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:
62,125 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace alternator (3 reports)
  2. Ford dealer repaired, out of warranty of course (1 reports)
2002 Ford Focus electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 022007

Focus SE 2.0L 4 Cl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


I have to replace my alternator every 6 months. I don't know what to do. And the check engine light is always on.

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Aug 152007

Focus ZTS 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,500 miles

Something that should be so easy to replace turned into a typical all day Ford nightmare. All alternators eventually fail but nothing should be so hard to replace.

- , St Charles, MO, USA

problem #2

Oct 182007

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • 31,000 miles

The car is 5 years old and I was just about to make my last payment. The radio started fading out about a week before the car died. Thought it was the battery, but after replacing that, found it was the alternator. The car still does not run properly. Not sure if it's the auto shop or another problem with the car. It only has 31,000 miles on it. Aren't engines supposed to last longer than this?

- , Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 282007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

Had to get a new battery and then found out it was the alternator. Car only 4 years old.

- , Norristown, PA, USA

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