2003 Ford Focus ZX3 Premium 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I knew what I wanted initially: a small hatchback with good mpg and a manual trans.
However, I never expected to like it this much.
The old saying that its more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow... this car nails it.
Driving around town I find this car more satisfying than my 400hp Mustang.
Its reasonably peppy, doesn't have to be revved, and with the addition of a stiffer rear swaybar, the handling is a blast.
Tons of room too.
On one trip I managed 3 people and a 50" tv.
On another, a full dresser.
It's got 140k miles on it, so a few things are starting to go, but I'd say its held up incredibly well.
Couldn't be happier with my purchase!
Fun to drive, seat bolstering, looks, utility, Not from an Asian automaker