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Old 10-18-2007, 08:45 PM   #1
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07 Owner Test Drives 08 Focus

Alright, The Dealership that I work at finally got its first 08 in yesterday. It's an SE 4 Door, Sky Blue, 6 Disc cd player, and not much else.
Here is a list of my likes and dislikes of the car we have. All of the following statments are strictly IMO

Interior:
Liked
Two 12V sources in the front.
Audio input jack.
A real center console that goes about 8in deep.
Audio display at top of dash (It says "Ford Focus" when you turn the car on)
More usable cup holders
Backseat poppers were moved inside car
The Ambient light thing would be cool, but this one doesn't have it
**Lip Balm holder on inside of center console lid**

Disliked
The stock radio is built into the dash so it would be near impossible to put in an after market deck.
Bottom of backseat doesn't fold up
Steeringwheel no longer telescopes.
No Interior trunk release

Exterior
Liked
The side body moldings are gone
The top of the rear bumber has a notch in it so the trunk is easier to open

TrunkTrunkTrunkTrunkTrunkTr
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RearBumperRearBumperRearBu


Disliked
Everything else especially the crome side pieces.


Power
The 2.0 of the 08 generation seemed a little more peppy than they did from the 05-07 models. I was actually slightly surprised.


All in All I love the outside of my car but would like to take a few of the interior things out of the 08.


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Old 10-18-2007, 10:24 PM   #2
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The telescoping wheel was never standard on older focii, only the SES has it standard, with the SE having it as an option. Its the same for the '08 as I recall when looking at its specs.

The '08 has 140hp. Ford has said they improved the suspension, did you have a chance to corner it at all?
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tele is when it can be pulled in and out correct? my 07 se has it, i like it, all the way down and out

but good to see a write up on it froma 2n gen owner, cant wait to try one out, better be a 5 speed as well lol
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:47 PM   #4
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No chance to corner yet. And I think it was in car and driver there was no telescope option.
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Where the hell was the trunk release...I couldn't find it.Not on the dash from what I could see,nor the console or the glovebox?

Thanks Ford for hiding the freaking thing....
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there is none. I forgot to add to my dislikes. so the only way to open the trunk is with the fob or with key. sorry S model owners
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there is none. I forgot to add to my dislikes. so the only way to open the trunk is with the fob or with key. sorry S model owners

Huh?
Even a basic Civic has a trunk release.
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Old 10-20-2007, 01:25 AM   #8
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Sorry there is no trunk release. Its the same on the Mustangs. Ford feels that you either get the fob or you do it manually.
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Well its obvious that ford feels thing alot differently than we do.
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I'd be surprised if the base 08 Focus has power windows and locks.
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