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:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,837 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.

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2008 Ford Edge electrical problems

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #86

Apr 072016


  • 143,000 miles


Same complaints as plenty of others. Driving on the freeway at 65 mph and the dashboard lights up with error*, the little screwdriver light came on, shows low tire pressure, the seatbelt/airbag light came on and the odometer stayed at zero. I couldn't accelerate and when I parked it, restarted it and tried to change gears it shook the car so hard and was so loud it could be heard inside the building. Something is terribly wrong with this model / year of vehicle and nothing is being done about it. This is the second time it has happened to my car. The first time it reset itself so the dealership couldn't find anything wrong with it. So now if I pay to have it towed to a shop and it resets itself before they can figure out what the problem is, which is looks as if nobody can figure it out, then its wasted money on a tow and a huge risk that this happening again. This is extremely dangerous and I'm in shock to see how many other people have experienced this and nothing has been done. As soon as I typed in "odo error" in google it auto filled my exact car - I didn't even have to type it, so even google knows this is a major malfunction.

- Pacific, WA, USA

problem #85

Mar 302016


  • 91,000 miles
Same complaint as dozens of other 2008 Ford Edge owners. Odo error comes up, almost all warning lights come on, tach and speedometer go to zero and car is stuck in gear making is almost impossible to accelerate from a stop. This has happened several times but is starting to happen more frequently and usually on the highway. This is clearly a dangerous defect that Ford needs to address asap before people are seriously injured.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #84

Mar 082016


  • 92,000 miles
Bought my 2008 Edge in 2012 and experienced issues with odo read error message and loss of power shortly there after. It happens most frequently on the freeway at higher rates of speed (60- 70 mph). I have had to pull off the freeway multiple times and restart the car. Have heard from a few that the sensors in the transmission are shorting out but have heard other things as well. Dealers refuses to look into problem and states since light is not on that they cannot read the code. This is dangerous as the vehicle is hard to keep speed and gain speed once this light comes on.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #83

Mar 232016


  • 117,700 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled and lost power. A wrench icon illuminated on the dashboard. The contact placed the gear in park and shut off the engine. The vehicle later restarted. The contact called a local dealer who requested that the vehicle be brought in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and transferred the contact to NHTSA. The failure was not diagnosed. The failure mileage was 117,700.

- Buchanan, TN, USA

problem #82

Feb 012016


  • miles
Back hatch door ajar light is on even when closed. The door will not lock and the interior lights stay on for a long time as a result.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #81

Jun 012015


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled independently. The accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to operate. The contact had to jiggle the gear for the vehicle to operate normally. The failure recurred four times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the cause of the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #80

Sep 042015


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that a warning light kept randomly flashing for the door sensor, which indicated that the door was not shut when the door was closed and vise versa for all four doors. The contact was unable to enter the vehicle unless the contact manually unlocked the doors from the outside. The internal dome light remained illuminated as the failure progressed. The vehicle was not inspected and diagnosed. The vehicle was to be taken to a dealer. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #79

Oct 032015


  • miles
Driver door ajar light remains on after closing the door several times. Once lights finally go out, it will pop right on again, even as I was driving. This is extremely dangerous, because we'll never know when the doors are ajar. Even bigger issue is the doors not being unlocked in the process. Just annoyed with this alltogether. Hopefully something will be done about it. It's draining the battery in the process. Thank you.

- St. Albans, NY, USA

problem #78

Jan 112016


  • 98,000 miles
Our vehicle began to stutter while driving down a 4 lane highway and then suddenly turned off while car was still in drive and in motion. Once the engine turned off on its own the power steering did not work making it difficult to steer to the side of road. Car was towed to dealership problem was noted as a faulty PCM which caused the coils to overheat and cause both the PCM and coil to fail. Coils was severely melted from overheating and may have eventually caught on fire. Ford was notified of the problem and states that the manufacture date was acknowledged in a tsb 14-0059 but that there is no responsibility of Ford Motor Company end. Cost to repair was $3000 due to tsb stating that customer needs to replace all coils and PCM with a unit that does not cause overheating and loss of power to car

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #77

Oct 142015


  • 135,000 miles
Auto transmission will not shift, engine revs and no power, wrench light airbag warning lights, dead speedo, odometer shows dashes. Had trans fluid changed. No help. I have seen several problems noted on the internet. Dealers are not fixing the problem by rebuilding the trans for several thousand dollars. The trans failing should not affect the various electrical problems associated with this incident. The system will reset if the engine is turned off and then restarted with nothing indicating a problem. There doesnt appear to be any codes set. I urge Ford to embrace these problems before someone is hurt because the trans "jumps" out of gear and causes an accident. This reported problem should not be "news" to your complaints department. I have chosen to always prefer a Ford products during my 50 years of driving and expect an honest, thorough and concise investigation be given to this problem.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #76

Oct 072014


  • 84,000 miles


Beneath the drivers seat, there is a loud sound that resignates throughout the vehicle. Also the electrical panel had to be replaced and sensors go off periodically.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #75

Jun 012015


  • 60,000 miles
About 3 months ago the drivers side front door ajar light was staying on and would not go away even the door was closed. We have been all kinds of other problems related to this problem such as door chimes going off randomly all the time the dome lights will not turn off when car is parked and shut off. The noise and lights are a major distraction. The other problem we have experienced with the vehicle but have had fixed is the two rear wheel bearings have been replaced. The first when the vehicle had only 36,000 plus or minus a thousand or two and the other when we only had 60,000 miles on vehicle. This is expensive and should not go bad in that short of time. We do not pull anything with the vehicle or drive it rough.

- Esko, MN, USA

problem #74

Jul 012015


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that the driver side door ajar warning indicator illuminated. The contact mentioned that the automatic door locks had not engaged and the interior dome lights remained illuminated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 72,000. The VIN was not available.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #73

Jun 282015


  • 143,000 miles
As I was driving, dash flashed "odo data error", then wrench light came on followed by airbag, tpm, engine light, basically all warning lights, odometer went to zero, loss of accelaration, pulled over and placed in park, car was revving high, turned car off and restarted, same, put on drive, stepped on gas, car revved but no movement. Turned car off and waited couple minutes, restated, warning lights disappeared, odometer back to actual mileage. Put on drive, step on gas, hesitation then loud transmission thump and car started moving again.

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #72

Jun 172015


  • 84,000 miles
Driving on the highway the instrument panel stopped working. The odometer dropped to zero while I maintained a steady speed along with gauge measuring RPM. Od data error message appeared. Airbag light and tire pressure lights came on as well. The acceleration immediately did not feel right. From a stop I had very weak acceleration almost none. It improved as I drove but did not feel normal.

- East Windsor, NJ, USA

problem #71

Jun 012015


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. Although the doors were closed, the dome light and the door ajar warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to an authorized dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- Stoneham, MA, USA

problem #70

May 292015


  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While driving approximately 45 mph, the speed decreased independently, the gauges on the instrument panel failed, and the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road where the engine was shut off and attempted to be restarted. The engine started to make an abnormal popping sound. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 126,000.

- Rockport, TX, USA

problem #69

Jan 012012


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and a failure code was located at the battery wires. The dealer replaced the battery and adjusted the wires; however, the failure was not corrected. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer for inspection. The dealer advised that the battery failed and needed to be replaced. The battery was replaced, but the failure was not corrected. The vehicle continued to stall. The contact called the dealer requesting information on NHTSA campaign number: 11V128000 (electrical system); however, the dealer stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 39,000.

- Staten Island , NY, USA

problem #68

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 #67

May 012015

Edge 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Rear turn signal and brake light overheated and started to melt the bulb and connectors.

- Tooele, UT, USA

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