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.

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CarComplaints.com 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.

3.0

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,000 miles

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2002 Ford Focus electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 272008

Focus

  • 56,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This complaint is in regards to a 2002 Ford Focus and the failure of the ignition module from allowing my key to turn. Fortunately enough when this incident occurred I was not in a bad neighborhood or stuck out on the highway in the desert. It has occurred each time I've tried to turn the key, and it's only after significant effort and near injury to my wrist and index finger was I able to get the key to turn. I have researched online and noted many discussion boards stating the other consumers who have had this same problem. There is a petition circulating that currently has over 2800 online signatures regarding this problem. This is a very dangerous problem. It could occur in the wrong neighborhood or in the most isolated places and isn't safe for the consumer when they get stranded because of this faulty part that Ford does not try to fix with proper materials.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 192006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
The ignition solenoid fails on this model. Upon searching online and talking to a few locksmiths it would seem the ignition is substandard/faulty in my car. How exactly does a keyed lock fail" is this a known issue"

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012005

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
2002 Ford Focus zts locked ignition --tumblers were out of synch? found out that this was a common problem but the dealer won't authorized to fix it without charge. Paid $293 for repair. Seem to be a problem which could be a recall issue. Thank you for your concern.

- Agoura Hills, CA, USA

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