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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
115,192 miles
Total Complaints:
22 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new cylinder head or engine (10 reports)
  2. replace car! (7 reports)
  3. not sure (4 reports)
  4. replace engine (1 reports)
2003 Ford Focus engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Jan 152010

Focus 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles


Valve seat dropped in #2 cylinder. Shrapnel went through to a few other cylinders poking holes in 2 piston and severly gouging the head in #2 and 3 cylinders. Had all the valve seats replaced, head welded and rebuilt. Shortly there after, #2 dropped out again. Junked the car after that.

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 092009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Apparently this is a common problem. The valve seats are made of a different material than their surroundings and with repeated heating and cooling they can sometimes drop into the engine where the cylinder smashes them up ripping up everything. For me it was cylinder 4, it may happen in other cylinders, I don't know.

- , Middletown, CT, USA

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