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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
57,100 miles
Total Complaints:
19 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (12 reports)
  2. replace engine (2 reports)
  3. install new computer chip (1 reports)
  4. only solution is to buy a new car (1 reports)
  5. replace starter wire and battery (1 reports)
  6. replace the entire computer (1 reports)
2008 Ford Edge engine problems

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments

problem #19

Jan 192017

Edge Limited 4 Wheel Drive 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,306 miles


This has now happened several times, each repair shop tells me it might be the water pump, which is $170.00 but it will cost $1800.00 to open it up and see, if not the water pump (which is internal to the engine on this model) If not the water pump you have just wasted $1800.00. recommend replacing the new engine, used is $3900.00 new is $9,000.00. This is total inexcuseable to have something like a water pump go out and have to spend that kind of money to replace it. The engineer that designed this should be fired. If I put either a used or new engine in there is no guarantee this will not happen again. No need to wonder why car buyers are going to foreign manufacturers. Does any one know if a different engine with an external water pump can be put in this model ford?

- alvinr, Santa Clarita, CA, US

problem #18

Jan 232017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

My 2008 ford edge car just stalled at the light...wrench light came on and would not go off. There was no warning before this happened. eventually made it home but with much pressing hard on the gas.

Turned car off and turned it back on and the wrench light came off.

Does anyone know why this has happened???

- Enid H., White Plains, NY, US

problem #17

Oct 172016

Edge Limited 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Apparently this is a known issue with 2007-2008 model Edges. (TSB 07-21-11) Involves having to replace TSS and OSS sensors in the transmissions. Seeing replacement quotes of $600-$1300 to repair. Car will lose acceleration and eventually stop in traffic if you cannot reach the roadside in time. Will not move under it's own power afterwards. No choice but to wait for several minutes before crossing your fingers and trying again. A severe known safety issue that Ford should recall, or at least discount repairs. By all the reports, it looks like a "Not if it will happen, but when it will happen" issue. Would not have bought if I knew about this issue beforehand.

- bodine465, Gig Harbor, WA, US

problem #16

Jan 142016

Edge SE 3.5L 6 cyl 6a

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles


I just recently paid off the vehicle and I never got a warning or check engine light of an issue with the car. While driving on the coldest winter evening for the year to date, the car started stalling while idling at the light . I was able to restart after a few minutes but continued to happen. I decided to put antifreeze once I reached a gas station and then coolant started to leak. Prior to this their was no warning prior to this day. I did notice that while driving when getting on expressway sometimes it would take a few minutes for the car to pick up in speed, not going over 40mph. My blower motor went out 2 years into purchasing the vehicle. I thought the check engine was to give a indicator or a potential problem. I feel the Ford Edge O8 needs a complete recall.

I am not sure if my vehicle will be worth keeping. I am going to take it into the dealer to have check out. which to do a complete diagnostic will cost $279.

Wheres the technology, I bought into, I was proud to buy and American Car especially at the time when the American Car Market was dismal. I think there are some flaws in the vehicle that Ford has not taken accountability for. Again I am a strong believer in buying American, but with this experience, I am highly doubtful that I would go this route again.

Update from Jun 10, 2016: The water pump failed, which is in the engine. This caused fluid to leak into the engine which cause the engine to die.

There was no indication of a problem, no check engine lights , nothing. The cost to fix it $ 8200

Why is the water Pump in the engine and why is the no insulation to prevent leakage into the engine. Ford will take no responsibility.

- gingerpayne, Brooklyn, US

problem #15

Sep 082015

Edge SEL 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

I'm so annoyed with this vehicle. I've only had the vehicle for less than a year and have the following problems .

* Stalling * Clunks and jumps into gear in reverse really loud sounds like a car accident. * driving around 70mph sometimes i hear loud clunk and jumps into gear. * Problems going uphill in reverse or over little 1 inch sidewalks. * Driving under 30mph car feels like its hesitating .. kinda jerking motion back and forth. * Front driver side and passenger side window pillars are a big ass blind spot . almost hit walking pedestrians. * Driver side headlight went out for a month cause car needed software update . Warranty didn't cover update * $100 deductible every time car gets serviced with the warranty.

Car looks sexy but drives worse than my 99 Buick century. Last week my 08 Edge was parked in a parking lot turned on car stalled turned off and back on would not engage in reverse almost drove straight into parked car. Scared to take my foot off the brake I put car from reverse to neutral and slowly back in reverse and heard it engage and pulled out.. Ford mechanic says they cant replicate stalling so theres nothing wrong with the car. I was mad cause my 1 month old baby girl was in the car with me.

Update from Aug 14, 2016: Car stalled in reverse while parking . This is a serious problem.

- lastgemeni, Bronx, NY, US

problem #14

Jan 012013

Edge 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

My 28 yr old son was with me on the carpool lane on the 10 freeway when everything went out. The radio went out the dashboard went out. The speedometer went out & the wrench light came on the car had barely any power. I quickly pulled off the freeway & I could hear the engine of the car so quiet..I called Carmax & they gave me a tow company # because they said car was still on warranty only had it for 1 yr 1/2!.. I was so scared because I was trying to get off the freeway hoping not to get hit @ 65-70 mph!.. the dealer said it was the car's computer chip!..Once it was replaced now all I can complain about is when driving sometimes there is a kick to acceleration??..what else!?

- Selma M., San Bernardino, US

problem #13

Dec 262014

Edge SEL 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 176,000 miles


Driving 45 mph and engine stalls, just quit running. Was able to coast to middle turn area to wait on tow to service shop. First diagnosis was bad thermostat, even though engine light never came on. After replacing thermostat and road test it was determined the thermostat had incinerated into the engine, cause overheating damage to the cams and burned pistons. A total engine replacement was only option.

After hours investigating, same type issues with this same engine and calls to service manager for directions, nothing has been solved.

- kpaul836, Sandia, TX, US

problem #12

Apr 092014

Edge Limites V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

I am so upset that this has happened. I can't believe that Ford expects me to incur this expense when the vehicle only has 76,000 miles on it. The computer should not have gone bad this soon. We take good care of our vehicles. There's obviously some kind of defect with the computer, and I think Ford should step up and take care of it.

Has anyone else had this problem with their computer system?

- nwelch, Macon, GA, US

problem #11

Jan 072014

Edge Limited AWD V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

This problem has been occuring since new and has been in numerous times.. Dealer is unable to duplicate.

Since this is an AWD vehicle; problem may be associated with this feature.

- Joe F., Tijeras, NM, US

problem #10

Jan 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Did it again. Driving at low speed (turnabout) the Edge lost power steering . This time the engine didn't appear to kill as it usually does. This is dangerous! Our car stalls out at low speeds and sometimes higher speeds. The Ford mechanics can't figure it out; they can't recreate the problem. We are losing patience.

- dredske, Pardeeville, WI, US

problem #9

Nov 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


Our 2008 Ford Edge stalls after starting. The engine will turn over, but fizzles out after a few seconds and has to be restarted 2-3 times before it will stay running. It does have a few occasional "jerks" when you are driving at full speed, too. Several times the car has stalled in a the middle of a turn and, of course, you lose power steering. It also may stall just as you accelerate after stopping at a stop sign. These are dangerous conditions. The "wrench" light goes on and off occasionally, too. I have had it to my Ford Dealership about 6-8 times now. They can't figure it out. They have replaced the alternator and some throttle part. They really don't know why this keeps happening, and cannot fix the problem because nothing is registering. This is a huge safety issue.

- dredske, Pardeeville, WI, US

problem #8

Jun 262011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

My car had to be towed!!!! I am stranded and now being told that it is NOT covered under warranty. Go figure. Why do you sucker people into buying this piece of sh*t warranty? Just be honest and say we are ripping you off and you are a stupid sucker for buying this, because no matter what your piece of sh*t Ford needs, you will have to pay it all. I cant afford 700.00 thank you very much!!!! I hate you Ford!

- conniedean214, Jericho, VT, US

problem #7

Jun 152010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles

I have an Edge and one day well running erands the starter stuck. We managed to get it started and continued on our day. A few weeks later I stopped at a gas station not more then two minutes form my work when I came back out and tried to start the car the starter stuck again. My husband managed to get it started. I decided to take it to the dealership (less then a mile away), as I was turning into the parking lot the car shut off completely. They told me that it was my battery and my fuel pump.

One of the reasons that I purchased this vehicle was for it's safety features. I have a road trip planned for the end of the month traveling from New Mexico to Texas and the thought of it breaking down at high speeds or in the middle of nowhere makes me feel well not so safe. I have never had any issues with any other ford that I have owned but this one is not thier best work.

- Michelle B., Rio Rancho, NM, US

problem #6

May 222009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

This Ford Edge I'm commenting on was an Avis rental car. I picked it up in Portland, OR, and it died twice at stop lights on the way to pick up our group for a ride to Seattle. I called the rental place and they had no more SUVs, which I had to have. So I hoped for the best and kept it. Once on the road, we were stuck in traffic in PDX and the car died repeatedly. As others have said, the steering stopped working and I had to put it in park, restart it, and continue...until it died the next time. By far the worst time was when it died on a very steep hill at a stop light in Seattle. The problem was hit or miss (didn't die every time), but the car idled very roughly at all times. Avis, to their credit and my gratitude, took me at my word when I complained; and they took a major portion off my bill without contesting my story at all. I got the feeling they may have heard this before. I would NEVER again rent or own a Ford Edge. It was a significant and potentially dangerous problem.

- jenlp, Denver, NC, US

problem #5

Apr 242009

Edge SEL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles

3rd Time this has happened to me. I do not remember the dates and mileage to fill out additional complaints. Two months into owning the vehicle It stalled on the highway doing 60 MPH.Approx 2k miles on it. Didn't happen again for over a year. I now have had the vehicle 18 months and it has happened 2 more times. Once driving on a local street at approx. 25 MPH and Again on the Highway at Approx 60 MPH. Ford unable to recreate the problem

Update from May 26, 2009: Update:

Happened again. stalled while going around a turn at about 15 mph. 4th time since we had the vehicle. Can't wait until my lease is up.

- Ken Y., Edgewater, NJ, US

problem #4

Feb 132009

Edge Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,450 miles

Car is driven by my Wife. Car stalled in the middle of Hway with my child on board. Very dangerous to drive and we have had 3 occurrences in less than a month. FORD Can not find problem

- Renato Q., Miami, FL, US

problem #3

Feb 162009

Edge Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles

Car Stalled again 2 days after taking it to FORD dealer to check on same issue. No Solutions.

- Renato Q., Miami, FL, US

problem #2

Oct 142008

Edge Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 714 miles

Two weeks after I bought this vehicle I was slowing down for a red light and the vehicle just turned off with no warning. The dash board went blank and nothing registered. I had no power steering the the brakes went stiff. I shut the car off and turned it back on and it had no problem after that. I brought it to the dealer and they cannot duplicate problem. This is a huge safety issue.

- Tracy 5., Pittsfield, MA, US

problem #1

Nov 062008

Edge Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,329 miles

The morning of November 6, 2008, I was driving my son to daycare and I was going approximately 45 mph, and my car just shut off (stalled out). I had to muscle the car over to side of road because my power steering was gone and braking got stiff. Nothing registered on the dash board, it was completely dark. I turned car off and turned back on with no problems. I drove it to the dealership where they had it for the day and it did not duplicate for them. They don't know why this keeps happening, and cannot fix the problem because nothing is registering. This is a huge safety issue. It just stalled out at 45 mph with my son in is car seat. Luckily no one got hurt!!!

- Tracy 5., Pittsfield, MA, US

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