2008 Ford Focus Consumer Review: Basic 08 Focus S

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Basic 08 Focus S
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2008 Ford Focus S 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Purchased with 950 miles 8/08 2yr additional extended warranty.
51K 10/12.
Very basic model, no options this car.
Regularly record 39-40 mpg highway comparing gas gallons at fillup and trip odometer.
Acceleration is decent for 2.0 L normally aspirated engine.
My vehicle is not listed on the 2 recalls on 08 Focus.
Change oil every 3 months at dealer with my oil/filter.
No problems to date except upper radiator hose leak at 90 degree plastic elbow.
Changed myself due to expense quoted by dealer.
I have been in 2 front-end accidents.
NOTE: Body repair shop overtightened battery cable terminal.
This wore the tin off the terminal, exposing it to rust.
Had to replace battery early.
Found surface rust on interior supporting panels for instrument panels etc. I do not live in salt prone area like coastal or salted roads due to frequent ice/snow.
Manual (5 speed) transmission not mentioned in schedule maintenance book nor online manual for oil change. IT IS MENTIONED for the 2009 Focus at 150K miles.
@105K miles at this point of the review now: 3rd set of tires at this point.
105K mileage point is/was major Ford scheduled maintenance point. Nothing unusual found, nothing broken or found needed replacement.
As a precaution, I had them change the oil in the manual transmission. This is not scheduled in my schedule maintenance book, and not with Ford either for this year car. Injectors were cleaned/flushed. Mileage at this point is about 36 mpg highway. Could be catalytic converter acting up considering mileage.
@112K miles scheduled maintenance check okay. Ford provided air compressor/emergency flat fix device found unusable. Reason was the wiring from 12V connector to it had paired wiring that dried to the point of falling off. This caused numerous electrical shorts and opened the fuse for the Focus 12V power connector inside the car. Aftermarket unit now used for tire inflation.

Best Features

  • Acceleration
  • Braking
  • Shifting
  • Steering
  • Purchase cost

Worst Features

  • Quality of materials
  • Resale value

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