Original owner checking in again. I've put about 15,000 miles on the car now. It still looks and drives like new. There is very little tire wear. I am still getting about 35 m.p.g. with the automatic and overdrive. I turn the overdrive off in town for better acceleration and fun. When I'm on the freeway I turn it back on. The car handles great in the snow. I usually ride with 4 studded snow tires during the winter here in Idaho. For the last 2 years I've been more than able getting around with the electronic traction control and all season tires. The only draw back I've noticed to the car is a spot in front of the driver side windshield seems to be more concave than the rest. This is annoying when the windshield wipers completely miss this spot. I can hardly fault the car for this. It is apparently the fault of quality control at the windshield manufacturer and the Ford factory where it was installed. I have not contacted the dealer about this.
I am the original owner checking in again. The car has a little over 40,000 miles on it now, and still gets 35mpg. It is in great shape inside and out. It seems to be holding up well.
I am the original owner. The car has around 65K on it, and I had to replace the front axles and tires. Now it looks as if there is a bearing before the axle that I will have to replace; so far the total of all of this is about 1200$. I am not happy about it, but in light of how good a car it has been up to now, I am not that upset about it.
As a mechanic, I am always very suspicious when I read about any major item, such as axles, being replaced at such ludicrously low mileage. Not even cheaply built imports should require any repairs before 100,000 miles. I've never replaced such parts in any Ford, GM or Chrysler vehicle in up to a quarter million miles. I suspect a dishonest shop.
"The only draw back I've noticed to the car is a spot in front of the driver side windshield seems to be more concave than the rest. This is annoying when the windshield wipers completely miss this spot."
I have an '11 SE with this issue also. The concave spot is right in my line of sight. I fix this by getting out and pressing hard on the arm of the offended wiper. This usually fixes the issue until the next time. It doesn't affect me too often.