Yes, but not completely. I've dealt with a couple issues over the last few months. Firs tI had a brake pad come apart (not wear out, it actually came apart where the friction material pulled away from the backing plate). I've never even heard of that happening.That required new pads up front andhaving the rotors turned. Now I have a creaking or squeaking sound coming from the rear suspension. I'll have it looked at under warranty next week. It's probably a bushing going south.
Some other issues since I first submitted the review 3 years ago include a new steering rack and rear anti-roll bar being replaced under warranty. That's probably more an indictment of the crappy Illinois road conditions than the car itself.
Shortly before the basic warranty expired, I bought a Ford factory extended warranty that basically doubled the coverage period for about $900. I'm not sure I'd want to have this car without warranty coverage.
Performance is decent. I still get a kick out of attacking the corners. I put an SCT tuner on it while I don't notice big power gains (I only use an 87 octane tune), it does seem to help mileage a bit. Another bonus: I took the governor off and put on an aftermarket driveshaft since the stock unit is a known weak point. I've done a track day at Putnam Park with the car and I've seen 150mph come up on the speedo on a deserted backroad. Not bad for a V6.
The gearbox is still working as good as new, but the recent cold weather reminded me it shifts very stiffly and isn't happy until it's been driven a couple miles and gets warmed up. I had a Focus that did the same thing, so I wonder if it's more of an issue with Ford's manual transmission lube than the gearbox itself. On the plus side, the engine is still 100%. No oil burning. Runs great. The paint looks good and the interior is wearing well.
Would I buy it again? Probably not. Am I in a hurry to unload it? No. I'll probably keep the car at least another 2 years. I still have fun driving it and it hasn't left me stranded. That's good enough for me to keep it around a while longer.