My 2000 Ford Focus now has over 100,000 miles on it. Amazingly, it still has its original muffler and tailpipe! The tailpipe, as I've mentioned before, shows no rust and no soot inside -- it's still clean after all these miles. While the car has had a few mechanical difficulties (early failure of blower motor switch, broken front spring, ignition switch failure, and a couple recalls), only the ignition switch kept me from driving it. Quite reliable and comfortable overall. I'd be inclined to buy another Ford, if I were in the market.