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

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2008 Ford Edge electrical problems

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #26

Nov 132013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles


My wife and I purchased our Ford Edge used from a dealer, it is the limited model. Drove the car for a few days after our purchase and everything seemed fine. On the third day I noticed my drivers side rear indicator lamp wasn't working. On inspection the bulb and socket were melted together and I was unable to remove the bulb. Both filaments in the bulb were in-tact. The failure appeared to be related to the socket getting so hot that it actually melted and failed. I have not checked the rear passenger side but I'm assuming I will find a burned socket.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #25

Aug 012013

Edge 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated while driving various speeds, the doors unlocked unexpectedly and the door ajar light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the mechanic stated the door lock assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 67,000. The current mileage was 68,400. Updated 12/23/13 the consumer stated the doors would not stay locked. He would lock them, and they would unlock again. Also, the interior lights would stay on. The consumer had to disconnect the battery. Updated 12/24/13

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #24

Jul 262013

Edge 6-cyl

  • miles
Rear drivers side turn signal lamp went out, when I went to replace bulb I noticed rear tail lamp turn signal-parking lamp sockets are burnt and would seem to be a possible fire hazard, other people have complained about other Ford vehicles with the same condition. But Ford doesn't seem to think there is a problem.

- Great Falls, MT, USA

problem #23

Jul 122013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 102,550 miles


When using the correct bulbs as listed by Ford, both rear tail light bulbs continue to melt/burn in their sockets causing frequent bulb failure, smoldering of the socket, and small fire without warning! do a simple online search and you will see how common an issue it is amongst 2008 Ford Edge owners, yet Ford denies all claims!

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #22

Jun 302013


  • 65,000 miles
When replacing my left rear signal light I noticed that the base of the turn signal bulb was melted. I removed the bulb and replaced with a new one and the turn signal worked fine. Even though the right rear signal light was working, I went to replace it as well and noticed that it too had a melted bulb base.

- Kenmore, WA, USA

problem #21

May 012013


  • 76,800 miles
Upon driving home noted my left turn signal was blinking quickly - which I assumed (and found to be correct that the bulb was out. Upon arriving home, I check the lights. It was difficult to see, however, I found the light bulb for rear/backup, and turn signal was out, and then noted that my left read lamp/bulb (larger) bulb was black, melted, and required plyers to remove from socket. It appeared to overhead/melt. Replacement bulb did work, but uncertain as to the use of the blackened socket. Rear brake/tail light socket on the left rear of vehicle has overheated and melted the plastic around lamp. Lamp was burnt out. Not sure what caused the high heat problem. No fuse was blown, new bulb worked in socket.

- Great Mills, MD, USA

problem #20

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 #19

Apr 032013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Rear brake/tail light socket on both the left and right rear of vehicle have overheated and melted the plastic around lamp. Lamp was burnt out. Not sure what caused the high heat problem. No fuse was blown, new bulb worked in socket. This problem has happened twice in the last two months.

- Urbana, IL, USA

problem #18

Mar 052013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 41,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly jerked and all the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was able to be driven to the dealer who stated that the computer system needed to be reset. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified and a complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 41,800.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #17

Mar 152011

Edge 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Tail lights burn up, melt. Sockets are burned black......

- Buffalo, MN, USA

problem #16

Jan 122013


  • 42,000 miles


Melted rear turn signal socket. It is the second time I have to change the light bulb and socket. This is dangerous!

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #15

Nov 082012


  • 69,000 miles
Rear tail light socket is melted.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #14

Oct 052012

Edge 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I noticed at a stop light, when making a left turn, the inside indicator was blinking fast, telling me I had an issue. Once home, I checked my turn signals, driver side was not working at all. Had my son change the bulb and found the plastic at the base of the bulb was severely melted. The socket was darkened but still in working order, replaced the bulb and is working for now. Went to Ford dealer that I bought the vehicle from and they said they knew nothing about this issue with other Edge's. (what ever !) I wanted them to look and the socket and harness but they wanted $98 just to "check it out". and of course, I'm out of the 30 month / 36K warranty. Good thing I carry full coverage, because if the car burns to the ground, you can bet I won't be buying another Ford.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #13

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 #12

Aug 102012


  • 45,000 miles
Rear tail lights stopped working. Upon inspection the bulb connector and socket had over heated and melted.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #11

Jul 212010

Edge 6-cyl

  • 30,313 miles
Burnt out turn signal bulb. Upon installation of new bulb I found the socket to be melted on both sides. Took car into Ford dealership where they replaced the sockets and inserted new bulbs. A few months later another burnt bulb with discolored sockets. Changed bulb again. Now I'm up to about 6 bulb changes with 4 being done by the dealer.

- Saginaw, TX, USA

problem #10

Apr 262012

Edge 6-cyl

  • 66,800 miles
I own a 2008 Ford Edge. I have had it for just over 30 days and have had problems with it since the week that I purchased it. I have had it to the dealership several times and they are telling me that since there are no codes reading out and no light on and that they cant replicate the problem that they don't know what to do. I am supposed to monitor and call back with worse symptoms. I called them in Thursday because I was on my way to work and my car skipped the whole way up a hill on the highway and when I got to the top of it my car completely powered down and shut off with the key still in the ignition and in the in position. I had to get off the road very quickly to avoid being hit by a 18 wheeler. I am happy that my child was not in the car but I am now scared for my family and my safety as well as others. Severely unhappy with this vehicle!!!!!

- Stevens , PA, USA

problem #9

Jan 262012


  • 56,790 miles
The audio system in my 2008 Edge contains a gps and sirius satellite radio as well as the normal options. One morning, the sirius radio reception was degraded to the point that the signal could only be heard weakly at full volume. I worked through the diagnostics with sirius and was told that it was a Ford hardware problem. I took the car to the Ford dealer, who charged me $98 to run a diagnostic that pointed to a broken antenna mount assembly, with a price tag of $600 before labor. I did not accept the offer. Two weeks later, the problem suddenly resolved itself and reception returned to normal. At no time during this process did I mess with the connections to the receiver (in the spare tire compartment) or the "antenna" that sits on the spoiler.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #8

Apr 052012

Edge 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Melted rear directional socket. It is the third time I have to change the light bulb.

- Parkland, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 212009

Edge 6-cyl

  • 100 miles
Ongoing transmission issues since purchased new. Been to repair for more than 17 days and issues still remain unresolved. Took car in for regular scheduled oil changes and approximately 30,000 miles the camphasers ( Ford admitted wrong camphasers had been installed) were replaced. Coolant problem discovered as well when vehicle engine was removed. Odd odor coming from heater, when vehicle returned after camphaser and coolant issue did not resolve situation, and vehicle returned to galpin Ford service, was told that axle and bearing were broken and that the steering wheel was not in proper position. I am deeply concerned for other Ford Edge owners as well as members of the public who may be affected by vehicle that does not properly engage and appears to stall before moving forward.... this is an enormously serious issue, that should not be ignored. Reading the prior complaints, tells me this is not a new problem, and that consumers and Ford are aware of the transmissions issues. Please assist.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

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