I am also a bit aggravated by the very negative comments here about Focus reliability and thought I'd chime in.
I have driven my Focus S 5 speed manual for almost 3 years and more than 70K miles.
After dealing early on with two glitchy things (a bad window motor and a bad engine sensor) that were fixed under warranty the car has been absolutely bulletproof.
The 2012 was the first year of the new Focus and I put down the two early fixes as teething problems.
Again, zero troubles since.
The car is truly a joy to drive on twisty roads.
If you buy one keep it simple. Get it with the 5-speed stick and without the Synch bells and whistles.
You will find you have a poor-man's BMW.
Handling (steering, suspension), Transmission (5spMan), Engine (sweet spot between 3500-4500 RPM) , Seats, Exterior styling, Interior Styling.
Reasonably fuel efficient, I get between 32 and 36 mpg depending on season and how hard/fast I drive.
Back seat is very cramped.
Trunk opening on sedan is too small.
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