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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,737 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 transmission problems

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2008 Ford Edge Owner Comments

problem #17

Oct 262016

Edge 6-cyl

  • miles


2008 Ford Edge transmission issues. The transmission does not shift properly and sticks in gear and shifts very erratically. It happens at least once a day or more depending on how often it is driven. The car has become unresponsive at different times to the the gas pedal and has actually shut off in the middle of the road, we were able to coast barely to safety. From reading Ford forums it is a very common problem, and Ford knows about it but will do nothing to correct the problem. We do not feel safe many times driving the car not knowing what the transmission will or won't do next, .

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #16

Apr 122015


  • 90,000 miles
I have a 2008 Ford Edge. I have been putting up with many issues until the last one I experienced last year. My usual problems have been when on an incline & trying to go forward, the car will go backwards causing you to have your foot on the brake and the gas at the same time so you will not hit the car behind you. Also the transmission shifts very hard. When driving the vehicle will jerk for no apparent reason. But the last problem that caused me to park the vehicle was when it just stopped accelerating in the middle of traffic. I was fortunate to be able to coast to a nearby parking lot. I am afraid to drive this vehicle now. I cannot afford to take it to a dealership to have repairs right now.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #15

Nov 142011

Edge 6-cyl

  • miles
My vehicle is a 2008 and it only has 109,000 miles on it and I started to hear a whining sound, brought it to the auto mechanic and they said that it might be something in the transmission such as a bearing. Well to my surprise they transmission dealer advised me that I needed a whole new transmission. Transmissions are supposed to last a long time and this is very unexpected. $3800 for a new transmission. I have always heard a clunking sound coming from the transmission when it shifted gears or when I put in in reverse.

- Hamburg, NJ, USA

problem #14

Jul 052011

Edge 6-cyl

  • 68,500 miles


The vehicle would at different times, have trouble shifting from park to reverse, in drive, etc. It sounded like the transmission was broken. This problem would arise, and then go away. The first time the dealership reset the computer, and it ran fine for weeks, then the problem came about again, and went away, the last time around Sept 18th, it was worse, so I had it towed and repaired. The dealership replaced the output shaft sensor and turbin shaft sensor at a cost of $700. I was impelled to report a concern, after seeing other concerns on line for the same issues, and a customer of mine who has an Edge is experiencing the same issues. Ford Motor Company, and the dealerships do not seem to want to seriously address this issue, and I felt like they were trying to avoid admitting to a major problem.

- Brodnax, VA, USA

problem #13

Jun 012010

Edge 6-cyl

  • 48,965 miles
2008 Ford Edge has a serious safety concern that needs to be addressed immediately. The Ford dealership and Ford Motor Co. Refuse any more repair attempts of defective vehicle. While driving at speeds between 40-65 mph without any warning or symptom the vehicle will suddenly make an extremely loud bang and violent jerk of the entire vehicle as if being rear ended. This occurs so fast and quickly that it is over almost as soon as it began. This is such a frightening and distractive ordeal for not only the driver but also the other occupants that family is afraid to use the vehicle. It is as if the transmission slips for a second then violently reengages. The problem first occurred in May 2010 @ 48K miles. Now after 13K miles, 6 months and 7 tries at repair/diagnosis at Ford dealerships and hours on the phone with Ford dealers and Ford Motor Co. The problem still exists! I really feel that Ford was just stalling and not admitting to defect/malfunction in order to let the 5yr - 60K mile powertrain warranty expire. The truth is no vehicle in the world is engineered/built to take this physical punishment and not fail. I believe if this issue is not resolved it will lead to a catastrophic failure, and I pray that no one is injured.

- Dunbarton, NH, USA

problem #12

Apr 202010


  • 66,000 miles
2008 Ford Edge - transmission and acceleration defect. Our Edge hesitates when accelerating after a stop and then jumps forward violently. Sometimes it will not go at all. Afraid of running into something. We got the throttle body replaced. Now the car will not change gears. RPM are over 7 and car won't go past 20 mph. We have had it in the shop 3 times for the same problem. Because it often runs fine and then suddenly has this issue where it won't go, it could cause a serious accident on a highway. I've seen many, many other people complaining about this same car, same issue all over the web. Ford needs to do something. Started in April '10, issue still not fixed as of Aug '10.

- York, PA, USA

problem #11

Jul 242010


  • 56,000 miles


2008 Ford Edge, transmission issues. Car acted like the brakes were on then when I went to the next stop sign I could not go forward, when trying to change gears it sounded like the whole engine was falling out. This is a dangerous situation had I been out in a busy city, and stuck in the middle of the road etc...

- Sedalia, MO, USA

problem #10

Jun 012010


  • 18,000 miles
Major hesitation when pushing on the gas pedal after coming to a stop or trying to pass someone. Happens frequently (every day). Ford dealer said they found no problems.

- Vineland, NJ, USA

problem #9

May 012010


  • 26,000 miles
2008 Ford Edge AWD 26K miles purchased used. Transmission shifts slow. Varies under different load and throttle positions. Some times slips between 2 to 3 shifts. Noticed the day purchased.

- Fairfield, NJ, USA

problem #8

May 212010


  • 34,000 miles
Having transmission issues. When accelerating from a stopped position, the automatic transmission delays in going to the next gear, causing the car to have a high RPM. This has happened several times. Also, it seems the car shifts hard between gears.

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #7

May 142010


  • 45,200 miles


I am another Ford Edge owner with safety concerns relating to transmission issues. My car upon acceleration got me far enough into a highway to be struck by an on coming 18 wheeler. Thank god, he was able to drive around me. The rps roar and the car basically crawls, the transmission engages and when it does it feels as if you have been rammed in the rear end. I have read many many complaints of the same situation occurring in the Ford Edge. Please investigate and have Ford correct this issue before others are killed. My car is currently at the Ford dealership, long lewis Ford in hoover, Alabama.

- Calera, AL, USA

problem #6

Mar 282010


  • 51,900 miles
Dangerous acceleration and dramatic deceleration between 20 - 40 mph with the 2008 Ford Edge.

- Westbury, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 062010


  • 27,000 miles
In December 2009, my wife and I purchased a certified pre owned 2008 Ford Edge SE. The vehicle has been having transmission problems. It will slip and then engage very abruptly causing the vehicle to lurch forward. It will almost hesitate and then engage violently. The speedometer will also jump up and down +/- 5 mph. It feels like we are being hit in the rear by a car. The problem occurs every couple hundred miles thus dar. The vehicle was taken to greenway Ford orlando 3 times, each after an incident occured. The first time they reprogrammed the transmission cpu. The second time they removed a nail from the tire. The third time a Ford engineer came out and couldn't find anything. They will not open the transmission or do anything more. I have called the dealership and Ford many times.

- Orlando, FM, USA

problem #4

Jan 252010


  • 23,400 miles
I have a 2008 Ford Edge and it is having shift problems in going from 1st to drive. This is intermittent and will not move forward at all. It has left me stalled in traffic a couple of times. Ford service has been working on this for over 6 weeks and have kept the vehicle. They just seem to keep replacing parts after they reprogrammed the transmission. This is a safety and reliability problem. My wife is afraid to drive it if we ever get it back. They have only given us a six year old loaner!

- Nashville, IN, USA

problem #3

Aug 312008


  • 708 miles
Well I bought an 08 Ford Edge 1 month ago with 400 miles on it. Within the last month the veh is shifting really hard into 2nd gear. Shop has confirmed problem I am stating is happening but per Ford hotline no repairs are to be done until 2500 miles. Car needs to learn driving pattern. The problem is it shifts so hard it throws my children back in their seat and goes into the red zone while shifting. My car now has 1,600 miles and still shifting really hard. The veh is now shifting hard into 2nd and 3rd gear.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 082008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 663 miles
3 week old sel Ford Edge, with automatic transmission, rolls back while in the drive gear on any slight incline. Nearly hit car in front of me quickly switching to gas pedal from brakes to avoid hitting car behind me on incline in stop & go rush hour traffic. Safety issue for driving on slight inclines, in hilly areas, parking on any slight incline, and valet parking. Complained to dealer, but dealer says it's normal due to the torque converter selected by Ford.

- Vv, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Edge. While at a stop sign, the contact attempted to accelerate, but the vehicle began going backwards. In order to get the vehicle to go forward, the contact had to apply one foot on the accelerator pedal, and the other foot on the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that nothing could be done. The engine size and number of cylinders were unavailable. The current mileage was 314 and failure mileage was 200.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

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