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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
34,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. just keep getting new tires (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Ford Focus wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 122003

Focus ZX5 1.6L

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles


I just have to build into my budget getting this car 2 new tires a year because the "performance" tires suck when going over ordinary potholes. Once I needed a new rim for $250, and that was a really pain.

- , South Orange, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 082006

Focus ZX5 2.0L 4 cyl Zetec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

When i first bought this car in sep of 05 it had new tires on it. about every year i have to replace about 2 of the tires not because the tread is worn too much but the sidewall of the tires blow out. Mechanics at 3 different places have said this is due to the tires being low profile tires and the heat that builds up in them. over many time of heating and cooling just causes them to blow out. This is probably not fords fault but just another problem to have to deal with on this car. its also very expensive.

- , Searsport, ME, USA

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