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.

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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.

7.7

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,875 miles

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 012003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles

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

2002 Ford Focus - Firestone tire failures. Bubbles in tires, eventually blow (2) or need to be replaced. Have purchased 5 tires. No problems. Also rims are dented. No pot holes encountered to cause this. No accidents to cause this. First bubble in rear driver's side tire at 6,000 miles. Replaced tire with another Firestone. Tire blew at 18,000 miles. Replaced tire again with non firestones (2). Bubble in two remaining firestones occurred. Replaced again with non-firestones. No problem. Ford denies problem. Firestone denies problem. I have a problem with both. Am purchasing 2006 Monte Carlo in September, ba bye.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #7

Nov 112003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,000 miles
Rear end shake traced to belt separation of Firestone firehawk gta02 tires fitted to 2002 Ford Focus ZX3 from new.

- Grand Island, NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 292003

Focus

  • miles
While traveling on the highway and without prior warning passenger's right tire tread separated from the wheel. Firestone, firelawn, P20550/R16.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 092003

Focus

  • miles

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

Consumer states that while driving and without warning the tires had tread separation. Dealer notified. Size#P20550R16. Please provided the dot#.

- Hawthorne, FL, USA

problem #4

May 272003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
We own a 2002 Focus and have Firestone tires on it. 205/50/16 I did a little research and found that a very similar tire 205/55/16 has been recalled.we are having the same problem as the tire that has been recalled. It never occurred to me that they where still selling Firestone tires after they quit dueing business with them. The dealership and Ford are giving us the same runaround as they did with the other tire problem. Does any one know of any body that has problems with the tires on the Ford Focus. Please contact me at. Donald J. reed ansbacher@sbcglobal.net thanks. Here is the info. Make: Firestone model: P20555R16 build dates: Jul 16, 1999 - Nov 01, 2000 recall number: 01T006000 summary:  tire description: Firestone firehawk gta-02, size P205/55R16 89H, produced at the wilson, North Carolina plant from July 16, 1999, through November 1, 2000. These tires were installed as original equipment on certain model year 2000 and 2001 Nissan Altima SE passenger cars. The recalled tires are identified by dot serial #W2 T2 VF3 xxx or W2 T2 VF3 xxxx; where xxx may be 289, 299, 309, 319, 329, 339, 349, 359, 369, 379, 389, 399, 409, 419, 429, 439, 449, 459, 469, 479, 489, 499, 509, 519, 529, 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, 060, 070, 080, 090, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 170, and where xxxx may be 1800, 1900, 2000, 2100, 2200, 2300, 2400, 2500, 2600, 2700, 2800, 2900, 3000, 3100, 3200, 3300, 3400, 3500, 3600, 3700, 3800, 3900, 4000, 4100, 4200, 4300, 4400, and 4500. With increasing mileage, the tires may develop shoulder area cracking. Continued use of a tire with this condition may lead to exposure of the belt edge. Consequence:  under these circumstances, a belt edge separation is posible, which could result in loss of tire pressure.

- Seaside , CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 152003

Focus

  • miles
Two of the four original equipment tires were replaced at 25K miles due to separation in the tread. (at the same time, both rear tires)

- East Taunton, MA, USA

problem #2

Sep 062002

Focus

  • miles
Premature tread separation after only 11,700 miles.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 222002

Focus

  • miles
Rear passenger tire thread separation: Driving to work at 8:40A, on a 3 lane freeway plus a carpool lane. I was in the middle line, when the car vibrated. I thought I could get to work to take it to a dealership. Drove another 1-2 miles, when the vibration became violent. I swearved into the fast lane, cringing and waiting for someone to hit me, since I jumped into their lane. I attempted to straighten the car, but was losing control. I veered back to the 3rd lane and then fishtailed, heading for the center divider. I crossed over into the fast lane and the carpool lane, stareing at the wall. I managed to struggle with the steering wheel to turn the front of the car away from the wall, just in the nick of time to fishtale away. My left rear bumper sideswiped the wall as I headed back across overall 4 lanes, to the right shoulder, where I came to a stop. It was a miracle that no one hit me when I first went out of control. It was a miracle that no one slammed into someone else, as they slowed down to let me continue stay " out of control" until I came to halt. It was the most horrifiying 20 seconds of my life. My life was spared, and so was someone else's, if the time had been different. I had to purchase another firehawk tire and Firestone request that I mail them the damage tire!!! how do you mail a tire!"!?!"! insane.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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