Originally Posted by wood_e
Ford knows they have to compete in the small car market and the focus at first was recalled a bunch. 7 years later it's highly improved and I must say, after driving a chevy cobalt, that the focus takes the cake. It felt solid, and well built while the cobalt felt like a cheap piece of plastic.
You can spin the statistics any way you want, but with regular maintenance and oil changes practically any car will be reliable.
I agree, i've owned all GM cars before buying my Focus. I looked at a Cobalt and couldnt stand it, the interior is total junk. It also cost more than my Focus and got worse gas mileage. I'm not a fan of small cars by any means, but I do like the Focus.