I drove a 2006 ford focus zx3 white 5spd since I was 15 (22 now). I kept the paint in perfect condition, never dinged it, never got a ticket with it, it was flawless. I wanted to keep it forever, until the 5th of last month, a texting teenage girl crossed the double yellow line and hit me head on, totaling my precious focus. Luckily her insurance paid up, but the value wasn't great, and I wanted to get something newer since nothing would come close to the condition of my '06 for the price. I saved up and found a local '13 hatchback with a manual and 25k miles on it, going for $11.4k, so I bought it!
And here it is. It isn't perfect yet, but the condition is great. I plan on putting on the titanium trim headlights, 17" silver 10 spoke y spoke wheels, some kind of more aggressive spoiler, and put in a 10" sub which I'm already working on making.
I look forward to many happy years with it, and making it look pretty cool in the process.