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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
20,000 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace front brakes (4 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Ford Focus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #5

May 092007

(reported on)

Focus SVT 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles


the front would grind at low speeds sometimes while braking and

stopping. after the first fix, it came back after 20,000 miles

or so. So the problem still exists

- , Holly, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 012007

(reported on)

Focus ZX5 2.0

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

Please do NOT buy a Ford Focus ZX5! I have a 2002. Mechanic's say you have a 50/50 chance of getting a bad one. Guess which I have?! After one year of LIGHT driving, the front rotors and brake pads went out with MUCH grinding. Soon after a rear window motor went out. Then the CD player, and soon after the battery. Next I had to replace 4 dry rotted tires that had plenty of tread left. Next was another rear window which is being held up by wood dowels because the used replacement part is $350. + labor. Yesterday I had to replace the alternator because the battery light kept coming on, but the air bag light is still on. A sensor??? Oh! I almost forgot to mention that the windshield washer reservoir keeps leaking out most of the fluid! If I could afford it, I would bring it to the Ford place and set it on fire in their parking lot!!!

- , Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #3

Oct 172007

(reported on)

Focus LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles

I had to have my brakes and rotors replaced and there was only 27,000 miles on the car.

- , Wichita, KS, USA

problem #2

Sep 282007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

Car not even 3 years old and brakes had to be fixed.

- , Norristown, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 202007

(reported on)

Focus LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles

Had to replace the front brake pads, was unsafe, will never buy another ford...

- , Bremerton, WA, USA

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