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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, ... Read More
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........ Read More
Instant Market Value
A used 2008 Ford Focus SES has an average retail price of $10,749 and 73,700 miles.
Drivers who opt for the top-of-the-line Ford Focus SES sedan trim for 2008 might be a little surprised when they find out what's not included with the standard equipment package. Antilock brakes, for instance, must be added as optional equipment, since they don't come standard. Ford includes a leather-trimmed steering wheel as standard, but not leather-trimmed seats, which are optional. An entry-level AM/FM/CD audio system with an MP3 input jack (a new feature for 2008) must satisfy drivers, since an upgraded system with an in-dash CD changer has to be added as an option, as does Sirius satellite radio. While that might not be a problem for many drivers, it results in a high-end trim that doesn't keep up with the best from competitive models.
The 2008 Focus SES sedan does include such features as Ice Blue backlighting for the instrument gauges and control knobs, a top-of-the-dash display with multifunction readouts, and side curtain airbags, all standard throughout the line. Unique features for the SES include a four-way power-adjustable driver's seat, power heated exterior mirrors, metallic instrument panel applique, cruise control, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, and six-spoke 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The SES also comes standard with Ford's Sync, a wireless in-car, Bluetooth-compatible communications system that enables drivers to make voice -activated cellphone calls, among other functions.
Power comes in the form of a 2.0-liter Duratec 20 inline four-cylinder engine, which produces 140 horsepower. The engine has been updated to provide improved smoothness, responsiveness, and fuel efficiency. It links to either a five-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or an optional four-speed automatic.
Many drivers and reviewers note that the Focus SES still offers exceptional steering and handling, which has been a mark of the compact car since its introduction. In fact, ride quality, handling, and steering have actually been improved for 2008, thanks to a stiffer, "Euro-inspired" body structure and a retuned suspension. And drivers and reviewers seem to like the new Sync system, which some feel is the 2008 Focus's best new feature. However, many reviewers have taken issue with the fact that the 2008 Ford Focus SES, which has been redesigned both inside and out, hasn't gone far enough with styling and standard equipment to keep up with its competitors. And many note that the entry-level Focus trim offers a better value.
This overview covers the SES trim only.
Please see our 2008 Ford Focus Overview for more information.
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