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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
91,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace handle assembly (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
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2008 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 152014


  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles


About 3 years after I bought this car new I had 3 doors that wouldn't open because of broken door handles! I got them fixed with the extended warranty, it stil cost me $200. Now 3 years later I have 2 doors that won't open because of broken door handles, one of them is the drivers door!!

It's at the shop now to get fixed and will cost me another $200 even though it is covered under the extended warranty! These are the cheapest door handles I've ever seen. I will never buy another Ford and I tell everyone who will listen to my story. I wouldn't recommend a Focus ever!! There should be a recall on these!! Very dangerous, how would you get out of the door if you're in a wreck.

- , Boonville, MO, USA

problem #2

May 082013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

the price to replace this part is outrageous. Never will buy anything from ford again.

- , Jackson,s Arm, NL, canada

problem #1

Mar 012012

Focus S 1.6L

  • Manual transmission
  • 79,000 miles

I spoke with my local Ford Dealer and he said yep it is a known flaw with the 2006 and later ford focus's and the only recourse is to replace at a cost of 142.00 per handle assembly

- , Dushore, PA, USA

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