Bought mine new and was impressed with build quality from the start.
It's just an SE with sunroof and spoiler as options.
On my third set of tires and just replaced the serpentine belt.
My driving is 75% highway.
Change oil myself and that's about all the maintenance it has required, until recently just replaced the fuel injector throttle body at a Ford dealership.
The ride is a little choppy but overall very easy to drive and park.
I hope to get another 100K out her!
For some reason, possibly the car size and weight,
it seems to require low maintenance.
Still has original front brakes.
My first set of tires wore evenly and replaced at 80,000.
Second set replaced at 74,000.
Just the right size car.
Not too small or too big.
Can possibly improve ride quality.
It is a bit choppy on rough roads.
Perhaps the newer '13's will be an improvement.