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CarComplaints.com 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
38,500 miles
Total Complaints:
14 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (10 reports)
  2. install new computer chip (1 reports)
  3. replace engine (1 reports)
  4. replace starter wire and battery (1 reports)
  5. replace the entire computer (1 reports)
2008 Ford Edge engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 012013

Edge 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


My 28 yr old son was with me on the carpool lane on the 10 freeway when everything went out. The radio went out the dashboard went out. The speedometer went out & the wrench light came on the car had barely any power. I quickly pulled off the freeway & I could hear the engine of the car so quiet..I called Carmax & they gave me a tow company # because they said car was still on warranty only had it for 1 yr 1/2!.. I was so scared because I was trying to get off the freeway hoping not to get hit @ 65-70 mph!.. the dealer said it was the car's computer chip!..Once it was replaced now all I can complain about is when driving sometimes there is a kick to acceleration??..what else!?

- , San Bernardino, USA

problem #13

Dec 262014

Edge SEL 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 176,000 miles

Driving 45 mph and engine stalls, just quit running. Was able to coast to middle turn area to wait on tow to service shop. First diagnosis was bad thermostat, even though engine light never came on. After replacing thermostat and road test it was determined the thermostat had incinerated into the engine, cause overheating damage to the cams and burned pistons. A total engine replacement was only option.

After hours investigating, same type issues with this same engine and calls to service manager for directions, nothing has been solved.

- , Sandia, TX, USA

problem #12

Apr 092014

Edge Limites V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

I am so upset that this has happened. I can't believe that Ford expects me to incur this expense when the vehicle only has 76,000 miles on it. The computer should not have gone bad this soon. We take good care of our vehicles. There's obviously some kind of defect with the computer, and I think Ford should step up and take care of it.

Has anyone else had this problem with their computer system?

- , Macon, GA, USA

problem #11

Jan 072014

Edge Limited AWD V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


This problem has been occuring since new and has been in numerous times.. Dealer is unable to duplicate.

Since this is an AWD vehicle; problem may be associated with this feature.

- , Tijeras, NM, USA

problem #10

Jan 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Did it again. Driving at low speed (turnabout) the Edge lost power steering . This time the engine didn't appear to kill as it usually does. This is dangerous! Our car stalls out at low speeds and sometimes higher speeds. The Ford mechanics can't figure it out; they can't recreate the problem. We are losing patience.

- , Pardeeville, WI, USA

problem #9

Nov 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

Our 2008 Ford Edge stalls after starting. The engine will turn over, but fizzles out after a few seconds and has to be restarted 2-3 times before it will stay running. It does have a few occasional "jerks" when you are driving at full speed, too. Several times the car has stalled in a the middle of a turn and, of course, you lose power steering. It also may stall just as you accelerate after stopping at a stop sign. These are dangerous conditions. The "wrench" light goes on and off occasionally, too. I have had it to my Ford Dealership about 6-8 times now. They can't figure it out. They have replaced the alternator and some throttle part. They really don't know why this keeps happening, and cannot fix the problem because nothing is registering. This is a huge safety issue.

- , Pardeeville, WI, USA

problem #8

Jun 262011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


My car had to be towed!!!! I am stranded and now being told that it is NOT covered under warranty. Go figure. Why do you sucker people into buying this piece of sh*t warranty? Just be honest and say we are ripping you off and you are a stupid sucker for buying this, because no matter what your piece of sh*t Ford needs, you will have to pay it all. I cant afford 700.00 thank you very much!!!! I hate you Ford!

- , Jericho, VT, USA

problem #7

Jun 152010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles

I have an Edge and one day well running erands the starter stuck. We managed to get it started and continued on our day. A few weeks later I stopped at a gas station not more then two minutes form my work when I came back out and tried to start the car the starter stuck again. My husband managed to get it started. I decided to take it to the dealership (less then a mile away), as I was turning into the parking lot the car shut off completely. They told me that it was my battery and my fuel pump.

One of the reasons that I purchased this vehicle was for it's safety features. I have a road trip planned for the end of the month traveling from New Mexico to Texas and the thought of it breaking down at high speeds or in the middle of nowhere makes me feel well not so safe. I have never had any issues with any other ford that I have owned but this one is not thier best work.

- , Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #6

May 222009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

This Ford Edge I'm commenting on was an Avis rental car. I picked it up in Portland, OR, and it died twice at stop lights on the way to pick up our group for a ride to Seattle. I called the rental place and they had no more SUVs, which I had to have. So I hoped for the best and kept it. Once on the road, we were stuck in traffic in PDX and the car died repeatedly. As others have said, the steering stopped working and I had to put it in park, restart it, and continue...until it died the next time. By far the worst time was when it died on a very steep hill at a stop light in Seattle. The problem was hit or miss (didn't die every time), but the car idled very roughly at all times. Avis, to their credit and my gratitude, took me at my word when I complained; and they took a major portion off my bill without contesting my story at all. I got the feeling they may have heard this before. I would NEVER again rent or own a Ford Edge. It was a significant and potentially dangerous problem.

- , Denver, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 242009

Edge SEL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles

3rd Time this has happened to me. I do not remember the dates and mileage to fill out additional complaints. Two months into owning the vehicle It stalled on the highway doing 60 MPH.Approx 2k miles on it. Didn't happen again for over a year. I now have had the vehicle 18 months and it has happened 2 more times. Once driving on a local street at approx. 25 MPH and Again on the Highway at Approx 60 MPH. Ford unable to recreate the problem

Update from May 26, 2009: Update:

Happened again. stalled while going around a turn at about 15 mph. 4th time since we had the vehicle. Can't wait until my lease is up.

- , Edgewater, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 132009

Edge Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,450 miles


Car is driven by my Wife. Car stalled in the middle of Hway with my child on board. Very dangerous to drive and we have had 3 occurrences in less than a month. FORD Can not find problem

- , Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 162009

Edge Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles

Car Stalled again 2 days after taking it to FORD dealer to check on same issue. No Solutions.

- , Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 142008

Edge Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 714 miles

Two weeks after I bought this vehicle I was slowing down for a red light and the vehicle just turned off with no warning. The dash board went blank and nothing registered. I had no power steering the the brakes went stiff. I shut the car off and turned it back on and it had no problem after that. I brought it to the dealer and they cannot duplicate problem. This is a huge safety issue.

- , Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 062008

Edge Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,329 miles

The morning of November 6, 2008, I was driving my son to daycare and I was going approximately 45 mph, and my car just shut off (stalled out). I had to muscle the car over to side of road because my power steering was gone and braking got stiff. Nothing registered on the dash board, it was completely dark. I turned car off and turned back on with no problems. I drove it to the dealership where they had it for the day and it did not duplicate for them. They don't know why this keeps happening, and cannot fix the problem because nothing is registering. This is a huge safety issue. It just stalled out at 45 mph with my son in is car seat. Luckily no one got hurt!!!

- , Pittsfield, MA, USA

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