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

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 drivetrain problems

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments (Page 1 of 10)

problem #181

Nov 282016


  • 74,000 miles


My brakes make a hissing noise when I press down.. I have to press all the way down to get it to stop. This is very dangerous.also, my back tail lite has had to be replaced 2 times because the socket got hot. Also, my car jumps sometimes when pressing on the gas(transmission issue?) I have also had the gas tank replaced(due to a recall)

- Paris, TN, USA

problem #180

Jan 152016


  • 100,000 miles
My car has multiple warning lights come on all at the same time. My dash says odo system fail, then is says the tire pressure monitor fails, the wrench for transmission comes on, then the tire pressure symbol comes on and flashes, the air bag light comes on, and the check engine light comes on. Then my odometer goes to zero. If I slow down to a stop sign or something, I push the gas and the RPM's on my car go way up but my car hardly moves. Once I get going to a higher speed, the RPM's go is almost like it is stuck in a high gear. Then when I put my car into drive after it was in park, my car jolts and makes a huge clanking noise. If I shut my car off and turn it back on, it makes a loud clanking noise but all my warning lights turn off except the check engine light. Then when I push the gas again, it is still barely moving and in high RPM's but it will randomly kick into whatever gear it needs to be in and make another loud clanking sound and run fine. This is very dangerous and I am not sure why it has not been recalled yet. This happened to me for the first time in the middle of a four way stop and I blocked the intersection and almost got hit by another car. This is eventually going to cause great harm or even death to someone.

- Mariposa, CA, USA

problem #179

Nov 112016


  • 138,859 miles
My vehicle's transmission acts likes it's slipping or in neutral when it's not. Jerks when it shifts gears. Loses power when I try to accelerate. I did some research there are hundreds of complaints about the transmissions in the Ford Edge's. I started having issues several weeks ago back in October 2016. Why should all the owners of these defective transmission have to pay for this to be fixed. That's not right! we gave Ford our hard earned money just to get a defective vehicle. Talked to Ford today and they don't care. Not going to do anything they stated. Today I was at a 4 way stop in a school zone and when I wanted to take off it acted like it was in neutral. I got to where I could pull over and sat there a few minutes and was able to drive it the other mile home. It clunks when changing gears and jerks. It is a intermittent problem as it doesn't happen everyday.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #178

Nov 072016


  • 140,000 miles


Stopped at a light would not pull forward afterwards loud clunking noise, airbag light came on, service light came on, odometer went to zero, car would jerk while in gear but wouldn't move forward or reverse. I've done some research on this problem, hundreds of people are having the same problem with 2007 and 2008 Edge. With most being transmission sensor failure. Ford knows of this problem won't do anything about it.

- Luttrell, TN, USA

problem #177

Oct 282016


  • 158,751 miles
The vehicle was in motion stopped at a stop light then proceeded to drive off or accelerate unable to move. Gave more gas no acceleration able to pull over to the side shoulder noticed the tool bar on dash. Turned the car off and waited 5 minutes then started the car and put into drive a loud thud was heard then the tool bar went away was able to accelerate drive the vehicle to dealer. During the drive car didn't respond well to acceleration but rpms increased but car didn't increase in speed. All of this occurred on a city street without turns

- Hopewell, VA, USA

problem #176

Oct 172016


  • 140,000 miles
Transmission disengages at random while moving in traffic. Once it occurs, vehicle cannot be moved under it's own power. Engine runs, but transmissions slips. High potential for being stranded in traffic and struck. Has occurred at least 4 times. Was able to coast to side of road. Electronics in dash act up, including service wrench and no speedometer. Apparently a known issue by Ford (tsb 07-21-11). Lots of common complaints online involving 2007-2008 model Edges. Related to faulty sensors (aa5Z-7H103-B & aa5Z-7M101-B).

- Gig Harbor, WA, USA

problem #175

Oct 022016


  • 116,000 miles


Driving at I275 to St petersburg, at 60mph the car made a loud noise from the engine and reduced gears abruptly, it felt like a hard braking from the engine, very hard. The RPM went skyrocket, the car lost power and wouldn't go over 45mph or it would do the same again. It looked like it was on a very low gear, as it was at 40mph doing almost 4000rpm... I stopped at a gas station, turned it of and let it sit for about 20 minutes. When I tried to go back rome, after 2 miles it did the same, it lost power. I drove back to the gas station and had it towed home.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #174

Sep 032016


  • 75,000 miles
My vehicle Ford Edge model 2008, lost control as well as speed when the wrench light came to the dashboard, immediately after the airbag light lit up, I had little or no engine power to engage gear to keep up with traffic speed. My speed dropped to 40 miles or less per hour. Very dangerous situation because at that moment the odometer lighting also went off. Driving on a highway at night no one drives below 40 miles per hour, made the situation pretty grave and dangerous. The problem comes from the power train faulty sensors near the transmission need to be replaced costing over $800,00, as for the airbag I haven't received a invoice yet.

- Forest Hills, NY, USA

problem #173

Aug 242016


  • 121,500 miles
For no particular reason my Edge decelerates to ten miles an hour while the tach reads 3rpms it has happened on all types of roads and in traffic also. The tranny fluid is always fine. No codes on dash either. I have my gas pedal to the floor and it will only creep at 10 mph. When it reengages it is a large hard jerk forward. One evening as I pulled into my own driveway it wouldn't move forward at all I shut it off waited restarted it and it was like nothing happened. It does studder a bit going uphill almost like it doesn't want to go then it does. For a while I thought it was things like bad gas dirt in a fuel line low fluids but it isn't this 2008S need a recall as many other Edge owners have the same issues. I have made an appt for the car at the dealer and I am not convinced they know the answer either. I received the recall for the gas tank, but I want one for this as I and many other Ford Edge owners have the same scary power train issues reported to you NHTSA please help us. I want a recall free repairs or a trade in with out being taken advantage of because of this problem thank you saylorsburg Pennsylvania.

- Saylorsburg, PA, USA

problem #172

Aug 082016


  • 125,000 miles
First I was driving when my breaks started to feel like they were locking up. Come to find out it was the power break booster which cost me $504. Then 2 weeks later my car starts to do a putting feeling and come to find out 2 of the coils burnt up the power control module costing me $1058. A few months before this it was in the Ford dealership because of a leak on the fuel pump. Costing me $216. I am furious I have had to spend this in the last month. I just seen on the news that Ford has a recall on the power control module but it was not my year. I am simply asking if someone would please look into this so maybe I can get some of this money back to pay off the debt it caused me.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #171

Aug 012016


  • 101,000 miles


My radio has a short in the hardware. Factory installed radio and it will turn off and turn back on repetitively some days, not allowing me to utilize sync. Transmission has started kicking intermittently for the past month. While driving and slowing down.

- Herrin, IL, USA

problem #170

Jul 242015


  • 98,000 miles
Driving straight on freeway at 70 mph and the dash suddenly displays odo error. Wrench light, low tire pressure light, and air bag light come on. Speedometer shows 0 mph but tach still works. After I stop the car and try to take off again it has no pickup. Transmission seems to be stuck in 5th gear or overdrive. Tach goes up to 2500 RPM but vehicle barely moves. When I shift from park to drive or reverse the engine/transmission makes a horrible clunking noise that makes me think it will come out of the body. The only way I can get the car driveable again is to disconnect battery for a few minutes then reconnect. Everything resets and works but occurs again-sometimes a week later, sometimes a couple of months later.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #169

Nov 202015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While stopped at a stop sign, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to accelerate without warning. The engine revved and the rpms increased. When the gear was shifted into the park position, the vehicle lunged forward. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Ashland, KY, USA

problem #168

Jan 012014


  • 120,000 miles
2008 Ford Edge on occasion will jerk when taking off

- Nacogdoches, TX, USA

problem #167

Jul 062016


  • 104,000 miles
On approximately 7/6/2016, while in motion, traveling North on riverside drive -I-55 North, on the 2-lane overpass at I-55 & mclemore, 18 wheeler was to the right and I was behind another motorist in line and traveling about 70 mph with a line of vehicles behind, it was after work rush hour 4:45pm; when as I am driving the vehicle sputters, seemed to it lose power, decelerates in the middle of on going traffic. The engine light flashed and then stayed illuminated, I could not accelerate in order get off to the side of the highway and traffic was at a very fast flow. My sync system surged, A-C stopped blowing cold air, the vehicle started "missing" but the vehicle did not shut off. Took the vehicle to advance auto parts store and was told that I had a misfire in 3 of the ignition coils, bought replacement coils and had all 6 of them replaced. Start the vehicle and the engine light was cleared but came right back, the vehicle is still miss firing on the exact same coils this time along with the PCM. Out of hundreds of dollars at the moment and it looks like I will be out of $3000 to Ford for an issue that they know is faulty within the design of the computer. We've already paid $30,000 for the vehicle, why would Ford not recall and repair these issues if they are aware of it"??"

- Horn Lake, MS, USA

problem #166

May 162016


  • 159,000 miles
While driving on a city road the car would not move when given gas. Multiple lights went on the dash board. Very dangerous situation because the car literally just stopped accelerating while in motion. Mechanic diagnosed problem as a faulty output speed sensor in the transmission. This is an on going issue that many Ford Edge owners are experiencing but Ford is not acknowledging the problem. There should be a recall as this is a very dangerous issue. I should also be reimbursed by Ford for the repair.

- Cheshire, CT, USA

problem #165

Jun 242016


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While driving approximately 70 mph, the instrument panel illuminated and the speedometer fluctuated down to zero. The contact maneuvered the vehicle to the side of the road and restarted it after ten minutes. The contact stated that an abnormal sound emitted from the transmission area after the vehicle was restarted. The vehicle was shifted into the drive position and operated normally. The failure recurred several times in the past year. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #164

Aug 152015


  • 61,000 miles
In August 2015 my wife was driving the vehicle at 45 mph on a four lane road when the vehicle came to a sudden crawl approx.10 mph. This was on a city street.she could barely get off the road with limited power. She called me to come to the scene and we had to have the vehicle towed to our mechanic. At the time, the vehicle had 61,000 miles on it. The mechanic called and stated the problem code showed it was the output speed sensor (oss) and it would need to be replaced along with the fluid. Upon picking up the vehicle, it was repaired properly and was back to normal. It was repaired by a ase master mechanic. The delay in reporting this incident is two fold. Since the August 2015 incident, I have since discovered checking on-line there are numerous cases of the 2007 & 2008 Ford Edge doing this. Recently, I parked next to a lady loading her groceries in a 2008 Ford Edge. When I asked her how she liked her Edge, you guessed it, they were on a family trip when the oss went out on hers. She stated hers was fixed under warranty. My repair cost $370 which was a fair price. It is my personal opinion, Ford knows this is a major safety issue but the facts are enough people to not complain to NHTSA and this keeps from Ford having to announce a recall on the 2007 & 2008 Ford Edge.

- Silver Springs, FL, USA

problem #163

Jun 092016


  • 96,000 miles
My child and I were driving down a busy interstate, 1100 miles from home. The vehicle was set on cruise control at 70 mph. Without warning, the car jerked. We had items that fell into the floorboard. I looked at my gauges and noticed the cars speedometer had gone to zero. The car began to coast even though the cruise control was still on. There was a lot of traffic on the interstate coming behind us. As I pushed the gas petal, the car would not go. I stopped the vehicle and called a Ford dealer and they had it towed. The next day we were told that it was a "catastrophic internal failure in the transmission" also, that it blew out sensors ect.. I have written Ford Motor Company regarding this issue and they state that there are no warranties or field service actions being taken and they urged me to contact with the Ford dealer servicing the vehicle with any discount or issues. The Ford Edge has less than 100,000 miles, and I know I am not the only one this has happened to. This is a serious public safety hazard. It could have caused us to wreck or a truck to rear end us and should I have contacted the Ford dealer then? I believe and investigation should take place before someone does gets hurt or killed. Again, there was no warning before this happened. The car is requiring a complete transmission to the sum of $5,382. I will have the receipt as soon as it's repaired. I cannot explain a cause other than an internal failure, as the Ford service man quoted. The car has 96,000 miles. Thank you for your assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any questions. Sincerely, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Richland Hills, TX, USA

problem #162

May 152016


  • 120,111 miles
My Edge started slipping when placed in drive so I would turn it off and turn it on until the slipping stopped after I placed it in a gear. After checking for recalls I saw several other owners complain about the same issue. The odometer screed did similar check as others coming up with dashes and cycling and checking through processes. The car was recently driven and the same slipping happened but this time it caused internal damage to the transmission. Most of the complaints I've read are in the same mileage range.

- Clermont, FL, USA

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