Overall I think this is an underrated car, with more horsepower than most Civics
Things that have gone wrong with this car were mainly have to do with rust, because it was not taken care of before me:
Power steering lines/transmission fluid lines rusted through at 125,000 km. Replaced them for $20 with neoprene lines.
129,000, had to rebuild rocker panels, which I did for free with sheet metal and rivets.
130,000, safety inspection exhaust pipe broke near manifold, and check engine light has been on ever since, not sure how much it cost because my grandfather paid for it.
140,000, engine coolant line burst. It was in the winter so it was fine, fixed with neoprene again.
But again all of these have to do with a rusty 12 year old car, not a design flaw with Ford.
I paid $900 for this car December of 2008, and it has a very inviting interior, came with power windows, power locks and AC and everything on the car works perfectly. It was also a very clean car when I got it.
I also drove it for a very long time on low transmission fluid, and I noticed a lot of people getting their transmission replaced on this site, but I looked at the records for my car and it has not been replaced or rebuilt once, and I pretty much floor it everywhere I go, being 18 and all, it shifts perfectly fine.
I've gone 180 km/hr in the car before, and one amazing thing about this car that nobody can complain about, is that it can handle turns like no other car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th February, 2010