It's so refreshing to see a thread like this. It's just so sad to see a few people say they dumped the car for something else and then people think this car is garbage.
I also have a Focus that has never seen the shop, but I have WAY less miles than you at 7,700. Mine is an automatic however, so we will see how it goes.
But I think the thousands upon thousands of Focus owners that don't post here outnumber the people who have problems and are voicing it on the internet.