Never crashed it and always did maintenance on it regularly. I have read several complaints on this Ford Focus car. We are looking at having it repaired, trying to figure out if it will be worth the cost. So if ur on the market for a used car this is a warning dont buy the 2000- 2004 Ford Focus with the Sohc engine, this is a major problem that I can see most people are having! Mine has the same explodo-motor as the rest of you. When he eventually got it started, it ran really rough, white smoke appeared from under the hood and then it went to automobile heaven never to be started again. Ford decided a few years back to design a valve seat that is not directly attached to the motor so after some wear, these valve seat just fall off and destroy the engine. Thank God He takes care of us.
So yes, Ford needs to issue a recall and reimburse cost on these pitiful little cars that are very cheap to drive but very expensive to repair. If ur gonna get a car stick with Japanese cars! He said it would cost more to replace the engine than the car is worth. We pull off the freeway to a gas station. My son drove it to work one night, and called me to say it had died. I am also done with Ford. I bought the car with 102k on it and it only had 142k when it went.
Just a couple weeks ago, we went out to start it and the engine was banging badly. After 4 hours of driving my wife needs to take a leak. When we removed the cylinder head we found the intake valve of 1 cylinder recessed deep within the intake chamber. Then at around 51,000 miles blew an engine rod which put a hole in the oil pan. If you already have one. My daughter bought this car one year ago used at a 100k miles and put on only 10k miles with the usual maintenance.
I left work, went to check it out and it sounds just like the dropped valve seat. They told me that although they have had numerous amounts of complaints on this matter that they will not do anything about it. Valve seat of intake valve 1 cylinder dropped out and destroyed the engine while we were driving 300 miles from home. After I ordered and started to move to next window the Focus shut off. I then tried turning it over by hand, but couldn't budge it.
Excellent care of the vehicle to this date. I turn off the engine immediately and think for sure the timing belt is the problem. Did not research on this, otherwise I would have not gotten it. The brakes have been replaced and they still squeal so bad that it is embarrassing to brake the car at a stop. I have had fairly little trouble out of it for three years and then boom out of nowhere I am stranded in 90 degree heat at McDonald's drive through. The buyer does lots of mechanical work himself, so he may take the time to tear it apart and see if he can replace parts valves, pistons, etc without replacing the whole engine.
He was at a stop light and it died. So we sold it as is. I talked to everyone at Ford to see if I can at least have the engine fixed with no luck at all. Just within the first few months of having the car, its radiator failed and had to replace it. I bought a new one and put it in,but got the same results.
I bought the car when it had 70,000 miles and it only last until 96,000 miles! At 109,000 miles the 4 intake valve seat falls out causing exhaust valve to break off which further caused catastrophic engine failure. I kept it well maintained and in excellent shape. It did start to run correctly and then would do it again a few days later. . The tech said it had dropped a valve seat on, you guest it, no.
On Saturday we are driving to visit our daughter in Santa Barbara, Ca. Of course the solution was to replace the engine, but rather than do so, I just junked it. They told me the only solution they offer is that I buy a brand new car with them and I told them. The worst part is we had it into a Ford shop a couple of times because the engine would rattle and try to shut down. Just put new tires on and 3 days later she attempts to turn the engine on and it coughs, shakes and sputters. I would suggest to anyone looking for a car to stay away from the Focus and if you have one to get rid of it or have the valve seats replaced every 50,000 miles - Randy P.
Valves and valve seats are very old technology. The motor would not turn over. It would not crank, only click for starter engaging. Now think, Ford has made cars since the early 1900's. The valve seat had dropped out and the piston had crunched it into hundreds of pieces. They couldn't find anything wrong the first time and the second time they thought it was a sensor, not once did they mention the possibility of the valve seat dropping and from what I see I am sure everyone at Ford knows about this problem since it is quite common and now I am being told I need to but a new engine or junk the car. The day it broke down I drove about 15 miles parked it, and when I got back in and tried starting it, it made a really hard knocking noise! It had been working fine, oil recently replaced.