I have owned several cars in my past (not an extensive driving career) since 2005 I have owned:
Citroen AX (the perfect starter car)
Ford Fiesta Finesse (54 plate) - lovely car but I was burning a lot of petrol money so promoted to
Ford Focus Zetec Climate (55 plate) - an excellent car - but it was the spawn of the devil and EVERYTHING that could go wrong went wrong. It was an excellent motor, reasonably priced for maintenance (except the DPF) and was an altogether pleasure to drive. I looked to swap it for another but then went for a
Kia Cee'd (10 plate) - Perfect competition to the Focus, slightly less boot space but every aspect of its driving was as well handling as the Focus. I only went with it, as we had recently had our first born and I needed a car that I could rely on, and wouldn't cost me a fortune, I had very little budget, but the 7 year warranty (6 years left when I bought it) was the final factor that swayed me away from the Ford. The family grew once again, and I needed more space so went for my current motor
Ford Focus CMAX (55 plate) - for me, its just as good as driving the Focus, but the handling is a little more poor, but then again, its an MPV not a low Centre of Gravity. It pulls very well indeed, its a constant (and very easy) to drive. Although an ex CAT - D writeoff, I just love it. so much boot space, a nice interior, and a comfortable drive.
To be honest, even looking at other motors, I was always swayed to Ford. Although they have there downfalls, the manufacturer is the perfect balance of class / elegance / sport but without the price tag to accompany it. They are well built (despite the niggling recurrence of problems that are inherited from father to son) and for me, my local dealer is excellent, They are a 15 minute walkaway, and they are absolutely brilliant. I get a service plan with them which spreads the cost, parts are 10% cheaper because of it, and if I ever need a small job doing, they dont tend to charge a lot (fiver for them taking off the old wheel nuts that had started to disintegrate). They always go the extra mile, and that, coupled with the above is the main reason I returned.
Part of me wishes I hadn't strayed, but to be honest, every Ford I buy has a problem and we get off to a ropey start, I think my decision was right for the family, and to be honest - as the old saying goes - "absence makes the heart grow fonder".