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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,215 miles

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Feb 172003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,200 miles


Ford Focus ZX5 2002 - dramatically poor handling on slippery road surface. " faulty braking sensor / ? poor suspension / ?" caused loss of control numerous times on flat even highway surface. On patches of ice - back end of car veers badly to left (sideways not front end). In snow covered sections back end fishtails excessively even at low speeds (20 mph). Ford service department stated that there was no cause for this problem. They were unable to reproduce the behaviour on dry clear road surface.

- Highland, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 252003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Key does not want to come out of the steering column when cold. You have to wriggle the steering wheel and the key. It has been into the dealer and they have noted the problem 4 times but can not figure it out.

- Allyn, WA, USA

problem #2

Jul 232002


  • miles
Consumer requested information regarding the Ford Focus.

- Ukn, 00, USA

problem #1

Jul 052002


  • miles
At approx three hours after purchasing our new Focus, we where driving on the freeway. The vehicle began to jerk, and the speedometer went from 60 to 140, and returned to zero. The vehicle then came to a stall. We then noticed that the check engine light came on, the fuel cap, and the engine services soon. We were able to restart the vehicle, but approx 5 minutes later, the engine shut off. We then return the vehicle to the dealer for repairs. The services department stated that the causes was a loose grounds, and incomplete cir. The services department corrections were diag. Led to loose ground connections near battery. A few days later the vehicle did not want to start, and it took 2 attempt's to start the vehicle.

- La Puente, CA, USA

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