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The Worst Ford Edge Model Year You Should Avoid

Every vehicle has its best and worst model years. The Ford Edge, which was first introduced in 2007, is no exception. As reported by the consumer advocacy website Consumer Complaints, that dubious honor goes to the 2013 Ford Edge. That model year has the most overall complaints and is also known for its high repair costs. Let’s take a look at some of the most common issues people encounter when driving a 2013 Ford Edge.

The door ajar light

The most frequent complaint about the 2013 Edge involves a door ajar light that remains on constantly. Vehicles plagued with this problem will notice the light stays on even when all doors are fully closed. This, in turn, can result in a number of other problems, namely a battery that drains quicker than usual.

In some cases, the light will make it impossible for you to use your key fob or can cause the doors to remain unlocked while the car is in motion. Individuals have even reported a constant dinging noise and a dome light that stays on continuously. What’s more, Ford does not seem to have a permanent solution to this problem, so many people are forced to disconnect the light.

Perhaps the biggest issue with the light remaining on involves safety. Since owners always see the light on, they may assume that it is only a false warning. As such, they might not check to see if a door is actually ajar, which could lead to a passenger falling out.

The Ford Edge features a loose door panel

People may constantly slam their doors while trying to make the door ajar light go off. This, in turn, can result in loose door panels. This issue is often first noticed at around the 56,000-mile mark in vehicles that have also experienced a door ajar light problem.

A shift to park warning

Sensors inside the vehicle will detect when you are no longer in motion yet have not yet placed the transmission in park. Known as a “shift to park” warning, many consumers report this light also remains lit on the 2013 Edge – even when the vehicle is actually in park.

As with the door ajar light, this can sometimes drain the battery. However, it can also cause another major inconvenience in that drivers are often unable to utilize the remote start feature. This issue can cost an average of $450 to fix, and it has been known to arise when a vehicle has fewer than 50,000 miles.

Inaccurate gas gauge

A Ford Edge concept vehicle is shown during media preview days at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show
A 2013 Ford Edge | David McNew/Getty Images

With less than 2,000 miles, the 2013 Ford Edge may sometimes display inconsistencies in the gas gauge. Naturally, this means you must keep a close eye on your gas gauge and could need to fill up more regularly to keep from running out. At any rate, it is a serious annoyance that resulted in Car Complaints giving it an 8 out of 10 or a “pretty bad” rating.

The Ford Edge’s instrument cluster doesn’t work

At around 29,000 miles, some owners have noticed their instrument cluster stopped working altogether. The only solution in many cases is to completely overhaul the instrument cluster, a repair job that comes with an average price tag of around $1,300. Since you constantly rely on information from your instrument panel, Car Complaints gave this issue a 10 out of 10 or “really awful” rating.

These issues can cost hundreds of dollars to fix; however, the repairs will not necessarily affect the car’s value or reliability. As such, you should check any Ford Edge over carefully, particularly if it is a 2013 model. Obtaining service records can also help you determine if a used vehicle has experienced one of these common issues in the past.