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 8 of 10)

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problem #41

Jun 092013


  • 147,000 miles


While driving my car, all of sudden the car just stops with the dash board displaying everything. When try to restart the car, it sounds like the car is trying to start even after releasing the key but it doesn't start. All power is lost except for the lights and radio. The car will eventually start after a couple of minutes and you start driving and it happens again. Had car towed to auto repair place where diagnostics didn't show anything. The mechanic did drive the car and it stalled on him. He thought it was the "fuel kill switch" because it reset it and the car started. The switch was replaced and the car ran fine for 2 days then while driving on the highway started loosing speed and was unable to accelerate. The RPM's decreased then jumped up like the car had restarted. This happened twice then I lost all power and had to coast over to the shoulder.

- O'fallon, IL, USA

problem #40

Jun 022013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
This incident has occurred 3 times in the last year. After shopping for about 15 minutes, I start my car and it immediately make a harsh clunking sound when moving into drive gear. Then I have little to no acceleration and my speedometer, etc does not work. The wrench symbol comes on. When putting the car into park, it makes a violent, harsh sound. The first 2 incidents, I let the car sit for over 24 hours. When I start after 24 hours the car works completely fine and all the symptoms go away. The most recent incident I had the car towed to dealership within 8 hours of incident. They were able to determine it was the turbine and speed sensors, which I had replaced. I am concerned about the safety of this vehicle and feel this should be a recall issue.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #39

May 212013


  • 60,000 miles
My wife was driving her 2008 Ford escape from work on a very busy highway when she stopped at a store got back in started the car she noticed that the airbag light was on speedometer had lines going thru it when she put it into gear it made a real loud banging sound and jerked as she was driving' the car lost compression did not have any power at all. She made it home without getting killed or killing someone I went out to see what was wrong and when I started the car it made a load banging 'when I put it into gear it was even worst we called a tow truck and had it towed where we had bought it at ----- ---- ----- -------- it's the only Ford dealer close and they have a very poor record for backing their warranty's. it sounds to me to be the computer chip I have a warranty on it still so there should be no reason for them not to fix it but I will bet that they say that the warranty does not cover the power train but it does so if you are having this problem with your 2008 escape do not let the tell you that it is not covered if you have a warranty.the computer chip that operates your power train is part of the power train' if not for that the car would not move unless it was being towed if you work for Ford and see all of these complaint's about the same thing going on with the 2008 escape's what is it going to take before Ford step's up someone to get killed.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #38

May 122013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


While driving at highway speed (50 -65mph), foot off accelerator and car coasting startling loud bang from transmission and entire car jerks. Put foot back on accelerator and everything seems to be working. Does not do it all the time but at least once a week. The bang is loud and startling almost causing accident. Could not repeat issues for Ford service department and they did not detect any problem in transmission. The bang is so loud must doing damage to transmission.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #37

Nov 192010

Edge 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
As I was accelerating the transmission slipped, jerked as the engine was shifting gears. It has happened multiple times (6) since I first experienced this.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #36

Oct 052012

Edge 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
I am unable to "select affected parts" in this form: Parts - power train, transmission, battery. Over the past 6 months there have been numerous incidents where my vehicle, upon returning to speed or entering a roadway/highway, or otherwise entering a roadway, it has made a noise, a sudden jerk, seem to hold speed (fail to increase speed) and seems to feel like it is failing to changed gears (appears to rev in rpms slightly), then jerks again, and comes back into routine shifting. It is an automatic. This happens often. I have had the fluid check, flushed, replaced, asked my mechanic and she can find no issues. It seems to feel like it bogs down, but rpms appear to increase (almost as if it is not in gear/neutral). It seems to be happening more and more frequently. I have routinely checked my car for recalls. And I should note have had the ball bearing go bad (as recalled) and replaced, including the entire arm on the left rear. Additionally, my battery has failed and been replaced (approximately 3 years ago) and has since required replacement again. It needs to be jumped started, and upon first replacement (by Ford) it was noted not all cylinders or cells were charged/charging.

- Great Mills , MD, USA

problem #35

Aug 022012


  • miles


I bought my Edge, used last year and I love it. Although, every now and then while driving the transmission makes a huge bang noise. Its scary!!! I hope that Ford will take care of this. It seems there are other complaints regarding the same problem.

- Tuckerton, NJ, USA

problem #34

Mar 302013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 75,703 miles
Approached a stop light on a hill. Light turned green. Did not have to come to a complete stop and when I accelerated the transmission jerked and made a loud noise. This has happened several times in my commutes. Transmission fluid level is within normal range.

- Spring Creek, NV, USA

problem #33

Jan 012013


  • 60,894 miles
While driving on highway a big bang noise happens in the car, feels and sounds like I have been hit. The car doesn't stop, keeps driving. Dealers technicians say they can't fix it or don't even know what it is because it doesn't happen all the time. It is such a violent bang and jerk. Only does it right now anyway, on a long drive on a highway. I am over my warranty, so very upset, as my children are in this car everyday. Just bought it and to trade it in I would loose so much money. You need to be doing recalls on this car where there are so many others posting this same problem on the Ford forum. Everyone saying it is transmission and when they replace it, it still doesn't work properly. This is crazy!! Ford do something please!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Milford , MA, USA

problem #32

Mar 202013


  • 54,000 miles
Lately when driving my Edge I noticed that when I come to a complete stop the car like jerks back and makes a loud bang sound-then when I try to drive after stopping the car doesn't want to go-it's like it is just stuck there, so I have to take my foot on the gas wait a few seconds than put my foot back on the gas and than the car will go but it seems like it takes forever to get some speed. The jerking and the car not wanting to accelerate has even happen when I have been driving around 20mph- I have replaced the battery thinking maybe it was the battery and nope that didn't work. This as a mother of 3 young children has me very concerned-I have seen many complaints with the same issues I have stated above and Ford has yet to correct these defects. Does someone need to lose their life before action is taken.

- Methuen , MA, USA

problem #31

Mar 042013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles


Vehicle was taken to power Ford in valencia for standard service a week ago. 41,000 miles new tires bought- was told all was ok. One week later I am driving when suddenly speedometer stops and mileage is reading --- grinding noise then a wrench icon appears which means the powertrain is malfunctioning, then the air bag light went on and then an ! icon which means there is a problem with tires. Terrified, I called power Ford and told to bring it in... I was less than a half a mile away, and put on my hazard lights and barely made it the few clocks to the dealership. This is a haunting problem that I have read at least a dozen comments about the power train. Had I been ion the freeway I don't think I would be alive. Please investigate this issue with the Ford Edge. I did not know the outcome at all. Thank you

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #30

Jan 262013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 67,013 miles
The transmission failed. As I was driving down the road it clunked very loudly as it shifted and then wouldn't change gears. I stopped at a light and the car would not move. The engine was running but the car would not go. By downshifting manually I was able to move forward and then got it to the dealer. They diagnosed it as drive and reverse engage but it neutrals out in 4th, 5th and 6th. They found metal shavings and chunks in a sample of the fluid drained. We bought the car used from Ford. It was a buy back from the previous customer because of leaky axel seals that could not be resolved. Had the same issue and the dealer replaced seals and things seemed to be okay. Transmission always clunked randomly; dealer thought it was mounts. Once we got new transmission we realized the old one always had problems. This new one shifts completely smoothly, which in retrospect the old one did not.

- Greene, ME, USA

problem #29

Oct 012012


  • 35,000 miles
While driving at speeds between 40-65 mph the vehicle will engage harshly with a loud bang while in O/D. when O/D is off, car will accelerate faster, when applying break there is a hesitation and car will not slow down until breaks are applied over and over again.

- Rougemont, NC, USA

problem #28

Apr 072010

Edge 6-cyl

  • 14,000 miles
Upon acceleration the RPM's will go up yet the car will slow down and you will feel a bang as if someone has rear-ended you. This has happened quite a few times within a year of us purchasing it brand new. The dealer couldn't find anything wrong several times I brought it to them. Finally, I left it there a few months ago and wouldn't take it back until it was fixed. They re-did the transmission and said it is fixed. I have been having the same issue with it still. I almost got into a car accident because it did it as I was turning and it just wouldn't kick into gear, then a big bang and it goes. I almost got hit dead on. Now they are telling me they can't do anything about it because I have 60,240 miles on it and it is out of warranty at 60,000. I have been complaining about it since they fixed it but everytime I went to bring it there to have it checked, they didn't have a loaner or the tech who needs to look at it is off. We called corporate and they did nothing. This is ridiculous that I am reading so many other people having the same issue and nothing is getting done - no recalls, nothing. This is unfair as to I have maintained everything on this vehicle and it should not be doing this. This is a Ford issue and they should be taking care of this. It is not the consumers fault for poor manufacturing of a vehicle that was advertised so great! they should be fixing this issue before someone gets hurt or killed in an accident.

- Wall, NJ, USA

problem #27

Nov 072012

Edge 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Driving home from work at a speed of 55 to 65 on I-65 in montgomery, Alabama when all of a sudden my car begin to not recognize the gas. It slowed down suddenly and the engine began to shake. I made it to an exit by driving slowly with hazard lights on. We took the car to gilmore Ford the same day. On 11/8/12 we were informed that the PCM caused the coil pack (2) to not fire and therefore burned it up. I asked if this was a known problem with the car and was informed by [xxx] that he has only seen it once. Well I decide to look into it via the web and found that this is a known defect in the PCM installed on Ford Edges. My thought is that had traffic been going faster I would have had an accident in the middle of the highway with how quickly the car speed shifted down. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Coosada , AL, USA

problem #26

Jul 122012


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge limited. The contacted stated that while traveling 20-25 mph, a popping noise emitted outside of the vehicle as the vehicle became resistant to acceleration attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who confirmed that the PCM module failed and the engine coils were melted. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 81,000 and the current mileage was 82,000.

- Fon Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #25

Oct 092009

Edge 6-cyl

  • 18,552 miles
It happened when I came off the highway onto the side road, there was a loud clunk in the rear of the vehicle and I lost power to drive, and when I pressed the gas it would only go 30 miles of speed. I went into a parking lot, turned the motor off and let it sit for 10 min. I restarted it and it seemed fine. But now on a regular basis it will clunk in the rear like I have been hit and then clear up and drive good. I have had it checked many times by Ford and other places but no one can find anything wrong with the drive train. I notice on Ford forum that many people are having the same problem. There should be a recall for this vehicle by Ford to cover all Ford Edges from 2008 to 2010 and have the drive trains replaced, even if they can not find any problems. Or find out what is really happening to this vehicle and have them all recalled to fix the problem.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #24

May 152012

Edge 6-cyl

  • 78,686 miles
This has happened several times. The vehicle was moving forward and all of a sudden the air bag light & the check engine light came on & the display said "no odometer available". when I came to a stop, the car would not move - it was like it was in neutral then all the sudden the transmission engaged with a loud clunk & the car moved & all the lights went out. A wrench appeared on the dashboard and the screen read odo error with dashes. I could not go. It was as if my car was stuck in neutral. Even after turning the car off and on several times it did not remedy the problem. It also was shifting hard from park to drive, etc.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #23

Jul 112012


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that the vehicle would not accelerate from a stop. The contact also stated that the vehicle eventually jerked when it began to accelerate. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 67,000.

- Woodstock , MD, USA

problem #22

Jul 212012

Edge 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the vehicle lost power and stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised the contact that there were no failures found within the vehicle and the computer was reset. The failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 41,000 and the current mileage was 42,000. Updated 08/28/12 the consumer stated the failures occured when the vehicle was parked or in motion. Updated 09/05/2012

- Vineland, NJ, USA

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