"This car is great. Had no issues and mileage is very very good at avg 23mpg. I drive mostly highway but that is combined. Downside, it burns through tires and batteries. Both are cheap to replace. It's a heavy car, so you feel safe. Doors are not so heavy. Trunk is large. Driven for 8 years.
No resale value so I'm keeping it.
Car does not look like every other car out there, so it is easy to find."
"proven excellent in recovering from snow induced skids rear seat unsatisfactory for anyone except children and very short adults. Two mechanical problems; right oil seal leak and broken left strut spring."
Cons: "somewhat rough ride due to the stiff suspension"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Beautiful Car. Purchased used (one owner) in 2008. Almost didn't due to the reviews, THEN, found out Ford changed most of the assembly process after 2003 ending the "reliability problems". I have put 50,000 mi on this car and my only repair expenses have been a battery and brakes. This has proven to be one of the most fun vehicles I've owned and the most reliable besides, @70MPH on cruise control on the highway this little pup gets 31 MPG!!......Yeah.....really!! Only dislike is the somewhat rough ride of the "sport" pkg. It really is like a Sports Car."