Purchased with 950 miles 8/08 2yr additional extended warranty.
Very basic model, no options this car.
Regularly record 39-40 mpg highway comparing gas gallons at fillup and trip odometer.
Acceleration is decent for 2.0 L normally aspirated engine.
My vehicle is not listed on the 2 recalls on 08 Focus.
Change oil every 3 months at dealer with my oil/filter.
No problems to date except upper radiator hose leak at 90 degree plastic elbow.
Changed myself due to expense quoted by dealer.
I have been in 2 front-end accidents.
NOTE: Body repair shop overtightened battery cable terminal.
This wore the tin off the terminal, exposing it to rust.
Had to replace battery early.
Its just dependable transportation that I wanted, keep it simple stupid.
Ford did this with this particular Focus.
5th works down to 28 mph without stumbling, so I don't have to shift often.
Manual windows are great if you drive off a bridge and want to get out of the car quickly.
A simple radio/CD.
No cell phone or screen distractions in this car.
Add another OD gear on top of 5th = 6 spd. manual for extended level highway use as option.
Divulge to owners the deinstall/install method used in the upper/lower radiator hose to radiator due to the built-in clamp in the plastic elbow.
This is prior non-standard.
Dealer cost to replace is about 5X the retail value of a radiator hose assembly.
Though replacement is simple, lack of knowledge lends to unneeded repair costs for simple tasks.
Brake and clutch pedals seem designed for "little people".
Separate them a bit and make em' bigger for my feet.
Tin coated battery cable terminals are designed for minimum clamp on the battery post.
Send a TSB to body shops to pay attention on this.