I thought is was a very peppy car! It seemed solid with a good exhaust system (some are butchered) and the doors closed properly. I am new to the focus world (not owning one yet)and it was the second SVT I had driven. Given your interest in bringing the car back it should be a good one once you are finished.
I would like to find a blue version which seems to be tougher than anticipated,since Silver seems to be themost popular color. I was wrong, the front bumper is in the Columbus Craigslist and he is asking $500. Some of the after market bumpers are interesting if you can get them ina material that isn't brittle like fiberglass. Good luck!!!