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2008 Ford Edge

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  • You may also be eligible for a similar supplier discount with GM.

    I sat in the back of the Acadia with captains seats and it seemed quite roomy (I'm 6'3"). I too considered the Acadia but I'm leaning to the Edge for the following reasons:

    1) Comparably equipped Acadia is much pricier (event though it has the 3rd row)
    2) I was scared by the quality issues regarding the Acadia discussed on the Acadia forum
    3) Lack of meaningful incentives by GM (paltry $500 cash back)

    If your son's 15 won't he be driving soon? Maybe it's time to consider getting him his own set of wheels so he won't have to sit in the backseat anymore :-) ?
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 383
    You can't have the side rails because of the Vista Roof. Won't work.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 383
    My Son will be by law allowed to drive, but I don't plan on really letting him drive much before he's 17. I plan on giving him my '03 Sonata at the end of the next School year. Also, he will have to pay for insurance, gas, and maintenance himself which will require a job. He is a Varsity letter man in two sports, so I don't know how he is going to be able to work much plus be able to maintain his GPA of 4.175. It still won't address the times we travel together on trips to Pittsburgh or to Myrtle Beach. I do get a discount through my employer for GM as well, but I've pretty much decided to keep our Mountaineer a few more years. That is if the price of filling the thing up so often doesn't bankrupt me first.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    My folks couldn't wait for me to turn 16 and get my license. They paid my gas and insurance so I could keep my grades up (through high school, graduated #1 of 156 and got a scholarship worth much more than the gas and insurance they paid those two years), and drive to all the band practices without them having to haul me around.

    Of course, I've never abused the priveledge, either. No tickets (never even been pulled over for a violation), and I've never been at fault in the accidents I've been involved in (rear-ended twice, clipped once, and run into a guardrail).
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I'm looking for input on a couple of things, and welcome it all.

    First off, my parents are doing the shopping. They have a Civic, and want a second, bigger vehicle for highway trips. Their priorities are:

    Comfort - Smooth Ride, Roomy and Comfortable Seating

    Power - This vehicle will be the trip car, used at 70 + MPH and they want plenty of oomph for passing, although they don't have a problem with the Civic (140hp) in this regard they'd like more.

    Price - Lux features for under $28k.

    Any thoughts on how the ride of the Edge is compared to others in the class? Compared to other sedans? I have an Accord; I'd assume Edge rides smoother than that? I'd LOVE input from people who have both a sedan and an Edge on the noticeable driving differences (besides size).

    I'd also love to hear from people who compared the Edge to a Taurus or Taurus X (my folks are really interested in the Taurus Sedan as well).

    Thanks for any input!
  • markanmarkan Posts: 48
    We bought an 07 Edge after comparing it against all major competitors. We also looked at a Freestyle, now called Taurus X, but preferred the style of the Edge. In response to your questions: Comfort - Most comfortable vehicle we have owned, great seats, smooth ride, plenty of room. Power - Excellent performance, plenty of power in all types of driving, the 3.5 engine and 6 speed are a great combination. Price - You should be able to find what you want in your price range unless you want to load it up.

    All in all we love our Edge. It is without a doubt the best vehicle we have owned and it's fun to drive.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Thanks for the report... You may not remember, but how would you compare the ride of the Edge to that of the Taurus X?

    Nice rave review! :) Keep 'em coming folks!
  • markanmarkan Posts: 48
    Both have a very comfortable ride but the seats are much better in the Edge. While not a "sports" CUV the Edge has a nice balance of comfort and sporty feel. The Taurus X seemed more sedan - like.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Not new unless you are looking at an SE. ICK

    Mark
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    You've got to be kidding, and Edge SEL has an MSRP of around $28k ($27,560) and nobody will pay MSRP for a Ford. Invoice on an SEL is $26,428.
  • Just picked up my 08 Ford Edge Limited AWD with 20" rims and Pirellis.

    I was wondering if anyone can provide insight into how the car handles in the snow and ice? I'm trying to decide if I should get snow tires or if I'll be fine with the originally equiped tires?

    Thanks!
  • goateegoatee Posts: 51
    I cant speak for the 20" Pirelli's but I do have the 18"Michelins on my 08 AWD and I had no problem whatsoever. We just had a huge storm here in NE Ohio last week and the Edge was unstoppable. If it were me, I wouldnt worry about snow tires, but of course if you live in a colder climate then it maybe wouldnt be such a bad investment.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 383
    My Wife and I recently decided to start looking at purchasing a new Suv or Crossover that would give us the legroom in the second row seats. We considered the Edge for awhile, but then we checked out the Saturn Outlook. This is an unbelievable vehicle is all I can say. We have the Supplier Price through my Employer for GM as well as the X-Plan for Ford. I can get and Outlook FWD XR with the Convenience, Enhanced Conveniece, Skylight Roof, Premium Package, second row Captains Chairs, and Enhanced Audio Packages all for just over $35K. The ride in this thing is far superior to the Edge and the smoothness of the 6 speed transmission is a thing of beauty. The legroom is great in the second row as well as a real 3rd row that Adults can use. It has the interior space of a Yukon or Expedition and yet gets the same EPA MPG rating as the Edge. We thought the Edge was nice (still do), but after driving the Outlook my Wife and I are spoiled. Now if we can just get someone willing to buy our 2004 Mountaineer Luxury V8 AWD that gets 12 mpg around town with fuel prices reaching $3.50 around here we will buy the Outlook. Just mentioning this to other Edge shoppers that they need to check out this vehicle and I've been partial to Ford the past 10 years or so.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 383
    The Hyundai Santa Fe may fit the bill. Right now there is a $2000 Rebate, so they could probably get a Limited which would be pretty loaded for around $28K. This Suv was rated the top pick in the Mid Sized Class in Consumer Reports 2008 Auto Issue that just came out a month ago. I would consider one, but second row seats, as is in most Mid Size Suvs, didn't have the legroom for my 6' 4" 15 year old Son. I've looked at them and the fit and finish of the interior is great and I hear the ride is very good with little interior road noise.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    After hearing from a coworker who has had nothing but trips to the dealer with her VeraCruz Limited, I'm not sure they are going to go the Hyundai route anymore unfortunately. I've tried to get them to test the Santa Fe though, so I'm not sure it is off their list completely; the VeraCruz is, however.
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    The Outlook/Enclave/Acadia are totally different vehicles than the Edge. We looked at them as well before getting our Edge. The second row legroom was far short compared to the Edge, but they did have the 3rd row. My knees hit the back of the front seat in the GM triplets but not in the Edge. My wife liked the Enclave best of the 3 GM models (We don't have any Saturn dealers within 100 miles), but pricing was high and there were no deals to be had. The Saturns are not selling as well in our state as the Acadia and especially the Enclave and the dealers have more of them in stock, so you may be able to get a better deal on one of them. We decided that we didn't need the 3rd row enough to justify the additional cost. Besides, 2nd row comfort was also more important than having the 3rd row and another concern was the overall size of the vehicle. If you need the extra row and larger size, the Outlook would be a great vehicle. We didn't, and liked the increased 2nd row comfort and smaller size of the Edge. I would speculate that the gas mileage on the Outlook is going to be worse than the Edge as well. We have friends who have bought the Acadia and have been very disappointed with the mileage of it, saying that it is no where near what the window sticker says it should be. Bottom line is go with what suits your needs best. The car magazines have consistently liked the Maxda CX-9 best for a large 3 row crossover, so you should probably go check those out as well. At this point, you might also want to wait for the 2009 Ford Flex 3 row crossover coming out this summer. It is great to have so many good choices.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 383
    Actually the second row seats are on a rail that adds a couple of inches which gives you about the same legroom as the Edge. I'm not knocking the Edge at all. The Saturn Outlooks fit and finish were just better than the Edge Limited. We looked at the CX-9 a couple of months ago, but there was not enough legroom. Saturn does not haggle on price, but sets their prices lower than GM and Buick for basically the same vehicles. I get a discount through my Employer which is similar to the same one that I get using the X-Plan for Ford. All I can say that after actually driving the Outlook and the Edge that in my opinion there was no comparison in ride, acceleration, and cabin noise. The Outlook was far superior. It is a large vehicle, so as far as MPG I can't say how that will be. I get 20 MPG on the Highway in my Mountaineer even though it was rated to be 18. I only get about 12 mpg around town though, so I think it has more to do with the way you drive and the conditions of the weather and how well you maintain your car. Also, as I'm sure that you are aware, I've found that you really don't know what your MPG will be until you've put about 5,000 miles on a new car. Mine has always dramatically improved over time.
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    I think the Outlook is a great vehicle if it is what you need. Even with the 2nd row seats as far back as they would go, the 2nd row legroom was not as good for me in either the Acadia or Enclave as it is in the Edge. I am 6'4" with a 36" inseam so it may just be the way I am built that made such a noticeable difference between the vehicles on legroom and knee room. Unless I needed to tow our boat with it I would certainly get one of the GM triplets if I wanted a 3 row CUV. They are an excellent product and a big advance for GM. If you get the Saturn, I am certain that you will enjoy it. The Edge worked best for us and we are very happy with it. It is the first Ford product we have ever owned, as we have always ususally had GM with a few Chrysler models thrown into the mix.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 383
    I think Consumer Reports mentioned that the Veracruz had some problems. I would encourage you to at least mention that the Sante Fe is a different vehicle and maybe they can locate the CR Issue which is put out yearly on all vehicles new and used. Of course, CR is a bit biased towards Japanese cars (Toyota, Honda, etc.) which really makes me believe the Sante Fe must be pretty good when it's rated the #1 pick for 2008.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 383
    My son is 6' 4" as well, but with a 34" inseam. And I thought his legs were long for his body. The problem we had with the Edge when we were getting serious about buying it was when my Son sat in the back and reclined his head was touching the liner of the roof where it dips down just before the hatch. I guess it's like you pretty much said that it's what you're happy with. Good luck with the Edge. They are along with the Fusion & Milan some of the best vehicles Ford has put out in a long time. I'm always rooting for the American Car Companies.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,738
    like your son, i have a 34" inseam, althought i am not as tall. i looked at the edge, escape and fusion.
    my impression after riding in an edge a couple of times (with vista roof), are that it is a super sized escape, although the drivetrain was more powerful/refined.
    i thought the rear seat was low and could have lived with it but have a problem with the headroom. the rear seatback does recline.
    i ended up buying an awd fusion and i do barely fit in the back seat, as far as headroom goes.
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    Sounds like the Outlook is a better "fit" for your family. Since I have more height in legs than torso my head does not hit the roof in the back seat of the Edge. That's why it is SO important for people who are looking at vehicles to really try them out, because you can discover a lot of issues you didn't notice upon the first look. I fly up to Chicago every year for the car show and spend an entire day there getting in and out of lots of vehicles. It is truly amazing what I can and cannot fit into. A Huyndai Azera fits great and I have to pry myself into the back seat of a 5 series BMW, an E-Class Mercedes, and any Audi sedan smaller than the 8. The good old Ford Taurus has one of the largest back seat areas of any car out there. I grew up with large sedans and recall with fondness the vast room in my parent's Imperial LeBarons and Cadillac Fleetwoods. Many of today's full size sedans are a joke space wise compared to those cars. Our family business still has my parent's 1989 Cadillac FWD Fleetwood and we use it for a spare car and to put short business trip miles on it. I am always amazed at how much room that car has in it yet still gets 26+ MPG on the road even with a V8. Of course, on the other hand is my 1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible that sucks gas down like there is no tomorrow! Don't drive that one much, but it is sure fun when we do get it out. No headroom issues in it.
  • I work for a company that qulaifies me for both the X-Plan and the GM Supplier price.

    I looked long and hard at the following 3:

    1) Acadia/Enclave/Outlook
    2) Mazda MX-9
    3) Edge

    I settled on the Edge and got my 08 AWD Limited a week ago.

    I found that a comparably equiped GM or MX-9 to be about $3-4K higher than the Edge. Part of the reason for this is that GM is not offering any meaningful incentives. I got 2.9% for 48 months from Ford. (same offered on the Mazda)

    Also, I decided I really didn't need the 3rd row seat so ruled out the MX-9

    Finally, I ruled out the Acadia/Enclave/Outlook after reading the Edmunds forum on this site and discovering a scary number of engine and transmission issues with the GM crossovers.

    I suggest you carefully review the forum on this site for the GM's before making any decision.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    lease prices on Acadias are over $200 higher then leases on Edges

    Mark
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 383
    If you look, the posts concerning the Transmission issues are on the first year of the model. They had some kinks to iron out with the Transmission that was just a Software issue. Nothing serious. I know the Edge is priced lower, in fact I've been considering a lease for the first time. The Internet Salesman with Ford just called me yesterday morning and told me that he would lease me a Limited w/Roof, Sirius, Cargo Tray, and power liftgate 12,000 miles/year first months lease and some other thing for $443 per month. The Outlook is a lot more car and is like comparing apples to oranges. The Edge is a great vehicle. The Outlook I'm looking at has second row captains chairs, remote vehicle start, heated windshield washer fluid, Ultrasonic rear parking assist, power liftgate, 8 way power drivers seat with memory, auto dimming outside rearview mirror, power folding outside rearview mirrors, 4 way power passenger seat with power lumbar, Leather seats, heated 3 level front seats, Skylight sunroof, steering wheel mounted audio controls all in the XR trim which comes loaded with many standard features such as Auto matic climate control, etc. All this for $3000 down will get me a 12K miles per year lease at $461 per month. It is a bit more, but to me for the amount of car your getting and the superior ride is well worth it in my opinion. I know the Edge limited comes loaded with a lot of these same features. I don't want to turn this into a debate about which vehicle is better. Both vehicles are outstanding and show how the ingenuity of the American Car makers continues to close the gap between them and the Japanese. Both these cars are better than the others in their class as far as styling goes. So many of the Japanese vehicles put me to sleep such as the Pilot. The Highlander finally got a long over due re-styling. The 2007 and earlier were perfect to put an insomniac into a deep blissful sleep.
  • markanmarkan Posts: 48
    You mentioned a transmission software issue. I've complained to my dealer a couple of times about my Edge downshifting from 6th to 4th skipping 5th completely. They checked it, both road test and computer check, and said nothing was wrong. They also said they have heard nothing from Ford. A friend says his does the same thing. Could this be related to the software issue?
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 383
    I was talking about an issue with the 2007 Saturn Outlook, so I don't actually know whether the Edge could have the same problem. I'm no mechanic, so your guess is as good as mine. Try this website that is run by the government to see if there have been any technical bulletins put out for your situation. http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/tsb/tsbsearch.cfm
  • dickdaydickday Posts: 5
    We just got our new Limited Creme AWD and love it. The 20" inch chrome wheels look pretty neat, even for an old geezer like me :) The seats are what sold me.

    The one we bought just happened to have the hitch option. I never really looked at the hitch until today. What in the world would you pull with a 1" receiver? I didn't know they made such a thing. My F250 does all of our pulling (I restore antique tractors), but I'm not sure if I will ever have a use for the Edge hitch.

    Does anyone have the camel interior with the black dash who is located in a warm part of the country? Have you noticed the black dash making the interior even hotter?

    Not to get too personal, but does anyone have a bra on their Edge? I'd like to put one on but am not sure how one would fit, or look.

    Mileage... I traded my 2007 Escape Hybrid in on the Edge. I have a bad back and someday will need surgery. The seats in the Escape were the worst seats I have ever had. I had hoped I could get used to the concrete-like feel, but that never happened. The Edge seats are what sold me. I am getting about 23mpg (90% highway) on the Edge after 1500 miles. What can I expect to get when I get to 10,000 miles?

    Like others I am dissapointed in the cargo cover Ford offers. The Escape had a 'real' one, as did my Jeep. Does anyone know if an after-market one is available?

    Thanks!
  • sjbrodysjbrody Posts: 39
    Has anyone else noticed that at twilight, just as the automatic headlights go on, the speedometer becomes very hard to read? There is no contrast between the speedometer numbers and the dial background in our new '08 AWD Limited for a short time until it gets dark.

    Spencer
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    Our '08 FWD Limited is the same way.
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