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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,310 miles

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Apr 122008


  • 35,000 miles


The passenger rear door power lock failed due to a problem inside the lock itself. When the lock failed you are unable to unlock the door by the power switch or manually. Our 4 year old daughter had to crawl out of her car seat and exit the street side of the vehicle. You cannot open the door until you get the lock fixed. This created an unsafe condition for passengers riding in the car. This vehicle has had problems with engine fires which makes the situation more dangerous. We took the car to the dealer, and the lock module was replaced at a cost of around $400. 10/19/2008, the front passenger power lock module has failed making the front passenger seat unusable. It is being repaired today and I will save the old part. This car has been in one small accident(less than $500) damage to the rear bumper. No door damage has occurred to cause this type of failure. Due to the cost factor of the repairs, not all people can have this issue repaired, making this a safety concern for passengers to escape in an emergency. The vehicle has only approximately 37,000 mile on it. The doors should still be able to unlock and open manually if the power lock fails.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #3

Dec 262005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,429 miles
I purchased my 2002 Ford Focus in January of 2005. I love my car, have found out about of things that could go wrong later. Right now I am having trouble with my front wheels. I have put six used tires on the front since I purchased the Focus. In November I had two brand new tires put on plus in may I have had a wheel alignment done. The car still shakes very bad. Found out I need my wheel hub bearing replace, plus I found out there may be a recall on the rear bearing which I have not received anything. I should not have to pay for these things to be done.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 102004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Drivers side lach breaks so the door doesn't open from the out side. So you have to open the door from the passenger side the problem is there is only two locks on this car.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 072003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Transmission went out 2 times in 1 year. Driver airbag shifted on its own. Rear passenger door does not unlock/open. Front ball joint cracked. Gas cover/door fell off. The smell of gas inside car at all times. Blinker would not turn off by itself. Key chime goes off when the key is out.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

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