My last car i kept for 13 years.. It was a 1999 Contour SVT.
I LOVED the Contour. And it was green, a rare color for a car nowadays.
It had a few issues over the length of my owning it. The biggest was needing a new differential.. (the real weak point of that car was the differential I stuck in a Torsen after the original one disintegrated.)
And finally it needed front wheel bearings again.
(I sold the SVT to the brother of my apt building manager. i get to see it often. I still love it)
I just decided i needed a new car.
I would have gotten rid of the SVT sooner, but no Ford seemed to be equal in any way.
So I waited, and FINALLY Ford brought over the EU new Focus.
Curious the list for my 1999 Contour SVT was around $22,900. and my new Focus is also list $22,700
I had to have a car which handles as well as my SVT did, 2012 Focus yes.
I also wanted to get better MPG, and no longer want to race around all the time. so the Hp available is fine.
Manual transmission required, no problem.