I married into an '09 SE and it was a solid trouble free car for the 3 years and 33,000 miles we drove it but I needed something more sporty and fun to drive and with our 2012 SE my wife hasn't looked back and she loved her '09. The MK2 is a solid car but not a starting point for me to want to throw mods on it.
'12 Focus Red Candy SE Sport 5 spd
'99 Toyota 4Runner Sport
'11 Subaru WRX STI Hatch