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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,367 miles

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #28

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 #27

Apr 182014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The rear tail light sockets for the tail/brake light lamps are badly burned on both sides. We noticed the problem when we changed the tail light housing due to water vapor build up. Only the right side had the visible water vapor. Both sides had the burned lamp sockets. The car was purchased used.

- Seaside, OR, USA

problem #26

Oct 172013

Edge 6-cyl

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

- Kingston , NY, USA

problem #25

Nov 042013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 910,000 miles


I discovered both of my rear brake light bulbs melted in their sockets. The sockets themselves are burnt black and the drivers side tail light case has been hot enough to melt. Both brake lights keep melting and going out with no known reason presented by Ford.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #24

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 #23

Oct 042013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 81,600 miles
Right tail light went out. Upon attempting to replace, found base of bulb melted badly. Socket was not melted but was discolored (blackened). Checked left side, same issues. These are the bulbs that were in the vehicle when we purchased it in 2009 (assuming they are from the factory). Upon searching various forums, found this to be a nationwide problem. Major concern for fire.

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

problem #22

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 #21

Jul 212012


  • miles
Vehicle rolls when placed in park, vehicle rolls backwards on inclines while vehicle is in drive, rear bulb constantly burns out, strut and suspension failed.

- Westbury, NY, USA

problem #20

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

problem #19

Jun 302013


  • 65,000 miles
When replacing my left rear signal light I noticed that the base of the turn signal bulb was melted. I removed the bulb and replaced with a new one and the turn signal worked fine. Even though the right rear signal light was working, I went to replace it as well and noticed that it too had a melted bulb base.

- Kenmore, WA, USA

problem #18

May 012013


  • 76,800 miles


Upon driving home noted my left turn signal was blinking quickly - which I assumed (and found to be correct that the bulb was out. Upon arriving home, I check the lights. It was difficult to see, however, I found the light bulb for rear/backup, and turn signal was out, and then noted that my left read lamp/bulb (larger) bulb was black, melted, and required plyers to remove from socket. It appeared to overhead/melt. Replacement bulb did work, but uncertain as to the use of the blackened socket. Rear brake/tail light socket on the left rear of vehicle has overheated and melted the plastic around lamp. Lamp was burnt out. Not sure what caused the high heat problem. No fuse was blown, new bulb worked in socket.

- Great Mills, MD, USA

problem #17

Apr 032013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Rear brake/tail light socket on both the left and right rear of vehicle have overheated and melted the plastic around lamp. Lamp was burnt out. Not sure what caused the high heat problem. No fuse was blown, new bulb worked in socket. This problem has happened twice in the last two months.

- Urbana, IL, USA

problem #16

Mar 152011

Edge 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Tail lights burn up, melt. Sockets are burned black......

- Buffalo, MN, USA

problem #15

Jan 122013


  • 42,000 miles
Melted rear turn signal socket. It is the second time I have to change the light bulb and socket. This is dangerous!

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #14

Apr 192012


  • 80,000 miles
Both of my tail lights (brakes and turn signals) on both right and left rear went out. Upon inspection, I discovered that the lights had melted at the base and there was black soot covering each bulb and residue in the light assembly from what appeared to be a small fire. I replaced the bulbs and have had no further issues. Ford declined to respond to my concern.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #13

Dec 142012

Edge 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Both my rear turning signal light sockets have melted.

- Bloomfield, NY, USA

problem #12

Dec 122012

Edge 6-cyl

  • 50,554 miles
Rear tail light bulbs (brake/signal) burnt and melted in socket housing on both sides. Possible eletrical short fire hazard.

- West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #11

Nov 212012


  • 85,000 miles
Right brake bulb went out so took the bulb out to replace it and notice the black/plastic part of the bulb was melted. So I took the other side off and found same issue.

- Floresville , TX, USA

problem #10

Nov 082012


  • 69,000 miles
Rear tail light socket is melted.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #9

Oct 052012

Edge 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I noticed at a stop light, when making a left turn, the inside indicator was blinking fast, telling me I had an issue. Once home, I checked my turn signals, driver side was not working at all. Had my son change the bulb and found the plastic at the base of the bulb was severely melted. The socket was darkened but still in working order, replaced the bulb and is working for now. Went to Ford dealer that I bought the vehicle from and they said they knew nothing about this issue with other Edge's. (what ever !) I wanted them to look and the socket and harness but they wanted $98 just to "check it out". and of course, I'm out of the 30 month / 36K warranty. Good thing I carry full coverage, because if the car burns to the ground, you can bet I won't be buying another Ford.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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