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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.

3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,152 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.

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2002 Ford Focus engine problems

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Nov 182003

Focus

  • 30,000 miles

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

At any speed engine check light came on, and then, engine rumbled and stalled.vehicle stalled ten times. A recall was issued, but this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #10

Jul 212003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
I bought my Ford Focus ZX5 on October of 2002. A month after I had it I took it through the car wash and it stalled. Ever since then I had have problems starting it. I brought it in and was told that there was nothing wrong with the car. On July 21, 2003 car stalled going through an intersection with on-coming traffic, I got the car to start and I brought it in to the dealership and again they can't find anything wrong with the car. They referred me to the dispute settlement board. I filled out all the information and submitted it. On September 11, 2003 the board decided that they did not find a problem so I had a Ford engineer come out. He finally came out in October and said there was nothing wrong with the car. I do not feel safe in this vehicle. I tried to get rid of this vehicle but I owe $10,000 more than it is worth. Please help. I don't know what else to do.

- Round Lake Beach, IL, USA

problem #9

Nov 032003

Focus 16-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,470 miles
Engine stalled after I had driven two miles with no warning. I had just down-shifted into 2nd gear as I was slowing to make a turn and the car stalled across two traffic lanes and would not restart. The oil light, battery light, and one other light came on (alternator I think). The car was manually pushed out of traffic lanes in neutral gear by two motorists who stopped to help. They were also unable to restart the vehicle. After approximately 10 minutes the engine started. I had the car towed and after 5 days the dealership still cannot find anything wrong. Apparently the onboard computer did not capture the problem. I am extremely concerned because the car stalled without warning at approximately 25 miles an hour. Had I been on the interstate as scheduled (I was running late and had to drop my daughter off before going home to pick up my laptop) I would almost certainly have been involved in an accident because I had no time to maneuver out of traffic after the engine stalled. It was 75 degree day (Monday 11/3/03) so outside temperature could not have been a factor.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #8

Oct 112003

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

My car just dies when I am driving. The lights in my dash all light up, my power steering goes out, and my car just turns off while I am driving. This has happened at least 7 times. I have already taken it in 4 times to get it fixed.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 072003

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,935 miles
Since 7/7/03 my 2002 ZX5 Ford Focus has stalled and not restarted right away at least 15 times. I've had it towed to the dealership 5 times. They have had it there for 50 days since 7/7/03. Each time except this last one they claim they find what is wrong with it on the computer and do the repair. It has all been under warranty. I work at night, I've stalled in front of on coming traffic, I have stalled going 35 miles an hour, I have stalled on a blind corner. I've had to walk home many of these times at 3 or 4 in the morning and leave the car in an unsafe position.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 282003

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,600 miles
2002 Ford Focus SE engine stalled. Consumer had the fuel pump replaced expecting to remedy the problem. Once the consumer arrived at the gas station and began to fill the gas tank there was a puddle of oil underneath the vehicle, it was then determined the dealer installed the gas tank incorrectly which caused the leak.. on the third occasion, while driving, the engine stalled and restarted and the automatic transaxle/cooling system light illuminated on the dashboard and then went off.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 072003

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles

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

Consumer noticed while accelerating the engine died. Dealer was contacted.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,300 miles
While driving, the engine failed. The dealer was notified.

- Gaylesville, AL, USA

problem #3

May 282003

Focus 4-cyl

  • 9,800 miles
The vehicle stalled while driving, which forced the consumer to pull over.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 172003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,100 miles
While at a stoplight, my 2002 Ford Focus zts suddenly experienced an engine stall. The check engine, check battery and check oil lights came on simultaneously. The Ford dealership noted on the invoice that they had checked the battery and charge, and all was "ok." However, when I asked them why it stalled as it did, I received a short answer that they "couldn't find anything" that would lead to that. The stalling was not noted on the repair invoice. I'm afraid of this happening again, particularly when commuting. The Focus has 15,000 miles on it.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 182002

Focus

  • miles
While traveling on the highway without prior warning. The vehicle will stall and will not restart. Please provide additional information. Dealer is aware of the problem

- Middleburg Hgts, OH, USA

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