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2008 Ford Focus Sedan

4dr Sdn SE

Starting at | Starting at 24 MPG City - 35 MPG Highway

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  • $15,585 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Ford Focus Sedan

With increased standard safety equipment and improved ride and refinement for 2008, the economical Ford Focus ranks as an even better value than before. The Sync system is also a standout feature, bringing hands-free phone and wireless music functions into a price class where it hasn't otherwise been offered. What's more, the styling, especially inside, lends a more contemporary, upscale feel to the Focus's interior.

What's new for 2008?

All hatchback and wagon models of the Ford Focus have been dropped for 2008, but a two-door coupe joins the lineup; the remaining sedan has been fully redesigned cosmetically for 2008, with a distinctive new look inside and out. Side air bags are standard on the new Focus.

Model Strengths

  • More contemporary appearance
  • ride comfort
  • safety features
  • fuel efficiency
  • available Sync system.

Model Review

The Ford Focus gets a very different look for 2008; the redesign borrows cues from Ford's larger Fusion sedan, with flared wheel arches, a mix of smoothed transitions and sharp creases, and the attention-getting chrome-bar grille.

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2008 Ford Focus ST

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DETROIT - We've always liked the Ford Focus. The compact sedan is spacious, practical, reliable and a decent all round everyday vehicle.

However, we were somewhat surprised when we got into the 2007 Ford Focus ST. It was sporty. That's something we hadn't expected. Our test vehicle had a four cylinder 151 horsepower engine that made 154 pounds- feet of torque. It was mated to a five speed manual transmission that made us feel like we were driving a mini muscle car.

Ford has generations of experience with five- speed manual gearboxes because of the fabled Mustang. And to us, some of that know how was transferred into our test car's transmission.

Shifting was almost intuitive. We didn't go through the short but irritating time it takes to get comfortable with the shift dynamics of a manual. Each one has a personality of its own.

We came to at least think that this particular model of the Focus might live on like past models of the Mustang. No matter their age, there's a certain mystique that demands respect. Our Focus ST had some of the same traits.

Its styling was edgy, color was red and it had 16- inch aluminum, five- spoke rims. There was also a spoiler that worked well with the body styling. Bulging fenders conveyed strength and durability.

The interior of our test car was black accented by read stitching. Our test vehicle had cloth seats, the shift knob was wrapped in leather and for the 2007 model year, audio controls were on the steering column.

We just got the feeling that properly maintained, our Focus cold be on the road for years. And since the all- new 2008 model is rolling of the assembly line, the 2007 model will get a shot at automotive longevity. We like its chances.

Our Focus was quick off the mark, responded to driver input sharply, handled the ruts of road construction well and it was comfortable, really comfortable. We've always found the back seats of the Focus sedan pleasing. It a word there's plenty of head room, hip room and, with the front seats not let back completely, there was enough leg room. In other words, the Focus can carry four adults with ease.

But we were particularly pleased with our test car's equipment. It had a premium audio system with speaks from Sony that sounded pretty good to us. There was a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, an in- dash six- disc CD player with MP3 capability and mute button that as near as we could tell was meant to mute the sound system so that you could talk on a cell phone.

Now, we don't advise talking on a cell phone while driving (we violate this rule repeatedly) but a method of easily muting the sound system decreases the level of distraction. That was a thoughtful touch.

Out test vehicle also had heated cloth seats and side impact airbags. We also found the trunk quite roomy. Our test vehicle was $19,050. That was not a bad price for a small sturdy sedan that felt like it had all the right stuff to last a while.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer / less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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