Probably buy a 2.3, leave it stock, and save my money.
Sounds pretty close to what I would do (and close to what I have). I'm really wishing I had something stiffer than the H&R Sport Springs.So if you could buy a new Focus and for the hell of it, how you would you mod it out again? Would you opt for a new 2.3 or and SVT? etc etc...
If I could do it all over again:
2004 2.3 Duratec ZX3 Twilight Blue
new coming soon Focus Sport air intake
new coming soon Focus Sport catback exhaust
H&R Race Springs
H&R Sway Bars
15" black Rota Slipstreams on 205/50/15 Falken Azenis
FC Race Shifter
Corbeau CR1 Seats w/ harnesses
ST170 Headlights w/ 02 Euro Grill
I'd have some fun in STS with that!