Yes I have 242,000 miles on my '01 Wagon. I have had to replace my share of tires and brakes due to the 600+ miles I drive a week.
In the 5 years I have owned the car, which I purchased used with 66,000 miles it, I haven't had a repair bill over $360. And that was for the water pump and the timing belt at 215,000 miles.
My sercet, is to change the oil every 3,000 miles. Do not wait the 3 months if you are driving like I do.
I purchased my '01 Focus Wagon SE from a dealership in 2011 with ~190,000 mi on it for $2850. It has been almost 2 years now and this car has given me almost no grief.
The A/C went out once (A/C is a luxury anyways, who cares?), front coil springs had to be replaced, and the muffler hit the ground once while going over a speed bump (temporarily fixed it with shoelaces, haha)
All in all, great performance; great value!
This should have been a great car, but was an absolute disaster.
17 service trips in first 16 months.
Ford was uncooperative and rude.
The worst of many problems was the rear brakes, which were always slightly engaged.
This resulted in bad fuel economy, but FAR worse was that it was extremely dangerous to drive on ice and snow.
The rear wheels constantly slid.
I race autocross, ride motorcycles, and race bicycles so I know a ridiculously unsafe vehicle from a regular vehicle, but every contact point of Ford ignored my concerns and insisted I was just a bad driver.
Send me a $9000 check, and I will CONSIDER buying another Ford.
Lemon law only until 12k miles - went to heck at 15k
I purchased my focus used with 21000 miles on it.The wagon was very useful for utility purposes.The car had many accessories that were very useful.I loved the car the first couple years.But then it started to cost me to much to maintain. I traded it in to a local ford dealer at about 67,500 miles on it.I had given up on it and told them why.