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:
14,667 miles

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2008 Ford Focus suspension problems

suspension problem

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2008 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

May 022011

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles


2008 Ford Focus. Consumer states vehicle should be replaced or a generous trade allowance be offered due to problems with rear tire wear and suspension the consumer stated the rear tires were wearing unevenly and excessively. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they claimed the problem was fixed. However, the tires had to be replaced three times. The consumer stated the problem has returned again. Ford refused to purchase the vehicle back from the consumer.

- Washington, IA, USA

problem #2

Jun 152008


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns 2008 Ford Focus. The contact had to replace the rear tires on the vehicle five times. The contact took his vehicle to the dealer for maintenance and they informed him that the rear alignment failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 8,000.

- Winnsboro , TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 142010


  • 36,000 miles
I have a 2008 Ford Focus, I have replace the tires on it 3 times already due to wear there is only 37,000 miles on my car. I have been given the run around from the Ford dealer there is a serious issue with the suspension on these cars and its goning to cause serious accident or even death when these cars start to fail expecially at highway speeds. I am on my fourth set of tires and they will soon need to be replaced. I am also hearing a squeaking noise coming from the right rear wheel well. I believe it is also the suspension.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

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