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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,767 miles

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2002 Ford Focus body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

May 122004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles


The trunk lid has rust appearing along the chrome trim piece at only 32000 miles. Vehicle is stored indoors. This was repaired once under warranty and it has re-appeared even worse (at 35000 miles). Ford will not replace unless perforation occurs.

- Eagle, WI, USA

problem #2

May 042004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Water leak into the trunk from bodyseam, and water leak into the passenger side front floor from cowl panel seams and fresh air vent::: fuel pump - electric ( in tank ) replace::: vehicle has a bad jerking problem, service dept. Can't correct problem::: lr window scratched replaced window::: rear view mirror door mount replaced::: premature tire wear::: ect.

- Stratton, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 252002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
Ford Focus: Back door will not always latch. My son almost fell out of the car, thankfully he was strapped into his car seat. I shut the door and was driving away when the door flew open. Focus is white, only 1 1/2 old and has rust spots all over the car. The trunk of the car has the most rust.the radio dial has melted feels like you are playing with bubble gum. Have also had problems keeping the car on the road in rain and snow. I take the turnpike to work and feel that I am going to slide into another car if I go faster then 25 miles an hour in the rain or snow.

- Garrettsville, OH, USA

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