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Old 08-12-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Thank you FF, Goodbye Focus

I have been an owner of 2002 Ford Focus for about 9.5 years. These forums have been one of a kind support for questions to my answers.

This is only my 2nd post and and will probably not return.

The History
In 2002, I bought a brand new 2002 Focus LX with the SPI engine. Luckily the 4th valve issue scenario never occurred to me but had always been in the back of my head when I drove further than my local county. I empathize with those owners that had to deal with that.

The only real issue I had with the car was that the fuel pump gave out after 3 years. But I partially blame it on myself for riding the tank close to empty on occasion. The replacement fuel pump had lasted me more than 6 years now. So that has been impressive to say the least.

The Annoying
Brakes, brakes, brakes.
The rear brakes would always squeal. Didn't matter if they were new, they squealed like a pig at red lights. I replaced the front brakes with ceramics in an attempt to remove all sounds when braking. I was going to replace the rear brakes with something better than average but I never got around to it because other maintenance issues were more pressing.

Second Opinions
This past week, my timing belt broke while driving to work. It has 97,000 of mixed highway and street miles. For $491 in Southern California, my mechanic replaced the timing belt, water pump, gaskets and the incidentals.
At 85,000, I had my timing belt inspected and was told it was still in good condition. So I say unto thee, to heed this advice. Get a second opinion on the timing belt or assume its time and just get it replaced sooner rather than later. Luckily, my 2002 Focus LX has an SPI non-interference engine so nothing happened to valves.

My Planned Maintenance
At 95,000, the clutch started slipping so that was going to be my first thing to replace. Secondly, I was going to replace the timing belt because I knew it would need to be replaced. Thirdly, replace the rear brakes and attempt to remove the squeals even if it meant getting better than average parts. The A/C was the only amenity the care had. It was a base model. However, the A/C died at about 85,000 miles when I had my timing belt checked. The same mechanic had recharged the A/C but the A/C never got cold. I didn't pursue it further after that.

My focus served me right for 9.5 years. I defended its durability for what it was. It took me to distances over 9 hours away and back. I can't complain really. If it had a Zetec engine and I knew the 4th valve proble wouldn't be an issue, I think I would have continued on the maintenance path and kept the car. However, it was an SPI engine with the 4th valve in a dormant state.

Yesterday, I traded in my friend Focus for a 2010 Mazda 3. It was a bitter sweet day but I felt my Focus did me right for close to decade.

Thanks for all the info on the FF website. Good luck everyone and rock on.

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Old 08-12-2011, 05:50 PM   #2
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Welcome I am glad to hear that at least you keep it in the "Focus" family, since the 3 is a Focus underneath.
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