My Ford Focus ZX3 (5-speed manual), though a scant 6 mos. old, is a never ending source of regret. In the ensuing 4,500 miles, the car has been at the dealership for fifteen days, and their alleged "fixes" never took. The transmission problems remain, even after replacing nearly every major component therein (cluster shaft, input shaft, 4 main bearings). And let's not forget to mention the dealer inflicted body damage requiring the repairing and repainting of a front quarter panel! Ford Service Managers, Customer Service Mangers, and Regional Representatives are no help. Too many problems, too many phone calls, too many trips to the dealership, too many meaningless apologies. If my experiences are any indication, anyone who values their hard-earned money should steer clear of the Focus, and of Ford. You can bet that in the future, I will.