2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test


2008 Ford Focus: Well, Checking the Oil Is Easy

November 24, 2008

focusoutthewindow.jpg I landed our long-term 2008 Ford Focus for the weekend.

I again enjoyed its respectable point-and-shoot power on the freeway while simultaneously feeling annoyed at its four-speed automatic transmission. It seems antiquated next to most five-speed autos. The space between gear ratios is too wide for comfort, and the delay on downshifts is, well, a delay. It occurred to me that it might be fun to take the Focus on a back road on Sunday afternoon, but the transmission talked me out of it.

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This morning I opened the hood to check the oil. It's not pretty in here, but the dipstick is right there at the edge, and the tube is nice and straight, so I didn't get even a smudge of grease on my hands. The oil level registered smack in the middle of the range on the dipstick.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 14,061 miles

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