We bought our Focus from a private party who wanted to get out of his Ford lease he had through the family. We couldn't pass up the deal, and bought it, even though we wanted a Civic. Knock on wood...so far it's been great. It's roomy, runs great (although it has that little Fordish-tractorish purr), requires little gas, and handles well. My wife is a teacher, and we needed a reliable vehicle. If you are in a similar situation, I highly recommend this car. Trust me, I spent 2 weeks researching all compacts, and this one's got most bang for our buck.