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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,214 miles

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 022009

Focus 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Focus. The trunk would not close properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the latch and stride were replaced. The failure and current mileages were 65000. Updated 10/29/09 updated 10/29/09. The part has not replaced.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 282005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,072 miles
Driver noticed that the trunk lid failed to lock properly. The driver would have to slam trunk lid before it would lock. The consumer drove to dealer for inspection. The mechanic replaced the hood lever due to wear and tear. The consumer informed the mechanic that this problem still occurred and has not been resolved.

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 042003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Went to start car and it would not start. When I turned the radio on the windshield wipers would come on, when I turned the wipers on the headlights would go off. Ford dealer tried to say that the cause was related to a remote starter that had been installed. Took it to another dealer and it was found to be a problem with the wiring. Also having transmission problems and problems with the lock on the trunk.

- Mcdonald, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 122003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
While driving I lost all power to the car. It completely shut down and I could not start it. It has been towed to dealership to be fixed twice. I do not feel safe driving this car with my kids in it. I don't think the problem is fixed and I'm waiting for this to happen again. Now I need to take it back to the dealership again because there is a bad vibration in the front end. I had it there previously for this also, and they said it needed the tires rotated and balanced. Even though it is still under warranty, they charged me $36....the vibration is worse now so obviously that wasn't the problem. Oh I forgot to mention that the trunk won't latch properly and the windshield wipers won't go the whole way down when you turn them off. This car is not safe to drive. The dealership acts like they haven't had any complaints with this car!

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #1

Jun 272003


  • miles
The dealer had to remove the rear seats and trunk lock to get the trunk to open.

- Rolesville, NC, USA

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