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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,936 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.

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #19

Jun 032014


  • 57,000 miles


I own a 2008 Ford Edge. Recently I noticed my Edge having a hard time shifting into fast mode. I took it to the Ford dealership, nothing is wrong. Today it was horrible!!! I get to the stop light, my Edge would not "take off" like the other cars. I sat there embarrassed for two mins trying to press the accelerator, Edge finally jerked and then took off. I am very disappointed in Ford. I can't believe they have not recalled this Edge. Now, I have to pay to get Edge fixed when Ford could fix the issue, . there are thousands of people complaining about this vehicle.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #18

Jun 122014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Entering highway and auto would not shift gears or accelerate. Stayed idle at over 5 RPM's and had to pull off the road. Seemed like a transmission problem. Towed to repair shop for assessment.still at shop. This vehicle on multiple occasions before this incident has regularly engaged in a violent jerk when I have engaged it in drive or reverse. Seems like a transmission issue but dealer wont do anything unless they can duplicate problem. I have seen and know of numerous other Ford Edge owners that have had the same issue and no fix has been found or dealer and Ford wont fix unless it duplicated the issue while they have the vehicle and most times its something not covered. This is a serious safety issue and they need to be held accountable.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #17

Jun 022014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I see similar complaints on your web site, about rough shifting into reverse from the parked position and when backing up from the drive position. Is there a planed recall for this issue?

- Redondo Beach, , CA, USA

problem #16

Apr 152013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


Investigation subject : electronic throttle body malfunction NHTSA action number: PE13003 must include 2008 Ford Edge to recall list!! had a very close call. Vehicle shut off while making turn with on coming traffic. Dealer says there is nothing they can do because this model is not included in the recall of the defective throttle bodies! there are way too many Ford Edge owners with this problem to be ignored in this recall. Thank you !

- Phioladelphia, PA, USA

problem #15

May 022014


  • 125,000 miles
Transmission seems to be a issue with the Ford Edge. Why has there not been a recall on this product? so many complaints on the Ford Edge transmission. I witness this first hand, May 2, 2014. While driving on the high way, my car out of know where seem to have lost power. The only thing that was moving was the RPM, but the car was slowing down. Finally after pulling to the side of the highway, and turning the car off, it reset some how and at least got me to work. I had to get the car towed from work back home because I did not want to run into the same issue. I did research and seems like I have not been the only one with this issue. Matter of fact there is a long list on you tube. What has Ford done to correct this issue. Other than repeatedly taking income from hard working consumers, for a issue that has not been resolved.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #14

Apr 152014


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that while at a complete stop, the malfunction indicator, the tire pressure monitoring system, and air bag warning lights illuminated. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle lost acceleration power and failed to shift gears. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 72,000.

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #13

Mar 142014


  • 71,000 miles


Exits off highway, car engine begins to stall. Car was taking to shop for repair car continues to stall, engine is in, and there is a code of a fuel system problem.

- Mayfield Heights, OH, USA

problem #12

Jan 222014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
For over a year when my car had less than 100K and still under extended warranty my transmission started slipping and slamming into gear on takeoff. I took to Ford dealer ship and they ran disnostics and found nothing wrong but reprogramed the computer. That did not fix the issue. The car continues to todays to slip and slam on take off, the odometer bounces and the engine start cutting out/loosing power. Again the dealer said if the computer is not setting codes they cannot fix. Now at 110K out of warranty the problem continues just getting worse. I believe by reading the blogs that this is a large issue that Ford knows about but refuses to admit bad transmission design and will not recall. I think they should either fix the issue at their cost or buy back the vehcile. I am sure the main issue is the cost to Ford to fix the issue and they know what the problem is. They are more worried their stock holders that their customers. I guess they will need a bailout if they keep this trend up. I used to hold Ford as a quality company, with quality products, but no longer. The foreign car companies are producing a better quality product. I just want my car fixed or replaced. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #11

Nov 062013


  • 125,300 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that the water pump malfunctioned and leaked into the engine, causing the engine to fail. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer to have the engine replaced. The contact did not have any issues with the engine after the engine was replaced. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 125,300.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #10

Aug 052013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Driving northbound on lake shore drive in Chicago, Illinois was accelerating on an incline and engine was racing but vehicle was losing power, made a popping noise, white smoke began billowing out of hood, lost all power was rolling to the nearest safety lane which was a turning lane just being opened by city workers when they said for me to get out of the car they saw flames coming out of the lower part of the engine. Had it towed to Ford dealer where mechanic stated there was a blown rod through the oil pan. The last oil change I had was 2/19/13 at 58,840 miles in car.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #9

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 #8

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 #7

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 #6

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 #5

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 #4

Jul 112012


  • 82,000 miles
Driving on freeway at 55mph, started up hill, motor had died. Was able to restart, but had less power. Once RPM's were above 2,000 would do reg. Speed. Got worse, left on road, later same day husband drove home, no problems. Same problem more often. Dealer changed sensor, as they were unsure of problem. Over $600. Has started doing same thing again. ## VIN failed ##

- Ft. Worth, TX, USA

problem #3

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 #2

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 #1

Dec 012008

Edge 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that the vehicle was being examined by an authorized dealer for routine maintenance when she was informed that the battery was corroded. As time progressed, the vehicle would not start. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start on five occasions. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 6,000. Updated 07/06/12 updated 07/12/12

- Lino Lakes, MN, USA

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