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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,233 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2008 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 172009


  • 32,233 miles


There is a throttle body issue with 08 and new Ford Focus. The throttle body defect, leans the fuel mixture causing the car to loose all power, but idols keeping your power steering and brakes. You then have to pull over, turn the car off and restart car only to happen every 50 miles or so, depending on A/C, speed, road grades. Ford dealer in kingman admitted lots of Focus have been coming in with same issue. However, despite the wrench lighting coming up on the dash there was no codes for the dealer to fix the car. After the 7th time of the power loss and wrench, we left the car running on the side of the road to take video, and a check engine light finally came on. Which allowed the dealer in albuquerque, nm to immediately replace the throttle body. This issue is very dangerous as at highway speeds you loose all or 90 percent power and have to coast to the side of the road. Based on the dealers comments it appears a recall should happen on the throttle body issue.

- Moriarty, NM, USA

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