2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test


2008 Ford Focus SES Coupe: Time for the 25K Service

July 31, 2009

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Service still comes every 5,000 miles if you own a 2008 Ford Focus. We've just hit the 25,000-mile mark, so our blue coupe is due for an oil change and tire rotation.

It wasn't busy at Santa Monica Ford today, so I pulled into the service drive without an appointment, and within 30 seconds, a service advisor came out to greet me. After jotting down the mileage, he invited me inside and I told him I wanted an oil change and tire rotation. I then noticed he'd typed "$75.99" in as the preliminary estimate.

"$76 seems high for just an oil change and a tire rotation," I said.

"It's a minor service," he replied.

"Well, how much for just an oil change?"

"$35."

"So it's more than double that just to pull the wheels off for a tire rotation?" I asked.

"Well, it includes other inspections, including a brake inspection."

"Well, we don't need a brake inspection," I said. "How much just to change the oil and rotate the tires?"

That brought the estimate down to $55.99, and our service advisor was nice about it. The printout I signed actually included both figures, but he was willing to "X" out the $75.99 and put his initials next to it, so I'm 99 percent confident that $55.99 plus tax is what we'll eventually pay.

While waiting for a ride back to work, I lingered in the dealership's outdoor waiting area. There are chairs indoors, too, but this shady spot is a nice place to be on a Santa Monica summer day.

Then, I noticed this poster on the door. Hmm, just about 2-3 years out of date.

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Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 25,079 miles

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