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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,500 miles

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suspension problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

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 #1

Dec 132002

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Rear end fish tales and wanders through turns and on straights. Is scalloping rear end tires. Car is driven on asphalt roads and highways only. Delong Ford in winnemucca tells us nothing is wrong with it. Purchasing dealer, jones-West told us we could take it to any Ford dealer to be serviced.

- Winnemucca, NV, USA

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