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:
83,150 miles

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 082008

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles


There were no injuries or crashes, however my speedometer reading stops working and I do not know how fast I am going. When this happens my odometer stops working too. Since the odometer stops working, this gives a false reading on how far I have been traveling. In other words if the odometer stops at 500 miles and then it starts working ten miles later, it picks up at 500. I do not know what the true reading is anymore. I have had so many malfunctions that I do no know the true readings of my odometer.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #1

Mar 012008

Focus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,300 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle began to drive roughly. The contact looked at the trip odometer and it displayed all zeros. The contact pressed the trip odometer button and the vehicle began to drive normally again. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer and they stated that the dpfe sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The contact stated that there was an extended warranty on the dpfe sensor, but the failure did not occur at that time. The current mileage was 66,773 and failure mileage was 66,300. Updated 4/2/08 updated 04/02/08

- St. Louis, MO, USA

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