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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,086 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Ford Edge brakes problems

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 242011


  • 33,000 miles


My wife was driving the vehicle and upon acceleration from a complete stop, the vehicle randomly would go into a "neutral-like" state. Rpms would increase dramatically, but the car would crawl between 3-5mph. The message, "od read error" would display on the dashboard, power steering would go out and brakes would not respond well (it was as if the car had turned off). When shifting from drive to park or reverse, the vehicle would jerk forward violently, as if rear-ended. Once the car was turned off and started again, the problem would go away. We brought the vehicle to the dealership multiple times and the dealership even determined that the transmission needed to be replaced. This was only at 37,600 miles. The dealer said it was a transmission issue, but it appears to be an on-board computer issue as well. After transmission was replaced, 5 weeks later had issue with shifting into first gear. Vehicle shifted very hard into first gear. Car is back down at the dealership again. Wrote a letter to Ford expressing my concern and requested the car be repurchased, they denied my request.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 202011


  • 15,000 miles
I purchased a new 2008 Ford Edge in January of 2009. I began experiencing braking problems early in 2011. This car has about 15,000 miles on it when I took ijt back to the dealer. When I described the problem to the maintenance manager and the mechanic, both stated that it was problem due to rust on the rotors. The mechanic removed the wheels and showed me the rotors that were completely rusted. He then removed the rotors and showed me one that had a piece about the size of a dime that had physically rusted away from the rotor. I asked how that had happened as I keep my car in the garage and had very little mileage on it. He stated that the car had probably sat in the lot for 6 months prior to my purchase. I complained to the managers at the dealer and also wrote a letter to Ford about this subject. Although all of these persons admit it is due to rust, they would not take responsibility for the damage. Since automobiles were being sold at a slow pace when I purchased the car, this problem must exist on others. Maybe you should look into the problem.

- Cheswick, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 142011

Edge 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Defective front brake rotors: Inside of brake rotors were severely corroded and large pieces of the rotor surfaces were flaking off. Vehicle mileage was only 35,000.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 022010


  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge limited. The contact was reversing from a residential driveway when she discovered that in order to stop the vehicle, the brakes would have to be applied abruptly. Later, while driving approximately 30 mph, the brakes where engaged and the vehicle would not stop and the vehicle proceeded through a red traffic light. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where she was advised that the brake booster would need replacing. The contact was awaiting repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000 and the current mileage was 37,200.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #3

Jan 012009


  • 100 miles
The brakes felt as if there is air in the lines. The pedal would start to brake as normal, but then move slight forward as if air in the lines. This gives you a feeling of pushing harder. We had taken to the dealer more than 3 times. The last time they kept the car for a week or so. No problem was found. Ford headquarters could not find a reason to the issue. I am reporting this as I saw in the news that Ford is having the same problem with other type of cars.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

Jan 232009


  • 8,900 miles
Sitting at red light, foot on brake, my 2009 Ford Edge with less than 9000 miles accelerates on its own sending me into the car in front, her into the intersection avoid her I turn, my car will not stop I put it park, still will not stop, put on emergency brake, finally stops. Much trauma ensues including other driver going to hospital, physical pain and anxiety on my part, answering police questions, etc. I still have no car as I will not drive that death trap and it still sits at the dealership. They have not been much help. I am having to fight Ford Motor Co. And that is a nightmare. They have jerked me around, delayed their responses and I guess wish I would go away. I have done research and now know that this is not the first time this has happened. I T is called unintended acceleration and they know it is real ! I am now working with an attorney but it never should have come to this. I simply asked that they cancel our lease with no financial penalty, and let me work with my dealer on getting a safe car. Is there no justice for me ?

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #1

May 012008

Edge 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While driving 30 mph, the contact noticed that it took a significant amount of time to stop the vehicle. He did not notice any differences in the vehicle beforehand and the dealer has not diagnosed the cause of the failure. The current and failure mileages were 5,600. Updated 07/10/08. Updated

- Anacortes, WA, USA

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