Joseph P. Hilko


One year ago in March, I bought a brand new Ford Focus for economy reasons and its driveability. I thoroughly enjoy driving this automobile which shows on the odometer reading of over 28,000 miles.

Overall the car is great and I’m well satisfied with one exception, that being the replacement of the air filter, which is supposed to last 75,000 to 100,000 miles.

This car is equipped with an air filter restriction gauge to indicate when the filter needs replaced. Sounds like a simple straightforward and routine thing until I found the cost to be $300. This entire unit must be replaced as it is not possible to just replace the paper filler element.

The cost is outrageous and it’s even more outrageous that the consumer is not made aware of this before purchasing one of these cars.

I understand some 2006 models are equipped the same way so I suggest that all owners or prospective owners check to see what kind of air filters they have. If it’s the $300 model, complain to Ford and any consumer advocate groups

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