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:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,812 miles

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #52

Oct 022016


  • 116,000 miles


Driving at I275 to St petersburg, at 60mph the car made a loud noise from the engine and reduced gears abruptly, it felt like a hard braking from the engine, very hard. The RPM went skyrocket, the car lost power and wouldn't go over 45mph or it would do the same again. It looked like it was on a very low gear, as it was at 40mph doing almost 4000rpm... I stopped at a gas station, turned it of and let it sit for about 20 minutes. When I tried to go back rome, after 2 miles it did the same, it lost power. I drove back to the gas station and had it towed home.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #51

Aug 272016


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact mentioned that the accelerator pedal had to be depressed aggressively for the vehicle to move forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The technician stated that the throttle body may have failed and may need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 128,000. The VIN was not available.

- Flat Rock, NC, USA

problem #50

Aug 072016


  • 124,000 miles
Pulled in parking lot, put transmission in park, and engine began to increase in RPM to 2500-2600, I noticed driving home it seemed as if the cruise control was engaged (it was not). Applying the brake gently (would not correct)if brake was applied very firmly, it would finally let the RPM drop back to normal,

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #49

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 #48

Jul 062016


  • 104,000 miles
On approximately 7/6/2016, while in motion, traveling North on riverside drive -I-55 North, on the 2-lane overpass at I-55 & mclemore, 18 wheeler was to the right and I was behind another motorist in line and traveling about 70 mph with a line of vehicles behind, it was after work rush hour 4:45pm; when as I am driving the vehicle sputters, seemed to it lose power, decelerates in the middle of on going traffic. The engine light flashed and then stayed illuminated, I could not accelerate in order get off to the side of the highway and traffic was at a very fast flow. My sync system surged, A-C stopped blowing cold air, the vehicle started "missing" but the vehicle did not shut off. Took the vehicle to advance auto parts store and was told that I had a misfire in 3 of the ignition coils, bought replacement coils and had all 6 of them replaced. Start the vehicle and the engine light was cleared but came right back, the vehicle is still miss firing on the exact same coils this time along with the PCM. Out of hundreds of dollars at the moment and it looks like I will be out of $3000 to Ford for an issue that they know is faulty within the design of the computer. We've already paid $30,000 for the vehicle, why would Ford not recall and repair these issues if they are aware of it"??"

- Horn Lake, MS, USA

problem #47

Jan 172016


  • 218,032 miles
12/13/15 the first time the odo error light came on, it triggered other lights such as tire sensor, airbag deployed to come on after the odo error went away. Odometer didn't work. Turned car off, car would clunk heavily when switching gears. Took to dealer they switched out cable harness and battery.problem went away. 1/18/16 odo error light came on along with same O other lights as before, no odometer. Vehicle would not get out of second gear, ( turned off when arrived home). Next morning hard clunking into reverse just like previously vehicle in driveway no in motion. Seemed to stay in 2nd gear again. Turned into my husbands shop, garage where the vehicle seemed to be okay. Drove to work no big issues so far. Read up on line that 100's of consumers are having the same issue with the Ford Edge and the 2008 in particular seems to be the worst.

- Kennebunkport, ME, USA

problem #46

Dec 182015


  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, an abnormal noise emitted from underneath the vehicle. The instrument panel displayed all warning lights as the vehicle power was reduced. The contact maneuvered to side of the road to a complete stop. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.

- Greenwood Lake, NY, USA

problem #45

Jan 012009


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that the input output speed shaft sensor stopped working and caused the engine not to shift properly. In addition, while on an incline, the vehicle jerked forward and/or stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #44

Aug 012015


  • 83,000 miles
Takata recall - vehicle loses speed control power while driving. Wrench light comes on indicating service needed. When vehicle shuts off, resets itself and able to drive 100-150 miles and then the wrench light comes on again. Called dealership and was told that in order to identify the problem, the wrench light would have to be on for them to diagnose the issue. My sister does not drive much, so when it happened again, she happened to be close to an auto zone store and she stopped to have them to read the code in order to get the error reading. The code was P0715 - referring to turbine input speed shaft sensor. This is a safety issue and Ford should recall this as it is a known issue. I purchased this vehicle for my sister 6 months ago. At the the time in which I bought this car for my sister, 2 weeks later she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and cannot drive. She has her son or daughter to drive her to her medical appointments and where ever she needs to go. The last thing I need is for her to be involved in an accident and potentially die from a defect in which the manufacturer could have prevented. Ford needs to issue a recall on this before people are seriously injured or die. Why wait until something bad happens before you fix the issue is beyond anything that I can comprehend.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #43

Oct 112015


  • 85,000 miles
Vehicle unexpectedly and randomly displays odo data error on instrument panel, mileage and speedometer don't function, vehicle loses all power and does not accelerate. This resets itself after turning car off, removing key, then restarting car. When are you going to force Ford to issue a recall, when someone dies? there are hundreds if not thousands with same complaints. Here's a sample...

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #42

Mar 152015


  • 95,000 miles


Sometimes the transmission will not drive the car after a stop or if changing from drive to reverse or reverse to drive. RPM will go very high and only move the car very slowly. At other times there will be a bad shift or a strange sound. This can happen any time, when first starting out for the day, after running for a time, after a long drive or after stopping for a turn, red light, stop sign or just slowing down. The dealer says there is nothing wrong. Also noise coming from the rear while in motion. I believe the sensors are intermittent as I had a similar problem with my Dodge Caravan which went away after I replaced the sensors myself because the repair station told me there was nothing wrong after 3 attempts to have the problem rectified. You are all supposed to be professional experts so fix the problem.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #41

Oct 072015


  • 85,000 miles
I was driving out of town for a work meeting with an employee. Only going approx 45-50 mph, all the sudden the speedometer drops to 0 along with the mileage on my car(just dashes), then the airbag light came on and a wrench light came on then few minutes later the tire pressure light. We were coming up on a red light so I slowed down and stopped. When the light turned green I pressed my gas pedal and the car went no where. I slowly moved to the side of the road and shut my car off. I was hoping to make it to the gas station 2 miles up the road. I waited a few minutes turned my car back on a very odd noise happened the speedometer was back on and the lights were gone, I went to put the car in D and the odd noise again, pushed the gas to accelerate and nothing. Currently my car is on the side of the road waiting a tow 1 hour away from home. I'm lucky my children were not with me when this occurred, it could have been very dangerous. This was my first experience with this, not only dangerous but very embarrassing with an employee in my car as well.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #40

Jan 012015


  • 70,000 miles
I have a 2008 Ford Edge, I have been noticing over the past few months that at random times the car will lurch forward when accelerating as if it suddenly received a burst of speed. One day I was at a stop light and I took my foot off the brake so that I could drive and the car wouldn't move and when I pressed harder on the accelerator there was a loud bang noise that sounded like the car suddenly clicked into drive. It has been happening more and more often where it lags and sticks and lurches forward when it finally wants to go. Today, it had serious issues where I was trying to accelerate and the car was instead slowing down and lurching forward with the sound of the engine straining and making noise. I had to pull over because the cars behind me had to go around me. I was extremely nervous that the car would stall in the middle of the road or cause an accident. When I pulled over and turned the car off and then turned it back on the problem seemed to lessen I only drove at a low speed to avoid an accident. I have two children and this car is unsafe to drive. I will take it to the dealership asap. It also rolls backward on an incline. Ford needs to do a recall on this vehicle because I have done some online research today and see that many many people have experienced the same problems. This is an extremely dangerous issue and needs to be addressed.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #39

Sep 092015


  • 96,400 miles
My transmission is being replaced at 96,400 miles. I've been having intermittent problems where it would clunk when shifting to the next gear. I've paid hundreds of dollars between 2 Ford dealerships and 2 automotive repair shops just to try to figure out what the issue is. But last week as I started my 30 mile drive home, my car stopped shifting. Now I'm paying roughly $5,000 to get a transmission in my car. On top of paying $200 for a rental car during all of this. This vehicle needs to be recalled!

- Gig Harbor, WA, USA

problem #38

Aug 242015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle experienced a loss of acceleration and the odometer went blank as there was a sudden increase of engine rpms. The contact mentioned that the wrench light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Choctaw, OK, USA

problem #37

Jun 112013


  • 52,348 miles
While driving on freeway with children in car on freeway, car suddenly made a hard sound, speedometer dropped to 0 instantly, all dash board lights came on, RPM stayed between 2 and 3, once traffic slowed and accelerator was eased off of car began to slow and would not pick back up speed when pressed again- even when pushed all the way down. I pulled over to the shoulder and turned the engine off. Then turned it back on. Then I tried to put it into gear. The engine sound as if gas was being given to engine from accelerator and RPM was stuck at 2-3, when put into gear, car jolted really hard and moved ever so slowely when I tried to drive it back into traffic to get my family off freeway, even when I pressed pedal all the way to the floor, car barely moved. I had to keep trying multiple times to turn engine off, try to put it in gear, and get car going just to get it off freeway to safety. Car eventually pulled into gear and drove normally after several tries. A single mother, with infant and older child on board, on a very busy freeway is very, scary scary scary. This happens often on either the freeway (driving fast) or driving out of the park's parking lot at slow pace. Car slips out of gear or something and will not accelerate when I give it gas.

- Chatswirth, CA, USA

problem #36

Aug 042015


  • 88,400 miles
Pulling out of a parking lot turning right tried to accelerate significant amount of traffic behind me after turning and I couldn't go anywhere. Pulled into the nearest parking lot approx. 50 feet or more piled into parkin spot. Then sat for a couple inured wrench illuminated on dash board. Tried to back up to straighten vehicle and it made a loud clunk noise when putting in reverse. After turning off car went to restart after 30 minutes car made loud clunk again without being in gear. At this time it isn't a recalled item just. Tsb and not getting any resolution as to why this isnt a recall item. Approx. 45 minutes prior to this incident I was on the highway driving the speed limit. What would have happened if the failure occurred at this point. Thank god it didn't as I wouldn't be writing this letter. For the safety of others this should be considered a recall item.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #35

Jul 232015


  • 100,000 miles
On 07-23-2015 at 10:30 am est I was driving to work at the rate of 50 mph all of a sudden the vehicle stopped. The odometer/speed gauge stopped and the engine stalled. After consulting with Ford and another mechanic shop they indicated this is a known issue with the throttle position sensor. However there are no recalls for this defect. This is a clear safety issue as the sudden loss of power and stoppage of the vehicle could have injured me or killed me or possible injured or killed other people. It appears this is a know safety issue that Ford has no plans to remedy even though it could lead to loss of life. Respectfully, gregory harden mba

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

problem #34

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 #33

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

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