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2007 Ford Edge



  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    That inconsistency has been Ford's biggest problem for the past century - they often design the best car first - they've always been the "wagonmaster", from the Country Squire days, to the present SUV design - they were the first with actual functional 3rd seats, and several other innovations - but some years they build a great car, others not so great. Some of their cars are awesome, some a disaster. And the dealer network isn't always great on service either.

    OTOH, I know 2 friends who have had issues with Fords, and Ford bought back their cars and gave them brand new ones, no money changed hands. Pretty good response if you ask me. Others though, have had to sue to get action. They're all over the place.

    GM is far more consistent - they tend to build pretty good cars for years, followed by pretty bad cars for years, and then repeat the cycle. It's much easier to know when to buy a GM car than a Ford.

    And Chrysler is worse than Ford.

    But the Edge is a great design, and seems to be well put together. I hope it works for them. They're growing on me.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    When you have a problem with your Toyota, do you feel like someone who just got back pos. results for VD?

    Are you like "Toyotas are not suppose to break, this must be my fault?

  • LOL. Nah. All cars have problems, and I've onwed a Toyota and a Honda that both had their share of issues (although both were good cars overall.) I knew when I found 2 loose grab handles in my Sienna minivan around 5K miles that the whole concept of Toyotas being problem free was a bit over the top.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Are you like "Toyotas are not suppose to break, this must be my fault?

    Gosh, what an interesting suggestion for a discussion topic over in the Toyota section! ;)

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • I just test drove an Edge today. I was disappointed in the seats. I currently drive a 2000 Windstar and my seats must be two or three inches deeper. They are really comfortable seats. I think that is a common problem in current cars for some reason.

    I loved that I could have the front seat all the back, and still have many inches of room to my knees.
  • I have been looking at the Edge, Nitro and Acadia. I thought the Edge had the best seats. The Acadia was a little too wide without the side support. The Nitro little too stiff but the Edge was very comfortable with very good side support. Maybe it was just my body type but I rate the Edge the best of the three.
  • Thanks for the info. I hope that is the case. Because there is really nothing else in the running right now, for one reason or another.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    What was your impression?

  • For the most part I liked it. The ride and quiet were great. Solid, with a nice thump over bumps, like a Euro car.

    The areas I had problems were;

    Seats - While comfortable, they are quite a bit shorter than my very comfy seats in a 2000 Windstar. Probably several inches shorter.

    Gauges - Secondly, I couldn't see the top of the gauges. Someone mentioned that the wheel both moves up and down and in and out. I only adjusted it up or down not knowing about the other option. I am not sure it would have helped. But, I ride with the seat back most of the way is not all the way, but like the wheel pretty flat down. To see the gauges, I had to go into School bus mode. Maybe the electric seats I would get would allow the seat to drop far enough to see.

    Glare - I drove a tan interior demo and the glare/reflection was pretty bad. it was a bright day and it was hard to see through the brightest part of the glare. I may have to go against my usual preference for tan interiors and go for black. I am sure that would help. I don't like the idea of having to use poloroids to see comfortably out of the windshield.

    Brakes - I am assuming the brakes, whatever their issues, will have been improved on the 08 which is what I intend to order.

    Plastics - The hard plastics are a disappointment, but seems to be endemic to a lot of cars in this price range and less. Again, as comparison, my Windstar is all soft touch. The whole dash is soft. I will miss that look and feel.

    Interior chrome - I wish the chrome on the Limited could be substituted with wood. I am wary of trying the aftermarket kits.

    Exterior chrome wheels - I really do not like the chrome plastic wheels. My Windstar has polished aluminum wheels. They just look classier to me. The chrome wheels look like bling wanna be. I have noticed that much less expensive cars have polished chrome wheels. That should be an option here.

    I do have quite a few issues with the car. However, the Murano is ugly, the Highlander is boring, including the new one, I don't want to buy a Hyundai/Kia, the pilot is a truck, the Rav4 is too small and I don't like the open on the left rear hatch, the CRV is not bad, but underpowered and a little small. I like the Mazda CX-7, but I don't want to have to use Premium gas. The CX-9 is too big, as are the GM Arcadia triplets That is why, despite not having perfection with the Edge, I don't have any alternates that I really like, other than going more expensive. I have always liked the FX-35/45. But, I don't want to spend that much. Same with the MDX. The RDX is cool, but a little cramped, and again, I don't want to use premium or pay the price. Fagetabout paying for an X5 or 3, Mercedes, etc.

    I think the Edge looks good, I love the moonroofs, I really like how much room there is for knees in the back seat. Better than anything in it's size range. again, love the euro style solid ride, without being harsh.

    I thought I would just buy front wheel drive. I live in NYC area. We really don't get that much snow and I have never had a problem with all the front wheel drive cars I have had. It will make the car a little lighter and simpler. That said, I am tempted because the AWD will make the car handle better, and provide a smidge of safety, even in the wet. Hard to know whether that is worth the extra $1,500 or so.

    The weight doesn't bother me. I know the car is safe and that is one of the reasons why it is heavy. I like the feel of some heft around me. Again, commuting and driving around NYC, I don't mind having some mass, for which there is no substitute, around me.

    So that are my thoughts right now. I love my Windstar, just getting long in the tooth. I would consider, since I have no image issues, a new minivan. However, because I drive around new york city, smaller is better. I am just not willing to go too small, coming from a minivan.
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 442
    ...LOL....I ahve heard good description and analysis as well but you my friend take the medal...very good and to the point, as a ny myself when you mentioned that you were in NYC I thought no wonder the speed and to the point decription...I did enjoy it...I live in NJ but I will be ordering an 08 towards Dec..a LIMITED no BMAR...dvd player instead..good luck to you and write about the EDGE as soon as you get it.
  • Nice info, but I think he was asking your impression of the Nitro. ;) He just put the first part of the sentence into the subject line.
  • Oh. No impression. Sorry.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    As a car sales man, I run to the door to greet anyone getting out of a Jeep Liberty. Cause universlly, they HATE their Liberty. "I loved it when I test drove it but....insert gripe here"

    Of course they are almost always in negative equity but hate is always an ally for the sales guy.

    Since Nitro is just a warmed over Liberty i was wondering if they are as bad.

    As for the Edge. I really think that the glare is subjective. Some people it bothers more than others. It is definately there though and if you are outside pulling into a garage, you basically cannot see a thing. The glare washes out the darker interior you are pulling into. This happened to me at a car wash and I couldn't see how far up I was pulling.

  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Ford also has an option for PAINTED 18 inch wheels.

    Incidently, the chrome clad wheels are more durable than chromed alloy wheels. The chrom perm. bonds with the urathane cladding and will not chip, flake, rust or anything like that.

    If you want a LIMITED, ORDER IT EARLY. Synch is standard and Synch is in limited availability!. (thats a whole other rant)

  • You can't get the painted with the Limited, which is what I am considering. I will probably order virtually everything, except AWD. I know Sync will be short supply, which is bizarre, as they only are going to have a one year exclusive. But, I can drive what I have till then, no rush.

    I would rather have polished aluminum than either of the choices they have on these cars. If I could get 20" polished, I would get it. As it is, I will get the 18" and possibly upgrade.
  • Am I reading correctly that you're stuck with chrome wheels on the Limited? What a drag; I can't stand chrome wheels. They just look tacky as hell to me. What's next; gold chrome wheels with spinners standard? Ugh. I'm not a big fan of buying a new car and slapping aftermarket wheels on it, but I might have to since I'm looking primarily at a Limited as well.

    While we're talking about it, is there a single person who actually thinks those red leather inserts and stitching look good? That combined with the chrome wheels leads me to believe Ford is going after the taste challenged crowd. I actually like the idea of different colored seat inserts, but how about something like gray or tan, with matching door inserts to break up the monotone on those dark interiors?
  • I agree and I agree.
  • Check out the 2008 MKX Monochrome Black Limited Edition. It has black seats with stone colored inserts and piping. Looks very nice.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Order the SEL with Premium Package. This way you can get around the stupid wheel restriction.

    You can't get the Premium Pkg and Seating Flex Pkg together on the SEL 'cause that makes it a Limited.

    However, the Seating Flex Pkg isn't that big a deal, its just the electic gizmo that drops the second row and a power passenger seat with fold flat seat back. If you order the SEL, then you can get the new for 08 18 inch painted wheels, code 64p.

    So if you hate the wheels enough to give up the seat flex package, that is the way to go.

  • Thanks for the info on the SEL.

    I just wish there were aluminum and chrome options at all wheel sizes and trim levels. I might be interested in 20" wheels assuming the ride isn't too punishing, but chrome is a deal killer for me. I'd be willing to bet that if Ford simply made the same 20" wheel available with an aluminum finish that 2/3 of their orders would be for the aluminum over the chrome. I could be wrong.

    I couldn't find any pictures of the MKX Monochrome Black Limited Edition interior with the different colored inserts, but I'm sure it looks nice. Unfortunately no matter how long I stare at that grille I can't get myself to like it. The rest of the car looks fabulous; I just think they dropped the ball on that grille. I think some variation of Lincoln's waterfall grille design along with a more interesting headlight shape like on the Edge would have worked a lot better.
  • The grille on the black monochrome package is different as well. Same grille, but the smaller squares are blacked out with only the larger squares still being chrome. Gives it less of an electric razor look. I agree totally that the grille should have been a waterfall of some sort.
  • I just wanted to check with those of you in the know as to when we can expect to see the 2008 Edge appearing on lots. My local dealer didn't seem to know anything about them (although they might have been trying to get me to buy an '07.)

    My current car is for sale so I want to have my act together in case someone buys it. I'm strongly leaning towards an '08 Edge, but if it realistically going to be a couple months before those are truly available then I might have to come up with a plan B.
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 442
    ..yes!!!...come up with plan B since from what I hear the start of production date for the 2008 EDGE is the week of Sept 17...but one never knows. I don't think we will see any 08 until mid to late October,maybe November. Of course dealers are reluctant to talk about 08 since they do have some 07 left in their inventories and Ford is offering incentives to help clear any 07...trying to sell and buy is always difficult to execute..good luck to you..
  • 9/17/07 is the date 2008 Edge production begins according to my dealer.
  • mcq1mcq1 Posts: 103
    To all of you Ford edge owners:
    What do you like best about it? How is the Ford edge reliability? I am thinking about buying one. I would like to know how everybody likes it or dislikes it.
  • 1)Sweet & Comfy ride.. go test drive one.. Vista roof is nice for Hot nights..had a 95 explorer 4x4 with 165 k & paid $28.3k & high financing..2) paid 29.4K & ZERO financing for 07 EDGE AWD +SEL.. 3) 21mpg is much better & does not drive like a truck/my explorer... 4) Carbon Metallic looks sharp.. :)
  • mcq1mcq1 Posts: 103
    Thanks for the info. What about the issue with the Edge being so heavy? Can you turn it easily? How is the turn ratio?
    I looked at the Saturn Vue but it is too small. I really want to buy from an American company but you know how it is everyone says buy Toyota/Honda more reliable.
    I want to get at least 20 mpg. My 10 year old Laredo jeep gets a lot less.
  • No issues, its turns easily, do you want me to compare it to my 95 Explorer or my 52 chevy 1/2 ton with a camaro clip.. Heavy?? No, NO it gets up & goes, very pepy & sharp But do me a favor & go & test drive one & get back to us, how you like it... After 165k on my 95 Explorer & only changing the oil every 4k, tires & no major was a no brainer for me to buy a another FORD.. My wife has a 98 Honda Accord EX & says she really likes the ride on the EDGE
    comparing it to my stiff/truck like Explorer or her Honda... ;)
  • mcq1mcq1 Posts: 103
    I will test drive one and let you know. I have a list so far but I am partial to the Ford because it looks so cool plus is a FORD!!!
    I read some reviews about the weight and some people go and on about the weight and gas mileage that is the reason why I am asking. Thanks.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Only issue about the Edge that I have noticed so far is spotty paint quality.

    If you are buying an Edge, take an extra moment to look over the car in bright light. Most I have sold have excellant paint but I also saw a couple with unexceptable paint defects. All just cosmetic stuff but still not something you should see on a new car.

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