Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2002 Ford Focus 2.0L SOHC engine has a defect where the intake valve seat fails. The valve then falls into the cylinder, destroying the engine & most owner relationships with Ford in the process.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
100,376 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. dealership replaced broken bolt (1 reports)
2002 Ford Focus accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 082012

Focus LS 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles


Every since i brought this car I have had nothing but problems. From having to replace the engine, to the ignition, then starter, now my steering wheel has come off. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER FORD MODEL CAR AGAIN. THIS HAS BEEN THE WORST EXPERIENCE EVER AND I HAVE ONLY HAD THE CAR FOR A YEAR. (I brought it from a dealer).

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

May 062008

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

Shocking, but I've heard of this happening to 2 other people in non-Ford vehicles.

- , Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #1

Oct 142007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,129 miles

MY STEERING WHEEL FELL OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS FU**ING RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE INTERNET AND I HAVENT FOUND ANYTHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING TO ANOTHER DRIVER!! I HATE FORD!!!!!!! THATS ALL I HAVE TO SAY!!!!!!!! I WILL NEVER PURCHASE ANOTHER FORD MADE VEHICLE EVER AGAIN!!!! MY STEERING WHEEL FELL OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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