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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
14,500 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. buy one of the many good 5-speeds running around w/o this defect (1 reports)
2002 Ford Focus transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 162003

(reported on)

Focus ZX5

  • 14,500 miles


Dealer has no interest in fixing problem, and says that it is a common defect with 4-cyl. Ford 5-speeds. At launch from a stop light, the problem sounds like "pinging" but is actually termed gear roll-over. Sounds like there is a bag of bolts in the trans. case. Unit seems to peform properly, just sounds horrible. I'm defnitely worried about resale as any would-be buyer would hear this and question it... Try out any Toyota, Honda, etc. and you will not experience this annoying defect.

I'm a die-hard Ford guy, but sometimes I really wonder about this brand...

- , Fullerton, CA, USA

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