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#1 of 100 2008 Ford Focus
Sep 17, 2007 (6:46 pm)
Anyone have any thoughts on the upcoming 2008 Focus.I was always put off buy the many problems that plagued the early Focus models.I wasn't going to give the Focus a look because it is based on a ten year old platform. But some of the tweaks that Ford has made sound interesting.
#2 of 100 Re: 2008 Ford Focus [wenhead]
Sep 17, 2007 (7:11 pm)
I was considering the 2007 and 2008 Ford Focus over the summer. The 2007 would have been a great deal, but the car was just too dated at that point even though it had a lot of virtues such as a good ride/handling combo. I had hope for the '08 model, but I don't like the way it looks. It'll probably look a bit different in person, but I think that styling could be a deal-breaker.
#3 of 100 styling
Sep 18, 2007 (10:06 am)
I actually like the new styling.I am big on fuel economy and aerodynamics. They lightened the car by 60 pounds.Also I think cutting the 2.3 liter engine is okay.I would only shop this car for the low cost SE version with a manual transmision. I question some of the phone connection options. For instance, does a voice activated text message reader encourage people to text message while driving? I hope not.The ambient color thing is harmless,as long as it doesn't cause the lights to stop working.
The good news is that the suspension tuning,noise supression,and chassis stiffining, all sound like very usefull tweaks.This will probably be the only small american car that I would shop.
#4 of 100 no hatch
Sep 18, 2007 (10:29 am)
I think it is too bad that the Focus hatch back got the axe. If I had the bucks, my idea of the almost perfect sporty utility vehicle would be the 2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 5 door hatch.Even though it is awd and is sort of lacking in fuel economy, that is my idea of an (SUV) er I mean sporty car hatch thing.
#5 of 100 2008 Focus and SYNC
Sep 20, 2007 (11:18 am)
As a Ford representative I'd like to clarify the text message function of SYNC. Through voice commands you can have SYNC read your incoming text messages aloud. After reading or hearing it, the text message can be forwarded to another phone or a reply, using any of the 15 preset text messages, can be sent. However, the text message reply and forwarding mechanisms are speed dependent for safety. If the vehicle is moving more than a couple of miles per hour, then you can't forward or use the preset standard reply text messages in SYNC. For further information about SYNC, please go to syncmyride.com.
As far as the hatchback, you are correct that for the 2008 model year, the Focus will only be available as either a 2 door coupe or a 4 door sedan. There are many reasons behind the model decisions including customer feedback. If you would like to give us your feedback on any Ford product, please type "feedback" at customersaskford.com. Your comment will be forwarded to the proper department for review. Thanks.
#6 of 100 The only catch with Synch.
Sep 21, 2007 (3:31 am)
Synch supports all possible bluetooth phone features and through software upgrades can support future ones. BUT not all phones support all features.
Most phones will not support the text messaging. Ford has tested the most proflic phone models nd carriers at www.syncmyride.com.
Also, the same model can support different features depending on what carrier you got it from.
#7 of 100 No hatchback for '08
Oct 09, 2007 (3:32 am)
After seeing the new Ford Verve show car presaging the next small Ford, I think the production Verve (Fiesta? Who knows what it will actually be called?) will serve those who want a hatchback.
The Verve is pretty striking. The decision on the '08 Focus face lift makes more sense after seeing the rest of the product pipeline.
I just hope the UAW gives Ford time to deliver new products to market. And Ford has to do a better job selling the value proposition evidenced by recent quality and customer satisfaction surveys. Consumer perceptions are lagging behind Ford's efforts.
#8 of 100 What Ford needs to do.
Oct 13, 2007 (8:01 am)
They need to have the balls to bite the bullet on a product that isn't a home run.
The new Taurus and Sable do not go nearly far enough to shine in the current market.
IMHO its better for Ford NOT to be in a segment than to have a less than stellar entry.
Fords that are compelling:
New Expedition EL,
New Super Duty,
New Escape (more so when 3.5L and 6spd arrive.)
Products that need to improve to stand out:
F-150, (still competitive but waning
Explorer, (needs more pizazz, Escape uses the same language but is much more compelling)
#9 of 100 '08 Focus sighting
Nov 06, 2007 (9:50 pm)
Parked my car at Costco today and noticed a brand-new '08 Focus Sedan parked next to me. Took a minute to look at it to see what was new. The exterior styling is at best a refresh. But the interior is drastically improved and looks considerably more upscale than before. The photos I had seen prior to seeing it in person didn't do it justice.
#10 of 100 New interior
Nov 07, 2007 (4:40 am)
Makes the old one feel like a 81 Chevette.
The seats are a big comfort improvment and the steering wheel despite not being leather in the SE has a nice squeezeability to it that the Fusion could use. Not so sure about the door panels though. Ford seems to have abandoned cloth inserts on door panels.