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 7 of 10)

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problem #61

Nov 162013


  • 40,000 miles


The car seems to run fine in town. If it is driven about 20 miles or so on the highway, it develops the following drive train problem. When the vehicle slows or comes to a stop and the driver then accelerates, such as when driving in stop-and-go traffic on the freeway or leaving a stop light, it seems like the transmission and engine quit talking to each other and they come uncoupled during shifting. Since the gas pedal is depressed for accelerating, during the shift, the engine RPM revs up to perhaps 3000 and then the transmission abruptly shifts resulting in a heavy shock to the drive line. It does this between each gear during acceleration upshifting. If the vehicle is stopped and the transmission is shifted into reverse, there is a delay and then it shifts into reverse resulting in a similar heavy shock. I had several occurrences where I came off the freeway and stopped at the light and upon attempting to get going again, the engine was running and would rev up but the transmission was not engaged. I shifted into park and back into drive and the vehicle finally got going again with the same symptoms noted above. It seems to react the same regardless of whether the od is engaged or disengaged. We took the vehicle to one of the local Ford stores several weeks ago and they said they could not recreate the symptoms. I took it to a different service department perhaps a month later and they could not find a real problem but said all the codes were fine. They deleted the adaptive transmission files and uploaded new files and the problem was fixed even though they were not sure what they did to fix it. A lengthy drive a day later went well, no problems. But on the way into work in on April 3rd the same problems are back. It's back in the shop again April 7th. Not sure what's next. Maybe the factory can offer advice? thanks

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #60

Apr 042014


  • miles
My wife and I were driving on the freeway, with the cruise control on. At random the care kicked out on cruise and the speedometer was not working, we also had tire pressure warning, engine service warning, air bag warning and no odometer. We made it to the freeway exist, however when we went to accelerate the car barely moved. The engine would rev at high RPM's but would just crawl. We made it to our house (barely) and parked the car. The shift into park was very violent and made the care jump. With my foot on the brake I would shift from P to N, then N to R, then R to D and same order back to park. Each change was very violent. I turned the engine off, let it sit for about 1 minute, turned the car back on and the warning lights were gone and the odometer was back to normal. However, when I went to drive again the shift was still violent, I had not power (high rev and barely moved) and no speedometer. The car is currently in my driveway with that being the current state. I have done some research online and this appear to be a very common issue for these vehicles.

- Rochester , NY, USA

problem #59

Oct 192011


  • 55,000 miles
After starting car, vehicle made loud clunk sound when put in reverse. Car would not accelerate without pressing accelerator more than usual and engine revved high. Dash board went blank except for wrench symbol, airbag symbol and odometer had all dashes. Turned car off, waited a few minutes, turned car back on and everything was back to normal, car drove fine. This has happened about 5 times within the past 3 years, several months apart. Have also had to replace rear tail lights multiple times, sometimes within 2 days of replacement. Have taken car to Ford service, but they can't pinpoint problem. Now car is out of warranty. Seems like it could be electrical or sensors. Have read and seen videos of many others with this same problem with this year, make and model. Wish Ford would help owners like ourselves with a recall to fix this, as our loyalty has gone away with frustration. Have just today, 03/27/14 had my car towed to repair shop to check transmission. The dashboard has returned to normal, but loud clunk when shifting and will not accelerate without flooring it.

- N Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #58

Feb 092014


  • 63,000 miles


On the way home from a vacation, we pulled into a fast food restaurant to get a quick bite to eat. Upon leaving the restaurant, we started the vehicle and everything seemed normal. About three minutes into our drive home, the dash lights came on (specifically the wrench and air bag lights) and the vehicle lost all throttle power. We quickly pulled over and turned off the car to see if we could diagnose the problem ourselves. After being unsuccessful at identifying the problem, we started the car again and attempted to put the car in drive. The transmission produced a loud "clunking" sound. Each time you tried to change gears (I.e. reverse to drive), there would be an extremely harsh engagement and the gear change would be rough, each time producing a loud "clunk". I brought the car to a local mechanic who advised this is a common issue with Ford Edge's, in fact; there is a tsb bulletin (07-21-11) regarding the issue. This problem stems from a short in the output shaft speed (oss) sensor and the turbine shaft speed (tss) sensors. As I read the tsb bulletin, this issue should be covered by the manufactures emissions warranty, the dealership disagrees. This issue can be found in abundance with the 2008 Ford Edge vehicle. In a brief search online, I found a large number of complaints regarding this same problem from owner Edge owners. My complaint is that I believe this should be a recall issue and it should happen immediately. In this instance, I wasn't in harm's way, but in previous instances I have been in the middle of an intersection and lost the ability to accelerate, which is undoubtedly a terrifying experience. I am requesting your assistance in moving forward with this complaint as I'm not sure where else to turn. Thank you very much.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #57

Jan 222014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
For over a year when my car had less than 100K and still under extended warranty my transmission started slipping and slamming into gear on takeoff. I took to Ford dealer ship and they ran disnostics and found nothing wrong but reprogramed the computer. That did not fix the issue. The car continues to todays to slip and slam on take off, the odometer bounces and the engine start cutting out/loosing power. Again the dealer said if the computer is not setting codes they cannot fix. Now at 110K out of warranty the problem continues just getting worse. I believe by reading the blogs that this is a large issue that Ford knows about but refuses to admit bad transmission design and will not recall. I think they should either fix the issue at their cost or buy back the vehcile. I am sure the main issue is the cost to Ford to fix the issue and they know what the problem is. They are more worried their stock holders that their customers. I guess they will need a bailout if they keep this trend up. I used to hold Ford as a quality company, with quality products, but no longer. The foreign car companies are producing a better quality product. I just want my car fixed or replaced. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #56

Jan 012012


  • 40,000 miles
I have taken this Edge to the Ford dealer 3 times because of surging and the RPM's surging, clunking, etc. All three times was told nothing was wrong with it, now at 80,000 it has completely lost power and the tac revs to 3 and 4. I'm soooo frustrated that this is a known problem and after 3 visits with the same complaint, we are looking at transmission replacement!!

- Maquoketa, IA, USA

problem #55

Oct 232013


  • 64,070 miles


The car is leaking transmission fluid at the ptu seal.

- Sheffield Village , OH, USA

problem #54

Nov 082013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 101,382 miles
While driving down my residential street my vehicle acted like it was shifting gears with a jerk and loud clunk. This has happened numerous times in the past as well. Turned od off and it did not do it again until od was back on again.

- West Des Moines , IA, USA

problem #53

Dec 302012

Edge 6-cyl

  • 57,576 miles
Edge had started to drive sluggish, could not get up to speed or get car into next gear. Driving home from vacation, car was very sluggish going up hills and RPM needle would rev high before able to shift to next gear. Check engine light came on with code of P061. Found Ford dealer locally who replaced filter. Car drove better for 1/2 day, then back to sluggish and not able to change gears. Took back to my Ford dealer, replaced maf sensor and throttle body assembly for $645. 10 months later city driving in heavy traffic, car is starting to slip into sluggish mode and having trouble shifting to next gear. RPM needle revs high before shifting gear. Will watch closely before taking back to dealer again. Notice hundreds of complaints for same problem with the Ford Edge.

- Olney, MD, USA

problem #52

Oct 052013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 70,172 miles
On the freeway it felt like the car hit a hard bump exiting the freeway there was no longer any acceleration. The engine would rev way up but there was very little forward movement. It seemed as if the transmission was not shifting into the lower gears. I was very lucky to get through the quickly approaching traffic, without getting hit or someone else getting hit as the cars weaved around me. At a stop, I shifted into low with no change. I turned the over drive on and off with no change. I shifted into reverse and there was quite a big bang and the whole car shook (this was similar to what I felt on the freeway when I thought I hit a bump). Shifting back into drive, it was the same, lots of RPM and very little movement forward, as if I was starting in fourth gear. Turning off the engine I looked for any signs of fluid leaking or other indications of damage. Nothing was evident. After starting the car and shifting it into drive, it worked just fine. An internet search revealed that this is a common problem as there are hundreds of postings and even a few you-tube videos of the actual problem I experienced. Ford even has a service bulletin 103100 dated 4/24/13. Postings report transmission rebuilds (at over $4,000) and the problem still recurred. Successful repairs seem to center around a firmware, computer upgrade and replacement of turbine sensors and solenoids. With only 70,000 miles on this car I should not be having transmission problems. The service manager at the Ford dealership knew all about this problem and said it would take three days to repair at just under $1,000. He also said that they stock the parts for this repair (a strange comment). On the internet I found that most repairs took weeks because none of the dealers stocked the parts. Now it seems that this problem is so prevalent that many if not all the dealers are now stocking these parts.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #51

Sep 252013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 75,945 miles


The car would act like it was in 2nd or 3rd gear when you tried to go from a stop. You would have to give it a lot of gas to move and there were also times in the past where it would go but would not shift into 2nd gear for a longer than normal time. The first time it happened I turned the car off and then it started working. No warning lights ever came on until on Oct 25th when I was trying to go from a stop and the car was hardly moving. Warning lights started coming on so I went straight to the dealer and kept it running so it would not clear any codes. They ended up replacing the oss and tss sensors in the transmission.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #50

Sep 042013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 130,131 miles
While traveling on the expressway the car began making a funny noise. After the noise started the wrench (warning) light came on, and then the care begin to decelerate and I was still pressing the gas pedal. I was able to exit the expressway. The car would not accelerate as normal, and made revving noises when the gas pedal was pressed, but would not move initially.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #49

Jun 012012

Edge 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Driving the interstate, car seemed to kick out of gear an engine revved then went in and out of gear.also, after that car shifted very hard in 1st 3 worked fine for awhile and then did it again a few months later..after a few more episodes over a year(did try to get it looked at, but, car wouldn't mess up for servicemen)the tranny finally went bad while my wife was going thru an intersection..luckily it coasted enough to get it off the road(high speed intersection) or who knows what may have happened..I was able to get it home in first gear as it wouldn't did go out of gear at a stop light and I had to put it into park and back into gear...I had the transmission replaced and so far so good but, this shouldn't happen with low miles and others are having the same problem..

- Branchport, NY, USA

problem #48

Jun 012012

Edge 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Driving the interstate car seemed to kick out of gear and engine revved up..went in and out of gear.also after that car shifted very hard in 1st 3 worked fine for awhile and then did it again a few months later..after a few more episodes over a years time the transmission finally went out while my wife was in the middle of an intersection..luckily, it coasted enough to get off the road..I was able to get it home in 1st gear, but, wouldn't go into gear after a stop light..had to put in park and back into drive..had the transmission replaced and ok so far, but, something should be done about this..she could have been in a crash as it was a high speed intersection..

- Branchport, NY, USA

problem #47

Jul 102009


  • 15,000 miles
2008 Ford Edge has hard shifts (engine races like it's in neutral and then slams into gear with a loud bang) in two scenarios - from 1st to 2nd, while coasting in stop-and-go traffic, and when quickly accelerating, as in a passing maneuver, from around 35 mph. This results in unpredictable automobile performance.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #46

Aug 012013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
We were driving the vehicle and came to a stop sign. All of the sudden, when we hit the gas pedal, the vehicle barely moved and sounded like it was in neutral. This continued until we found a place to pull over. We put the vehicle in park, and it shifted really hard. It felt like somebody hit us from behind. It also shifted out of park very hard. We turned the car off and let it sit for a while. We started the car and it worked normal and we drove it right to the dealership. The dealership said they couldn't do anything to address the issue because they could not replicate the issue. Our concern is that the vehicle is not safe to drive because it can stop accelerating at any point. The Ford technician could not assure us that the vehicle was safe to drive. We contacted Ford and they passed the buck back to the dealership. I understand that the dealership cannot do anything, but after reading numerous complaints of the same exact issue on forums and the NHTSA site, I feel that Ford should offer some direction on how to fix this issue to their dealerships since it seems to be a common problem with the 2008 Ford Edge.

- Warminster, PA, USA

problem #45

Aug 012013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 79,600 miles
My 2008 Ford Edge was brought to the dealership after hearing a "clunking" noise and smelling exhaust coming from the under carriage. The dealership diagnosed "...replace ptu assy fluid, had blown out vent...". the entire powertrain (583984) was replaced. This was the 2nd incident in 2 months. Prior to this event I brought it to the dealership after experiencing "slipping" transmission. While coming to a stop, the transmission went into neutral. I left the car for several hours, then re-started and it ran fine. The dealership could not verify any problems.

- Hawaiian Gardens, CA, USA

problem #44

Jul 242013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 60,971 miles
Loss of power, engine racing when gas applied, tachometer non responsive, sudden lunging of power. Loud clunking like being rear ended. Limped home, when I turned the car off then restarted, put it in reverse and a loud slamming noise like the clunking sound earlier and feeling of being rear ended. Towed to dealership, over 2 weeks later (less than 2 months out of warranty and only 971 miles out of the 60,000 mile warranty) Ford dealer told me that Ford would not cover any of the cost and the $4,012.69 transmission repair cost was on me. Hundreds of posts on the internet about this issue, including Ford tsb - NHTSA: Action number: 10039053 service bulletin number: 312104. But no help from Ford.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #43

Jul 252013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
During the month of July 2013, our 2008 Ford Edge would make a grinding noise at about 40 mph. The car had been serviced by a Ford dealership in June 2013. Prior to the service, my wife had been complaining about the noise so I decided to replace the rear brakes pads. The brake pads were only maybe 20 % worn but I went ahead and replaced them anyway. My wife had made similar complaints in the past which prompted me to check and replace the front brakes a few years ago. In July 2013 the noise persisted so we took the car to the Ford dealership to check the problem. The Ford mechanic determined that the front wheel bearings were failing. Apparently, there is a flaw in design or workmanship that is allowing water to enter the bearing housing and to corrode the bearing inner and outer race. So, there would have been the potential for the bearings to over heat and lockup the wheels. The Ford customer service and the dealership refused to extend the warranty given the time required for the bearings to corrode under these conditions. I requested the old parts after the repair and there is obvious corrosion on the ball bearings, the bearing race, and in the grease. There are other Ford customers experiencing the same problem. The noise gets progressively worse over time that eventually you can hear it over the radio and conversations in the car.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #42

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

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