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:
2,000 miles

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2002 Ford Focus steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles


I purchased this vehicle new, took delivery 9/28/02. A few months later, I noticed the material covering the steering wheel had developed some rough spots in the surface. I could not remember doing anything that would have scraped or roughened the surface. The material covering the steering wheel has continued to crumble off until now, large chunks are missing off about 6" of it, with the metal of the underlying steering wheel showing in a couple of spots. Another several inches are starting to disinigrate. The wheel does not rub against me while I am driving, but is occurring along the lower 1/3 of the wheel. Today, 7/16/03, I took it into the dealership to be replaced under warranty. They eventually agreed to do so, but not before the service technician tried to intimidate me out of replacing it by insisting that I had damaged it myself. I had to argue with both the technician and the service manager before they agreed to replace the wheel under warranty. This is a safety issue, for had they been successful in intimidating me, or other owners with the same problem, a faulty steering wheel unsafe to hold is what the owner would have been left with. I have filed this complaint for statistical purposes and for public information purposes.

- Rushville, IN, USA

problem #2

Sep 302002


  • miles
When applying the brakes in a sudden stop. The steering column "locked up" so no evasive action to avoid the car in front could be taken. (the ability to steer the vehicle was lost)

- Cypress, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 192002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer called completing about a really bad vibration on the steering wheel everytime he apply's the brake pedal he also stated that the vehicle has stall on different occasion while he was driving on the street. Dealer has been contacted and stated that the vehicle had problems with rotors but later nothing was found.

- West Pont Beach, FL, USA

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