Bought new in June 2001, our Ford Focus Street Edition has been a great car. Comfortable, handles GREAT, very good gas mileage, very reliable. A few relatively minor issues have occurred but overall we've had a wonderful experience with this car!
Handling, gas mileage - average about 32 MPG, regularly get 36-37 on trips and once got over 40mpg on a several hundred mile trip. Seating position, styling, engine performance, 5sp manual shift, trunk space, interior room, exterior styling! What more can I say - it's a GREAT car!
Fuel pump failed which was recognized problem by Ford - replaced free but should have been recalled. Also had 2 EGR sensors replaced. Brakes squealed until replaced. Volume control on 6 disc changer unit has been problematic. Better speakers would help. Fix these & it's the best value on the market!