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:
36,750 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2008 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 142011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 36,750 miles


Bought my 2008 Ford Focus March 14, 2009 with 15,000 miles as a fleet return. At 36,000 miles the hankook optimo H725 original equipment tires are worn out and need to be replaced. Just average driving on the tires. These tires are supposed to have a 80,000 mile tread life guarantee. Hankook's warranty does not apply to original equipment tires. To say I am disappointed and perturbed by the poor performance of these tires is an understatement. Didn't even make it to the half way point of their tread life.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

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