If you buy one make sure it is under Warranty for 2 plus years
Water pump replaced; brakes repeatedly a problem and expensive to fix (still "squeaking" at present despite being "fixed" by a Ford dealer) ; ignition key assembly self destructed so that car could NOT be turned off (!!) - cost $1500 to fix!; lousy underpowered air conditioning; warning lights for airbags and service due go on and stay on (again Ford could NOT fix this - and they are the "experts"). Also Ford could not tune the car properly either.
Despite the previous problems and faults this car is actually very nice to drive. It was (in fairness) very cheap to purchase with a leather interior and every option one could imagine. It is reasonably quick, not too uneconomical (from 13 mpg in stop start city grid lock type traffic to almost 30 mpg on a country highway). The car is also very safe according to crash reports and despite squeaky brakes has excellent ABS.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st November, 2003