed. The lights will stay on finally causing a complete drain on our battery last night during the night. This is a big safety concern as the doors do not lock sometime until several miles down the road. We could also be left stranded somewhere as we never know when it is going to happen. We go to bed all lights are off and sometime during the night they come on. We have tried several suggestions regarding engine lubricant on the plunger, but it is a temp fix at best. This is a safety problem. I would like to have it fixed by Ford. Clearly if you do research on the internet this has been a problem with the Ford Edges for several years.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #37

Jun 022014

Edge 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2008 Ford Edge sel. When turning on my left blinker it was blinking rapidly which I knew indicated a light was out. I found that it was my driver side rear blinker/tail light. I went to the store and purchased the bulb. When I got home to replace it I found that I could not remove the bulb as the socket has melted. I searched online and found that this is common for this type of vehicle.

- Rensselaer, NY, USA

problem #36

Aug 142013


  • 80,000 miles


This occurred multiple times with my Ford Edge. I will be driving a highway speeds, and on the dashboard: 1. the odometer turns from numbers to dashes 2. the speedometer stops working 3. various services lights will turn on (each time it happened, different lights came on) then, I brake to a full stop, the car loses all throttle, and I'm barely able to accelerate. When I go to shift gears, there is a harsh, clunking noise in the transmission as I'm shifting. I was told this was a defect in the speed sensors but it occurred a total of 4 times in about 8 months. I had to trade the car in because it was becoming too unsafe to drive.

- Hamden, CT, USA

problem #35

May 102014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 99,820 miles
Making a left turn using my turn signal, the turn signal lamp on the dashboard started to flash very rapidly. I recognized this as a burned-out lamp. After stopping I checked to find the left rear lamp was not blinking. The basic running light worked however. Upon removing the assembly, I found the lamp socket partially melted and charred. I removed the lamp, which tested out to be good. The socket had failed. I then removed the right-hand rear lamp assembly and found that it has been very hot as was somewhat charred. I will replace both.

- Mount Hood Parkdale, OR, USA

problem #34

Apr 282014


  • 30,100 miles
Drivers side rear turn signal bulb burnt out. When replaced it was discovered that both rear light sockets were burnt black and beginning to melt. The mechanic replacing the bulbs informed me that this was a common problem with Ford Edges.

- Wilkes Barre, PA, USA

problem #33

Feb 122014


  • 140,000 miles
Here is the link to an exact detailed explanation. When I lost power my car rolled into the middle of the intersection and was hit.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #32

Oct 192011


  • 55,000 miles


After starting car, vehicle made loud clunk sound when put in reverse. Car would not accelerate without pressing accelerator more than usual and engine revved high. Dash board went blank except for wrench symbol, airbag symbol and odometer had all dashes. Turned car off, waited a few minutes, turned car back on and everything was back to normal, car drove fine. This has happened about 5 times within the past 3 years, several months apart. Have also had to replace rear tail lights multiple times, sometimes within 2 days of replacement. Have taken car to Ford service, but they can't pinpoint problem. Now car is out of warranty. Seems like it could be electrical or sensors. Have read and seen videos of many others with this same problem with this year, make and model. Wish Ford would help owners like ourselves with a recall to fix this, as our loyalty has gone away with frustration. Have just today, 03/27/14 had my car towed to repair shop to check transmission. The dashboard has returned to normal, but loud clunk when shifting and will not accelerate without flooring it.

- N Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #31

Feb 092014


  • 63,000 miles
On the way home from a vacation, we pulled into a fast food restaurant to get a quick bite to eat. Upon leaving the restaurant, we started the vehicle and everything seemed normal. About three minutes into our drive home, the dash lights came on (specifically the wrench and air bag lights) and the vehicle lost all throttle power. We quickly pulled over and turned off the car to see if we could diagnose the problem ourselves. After being unsuccessful at identifying the problem, we started the car again and attempted to put the car in drive. The transmission produced a loud "clunking" sound. Each time you tried to change gears (I.e. reverse to drive), there would be an extremely harsh engagement and the gear change would be rough, each time producing a loud "clunk". I brought the car to a local mechanic who advised this is a common issue with Ford Edge's, in fact; there is a tsb bulletin (07-21-11) regarding the issue. This problem stems from a short in the output shaft speed (oss) sensor and the turbine shaft speed (tss) sensors. As I read the tsb bulletin, this issue should be covered by the manufactures emissions warranty, the dealership disagrees. This issue can be found in abundance with the 2008 Ford Edge vehicle. In a brief search online, I found a large number of complaints regarding this same problem from owner Edge owners. My complaint is that I believe this should be a recall issue and it should happen immediately. In this instance, I wasn't in harm's way, but in previous instances I have been in the middle of an intersection and lost the ability to accelerate, which is undoubtedly a terrifying experience. I am requesting your assistance in moving forward with this complaint as I'm not sure where else to turn. Thank you very much.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #30

Jan 222014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
For over a year when my car had less than 100K and still under extended warranty my transmission started slipping and slamming into gear on takeoff. I took to Ford dealer ship and they ran disnostics and found nothing wrong but reprogramed the computer. That did not fix the issue. The car continues to todays to slip and slam on take off, the odometer bounces and the engine start cutting out/loosing power. Again the dealer said if the computer is not setting codes they cannot fix. Now at 110K out of warranty the problem continues just getting worse. I believe by reading the blogs that this is a large issue that Ford knows about but refuses to admit bad transmission design and will not recall. I think they should either fix the issue at their cost or buy back the vehcile. I am sure the main issue is the cost to Ford to fix the issue and they know what the problem is. They are more worried their stock holders that their customers. I guess they will need a bailout if they keep this trend up. I used to hold Ford as a quality company, with quality products, but no longer. The foreign car companies are producing a better quality product. I just want my car fixed or replaced. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #29

Jan 062014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 55,378 miles
Driver door says ajar and the door is closed. Lights won't go off.

- Saint Paris, OH, USA

problem #28

Mar 032011


  • miles
I have a 2008 Ford Edge purchased in 2011 6 months after purchase all of the lights came on in vehicle and the car was stalling. It would rev up but it was unable to pick up speed. I took it car dealership and they said they could not find problem. After the car sat for a while it started working fine. A couple of months later again the same problem we towed it to dealer and they said the same thing they could not detect the problem. This is continuing to happen. Again today Dec 2013 while driving the car started revving and would not pick up speed. I really don't know what to do at this point. I will never purchase another Ford again and would like to know what I could do about this issue. I have googled this issue and see that there are several people experiencing the same issue.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #27

Oct 172013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 80,458 miles
Drivers rear turn signal melted. Bulb burnt.

- Kingston , NY, USA

problem #26

Nov 132013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
My wife and I purchased our Ford Edge used from a dealer, it is the limited model. Drove the car for a few days after our purchase and everything seemed fine. On the third day I noticed my drivers side rear indicator lamp wasn't working. On inspection the bulb and socket were melted together and I was unable to remove the bulb. Both filaments in the bulb were in-tact. The failure appeared to be related to the socket getting so hot that it actually melted and failed. I have not checked the rear passenger side but I'm assuming I will find a burned socket.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #25

Aug 012013

Edge 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated while driving various speeds, the doors unlocked unexpectedly and the door ajar light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the mechanic stated the door lock assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 67,000. The current mileage was 68,400. Updated 12/23/13 the consumer stated the doors would not stay locked. He would lock them, and they would unlock again. Also, the interior lights would stay on. The consumer had to disconnect the battery. Updated 12/24/13

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #24

Jul 262013

Edge 6-cyl

  • miles
Rear drivers side turn signal lamp went out, when I went to replace bulb I noticed rear tail lamp turn signal-parking lamp sockets are burnt and would seem to be a possible fire hazard, other people have complained about other Ford vehicles with the same condition. But Ford doesn't seem to think there is a problem.

- Great Falls, MT, USA

problem #23

Jul 122013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 102,550 miles
When using the correct bulbs as listed by Ford, both rear tail light bulbs continue to melt/burn in their sockets causing frequent bulb failure, smoldering of the socket, and small fire without warning! do a simple online search and you will see how common an issue it is amongst 2008 Ford Edge owners, yet Ford denies all claims!

- Wilmington, NC, USA

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