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:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,505 miles

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2008 Ford Edge drivetrain problems

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments (Page 4 of 10)

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problem #121

Apr 252015


  • 89,876 miles


I was driving between 40-45 mph on a main road just after 12 am when the dashboard lit up. The check engine/wrench & airbag lights came on, the odometer displayed an 'odo data error' message (no mileage), & the speedometer needle dropped to 0 mph despite still traveling at 40-45 mph (I relied on my cell phone's gps for my traveling speed). The vehicle was responsive, braking, accelerating, & decelerating normally, as I looked for somewhere to pull over. I came to a full stop at a red light & when the light turned green, I pushed down on the gas pedal but the vehicle was nearly unresponsive. I fully pushed down on the gas pedal but the car only gained enough speed to crawl through the intersection. I pulled into a parking lot just past the intersection, put the car in park, shut it off, & waited 5 minutes before turning it back on. The warning lights were off & the odometer message was gone but when I shifted into drive, there was a loud, wrenching sound & the entire car jerked...still barely able to accelerate & the speedometer staying at 0, unresponsive to the gas pedal. I shifted into reverse with the same results. After a few unsuccessful attempts with the same results, I called for a ride & left the car in the parking lot, arranging a tow to the Ford dealer where it was purchased. The Ford service department did a test drive in their lot & the vehicle was operating normally but pulled computer error codes indicating faulty sensors (the output speed sensor & turbine speed sensor, which weren't 'communicating properly'). I took the vehicle to a local shop for repair since it had just run out of warranty. I'm lucky bethis could have been a much more dangerous situation if it had happened on a busy road or a road with a higher speed limit and fewer stops.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #120

Jan 242014


  • 138,000 miles
Popping noise made from front driver side tires when turning left, at gear change transmission jerks, powertrain AWD malfunction light came on, truck would not accelerate into 2nd gear loud grinding noise made, censor had to be replaced, popping noise still exist in left front tire

- Ocilla , GA, USA

problem #119

Mar 132015

Edge 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #118

Apr 052015


  • 89,000 miles


This has been an ongoing problem for a while now (years). What is happening is my transmission is struggling to shift into gear, but more often when traveling at approximately 15-25 mph. At this speed, it will shift but oftentimes when it shifts there is a thud and hard jerk, almost seeming as my transmission is going to drop right out of my car. When I first had this diagnosed, the dealership thought perhaps my PCM needed recalibrated. Shortly after the recalibration, the entire PCM fried and it needed replaced. Luckily, it was covered under an 80,000 mile warranty (my car had about 75,000 miles on it...phew). Needless to say, after the entire PCM replacement, my car still struggles to shift and, unfortunately, it seems like I am not the only one having this problem.

- Tiffin, OH, USA

problem #117

Mar 282015

Edge 6-cyl

  • 115,997 miles
While traveling at a high rate of speed the car dropped into a lower gear. The dashboard displayed several error messages including the check powertrain symbol (lighted wrench) and a odp speed warning. Little to no power being transferred to the wheels.

- Hawaiian Gardens, CA, USA

problem #116

Mar 272015


  • 115,000 miles
1st occurrence: The vehicle's speedometer went to 0 and warning lights came on. As the vehicle slowed and I tried to accelerate out of traffic, the vehicle would not move. It seemed to be stuck in a high gear. I sat on the side of the road and was almost robbed while I was waiting on my husband to arrive for help. After my husband arrived and the car had been off for about 30 minutes, he started it and it drove like normal. 2nd occurrence: About 1 month later, the same thing happened with the vehicle, fortunately I was closer to home. My husband ran through the same process of allowing the car to cool off and restarting it. After some investigation online, this issue seems to be a common problem with the Ford Edge. It appears to be a pair of sensors, called the turbine sensor and transmission speed sensor. It also appears that these sensors cost about $800 to replace. If this is such a common problem, why has there not been a recall from Ford?

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #115

Mar 122015

Edge 6-cyl

  • 65,500 miles


Was driving on freeway about to exit and transmission sounded as if it got stuck on 2nd gear. Engine sounded loud at high rpms and my speed dropped. I got the vehicle towed to my well trusted mechanic and he concluded that my transmission needs to be replace. Vehicle only has 65,500 miles.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #114

Feb 082015


  • 108,000 miles
The transmission (automatic) will not go out of the first gears. There was a loud thud noise and then the car wouldn't shift, I had to put it in neutral and then back into drive to get it to work several times.

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #113

Jan 202014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 83,680 miles
I bought a certified pre owned 2008 Edge in June 2013. I first experienced the hard jerking probably early 2014 or maybe in the winter of 2013. It had trouble shifting up when came to a complete stop. This happened several times and I took the car to the dealership but they couldn't reproduce it. They fixed a transmission leak and updated some software on two separate visits. Both times the problem went away for a few days and then came back again. It was not serious enough then. This year it occurs more often (usually in the stop and go traffic) and there is also abrupt jerk when the car shifts up from 10-20 mph or from 20-30 mph. The powertrain malfunction symbol came on today. But after I let the car sit for half an hour and restarted it, the symbol was gone. I'm taking it to the dealership soon and hope they can do something. The problem seems to only occur in cold weather. There are many people complaining about this issue online. It could be dangerous if it happens at an intersection or on a highway. Ford should recall these cars because they are unsafe to drive.

- Waterville, ME, USA

problem #112

Jan 172015


  • 99,300 miles
I just been told by koons that I would have to pay 1,300 to fix a throttle issue on my 2008 Ford Edge, which I purchased as a used vehicle labor day special 2014. The car stalls, stops, acceleration is affected. Ford knows the throttles are faulty and instead of recalling, they did a customer satisfaction and agreed to repair affected Edge from 2009-2014. This is bogus I have 2008, which that has this issue. I refuse to pay this and don't have the money to invest in junk. Koons told me because of my hesitation I was investigating in a car that has valued equity & would offer great trade. They knew..they yet put me in another dangerous car. I had accident as well, driving ca lost speed & stalled while crossing over in parking lot.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #111

Jan 142015

Edge 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


This has happened twice in the last two weeks. Once at 45 mph, once at 60 mph. Speedometer goes to zero despite maintaining speed. Display shows od data error. Airbag, tire pressure, and wrench lights come on. Pull over, turn off engine. Restart. Reset button. Transmission feels like it is in a higher gear, shifts hard little acceleration power.. once you get it to shift up to a high gear seems to shift/drive normal.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #110

Jan 212015


  • 85,000 miles
Traveling at highway speed, dashboard lights up with check engine light, airbag light, get odometer failure, speedometer stops working, followed by a tire pressure sensor failure. Transmission stops shifting properly including a loss of power especially when resuming from a stop.

- East Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #109

Dec 272014


  • 83,277 miles
My husband was driving with me and our 2 children on the highway at 70 mph. All gauges (fuel, speedometer, odometer, etc.) stopped working and the odometer read "odo data error". we had a gps that we were using and displayed our speed, so we kept going the 5 miles to our planned stop along the way home. When we restarted the car, the gauges were back up but it made a loud thumping sound when changing gears. It reversed fine (but we were on a slope), then thumped again as we switched to drive. The car only revved and did not move. We reversed again to situate ourselves so the slope was in our favor when we switched to drive. It was a tough start, but it did go. I called the dealership to report (this was on a Saturday) and was told that I could bring it in, but they wouldn't be able to look at it until Tuesday. We made it home (another hour drive), but I'm not using the car again until I drive it to the dealership. The car is not accelerating properly.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #108

Dec 132014


  • 82,000 miles
Driving along the freeway, when all of a sudden I noticed the dimming of lights in my car, and then the speedometer and engine odometer (revs) all dropped to 0, along with the wrench signal coming on, along with the airbag signal coming on, and then eventually the tire pressure signal coming on. The car lost acceleration and I was able to get off the freeway at the next exit. I tried to put my foot on the accelerator, I could hear the engine revving but the car only moving at 10 miles an hour, wouldn't go any faster, although I could hear it, it wouldn't click over, or accept the change in gear.

- Reseda, CA, USA

problem #107

Nov 292014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
I was driving down the highway when my speedometer and odometer stopped working. Then it told me I had a error and a fault in my tire pressure system. My airbag light came on, indicating that it was off. I pulled over and turned off the vehicle. When I started it back up all the error messages cleared, but when I went to put my car into drive it sounded as if the transmission had dropped. I tried driving only to rev the engine up to 3000 RPM with barely any movement. When ever shifting from drive or reverse it made that loud popping noise. I took it to a dealership to be told it stopped doing it but they didn't fix it. They made no repairs. They are letting me pick the car up and drive it again with out any actual resolution, but they did charge me money to "look at the car". do people actually have to die for someone to issue a recall? I am reading thousands of reviews about the Edge that experiences the same problems. Lets issue a recall and develop some accountability!

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #106

Dec 012014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 58,800 miles
While at a stop sign on a small sloped road, my vehicle rolled backwards when I let go of the brake to accelerate from a stopped position. There were children walking behind me and I almost rolled into them. In addition, while parked in a forward position on a small sloped driveway, I was unable to drive out of the driveway without applying my foot to the brake and the gas at the same time. I almost hit the car in front of me. I brought it to the Ford dealership and was told this is how the Ford Edge is designed and this is normal. Essentially, I need to hit the brake and gas when on a slight slope. This is very disturbing and dangerous.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #105

Nov 222014


  • 130,000 miles
While preparing to stop at a light, seemed to have lost all power. Speedometer dropped to zero, airbag light came on and odometer was blank with a readout in its place that said something like odo failure also the wrench icon lit up. Shifted to park and the car jumped and jerked and loud grinding noises came from transmission. Was able to creep to a side street. Turned off engine. Waited several minutes, restarted car and the instrument panel returned to normal. Drove home about 3 miles. Took it to shop and they said it was a shaft seal. They replaced it for $182 the part was $12. Got home and it leaks very badly it has leaked about a cup of fluid in 4 hours.(this was parked / not running) I am taking it back to the shop and hoping they can fix it right. I have been driving for over 30 years and never had this kind of problem.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #104

Nov 122013


  • 68,000 miles
When driving at low speeds and the transmission shifts from 1st to 2nd gear there is a very hard jerk when the shift is made. Also have had issues with the transmission going into a fail safe mode which puts it into 5th gear when you are trying to take off and the acceleration is very slow. Could lead to an accident while trying to cross traffic and you expect to be able to take off in first gear and have proper acceleration.

- Owosso, MI, USA

problem #103

May 022014


  • 115,000 miles
In may, I was traveling at 55 miles an hours, when my car lurched forward and all the dashboard lights came on. The speedometer stopped showing my speed, the RPM's maxed out, lost all low gears, and the accelerator was not responding properly. I went and had the transmission looked at and the oil changed, engine flushed, etc. Several weeks later I had the same problem. After a short time the car started responding properly again. On 11/14/2014, I was traveling at 60 mph and experienced the same thing for the 3rd time. Once I got to a safe location I pulled over. When I put the car in park it made a terrible noise. I called roadside assistance to tow the car to the dealership. The dealership has said it is the transmission but have yet to determine the exact problem. I do not feel the power train of this vehicle is safe! other problems that have occurred since owning the vehicle: Lunging at red lights when brakes are engaged (sometimes feels like I have been rear ended), electrical running to rear lights is melted, excessive amount of corrosion on the battery cables, rear wheels/brakes growling causing excessive wear on brakes (brakes went out coming to a stop sign one day), radiator fan problems, failure of the coolant fan 2 times and was replaced, tubing for windshield spray eroded.

- Whitehouse, TX, USA

problem #102

Nov 142014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 101,637 miles
I was getting into the exit lane about 50 mph when my car comes to a sudden slow down of about 5 mph. Lucky I was already slowing down.could have been a bad situation had I not been exiting the freeway.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

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