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.

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CarComplaints.com 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.

3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,000 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 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 282013

Focus

  • 43,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This date marks five times that door latches / locks have quit working. Currently the locks will not work and the drivers door will not open from the outside. Dealer has repaired the problem four times under warranty. No longer under warranty I contacted Ford Motor Company for assistance with the recurring problem. Their representative stated this was a known problem from rural road dust causing latch / lock failure, that my car was out of warranty and they will not help cover another latch replacement.

- Clinton, IA, USA

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