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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
75,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Ford Focus engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 152008

Focus SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles


the car has been trouble and has ran hot since i've had it

- , Ashburn, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012007

Focus LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

O.k, my husband (who is also a pain sometimes) rear ends a truck with our 2003 Honda Civic (the better of the two cars). Anyway, after crushing the front end, he continues to drive it thinking that we will just fix the car and be alright.... Right?! Wrong.... So, coming home in the dark the headlight that wasn't killed in the mishap goes out (of course). He pulls into a Ford used car dealership thinking that they might have a headlight that would work, if not I would have to come get him in our other car. So, the "help him out" and "take the car off his hands". The 2003 Civic was traded keys for keys with a 2002 Ford Focus LX. We thought it was a good deal, but we were then starting the worst nightmare I have ever been through. First, the cars EGR tube goes out not even 30 days after we bought the car. It was a fight but the dealer ate the cost of that one. Next, about 35k miles later it starts doing this; it will start just fine, get warm then try to sputter and die. It only does it while sitting at an idle, but it's still a major pain. So, since we don't have the money to throw at it at the moment we have to deal. NOW, while in drive and the car is warm the car will cycle through about 3-4 gears and then act like it's in neutral........ Trying to get a new car, but there is the problem.... Negative equity (about $2000.00, again thank you title pawn and my husband), a problem car, and a credit score of about 620, not to mention having only $500.00 in the bank that your not willing to put down for said new car....... Why me?

- , Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 242006

(reported on)

Focus LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

I'm never gonna buy another Ford in my entire life, because of this car. I keep having problems with it and it's only 4 years old, only 70 000 km on it. I've never had so much trouble on a car before. If you're thinking of buying one.... DON'T !!!!!!!! It's gonna cost you just as much in repair that it does in payments. FORD service is not worth sh*t ! And even after reparation, the problems come back a week or two later. FORD = SH*T from now on.

- , Val-des-monts, QC, Canada

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