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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,358 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.

2008 Ford Edge steering problems

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 232015


  • 90,346 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the power steering failed and caused the vehicle to crash into a guardrail and flip over. The contact did not sustain injuries. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,346.

- Running Springs, CA, USA

problem #8

Apr 172015

Edge 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Vehicle lost all power steering function while driving.

- Westbury, NY, USA

problem #7

Sep 172014

Edge 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Vehicle lost all power while driving in traffic and steering locked when turning the corner at intersection causing loss of control of vehicle. This has happened on several occasions under random conditions. Weather conditions, vehicle temperature, speed, direction, braking or acceleration does not have any factors when this happens. The vehicle shuts off randomly and power is lost. No codes or warning of any kind. Ford factory has investigated, wiring harness to the mass airflow sensor has been replaced but still continues to have the same problem.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 162013

Edge 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


On Saturday, November 16th. Between the hours of 5pm and 7pm, while driving, we were heard a "popping" noise from the front of the car. We also noticed the windshield cracking and thought the noise was from the window cracking. When we arrived home, the car was in the garage sitting and we heard the car "pop" again. The same thing happened Sunday while going to church and home. Monday morning on the 19th, my wife parked in the school parking lot to attend a school meeting and when she came out, the hood was up and the front was popped up. We took it to the local Ford dealer and they indicated that the strut tower failed. The mechanic indicated I would not be able to drive it because it was a safety risk. They were surprised that my wife was able to drive and glad that it did not totally fail. It was indicated that the metal on the frame of the strut tower fatigued and it caused the strut tower to pop up. I have pictures if anyone would like it. The vehicle mileage at the time of incident is an estimate. It may be a little less.

- Lathrop, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 032012


  • 57,970 miles
Around 57,900 miles, a clicking sound appeared whenever the wheel was turned to the left more than half way. The sound became progressively louder over the next few weeks. The sound only occurred in left turns and the sound came from the right front. The problem was diagnosed as a failed bearing in the right cv shaft. Replacement of the shaft cost $600. According to the shop, this is an unusual failure for a car of this mileage.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 242011


  • 33,000 miles
My wife was driving the vehicle and upon acceleration from a complete stop, the vehicle randomly would go into a "neutral-like" state. Rpms would increase dramatically, but the car would crawl between 3-5mph. The message, "od read error" would display on the dashboard, power steering would go out and brakes would not respond well (it was as if the car had turned off). When shifting from drive to park or reverse, the vehicle would jerk forward violently, as if rear-ended. Once the car was turned off and started again, the problem would go away. We brought the vehicle to the dealership multiple times and the dealership even determined that the transmission needed to be replaced. This was only at 37,600 miles. The dealer said it was a transmission issue, but it appears to be an on-board computer issue as well. After transmission was replaced, 5 weeks later had issue with shifting into first gear. Vehicle shifted very hard into first gear. Car is back down at the dealership again. Wrote a letter to Ford expressing my concern and requested the car be repurchased, they denied my request.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 292011


  • 28,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. The contact was driving 60 mph when the power steering function failed. The contact was not able to steer because the steering wheel seized. The contact was able to merge to the shoulder where the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer noticed that the power steering belt disconnected from the lower crank shaft pulley and the crank shaft pulley was re-attached. The contact stated that the belt should not have fallen off the crank shaft pulley and believed the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 28,000.

- Crown Point, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 072008


  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While driving approximately 60 mph on normal road conditions, there was excessive vibration and unintended resistance when the steering wheel was turned. The driver had to exert greater force to turn the steering wheel. The failures occurred intermittently and without warning. The contact made several attempts to maneuver the steering wheel before it resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and they stated that the power steering pump failed, which had already been replaced twice. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on seven separate occasions for identical failures. The rack and pinion was replaced twice, including all of the hydraulic lines and oil cooler components in the power steering system. The failures continued without any resolution. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 3,000 and current mileage was 13,200.

- Walterboro , SC, USA

problem #1

Mar 162009


  • 10,908 miles
Events leading up to failure: Was driving car at a very slow rate of speed (less than 5 mph) making a right hand turn into a commercial shopping center. Failure: Upon making turn, I heard a "pop" noise. After trying to accelerate the vehicle, it would not move. I got out of the car and noticed that the wheel had become detached from the axle and was only attached to the vehicle by the strut. Bearings had fallen out of the related components and the wheel was at approximately a 60% angle with the pavement (other wheel was fine and was perpendicular to pavement). Correction of failure: Towing truck responded and the vehicle is currently being serviced under the manufacturers warranty. Initial report from the service team is that it is most likely manufacturer defect. I have been told that all parts related in accident will be replaced or refurbished to maintain 100% working order.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

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