I bought my 06 SE Sedan in 8/06. I have never regretted the purchase for one moment. I'm probably going to trade it tomorrow, knowing its resale value is worth well more than what I owe. It's a good feeling knowing Ford builds cars like the Focus. I'm done with Japanese products. The Focus has been an awesome, reliable car, and I've had nothing but compliment feedback from observers and guests. High marks, Ford is only getting better.
Handling is fantastic, steering wheel is perfect, the vertical seat adjustment for us petites, safety ratings (ABS and all around airbags on my car), paint quality, overall reliability. Great little car, unappreciated by most, most appreciated by some.
The 2012 addresses any potential improvements. Getting one. The 2009- 11 models were, um, ugly.