I didn't get the ST because I needed better gas mileage and this will be my daily commute vehicle. I also think the Recaro seats are a bit too firm for the type of use this vehicle is going to get.
There are not paddle shifters in my Focus. It is called Select-Shift and basically there is a + and - on the shifter handle. This only functions when you put the car in S mode.
Here are some pics of my previous Foci:
I am sure the mod bug will hit soon enough. I won't have to do much thanks to the list of options already on the car. I will likely do some wheels and the rest is still up in the air.