We bought 02 Focus SE (auto) in Jan 2002. So far it has 60k miles. Happy with its overall reliability and handling (considering it's a FORD). It's fun to drive. No powertrain or any powered parts problem. It's an economical car and some parts such as tires and rotors have worn out fast. What have been repaired/changed include: all 4 tires (less than 3 yrs), 2 front rotors (less than 3 yrs), spark plugs and wires (4 yrs), one rear light bulb and drain plug (less than 3 yrs).
Overall quality/reliability; handling, fun to drive.
Front rotor uneven worn-out; drain plug soft metal; wind-noise on highway.