I have a 2003 focus that just passed 160 kilometers and other than regular maintenance like tires, brakes, oil changes I have only had to replace the trunk opening latch ($150). It has the smallest engine (2.0 twin port), manual trans and I put 16 inch wheels and a hogher aspect than stock tires on it to maximize mileage. Even with this high gearing it still has reasonable torque to pass in high gear. Best steering and handing in a North American car and you sit up high not like sitting in a hole like a Honda. Styling is still fresh after all these years, going to keep for at least another 5 years. Hey it long been paid for
Whaddya expect... you're buying a used car!
Granted I bought it 40km and am now past 130k, but its been a great car for the buck.
( had a Toyota dealer ask 10k for the used price at first though? what the..!!)
But reading through these reviews its obvious too many poor quality parts were used given how many similarities in repairs:
trunk latch has been replaced 3x now and still doesn't latch all the time.
Ignition locked up.
Battery is being drained by something,
replaced once already.
But be realistic.
Otherwise its been a great little mid level car.