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:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,984 miles

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2007 Ford Edge drivetrain problems

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2007 Ford Edge Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #126

Mar 192016


  • 129,000 miles


While driving on a freeway suddenly a pungent smell filled the cabin and that was unbearable along with a huge cracking sound that didn't stop... took the next exit and stopped at a parking spot. Took to the Ford dealer the same day and they diagnosed immediately that the ptu needs to be replaced and that's a know issue where almost all the Ford Edges of 2007 and 08 have the ptu issue. The smell is from the oil that leaked from the ptu which fell on the exhaust. Paid around $1800 to replace the ptu. I am wondering why there is no recall as it seem to happen for most of the Edges. Called the Ford corporate customer care to report the issue and they didn't care to listen and asked to deal with the local dealers. Didn't expect this from Ford and I would request NHTSA ODI team to look into this issue and flag this as recall as this could create a serious crash when it happens on a freeway as it could slow down the vehicle suddenly and think about the condition of the infants who could inhale the gases. I literally had issue inhaling for next couple of days as the smell was that bad when it leaked.

- Somersworth, NH, USA

problem #125

Nov 152016


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Edge. The contact stated that the transmission failed while driving approximately 45 mph. The vehicle emitted a loud noise under the hood and the wringer and air bag warning indicators illuminated. The contact was able to coast the vehicle onto the road shoulder. The vehicle was restarted and returned to normal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 116,000.

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #124

Sep 042016


  • miles
During left turns engine RPM's drop and brake pedal softens and fluctuates. City streets.. left turns

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #123

Nov 012016


  • 97,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Edge. While operating the vehicle, a burning chemical odor was present and a grinding noise was heard coming from the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power transfer case was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #122

Aug 152016


  • 40,000 miles
Defective power control module on Ford from these years causes engine to stall, run poorly and cause electrical problems affecting the steering, brakes and transmission. This extremely common Ford defect can create a potentially deadly vehicle control failure at highway speed.

- Havertown, PA, USA

problem #121

Jun 012016


  • 147,000 miles
2007 Ford Edge has ptu leak, the transmission is not shifting properly, the brake light bulbs are constantly blowing and melting in the socket. The brakes sound like they are grinding metal and the cd player decided to quit working too. I have read online of others having all of these exact same problems. The ptu and transmission problems should not be something that the owner should have to pay to have corrected when it is clearly a design flaw from the manufacturer. I am a single mother and still making payments on this car and cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars to have their design flaw repaired!! when in motion the transmission acts as though it doesn't know when to shift. It kind of feels like I am in a manual and haven't changed gears when I am supposed to and if I don't push the clutch in it will stall out. But instead this is an automatic behaving that way and instead of a clutch I have to give it more gas to get it to downshift or it acts like it is going to stall. This is a problem going 20 or below as well as 55 or above, it also feels like the driveshaft is vibrating the whole car when it does this. It started out being intermittent but now it is a daily occurrence, but it is all I have to drive to work so I deal with it. It needs to be recalled!!

- Spruce Pine, NC, USA

problem #120

Sep 132016


  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Edge. While the vehicle was being remedied per an unknown recall, the dealer observed that the ptu valve was fractured and leaking fluid. The vehicle was diagnosed, but not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that they do not take complaints. The contact was advised to call NHTSA. The failure mileage was approximately 125,000.

- Pembrrok, MA, USA

problem #119

Aug 142016


  • 112 miles
2014 my 2007 Ford Edge jerked and reduced in speed while trying to go uphill in morning rush hour traffic less than 25 mph. I pulled to the shoulder turned the vehicle off then back on & it was good for the remainder of the day- this happened more than once so I took my vehicle to my authorized mechanic (of over 17 years) within a week of that incident & they replaced some component associated with the transmission. The car worked fine for a little over 18 months. 2016 it has happened again with the same issue same as before in morning rush hour traffic except with the jerk & auto deacceleration there was a loud *bump as if someone rear-ended me. I pulled off to the shoulder turned off the vehicle then back on & it did fine for about 5 minutes then it happened a 2nd time so again I pull off to the shoulder turn off the vehicle then back on & it is fine-almost as if the vehicle resets when your turn it off then back on. I took the car to my mechanic, the owner is who usually diagnosis my car is on vacation out of the country--ugh. After explaining the incident one mechanic test drives it for a couple mins then says the transmission is no good and needs to be replaced. Considering this vehicle is garaged, & very well maintained on a regular basis I opted for a second opinion, especially since there is no check engine lights, odor, smoke, leakage or anything that indicates something is wrong with the transmissmisaion. Just the jerk with deacceleration & maybe hesitation when trying to accelerate during this incident. The second shop's diagnostics came back showing no issues with the transmission nothing. To you Ford I say I've watched youtube videos & read similar complaints, obviously a recall is needed, please watch youtube and do more research regarding your product that is affecting your customer base.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #118

Jul 292016


  • 90,000 miles
Same complaint as everyone else regarding wrench, low accerleration, vibration, shift, hesistation all of a sudden and all being random in and out. I file a complaint but not seeing it listed therefore briefly restating. All of this while driving.I have diagnosic from mechanic available. Recall needed.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #117

Jul 292016


  • 91,000 miles
Power train issue while driving on interstate 55mph vehicle suddenly decreased in speed without warning. Wrench came on and car hesistated to pick up speed again, fortunately car behind me didnt ra. Tried to accelerate but couldnt. Just hit 90,000 mileage. Was not notified of a pt recall. Took car in for diagnosis and informed power train fault to lower acceration issue call dealership. Same failure listed for recall. Car also started to vibrate and now the wrench light comes and goes randomly, shifting goes in and out randomly as well. I have a copy of my diagnosis from mechanic shop, no ability to upload it. I can fax it.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #116

Jul 052016


  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Edge. While driving below 2,000 rpms, the steering was uncontrollable and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the power train module needed to be replaced. The repair was not made. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 102,000.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #115

Jul 022016


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Edge. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle lunged forward and hesitated to accelerate. In addition, while making a left turn, the traction light illuminated without warning. The vehicle was taken to be repaired, but the dealer could not diagnose the issue. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 92,000. Updated 09/22/16

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #114

Oct 242014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Persistent smell and leaking transfer case that spread throughout under side of the vehicle and all over my driveway. Verified through Ford dealership: Ptu fluid leaking from the input shaft seal and from upper vent port. Fluid sample dirty/gritty with metal. Costly repair/replacement charge of ptu assembly, close to $1500. I'm putting in this complaint because I heard a lot of people experiencing similar issue with this make, model and year. Please consider investigating, and if this happened to someone else please put in your complaint so it will go to investigation, thank you!

- Northfiled, NJ, USA

problem #113

Jun 202016


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Edge. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle hesitated and vibrated violently. The vehicle was driven back to the contact's residence where the engine was turned off. After restarting the vehicle, the failure recurred a few moments later. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that certain engine cylinders misfired and multiple engine coils overheated. There were no flames visible. As a result, the entire power train circuit board had burned out. The vehicle was being repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- New Brubswick, NJ, USA

problem #112

May 292014


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Edge. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same failure listed in the recall for the power train. The vehicle was diagnosed, but not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The failure mileage was 127,000.

- East Providence, RI, USA

problem #111

Nov 022015


  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Edge. The contact stated that the service engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was remedied under NHTSA campaign number: 14V682000 ( fuel system, gasoline) however the failure recurred. In addition, the vehicle also operated abnormally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the #6 coil pack, #3 coil pack, and the PCM needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 148,000.

- Sun Prairie, WI, USA

problem #110

Apr 182016


  • 88,420 miles
The transmission is slipping at times where it won't move and surging at times where you have poor control over the vehicle. This just started at 88,420 miles when my wife was coming home from the store. The maintenance is up to date on the entire driveline of this vehicle.

- Long Lake, MN, USA

problem #109

Feb 232016


  • 38,882 miles
My 2007 Edge started to emit a foul smell every time I stepped on the brakes. It would smell like something was burning and a couple of times I pulled off the road to double check and make sure that the car was not on fire. I took the car into a Ford dealer to have the fuel tank recall competed since they finally came in and they noticed a leak in the ptu and that it would need to be replaced and would cost over $1350 to be replaced and installed. The part alone is over $800. Ford has had at least 3 service bulletin for this issue and still refuses to take responsibility for fixing this safety issue.

- Georgetown, OH, USA

problem #108

Jan 162016


  • 103,000 miles
Transaxle not holding vehicle stationary when stopped on a hill in drive without service brake applied. The vehicle will backward (won't hold).

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #107

Jan 202016


  • 84,344 miles
One morning my Ford started running rough.a rough idol. Shaking in the body. The check engine light started blinking. I took it to a mechanic that morning to check the computer. The mechanic stated it read as a bank one miss fire.I replaced the bank one coil and spark plug from the mechanic. The car still drove rough.I was on my way to the the dealer the next day, three or four miles away, when the car shut down on the highway between two busy exits. I lost power and control of the vehicle. Thanks to the state police, I was pushed to a safer location.I was towed to the dealer from there.I wasn't told the power-train module needed replacement until after all the coils and spark plugs were replaced two days later.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

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