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:
14,295 miles

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2008 Ford Focus wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2008 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 192014


  • miles


The NHTSA by telling tire dealers that they can not install my mounted snow tire because they don't have TPMS sensors have made driving in the winter more dangerous and unsafe for me. The system in my summer tires has been inoperable for 2 years and you know what has happened... absolutely nothing. The cost of the sensors is very high and if you guys want me to have them so badly, then pay for them yourselves. This is just another example of nanny state government trying to make it look like they are doing something to justify their pathetic existence. So in summary you are actually making things more dangerous for drivers by denying tire retailers from installing snow tires on my vehicle because they don't have a worthless sensor that doesn't do anything to make driving safer for me. I hope you guys are happy with yourselves.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #2

Mar 062010


  • 30,485 miles
I went and got new tires and alignment in Sep.2009 and within 10000 miles on 03-06-10 my tires were chopped on the inside the dealer were I had got my car from had told me that it was caused by the alignment so I went back were I got the tires done they had told me it was my struts they went ahead an put new tires on and I went to Ford garage in creston not were I got the car they had check my struts they said they were ok I had them redone the alignment two days after the new tires were put on and so I paid for two alignment and after 5000 miles my tires were chopped on the inside the dealer in creston got a hold of Ford motors to see what the deal was and inspect everything and had to set my alignment at different setting and then my car started making squeaking noises they ending up changing my back struts and then my tires got worse and my car is still making the noises and I told them that they should have to replace my tires and they wont and now they wont evening look at my car and didn't"T evening fix the car and had it all day for at least six hours and told me to take it were I got the car form which I live 100 miles and from their. Through out this hole time they had told me that it"S as be a problem on most 2008 and 2009 models the chopped they are telling me it"S the brand that I went with.

- Diagonal, IA, USA

problem #1

Mar 022009


  • 12,400 miles
Tire pressure monitoring system failed to warn of low pressure in right rear tire causing the tire to fail, resulting in inability to control the vehicle. The auto has no spare, only an inflation system, which did not function properly.

- Columbus, NM, USA

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