2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test


2008 Ford Focus SES: Parting Shots

September 21, 2009

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After an extended tour of duty, our 2008 Ford Focus SES Coupe is gone. (Read the wrap-up here.) After some 25,000 miles of Sync, ambient LED lighting, fake vents and it not being a hatchback, we were more than willing to let it go. While no tears were shed, dozens and dozens of words were written for this installment of Parting Shots. Don't forget to leave yours after the jump

"Aside from Sync, all the good stuff dates from the original platform of eight years ago. Bring back the hatchback, keep the price cheap, and make it forever. It'll be the Ford Ranger of passenger cars." -- Michael Jordan, Executive Editor Inside Line

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"The Focus gets the Hertz Award for Least Interesting Long-Term Car Ever. Given the choice, I always picked something else, Smart included." -- Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com

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"Although it wasn't the Euro-market Focus RS I crave, our long-term Focus proved to be durable, comfortable, affordable and economical. For many that makes it the perfect car. I'd recommend it with a clear conscience." - Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief, Inside Line

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"While I don't think this Ford Focus is anything to get excited about, I also don't think it's all that bad. The interior is bland at best and the coupe body just doesn't work on this car. HOWEVER, the Sync system alone would be a deal maker for me if I was looking for a decent commuter car. The driving dynamics are also better than other compacts like the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra. Ultimately the Focus is a car that's easy to forget and even easier to live with. It asks nothing of you - not even your attention, certainly not your passion or enthusiasm. You just point it straight and go to work, never thinking about it all day long, then point it straight to go home - for some, that's the perfect car." - Brian Moody, Automotive Editor

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"If they offered it to me at the rental counter, I would politely ask if something else were available." -- Al Austria, Vehicle Evaluation Engineer

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"I rented a car in Massachusetts a few months back. Had the option of a Sync-equipped Focus (same blue as ours) or a base Altima. I picked the Syncmobile and never regretted it for a second." - Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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"The Ford Focus is really quite impressive...at least as far as cars from the Clinton era go." Karl Brauer, Editor-in-Chief, Edmunds.com

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"Inexpensive A-to-B transportation, with some cool features thrown in -- this is what the Focus meant to me. It wasn't much, but strangely, it was enough. Farewell, humble friend - I'll see you on the other side." - Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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"The poor Focus doesn't get the respect it deserves. If I were younger, I would definitely consider the Ford Focus as a starter car. I'm older now so I need more luxury features for my weary bones. But the Focus is perfectly adequate. I could see it as a college cruiser or the car you buy when you get your first job. And you get the added benefit of fighting with SYNC. It keeps you from having to go home and pick an argument with your husband/wife/roommate/parent/significant other." - Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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"Forget the Mk2 European-spec Focus. I never could get over my resentment that this car wasn't a ZX3 hatchback and didn't have that car's steering feel or even its telescoping steering wheel. Sync isn't enough." - Erin Riches, Senior Editor, Inside Line

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"I drove our Focus a lot. That should not be misinterpreted to mean I liked it. I clearly recall the first moment I plopped into that car, and instantly thought, "one and a half, maybe two generations behind the market." Steering feel, engine character, cornering attitude . . . just a little waffly and unrefined. Of course, the Focus was plenty cheap, and it did run reliably, and it had a front license plate so it didn't get a no-plate fix-it ticket when I left it in Lot B at LAX. So it served a certain beast-of-burden role just fine. I accept there's a need for beasts of burden, but that's about as glowing as my praise for the Focus can get." - Kevin Smith, Editorial Director

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