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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,000 miles

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2008 Ford Focus electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 302014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


Ignition switch failure. Repeated problem since purchased new!! key won't turn lock or gets stuck.

- Independence, KY, USA

problem #2

May 012010


  • 4,000 miles
I am having trouble with the ignition key not going in the ignition. That has happened several times.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 032010

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
The ignition key is binding in ignition cylinder when turning to start position only. Twice it has not started on the first try. Twice I heard a metal sound when starting. This is a problem with Ford Focus 2008, and has been brought to my attention by my auto repair shop. It was suggested to me to go direct to a Ford dealer service shop which I did. The car warranty expired 5/2011 so I don't qualify for free repair on this problem. As far as I can see in researching there has not been a recall on it. I think Ford should pay.

- Austin, TX, USA

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