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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Ford Focus body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 082002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles


The hatchback door is difficult to close, once closed it is still not secure. Consumer has had to force the door so many times that it was dented in several places from the force.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 172004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2002 Ford Focus leaks, stalls, creaks when turning, the hatchback door occasionally comes open.

- Hammonton, NJ, USA

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