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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,164 miles

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2002 Ford Focus suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 072003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


Transmission went out 2 times in 1 year. Driver airbag shifted on its own. Rear passenger door does not unlock/open. Front ball joint cracked. Gas cover/door fell off. The smell of gas inside car at all times. Blinker would not turn off by itself. Key chime goes off when the key is out.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #3

Aug 032004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front wheel bearings, ball joint area on my Ford Focus 2002 came loose and wheel fell off while I was traveling on highway. When car hit wall the airbag did not open and seatbelt did not tighten. There was no warning before accident. Thought I was going to die. Lucky to be alive.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

Jan 262004

(reported on)


  • 30,057 miles
One of the front ball joints came apart and caused the vehicle to crash into a ditch. Ford is sending a technician to assess the vehicle.

- Murray, IA, USA

problem #1

Aug 092002

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,600 miles
Steering wheel lost control while driving at normal speed. As result, lower and upper ball joints and brake were damaged. Dealer notified. Updated 1/11/2006. There was popping and clicking in the steering wheel while turning. This caused the consumer to lose control and hit a curb. The impact resulted in a blown tire.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

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