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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,469 miles

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2008 Ford Edge brakes problems

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #25

Jun 022015


  • 112,000 miles


I have been finding it more and more difficult to use the brakes on my 2008 Ford Edge. I slammed on the brakes as the result of a change in the traffic and my brakes did not react and brake pedal was very stiff and barely moved toward the floor. I feel fortunate that there was no accident or injury, but my mechanic tells me I need a new brake booster and possibly a master cylinder as a result of this faulty part. Much research indicates that this is a problem with many Ford Edges starting in 2008 but recalls only exist for later years 2010- 2013. Repairs will be costly and will take time from my job. If this is such a problem, I do not understand why there is not a recall on it. I am disappointed that I will need to spend $600-1000 to replace faulty equipment that others have had issue with and has caused more recent editions to require a recall.

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #24

Jun 052015


  • 80,000 miles
As I was driving to work last Friday, June 5th, I stepped on my breaks and they did not respond. I re-pumped and was lucky enough to avoid a collision. I took the car to five star Ford in plano tx where they have looked it and advised that the break booster is not working as it should and needs to be replaced. They quoted me $618.25 to do this work. I decided to review the recall information as I remember seeing something about this part. Sure enough Ford has recalled the 2012 - 2014 Ford Edge models for the break booster - the same issue impacting my model. I am writing to make you aware of this safety issue

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #23

May 292015


  • 127,000 miles
While stopped driver pressed hard on brake pedal causing a loud whistling sound from the engine compartment. Brought vehicle to dealer, where it was determined to be the brake booster. Dealer indicated there was a customer satisfaction program issued by Ford. As it turned out the csp only covered 2010 - 2013 Edges. Dealer indicated if part failed braking would be compromised. No assistance from Ford and a $550 bill to repair. Research of others with 2008 Ford Edge and brake booster problems revealed numerous others with this known problem. Ford shame on you, this could have been a catastrophic problem.

- Foothill Ranch, CA, USA

problem #22

May 182015


  • 143,955 miles


I was driving to the mall and all of a sudden I could barely press on the brakes. It was extremely difficult to press the brake pedal. I heard hissing sounds like air releasing. I took it to a mechanic and he said the brake booster was going out and this is a world wide problem with Ford Edges. I have yet to have it fixed as the part is extremely expensive.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #21

Jan 112015

Edge 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While driving at various speeds, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the driver ABS ring was fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000. MA 08/06/15 the consumer stated this is his second Ford vehicle to have this failure. Updated 11/27/2015

- Fairfax Station, VA, USA

problem #20

Apr 072015

Edge 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
My brakes started off feeling very stiff, then would sink into floor while making a hissing sound. Often barely stopping. When stopped with my foot on the brake the engine will start sputtering like it is going to shut off, when I let off the brake it will run fine. There were no warning or indications that there was a problem and I have nearly wrecked multiple times. I contacted the local Ford service department and was informed that they have fixed this same problem in several of the Ford Edge SUVS and that it would cost between $600 and $700 to repair. If so many people are having the same issue why has Ford not put out a recall on this?

- Rossville, GA, USA

problem #19

Apr 222015


  • 121,000 miles


Without warning, brakes failed. Thankfully was traveling slowly as parking the car. There was a hissing sound and brake pedal went all the way to the floor. We were lucky. Could have been a disaster. Car is at private mechanic. Told master cylinder and brake booster bad. Why wouldn't we have had a warning prior to such a potentially disastrous failure. Why wouldn't the brake warning light have activated.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #18

Mar 022015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that when depressing the brake pedal, the pedal sank to the floorboard and made a loud hissing sound. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the brake booster, fuel line, gasoline storage, and auxiliary tank needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Philiadephia , PA, USA

problem #17

Sep 262014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 52,741 miles
Took my vehicle in early for service at sunrise because was concerned about loud screeching noise on brakes and erratic behavior of vehicle -surging. When driving. When the service tech (troy) opened the hood he asked em to get out of the vehicle and stand back, as the top of the battery was spattered with black oil looking material and apparently he and another technician were concerned it might rupture or explode. They asked em to get out of the vehicle, give them the keys and that they would check the vehicle and asked me to wait. About 90 minutes later they came out and said all was fine, nothing wrong with battery or brakes. I left and drove vehicle home and same problems were occurring, I returned and after calling and saying same things were occurring. I had hped to speak to [xxx], who was an amazing service supervisor, but he was not there and another man who was rude claimed the battery was still under warranty but that it was normal to have oily sludge on the battery. He said it was "normal, because it was just sweating". he refused to do anything..said the brakes needed to be at 3 before Ford would replace them. I asked that he contact Ford corporate and inquire. He said, "no he would not" the battery I should add since I have owned the vehicle has been repeatedly replaced. I have limited driving the vehicle, except for short local trips, and tonight the vehicle would not start and aaa claimed the battery was defective and clearly dead. It is most disturbing when Ford misrepresents their warranty and refused to acknowledge defects that have been published in their won alerts. Seriously dangerous! there are numerous postings of other Ford Edge owners having these problems. Please investigate their questionable protocols on dangers that are known with their vehicles. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #16

Dec 242014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I was driving and the brakes are stiff and I could not stop. I have nearly wrecked 3 times now apparently due to a faulty brake booster. This seems to be a known problem but I don't know why only the 2010 to 2013 models have the extended warranty for the brake boosters. This is ridiculous to not have any warning my brakes are out. Especially since Ford is aware of the issue.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #15

Nov 112014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


Power booster leaking. Seems to bea problem with this model.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #14

Aug 302014


  • 100,000 miles
This has now happened to me twice with both my small children in the car while on the highway, at highway speeds. T he speedometer went to 0, the maintenance wrench display lit up, along with the error message "tire pressure monitor fault" (or something to that effect) and I was unable after stopping at a stop light to accelerate almost causing the person behind me to rear end me. Once getting to my home when putting the car into park it makes a loud clunking noise then proceeds to jerk the entire vehicle. After letting the car sit for an hour I tried to turn it one once again and test driving a few feet forward, it only moved at a slow pace when gas pedal applied.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #13

Aug 042014


  • 93,000 miles
The brake booster failed making the vehicle very slow to respond to stopping. Had the need for a emergency stop occurred there would have been an accident. I am told by the mechanic that repaired the vehicle that this part rarely fails and not in a vehicle with so few miles relative to the part.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #12

Jul 162014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that while reversing, the brakes failed to engage and the emergency brake had to be engaged to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake power booster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Plainfield, CT, USA

problem #11

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 #10

May 262014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 63,998 miles
After nearly 6 years I thought I would change the brakes.wife was hearing a grinding noise. I thought we were we'll overdo on them anyways. When I went to change them I was inspecting them and found the passenger side pads were barely worn they looked almost new. The driver side outer pad looked the same practically new the inner pad on the drivers side was worn down to about 1/16 to the end of the pad I feel this warrants some kind of action on behalf of Ford thanks.

- Alta Loma , CA, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Feb 012012

Edge 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Brakes fade, become mushy, pedal goes to the floor. Does not stop at lights sometimes causing me to put in park while moving.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #7

Dec 182013


  • 10 miles
I was driving my vehicle and apply brakes and the vehicle would not stop. The brakes pedal became lock and the vehicle speed up and I hit the curb and bounce to other side and hit curb again then the vehicle stop. Thank god nobody was coming and I was not injure.

- Upper Montclair, NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 172013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Brakes suddenly failed requiring excessive force to bring vehicle to a stop. This was very, very, scary and I drove directly to the Ford dealer where we had purchased the car. The diagnosis was a failed brake booster costing almost $700 to replace. Apparently this is a recurring problem in this model. The car should be recalled and the part replaced as this is a very dangerous issue.

- Wellington, FL, USA

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