Thanks for all the comments and feedback. It looks like this weekend is my last chance to take advantage of Ford's employee pricing, unless they extend it yet again.
Go ahead on and jump on in. Even with the issues you've read about here, the car is still the best bang for the buck anywhere.
There will be issues on any car made. I've noticed one guy who posts about the manual transmissions, posts on several websites, ad nauseum. He's upset, but you don't hear from the larger amount of owners who don't have a problem.