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 1 of 6)

problem #106

Jan 162017


  • 100,000 miles


Rear taillights melting in their sockets.

- Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #105

Jan 042017


  • 75,000 miles
Found the vehicle with a dead battery this morning. Battery is only 1.5 months old. Jump started the vehicle and then found that while running and doors closed, the door ajar light was on and all dome lights. Checked all doors multiple times, still would not shut off. Tried to lock doors while engine running and since the car believed a door was opened it immediately unlocked all the doors. Not looking forward to traveling with a risk of a dead battery again or on the highway with no ability to lock the doors. Seems Ford has exact same issues with other models. They need to recall the 08S as well.

- Sandy Hook, CT, USA

problem #104

Dec 052016


  • 110,000 miles
My 2008 Ford Edge (since I brought it) has been having the same issue. When driving the vehicle, all of the lights on the panel will light up( wrench light, aigbag light, ire pressure light...etc) the odometer will go off and have only dashes, the car will then have a loss of acceleration. The car feels like it is trying really hard to stay in gear or change gears.this will happen on the highway going 60mph as well as local roads at lower speeds. I will have to put my hazards on and pull over on the side. We figured out that if you disconnect the cables on the battery for a few minutes then reconnect the car will then run again ok. This is a serious hazard. I have almost been hit several times on the highway due to this issue and have been hit from behind getting on the highway already. I have taken the car to Ford several times only to be told that there is "no code reading" so they can not diagnose the problem. I have researched this to find out if other Ford Edges have the same issue and I came across a slew of other Ford Edge owners with the same issue. I have contacted Ford several times to be told that there are no recalls on this.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #103

Nov 022016


  • 110,000 miles


While driving my 2008 Ford Edge, the "wrench" light comes on and my car loses all power. When I step on the gas it is like I am in neutral my car will not drive. This is extremely dangerous especially in traffic. I am so scared I am going to be rear-ended. I did a lot of research and found many others have the same issue. Apparently it is the electronic throttle body.

- Catasauqua, PA, USA

problem #102

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 #101

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 #100

Aug 192016

Edge 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While attempting to start the vehicle, it failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition coil, power control module, and catalytic converter failed and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000...updated 11/21/16

- Matamoras, PA, USA

problem #99

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 #98

Aug 082016


  • 128,000 miles
As everyone else, loses acceleration, shut off and it seems fine later. High RPM no power, as if it cant shift. No error lights, shaking along with sputtering when it has a load.....very dangerous as I drive major highway daily. Has been happening more frequently now

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #97

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 #96

Aug 222016


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While driving approximately 50 mph, the odometer and air bag indicators illuminated. Also, the speedometer was at zero. The contact drove to a stop sign and rolled to side. The vehicle was coasted to a fuel station and then towed to the contact's residence. A local dealer was contacted and asked that the vehicle be brought to the shop for diagnostic testing. The contact also stated that the battery was corroded. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Cadiz, KY, USA

problem #95

Jun 072016


  • 72,000 miles
The blinkers stop working. You do not know this until cop stops you. Upon inspection I found that the socket had melted and had that molted look to them. The light bulbs had burnt out. This needs to be looked into since it is a potential fire hazard. Here is another complaint in your records reagarding the same issue- crash:no fire:no number of injuries:0 number of deaths:0 manufacturer: Ford Motor Company vehicle identification no. (VIN): 2fmdk38C48B... summary: Rear turn light sockets burn up with no warning light to display that your rear lights no longer work. You do not know until the police pulls you over to tell you which can result in fines. I had to pay to replace both rear light sockets (approx. $150)

- Commerce Twshp, MI, USA

problem #94

Jul 182016


  • 145,000 miles
When I was driving to work all of a sudden my airbag and wrench light came on and I have no speedometer or tachometer reading. If I pulled over and starting driving again I had very little pickup even though the rpms were over 2,000. There is also a very loud clunk when you put it in drive or reverse.

- Menasha, WI, USA

problem #93

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 #92

Jun 102016


  • 84,781 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle began to jerk and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition coil exploded and damaged the PCM. Multiple coils and the PCM needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 84,781.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #91

May 302016


  • 130,100 miles
After driving for a while (roughly a few hours) the Edge does this hard jerk forward that feels like I'm practically being rear ended. It's like a hard pause, before it jerks forward. Then it gradually accelerates. Also, on a few occasions, while pulling out of a parking lot, the Edge did not want to accelerate though I was pressing on the gas. Mind you, I wasn't going fast because I had barely pulled out of the parking stall when this occurred. It barely accelerated then gradually came to a complete stop while in drive. This has also happened while I was exiting the freeway once. I initially thought my battery was the problem, but I had it replaced the following morning. I took it to the dealership and I was told nothing was wrong with it. This was the same response I got when I've taken it to Ford during the term of my warranty. I have noticed that if the "check engine light" isn't on, nor if you're not paid out of pocket, Ford does not recognize a problem. This problem is quite worrisome considering I'd hate to be stranded with my children in an intersection. I live in a very town (los angeles county) where traffic is steady and aggressive so knowing this problem can happen anytime is unsettling, especially because I have been rear ended once for not being able to proceed with traffic at a green light. 2008 Ford Edge, purchase in 2012

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #90

Jun 042016


  • 117,000 miles
Ac problems quit cooling.

- Springdale, AR, USA

problem #89

May 082016


  • 175,000 miles
Drivers side rear turn signal bulb melted the socket from excessive heat.

- Troy, IL, USA

problem #88

Oct 142015


  • 85,276 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While driving at any speed, the vehicle would lose power and acceleration, and jerk in addition, the air bag and tire pressure lights illuminated, the odometer gauge failed to provide the actual reading, and error code (odo) indicated a data error with no mileage. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who could not replicate the failure. The dealer diagnosed that the code output shaft sensor circuit and the output shaft sensor (no signal P0722) sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The tsso sensor was replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,276.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #87

Apr 062016


  • 149,000 miles
I have had to constantly replace the bulb for the driver side light enclosure. The bulb blows out shortly after replacing. Most recently it was changed on April 4th and blew out April 6th

- New Orleans, LA, USA

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