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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,045 miles

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2008 Ford Focus steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 082011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles


Counting this set of tires this is third set, original, set bought from dealership were I purchased car and then Goodyear tires. Each set lasted around 20,000 miles. Always back passenger side wears completely slick. They had to replace front tie rod on one side at around 50,000 using my extended warranty because they wouln't listen to me. They also told me there were no recalls. I had mine rotated and balanced also when I was suppose to. I now have 77,000 original miles on my vehicle and warranty will soon be out. Bought my car new in 2008.

- Clinton, KY, USA

problem #1

Feb 022008

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,090 miles
Went off road in grass to avoid a head on crash when merging back on to asphalt tie rod separated from rack and pinion causing car to loose control crashing in to a telephone pole.

- Fairfield , OH, USA

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