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:
14,500 miles

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2002 Ford Focus suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 312003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,000 miles


I am not sure Ford has completly fixed the problem with the rear wheel bearings on the Ford Focus vehicles. I just had to take my car in to the dealer, because the complete wheel and hub asy just about came off the vehicle (wheel bearing failure). Could have caused a accident if the wheel came off, and possible injury to my wife.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 202002

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The rear end of the car started to wobble, loose control and fish tail at a driving speed 0F 70 to 75 mph on a totally non slippery dry road. On wobbling, the car quit responding and started fish tailing eventually rolling over twice before it came to rest upside down down a hill. The police officer that investigated the crash site, looked into the tyre marks and verified that the brankes had been hit even before the car touched the fog line(wake up strip). The officer also made a note in his report requesting for an investigation into the rear axle of the car.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

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