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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,109 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Jul 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles


When starting the vehicle and driving with the air conditioner on or on a slight encline vehicle stalled. This affected the steering and brakes. Vehicle is at the dealership for the fourth time.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #4

May 212004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 41,500 miles
On a trip to Florida from nc, my engine light came on. The following week, it turned off on it's own. A week later the light came on again. Before I had the diagnostics run, it went off again. Four days before the incident date, the light once again came on. During all of this, the car ran fine, no stalling, no surges or failures. I parked my car at work, and 12 hours later came out to go home, only to find my car would not start. After having it towed to a service station, I found out that my fuel pump was shot, and had to be replaced. This car is only 2 years old, and a fuel pump should last a lot longer than that. And the fact that I have to pay $500 out of pocket for Ford using a faulty part is not acceptable. I'll never understand why the investigation on this matter was closed. A recall needs to be enacted. The car is in the shop at this time, and I'm not sure if they still have the old part. I shudder to think what would have happened if my car had just quit on the way to Florida with my four year old daughter and I alone on a busy I95.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

May 072004

(reported on)


  • 34,000 miles
Vehicle shuts down due to a defective fuel pump.

- Falling Waters, WV, USA

problem #2

Jan 272004

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer had concerns about her vehicle. The consumer received a fuel pump recall letter that was fixed under warranty. The consumer stated the vehicle experienced electrical problems in the past.

- Kulpsville, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 282003


  • 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

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