2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test


2008 Ford Focus: Welcome to Death Valley

July 15, 2009

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Last week I put the air-conditioning of our long-term Ford Focus to a serious performance test by driving the little blue coupe through Death Valley, California, one of the hottest places on the face of the Earth.

The temps were pushing 123-degrees in the shade, but the Ford's air conditioning was up to the task, easily keeping the Focus cool and comfortable. The air continued to blow cold even when climbing the long, steep grade just outside of Stovepipe Wells, and the engine's water temperature gage remained pegged right in the middle, with no signs of overheating.

Way to go Focus.

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Wecome to Death Valley.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 23,787

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