The only one to avoid is the 00-04 SPI SOHC engine- regardless of transmission. The transmission improved in 03 for all engines. Both of the other engines- the Zetec or Duratec get good fuel economy, but most fall short of 36 mpg. The newer Focis get that sort of mileage.
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