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:
35,433 miles

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2008 Ford Focus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 242014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 70,866 miles


I bought this car for my daughter at loving Lincoln Mercury in lufkin Texas. While test driving the car I noticed 1) that the brakes were making a light grinding noise while coming to a stop. 2) the low tire pressure indicator light was on. The salesman assured me they would take care of the problem before I bought it. When we picked it up they said they looked at all the brakes and they were ok. Also, the tire pressure light was no longer on, so I went ahead and bought the car. Now, just a few days after taking possession of the car the low tire pressure light is on again. The tires were made in china. The brand name of the tires is "goodride". I have read online that the chinese valve stems were recalled during certain years. I will have the dealer alerted and get a tire store to check the tires and valve stems.

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 082011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
Because "incident" date is required, I put today's date, but this complaint is about a continuous condition. As far as I know, the problem has existed since the car was new. The parking brake always freezes (will not release) at temperatures below 20 degrees (sometimes warmer). Use of the parking brake during winter months results in driving with brake set, with obvious dangers. Not using the parking brake during winter months sometimes results in vehicle left idling with no brake set (there are times, in Alaska, when it is not safe to shut down the engine, because of the need to maintain lighting) with obvious dangers. I have had the cable replaced, to no effect. I am 62 years old, and while I have heard of parking brakes freezing, this is the first vehicle I have ever owned (or driven, for that matter) that ever actually exhibited this problem.

- Chugiak, AK, USA

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