I enjoyed my 2008. Being the first year of that model, it had some quirks, like the center mount radio display not having outside temp and compass direction available, though there were blank spaces for it you could see on the display! Anyway, that was resolved later, it was just a feature that wasn't added yet.
The car was nice, tight, and decently powered. Aftermarket is huge for the second gens, but being an automatic, I didn't sink money into it. Kept my eyes on the prize and got my 2013 the way I wanted it, though, yes, I do pay out the nose for it.
Good luck! Either option is a great choice!
2013 Focus SE 5M Daily Driver
2003 Mustang GT V8/Auto Wife's Daily
1986 Mustang GT V8/5M Toy
- Jody -