2008 Ford Focus User Reviews

2008 Ford Focus Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 82 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 39 reviews
"ride" 37 reviews
"power" 25 reviews
"handling" 19 reviews
"interior" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 15 reviews
"expensive car" 5 reviews
"interior" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews

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Tommy writes:
2008 Ford Focus SES Review
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5

Pros

drives nice

Cons

lacks power

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This Car Saved My Life — needs more power, handles quite nicely, looks nice with the spoiler, drives nice in snow. gas mielage is awesome never broke down does well in accidents, the sync feature is really well designed, fun car to drive in any weather

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Taylor writes:
2008 Ford Focus SES Review
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5

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looks, comfort, mileage, ease of use, quality, reliability, handling, fun, etc.

Cons

lacks a compass and thermometer, a tiny bit underpowered

65

2008 Ford Focus Ses — My Focus is my fist car, so this review will be a little bit generous, but I do know what I'm talking about. As far as performance goes, it is a fairly quick car. At 140 HP, you would expect nothing, but it moves along nicely. Handling would be a strong point, it hugs corners nicely. I've noticed 2 problems with performance. 1, I wish it had just a bit more kick on acceleration, but it has plenty. 2, above 75 MPH, the front end is a little light, but most people will not experience this, for the law forbids it. As for build quality, the car itself is very sturdy. when you shut the door, you know it is made of metal. The seats are very comfortable, they are squishy enough to be comfy, but firm enough so that you don't sink in over long trips. The trunk is also deceivingly large, and you can still fold the 60/40 split seats down if you need more room. I do wish that the sun visors were made of a little better material, but they are still not bad. I also wish it had a compass and thermometer. As for appearance, it is a very attractive car. I've gotten mixed comments about it, ranging from "that's raw" to "kinda chickish" but honestly, I don't care, it's a great car. The back end is very well shaped, and the spoiler finishes it up nicely. I like the sides, with the character lines going across the doors, originating from the chrome Focus applicator. The grill, I think, looks pretty sharp. I've heard from people who really dislike the chrome bars, but then again, I don't really care, it is still a nice car. Inside it is pretty nice too, nothing feels too fake, everything is pretty high quality. I'm not an expert in interior styling, but I like it. The steering wheel is just the right size, but I guess that is personal preference. As for cost, it is pretty cheap to maintain. Gas mileage is great, I've seen as high as 38 on the highway, with regular unleaded. I have not had any real problems that required maintenance, but I would imagine it would not be too expensive. The Focus is a very fun car to drive, especially if you're carpooling. I don't really know how else to describe this part, so I will end it with a summary. Very good car, good mileage, good performance, nice car all around.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ju writes:
2008 Ford Focus S Review
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Fantastic fun, cheap servicing cost, good design inside & out, engine sound! performance, reliability

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Not really an everyday use car, nice fuel bill, attracts attention from lunatic drivers!!

65

Ford Focus St (uk) — LOVE this car!!!! (and for the record its a UK Focus ST!) Performance is great. So much torque! ESP is great for controlling the wheelspin, but without it it's a great handling car. The engine sound is fantastic too. Build quality is very very good, feels solid and well made, compared with previous ford models which have felt tacky and poorly put together. Ford's designers get a thumbs up for what theyve done regarding the facelift on the old model ST. It looks a lot better and smoother. The interior is great. Well layed out, with a lot of nice touches. The dials and gauges in particular are very nicely designed. Average mpg is between 24.9 & 25.1 so far, which is not great, but quite good from a 2.5ltr turbo engine. This is mainly in town driving, with a little high speed action thrown in as n when. Overall, well designed, very solidly built, and feels solid and reliable. No faults/issues as yet. A definite improvement from the old Focus RS. Better built, better quality, better engine, better sound/performance, better handling in dry & wet on road, and more fun!

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Art writes:
2008 Ford Focus S Coupe Review
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5

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Love the stereo, sounds great and comes with Sirius Radio.
Quite powerful for a little car, but its a Focus, so its quite a performance vehicle.
The new style makes it a totally one of a kind Focus, finally its a coupe instead of a hatchback.
The body is very durable, if you get into a crash, the other car will be pretty smashed, while your car will sustain pretty much no damage, just a few scratches.
Great 24MPG in city and 32MPG on highway.

Cons

Would be nice if it had a bigger engine, but if you really think about the prices of gas nowadays, its just perfect.

65

Great Car Overall, Love The New Design, Just Perfect. — Love this car, beautiful, powerful, Ford did its best when it came to this car. The new design just nailed it, very appealing. With the $4 gas prices about $50 to fill her up. It will last you for quite a while actually.

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Ben writes:
2008 Ford Focus SES Review
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The car does what you tell it to, in a timely and safe manner.

Cons

If you want to do anything more than drive on-road.

75

I Love It, I Only Wish It Had A Little More Power, But Don't We All? — Accelerates from 0-50 in first gear (That's always fun). Good brakes, decent handling. There is some creeking now and then, it's not exactly hand made, however I have not had a single problem yet, after 25,000 miles. It's a good looking a good looking car, and the interior is nice. Only bad thing about the interior is there is no light in the back so I had to put up a tap light ($10 fix, worth it :)). Great mileage, 24 mpg city, between 34-36 mpg highway, depending to road grade. It has a smaller gas tank however, so trips to the gas station are as often as with a lesser mileage car, So far no maintenance, I will have to replace the tires at the 30,000 mile tune up, which is sooner than expected. Fun car to drive! Handles windy backroads well. If youra driver in snow you can manage, however this car is so light that someone without snow experience shouldn't attempt to drive in snowy/icy conditions.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mariah writes:
2008 Ford Focus SES Coupe Review
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Everything

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Nothing

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By Far The Best Car I've Owned Out Of The 9! — I have owned 9 vehicles.A Hyundai, Mercury, Chevy and several other Ford models. Out of all of those even the same model but a different year... I love my '08 focus the best. The handling is great and sporty. It accelerates beautifully.The gas mileage is awesome. I like this body style much better than the '04 and '07 focus I had before. I love the Sync feature. I don't even use the 6 disc changer or the radio. I only listen to my iPod. I would recommend the Focus to everyone out there.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Isiacc writes:
2008 Ford Focus SE Review
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4

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its a great family car

Cons

slow acceleration

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Great Car — the overall is that it is a good family care the acceleration is a slow reaction but the vraking is excellent the handling is awsome other than that the car is good for a family car or a car for an everyday driver with great gas mileage

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tomi writes:
2008 Ford Focus S Review
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Great safety all models.

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Maybe a little more torque in low revs...

55

Focus — Very steady steering. Good quality inside and outside the car. Performance is enough for everyone in normal use. Low gas cost and no need special maintenance. Hell yeah! this car is real fun to drive:) Ford feel the difference really.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Justin writes:
2008 Ford Focus SE Coupe Review
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5

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A stylish fuel saver that's comfortable and fun to drive or even ride in.

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The back seat is hard to access

75

Where Mpgs Meet Mp3s — Performance: Acceleration is average, braking is average although braking feel is a little soft, handling is responsive with quick steering. Build Quality: It hasn't needed anything repaired yet. Pretty solid from when I bought it. No rattles or anything. Apperance: Exterior apperance is definitely unique and is always a matter of opinion. I wasn't too fond of it at first glance but the look has grown on me. Interior is definitely an upgrade. It's clean and modern looking and the buttons and controls are well configured and placed. Cost of Ownership: Gas is good with responsible driving. Unfortunately, I do a lot of driving so I don't notice the money I'm saving. But the car sips fuel and filling up is easy on the wallet. Maintenence is simple and cheaper than one might think. But really, it is a entry level vehicle, how expensive did you think it might be? Fun Factor: Is it fun to drive? Yes. I have the 5 speed manual transmission and I will have to say that the car is geared pretty well and it's not bad when your foot gets a little heavy. I also have the car with the optional SYNC system which makes the car even more enjoyable. My calls are all hands free and the voice recognition is excellent. Definitely a great perk. As I told my friend Tyler, Ford wasn't kidding with it's "MPGs meet MP3s" slogan. It's cheap, is reliable (so far) and fun. It's a welcome alternative to Sentra and Civic.

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Nick writes:
2008 Ford Focus SES Review
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great performance, great styling, very reliable.....

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the only thing i would like to have better is the top speed but for a 2.0 its very fast so i really dont have any complaints.

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2008 Focus Ses. — Performance- Great handling, awesome acceleration cosidering its an automatic with a 2.0 duratec, it brakes extremely fast. Build Quality- What can i say its a ford so its obviously built to last..... Appearance- Huge changes were made to the 08 compared to the previous models and they are all good its a beatiful car for the price, the interior is amazing with microsoft sync built in full leather heated seats and ambient lighting, its also very comfortable. Cost of Ownership- 50 hwy miles/gallon, only needs oil changes every 8000km, very reliable. -This car is great its cheap to buy cheap to drive and extremely fun!best car ive ever had.

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2012 Ford Focus Reviews

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2011 Ford Focus Reviews

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