My personal experience only. I daily drive mine in NL. Is a 2016 with the headgasket recall done at about 24000 miles - ask ford dealer proof by the way. Now almost 78000 miles and no issues except consumables including clutch and flywheel. The car is stock 100%. Roads are good here in general so RS being stiff over bumps does not really matters but on bad roads you will jiggle a bit. I service mine at 6000 - 7000 miles. I let it warm up and cool down properly and drive it normal and hard sometimes for fun. I plan to keep mine forever so it is a collectible but I also want to drive it to the Moon and back and change whatever needs changing when is time (including engine if the case) so no garage queen. I guess do your due diligence and should be fine, including previous owners service history and accidents, was it tuned or stock (probably very important). Consumption wise, it drinks as much as it wants , I can get anywhere between 20 - 30 miles per gallon on average but i honestly dont look too often. Oil consumption not an issue yet, do not need to top up between changes.While perfectly capable, I know many here do not do it.
I was an ST owner. I was rear ended in my 2013 ST 2 weeks ago and it was totaled. Prior to that I owned 2 SVT Focus's, I have a non daily supercharged mustang and my wife drives a 2020 Explorer. So, I'm a Ford guy.
When the RS came out, I told myself I was going to buy one but dealer markups etc were too much at that time.
I am looking at used RS's now and can find them within my price range. However, these are usually 2016s with 60k+ miles. Obviously previous owners drove them and I would then do the same. I don't drive a lot but would be driving whatever every day. I live in central Florida so no real bad weather.
Not super interested in collectibility or whatever but with the 2.3 at higher mileage are these things ok? I know to check for the head gasket recall.
Is a blast to drive, fast enough in factory specs, old school awd rally car mechanical/analog feel, looks fantastic, and for the rest is a Focus as you know it. Not perfect but awesome.
Do test drives as a final step in your decision process!