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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,737 miles

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2002 Ford Focus electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 7 of 7)

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problem #4

Jun 032003


  • 14,000 miles


Vehicle won't start. Dealer was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #3

May 252002


  • miles
May 25, 2002: Vehicle stalled on hwy 15/93 interchange in las vegas, nv while doing 65 mph. Traffic was moderate, and we were able to move to the side of the road. Safety was of main concern here as we were not that far off the road. The vehicle restarted 30 min. Later. May 27, 2002: Vehicle stalled for second time on hwy 93, 34 miles southeast of kingman Arizona while going up a hill at 65 mph. There was no shoulder to pull off onto. There was holiday traffic and we had to push the vehicle up a blind hill (to oncoming traffic) 70 ft to the nearest shoulder. We were towed into kingman. Since then, the fuel pump has been replaced 3 times in 68 days. While no one has been injured, it is just a matter of time before we are in a location that will not afford us a safe exit. Clearly, the fuel pump design in this vehicle is defective.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

May 142002


  • miles
This is my second Ford, Focus. My car stalls out and the steering wheel locks while driving. I initiated the lemon law for the previous Focus 2001, but was offered a 2002 to avoid my proceeding to lemon law arbitration. Wrong move on my part. My 2002 has the same iginition problems... stalls out/steering wheel locks while driving! I do not recommend buying a Ford Focus.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 102002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling on turnpike at 55 mph, vehicle hesitated momentarily as though a spark plug was missfired. Owner will send details after Ford inspects vehicle.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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