Drum Brakes. Seriously. - 2008 Ford Focus Long-Term Road Test
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2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus SES: Drum Brakes. Seriously.

June 26, 2009

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Manufacturers use drum brakes for one reason: They're cheap. And guess what? It shows. Especially behind alloy wheels. Here's a shot of one of the Focus's rear drums.

Aside from the many performance reasons to use disc brakes, I'd argue that simply looking at brake drums through alloy wheel spokes is among the biggest incentives to avoid them. I'll pay extra, thanks. Am I crazy?

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor


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