I wasn't planning to buy a car today. I frequently procrastinate by skimming Craigslist and I'd just bought new tires for my 01 Focus.
But an 07 Focus wagon (the last year they made them, and only through part of the year at that) with a stick (hard to find of any year) for $7k popped up on my screen. Clean Carfax, totally clean interior, one owner, Ford dealer (traded in there on an Escape, they said).
And that was that.
Biggest complaint: the aftermarket hubcaps, which were not on the car pictured in the ad. (I guess they sold them off in favor of the cheapos.) But they did promise in writing to give me a cargo cover and clean up a couple of scratches, even if they wouldn't give back the hupcaps.
But it's otherwise got the strengths and weaknesses I knew of going in. Even with its tons of space, there's great handling and a smooth ride, and everything feels as tight as it should (unlike my old 01, which loosened up considerably over the years). The interior is nothing fancy by 2007 standards, but it's fine for me and nothing is broken.
Here's to many fine years ahead.
Now I just need to sell the 01, which the dealer offered $700 for. (ZX3 Premium, 107k, lots of scratches / minor interior issues, but runs strong)