Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Even though the first model year of a major redesign should typically be avoided, Ford did a good job & the 2008 Ford Focus doesn't appear to have any major defects.

That said, the following model years of this 2nd generation Focus (2009-2011) do appear to be slightly better.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Ford Focus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2008 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 092009


  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Focus. The contact stated while driving at unknown speeds with the air conditioner activated, an unknown warning light displayed on the dashboard similar to a wrench. The vehicle then began to hesitate and jerk excessively. The contact attempted to accelerate but the vehicle would not move forward. The contact was able to move the vehicle off the roadway, shut off the engine and when restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure persisted when the contact would drive with the air conditioner activated. The vehicle was diagnosed at a local repair facility where she was informed that the throttle body was defective. The dealer was contacted where she was advised that the part needed to make the repair was on a national backorder for approximately two weeks. The vehicle was left with the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The failure and current mileages were approximately 64,000.

- Bowir , MD, USA

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