Bought my 2000 SE Auto (Zetec) new, and this model had many recalls, all of which were handled quickly and efficiently by various Ford dealerships.
In 131.000 miles I've changed my dino oil every 5K, the fuel filter annually, and the tranny fluid every 50K. On my 4th set of brake pads and changed the rear at 125K. The factory tires lasted 55K and my Pirelli's 76K. The new Kumo Solus KR-21's should last at least 80K.
Replaced the alternator at 97K, and have had the key cylinder repaired twice, at a cost of $125 each time, as I didn't want to pay the dealer $500 and have two sets of keys.
The valve cover gasket leaks, and I'm probably due for a timing belt R & R. My gas mileage is excellent (25 - 32mpg) and the car has been driven hard at speeds up to 105 mph. I really like this car, and hope to keep it for many more years.