I bought this car BONE STOCK. Not even additional mufflers. The engine is easy to work on. I have only made upgrades - never had to fix anything. The electronic comforts of the car (seats, interior lights, etc) have not needed replacement yet. It is a very stable car. Lots of room in the back with the seats folded down. I traveled with about a 1,200 lb load and the car was still strong stock.
Sound and handling; the ability to go fast by changing gears. Fun ride and great sound acoustics with the hatchback too!
Brakes. Might want to do a 5-lug conversion on it. That is the only slap on the wrist Ford needs.