I think my car is great! I bought it brand new and have right at 94k miles on it. as stated above i got the hatchback. I am fairly easy on the car (still have the factory brakes), the only repairs I have done were covered under my waranty and include: ignition key would not turn, they replaced the switch in the dash, now I can start it and pull my key out of the ignition which is handy sometimes and very cool. The clutch master cylinder went out and I brought it to the dealer, they replaced the thermastat for some reason, and what do you know it did not fix the problem; after they replaced the correct part I was up and running again. I replaced the link from the strut to the sway bar because it was making noise, not necessary, but I like a quiet car. The thermastat that they put in started to leak and they had to replace that (they=ford). Otherwise, tires, oil, gas and filters are all that it has needed. Ground clearance is good for a econo car, it can drive over most curbs, which is handy in some instances. And it will off road fairly well (it has been my main hunting vehical for 4 years now, and only got it stuck twice). For performance, it ran a 21.5+/- in the quarter with me driving, so could be a little beter. I can't report how well the gas milage is, but delivering pizzas (harsh driving) it never went below 31, so that is good. I don't know if I can believe 67mpg, but 40mpg over a tank full seems doable with the right driving skills.(I have a lot to learn)
After saying all that I did go today and look at one of the new taurus X station wagons today and really like those, more car than I need, but this small car is getting a little cramped on long trips.