Crossover & Midsize

What Ford Edge Problems Are Most Common?

The Ford Edge is one of the auto giant’s best-selling SUVs, offering space and versatility at an affordable price. But as one of America’s favorite family haulers, is the Ford Edge as reliable as it appears? Here are some of the most common problems Ford Edge owners are facing and how much it’s costing them. 

Electrical problems plague the Ford Edge

Out of all the complaints found on CarComplaints.com, most fall into the same category: electrical problems. In fact, “electrical problems” is Car Complaints’ choice for the Ford Edge’s overall worst problem category.¬† According to Car Complaints, “the most common Edge electrical problems cost $300 to fix and occur at 66,000 miles.” The worst model years for this problem category are 2011-2013, which receive an unimpressive 247, 120, and 380 complaints about electrical issues, respectively.

Car Complaints’ first- and second-worst-ranked overall problems for the Ford Edge also fall into the electrical category. The 2011 Ford Edge has a massive 227 (out of 415 total) complaints regarding the door-ajar light staying on, earning a severity rating of 7.7 (out of 10) and earning a spot as the second-worst ranked problem. But the same electrical problem is responsible for the worst overall ranked problem as well.

The 2013 Ford Edge takes the top spot, with an astonishing 370 complaints about the door-ajar light staying on. Out of 591 total complaints for the 2013 model year, there are significantly more complaints in the “electrical problems” category than any other.

Though this light problem ranks as the top two worst problems across all model years, owners are experiencing plenty of other electrical problems as well. Other owners also have complaints of the battery going dead, computer software not working properly, the battery not holding a charge, and more. The cost of repairing these electrical issues is inexpensive when compared to other possibilities but also tends to indicate (and lead to) more problems throughout the car.

Transmission woes

There aren’t as many complaints with the Ford Edge’s transmission as with its electrical systems, but these transmission problems tend to be more¬†severe for owners. In fact, Car Complaints ranks the 2008 Ford Edge’s transmission problem as its third-worst problem across all model years.

Nearly 20 owners have experienced transmission failure with their 2008 models, at an average mileage of around 80,000 miles. But its high average repair cost of nearly $3,000 earns it a severity rating of 9.1 (out of 10). Though other model years receive some transmission complaints, most reside with the 2008 Ford Edge, which also receives complaints of the transmission slipping as well as transmission noise.

Do some Ford Edge model years perform better than others?

On Car Complaints’ model year comparison of the Ford Edge, it’s clear that owners are having more problems with some model years than others. The 2013 model is ranked as Car Complaints’ “Worst Model Year,” with the most overall complaints of an unimpressive 591.

But while the 2013 Edge receives significantly more complaints than any other, there are quite a few model years that are close to catching up. The 2011 Ford Edge receives the second-most complaints at 415, while the 2012 model year receives 208.

While some model years seem to be only excelling in its number of complaints, there are some model years which have proved more reliable for owners. Model years 2009 and 2010, for example, only have 19 and 47 complaints, respectively. All other model years until 2017 have at least 50 complaints under their belts. Newer model years like the 2017 and 2018 are faring well, with 14 and 7 complaints from owners, respectively.