I've had my car for 7 years bought new, longest lasting car I've owned. Being a home owner I have the same demands for maintenance, so I bought a 5x8 enclosed trailer put a hitch on the focus. I've pulled 50 sheets of drywall, lumber, ATV up north hunting, Ice fishing, car handles it just fine. Without the trailer I've drive through 4 inches of fresh snow fall, on federal land. My brother owned one, a guy who was blinded by the evening sun pulled out in front him, he hit him at 60, and walked away! The only reason I'm writing this review is because I'm looking at buying a newer model, but still keeping the 08' and putting snow tires on it
bought my 2008 ford focus used , replaced a 200 ZX3 that was written off by insurance company . while its not a sports car it does very well in both city and highway driving . over all the car is very comfortable and quiet . the sync system is relatively easy to use but does have some weird things about it , when i use iPod connection and drive to destination and turn off car , upon restarting the sync does not recognize iPod and have to scroll through menu to get it back . sometimes refuses to reconnect . i wish there was a trunk release button in the cabin other than using just the key and the remote fob . but other than that very pleased with it .
I wrote a review 20AUG2008, I am writing part two today. I am still very thrilled with the decision I made to purchase my brand new 2008 Ford Focus S. I do wish at the time I was not in desperate need to get out of my Land Rover, because I would have placed more time and attention into the details of an S versus the other upgraded models. I have not had any major deficiencies. I have only had to change tires and purchase new battery. I am at approx. 56k miles now and my Focus has never failed me. I have been itching to purchase another SUV; however, I read reviews and see how much it cost to fuel it I immediately get settled back into my Focus.
Bought this heap of junk new. Transmission problems started in February. I have 28,000 miles and it won't stay aligned, eats tires, brakes and rotors. Under warranty, but dealer doesn't want to fix it. Dealer replaced it with a worn-out one from a wreck. Now it's having transmission problems again. Wanted to take it on a trip this morning, wrench light came on and car hesitated and shifted really hard into gear. We're getting another car and saying forget this one. Worst car I've ever owned. Never again!
I always owned sports cars then moved into minivans as a soccer mom, the kids are grown mostly so I moved back into a sporty but economical car. Great gas mileage, good pick up speed to jump on the highway, for a smaller car you don't have to drop down on the ground to get in the car. I like the dash illumination, my only negative would be sometimes it picks up a rock and the sound enters the passenger compartment kind of loud.
Audiophile AM/FM Stereo 6-Disc MP3 Capable CD Play, Sirius Satellite Radio, Ambient Interior Lighting, 4-Speed Overdrive Automatic Transmission, Antilock Braking System (ABS) w/Traction Control
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
140 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
136 @ 4,250
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.67:1; II = 2.14:1; III = 1.45:1; IV = 1.03:1; V = 0.77:1; R = 3:73:1; Diff. = 3.56:1
Tall, widely spaced gearing hurts acceleration and emphasizes lack of power.
This stopping distance is clearly tire-related. Even hard, long-wearing tires should stop shorter than 130 feet in a car this small and light.
Skid pad: Lots of body roll despite low-grip, long-wearing tires. Balance is good and Focus, despite its age, has impressive manners. Slalom: Love the steering. Nice weight, speed feedback and sense control despite low limits.