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:
43,362 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

problem #4

May 012006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 73,180 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle began hesitating, surging, and then lost all power. The vehicle was pulled off the road before it completely shut off. The vehicle restarted after being parked for a while. The dealer stated that they would not repair the vehicle unless it was paid for by the contact. The dealer also stated that the fuel delivery module failed. There was an investigation (EA02022) that was opened and closed. The current mileage was 125,000 and failure mileage was 71,380 updated 3/4/08

- May, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 012007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Car was shaking violently while idling. Was fine while driving, but when gas was not applied it would shake and die. Dealership quoted $80 just to look at it. I went to auto zone for free computer analysis, which said oxygen sensor needed replaced. I replaced it, but the problem was not fixed. A random gentleman at auto zone said it sounded like an air leak. I used starter fluid to lightly spray on hoses in engine to find a leak (engine revs when you hit a hose with a hole). I spent 4 dollars replacing a small rubber elbow and fixed the problem. The existing elbow right in the back center of the engine was burnt completely through with about a 2 inch hole.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

May 052004

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer started up the vehicle and noticed gas smell. Consumer got out of the vehicle, looked under the vehicle, and noticed gas leaking. Immediately had the vehicle towed.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #1

Aug 282003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,267 miles
My 2002 Ford Focus has had a no start and stalling problem since 9-28-03.I have taken it to elite Ford in covina ca. Thirty times or more and they cant seem to diagnois the problem.I also have a problem with my front end making a clunking sound, they said it was a sway bar that was loose and they tightened it.that problem still exists also.

- Covina, CA, USA

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