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:
Average Mileage:
40,550 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace the egr tube (1 reports)
2002 Ford Focus exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 202008

Focus SE

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles


The dealer wanted 370 bucks + the price of the part (70 bucks). To fix this problem. I bought the part and put it in myself in about 20 minutes. A symptom of this part breaking is a very loud idle and smell of exhaust in the car or under the hood.

- Robert T., Covington, GA, US

problem #2

Dec 132006

(reported on)

Focus LX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

egr valve tube broke off from return. I have decided not to ever buy another focus

- Wanda F., Belmont, NC, US

problem #1

Jan 112006

(reported on)


  • 3,600 miles

i went to get gas and started to go up the hill and this loud sound was coming from my hood so i took it to the dealer and he told me that it got too hot and i asked that should be a recall and he said no because things happen it was because the exhaust housing was not welded down good and it was going to go crack it seem like as the days go on it get louder they been ordering the parts for 5 months. now all it do is run hot water pump is good and heater coil good and cooling good what is with this.

- Khrystal L., Cincinnati, OH, US

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