Originally Posted by mmmfloorpie
Not to be cynical, but you read this forum and it made you WANT to buy a Focus?
The Internet is a good way to find people having trouble. It's a much less good way to determine _how likely_ it is that you'll have trouble.
What motivates people to post? Getting really mad about their problem. The people that aren't having problems tend not to post at all. Ford sold about 175,000 Focuses in 2011; where are the other 174,000? Then there's a very small slice of owners that are just so overjoyed that they can't stop praising their car at any opportunity. But there's not a lot of those. So you have to take complaints with consideration, and do some other research as well.