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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,010 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 042003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles


While driving the vehicle, the cruise control would not work properly. The dealer was not notified. When the consumer disengaged the transmission, the engine began racing uncontrollably. The consumer felt that this was caused by omission in the logic design of the cruise control system.

- Spring City, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 042003


  • 60,000 miles
While driving 65 mph with cruise control on the vehicle stalled. The vehicle would not restart. Consumer managed to pull over, and left vehicle over night. The vehicle started up the next day with no problem. Dealership was notified but the problem was not resolved.

- Milmay, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 102003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 13,040 miles
Cruise control failed to respond to application of brakes. The second incident caused the consumer to strike another vehicle because the cruise control failed to disengage.

- Cornelia, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 122001


  • miles
Consumer would put the cruise control on and the vehicle would accelerate without warning. Dealer notified.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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