I purchased my 2003 SES with 13,000 miles in September, 2003. Since then I have only had one repair (a $400 camsynchronizer). The car runs good with over 120,000 miles, I have yet to change the brakes or have any other repairs. As for fuel economy, I can get around 24 to 26 mpg on the interstate and around 18 to 20 mpg in town.
Large trunk and plenty of room for kids in the backseat.
I wish Ford would adjust the placement of the rearview mirror. I am 6'3" and the rearview mirror creates a blind spot just in front of the right passenger fender, which causes me to continually adjust my body to get a clear view.