I'd rather have a 2nd gen.
But then I'd sell it for $5000 and buy back the car I have now and put that $2000 I gained into my 1st gen.
In MY opinion. KEYWORD=MY. So don't kill me. The second gen's are ugly. The only thing good is the SAP.
I like the taillights from 05-07 better. The headlights from the earlier years are the best on hatches, but I don't think match the lines of the sedan. Interiors are so different that they could go either way. 05+ radios win hands down.
My vote goes for the 1st gen (2000-2004)........I love the fact that this is the same style that Europe had in the early years......Then they got an all new Focus 2nd gen......And North America got the refresh.......