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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
16,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. paid for new tires (1 reports)
2002 Ford Focus wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 152012

Focus SE 2.2L Litre 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles


Factory tires on rear were completely worn out at 18,000 miles.

We have new ones put on and they are wearing prematurely on the rear even after 2 all wheel alignments in the past 12 months, and regular rotations.


problem #1

Aug 082005

(reported on)

Focus ZX5

  • 15,000 miles

At 15,000 miles the tires started to roar like I was driving a monster truck. I called the dealership (Simmons Ford in Vicksburg, MI) and explained my problem but was told that the warranty only covered the tires up to 12,000 miles. I took it to the Firestone dealership and they checked the alignment and said all four tires had cupped and needed to be replaced due to a bad four wheel alignment. They believed it left the factory needing an alignment. Most of the miles driven were on the highway and I don't think 15,000 highway miles would cause all four wheels to to go out of alignment so I believe it was indeed a factory flaw. It never pulled one way or another and the first indication of a problem was the noise. Another example of poor customer service and a worthless warranty.

- , Scotts, MI, USA

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