There have been some minor problems associated with My Ford Touch, the Dual Clutch Transmissions and a clunk from the suspension. But all of these are being handled by Technical Service Bulletins and shouldn't be any problem. Since the Focus is a completely new rebuild there are going to be small problems the first couple of years. For example, when the Focus was first introduced back in 1999 as a 2000 model there were various problems that plagued it the first couple of years, after those problems were resolved the Focus had a long run of reliability. From your first post you are suggesting that you're going to be getting the Ford Focus S and should be avoiding most of these small issues. You will enjoy the car for it's entire life and should be mostly trouble free as long as you regularly maintain it. Good luck on your purchase.