Bought the car in 2000. Windshield broke in 5 months. Brakes and tires have always been bad, needing to be changed every 15 to 20 thousand miles. Replaced rotors, calipers, ignition and a tune-up was done at 35,000 miles. The Focus would be a great car if it worked properly, or if at least the dealer/manufacturer would take care of common problems.
I like how it handles when everything works and it's cute. The gas mileage for highway use isn't bad either.
I have had no problems with the car.
Other than the recalls, which are fine
as long as they fix the problem, the
only negative is that the tires and
brakes wear out far too quickly
(30,000 miles). Car is enjoyable and
has had no need for a mechanic other
than routine maintenance.
The Focus has a large interior which
makes it comfortable for even large
people like me (6'5").
The interior materials are cheap, the
brakes need to last longer, as do the