Bought my first new car in 33 years--a Ford Focus SE

Hi everyone! I just bought a 2007 Focus SE sedan, Aqua blue, with automatic, anti-lock brakes, and convenience package. This is my first
new car since I bought a Chevy Nova back in 1973 (which I still have, in running condition). I am very much a Saturday mechanic, and have gotten by over the years by maintaining and fixing two older cars my brother gave me ( a 1990 Tempo and '86 Subaru XT). They have served me well, but a recent new job with a long commute have made up my mind that I finally need a new car.
Just a couple of questions for the group: I paid $14000, down from $14500 (after a $2500 cash-back rebate). Do you think I should have bargained more? I'm not very good at this sort of thing, should I have gotten it cheaper?
Also--what is the difference in durability between automatic and manual transmissions? Especially for someone like me who intends to keep a car until basically it falls apart?
What made me look at a Focus for my first new car in 33 years is that it was recommended by Consumer Reports magazine for its size/class. Do you think I made a good decision?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
Add image file
Upload is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.