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:
56,500 miles

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2002 Ford Focus drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 202010


  • 113,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Focus. While driving 5 to 10 mph, she heard a loud banging noise. She drove onto the emergency lane to inspect the vehicle and noticed that the front axle looked as if it was going to break. She safely drove the vehicle to her residence. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that there was nothing wrong with it. The failure continued to occur and it was inspected by the dealer again. The dealer advised the contact that both front axles needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure continued to occur. The dealer advised her on the third visit that the front axles that were replaced were defective and that the wheel bearings needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the vehicle also had an exhaust leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 113,000 and the current mileage was 123,000.

- Nanticoke, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 292002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When accelerating vehicle would shake and be very noisy. Dealer determined that front axle was broken.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

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