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:
95,542 miles

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 202010


  • 113,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Focus. While driving 5 to 10 mph, she heard a loud banging noise. She drove onto the emergency lane to inspect the vehicle and noticed that the front axle looked as if it was going to break. She safely drove the vehicle to her residence. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that there was nothing wrong with it. The failure continued to occur and it was inspected by the dealer again. The dealer advised the contact that both front axles needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure continued to occur. The dealer advised her on the third visit that the front axles that were replaced were defective and that the wheel bearings needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the vehicle also had an exhaust leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 113,000 and the current mileage was 123,000.

- Nanticoke, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 052006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
My 2002 Ford Focus SE wagon has had innumerable problems. Firstly..melting battery cables due to poor and faulty wiring that could have caused an explosion of the battery had I not had to pay to get it fixed along with purchase of two new batteries thanks to the melting battery cables causing a short in the system. It subsequently killed the alternator which had to be replaced. It also subsequently killed the thermostat and the solenoid switch which caused overheating and dying problems with the car while driving. Most recently the passenger side wheel bearing went out and was causing driving problems unable to control car. Now more recently, it had to have a faulty tie rod placed which nearly caused me to have an accident. And as of last Friday, its back in the shop again this time for engine stalling at 65 miles per hour which nearly caused yet another accident because I was passing another car and mine suddenly began vibrating so bad and then lost power and I had to struggle my way to the median. This car is dangerous and Ford refuses to do nothing about it. I have paid out nearly $2000 on all these problems which were similar to issues already recalled and yes I am mad. I have called Ford and complained but to no avail.

- Knoxville , TN, USA

problem #5

Nov 182005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving at highway speed the left rear wheel bearings came loose. The vehicle physically felt as though there was a flat tire. The contact pulled over and parked the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop. The independent repair shop personnel replaced the rear spindle assembly, the left rear wheel bearings, as well as the hub and drum of the suspension. The contact's mechanic called Ford beforehe did work on vehicle. It was a metal to metal sound. This could have easily been deadly. However, contact was in right slow lane an dwas able to pull off the highway.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #4

Apr 132005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 432,297 miles


While driving 65 mph, the left front wheel went flying off car. No trouble prior to this date. The bearings were replaced when the car was taken in for repair.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 122004


  • 36,000 miles
While driving at any speed steering wheel vibrated heavily. Dealership informed the consumer that the problem pertained to the wheel bearing. The problem was not resolved.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Apr 072004


  • miles
Consumer took the vehicle to dealer to be inspected, and mechanic determined that left rear bearing failed.

- Springfield, OH, USA

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