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The Focus manages to be both logical in its design as well as fun to drive. This European-developed car offers ride comfort and agility on par with respectable sport sedans. Access, rear seat room and trunk space belie the fact that this is a small sedan. Interior quality and pronounced road noise mar this otherwise capable package though.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags available. ESC available 2001-2003, 2009; standard from 2010. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2008.
Road Test

The Focus manages to be both logical in its design as well as fun to drive. This European-developed car offers ride comfort and agility on par with respectable sport sedans. Access, rear seat room and trunk space belie the fact that this is a small sedan. Interior quality and pronounced road noise mar this otherwise capable package though.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
2-door hatchback
wagon
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (170 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (130 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (110 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2002 Ford Focus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“The air compressor has gone out 4 times since I have owned the car. Every summer I have to get something fixed, and it is always $400.00 to $500.00. It is making the same noise again this year, but I think I will try to do without the air, as the ca”

Virginia G., GA (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had to have this fixed 3 times at a high cost”

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Ford Focus LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“it was defunct and needed replacing”

Anonymous, BC (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“air conditioner not working”

Anonymous, MN (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The blower motor switch would only work on hi,this is supposedly a known problem on this car,and was easily and cheaply fixed by myself”

B W., AB (2002 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“AC stopped working in the car May 2017”

Anonymous, WA (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“We have had to repair the blower twice in 15 years”

Anonymous, WA (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Heater core connection hose failed and caused rapid leak from system requiring hose replacement and coolant flush / fill”

Anonymous, MI (2002 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“air conditioner only worked at top fan setting and even then not well”

Anonymous, MI (2002 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Stop working”

Giovanni V., NJ (2002 Ford Focus LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“General leaks”

Anonymous, MI (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The air hasn't worked for a couple of years. Suspected problem was low on freon. Not worth fixing”

Dennis B., WI (2002 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The car is older. Leaks are to be expected”

Anonymous, MI (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced refrigerant last year and it needs to be replaced again this year”

Anonymous, OH (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Had to replace them at 44,00 miles which is about 1/3 of the life that I have experienced with other cars”

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Ford Focus LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“power steering reservoir sensor leaked and drained the power steering in a few seconds I replaced it with one from AutoZone”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“When spring broke, replaced worn out struts”

Anonymous, IL (2002 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“broken spring you must replace both sides”

Anonymous, PA (2002 Ford Focus LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Damaged when rear spring assembly broke”

Anonymous, NS (2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“Front coil spring broke. Sway-bar bushings wore out”

Anonymous, MD (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Hit pot hole, spring broke. Replaced springs and struts”

Anonymous, IL (2002 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear spring assembly broke while driving on highway”

Anonymous, NS (2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“The end links have had to be replaced, and need it again. The car makes a creaking noise”

Virginia G., GA (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

“Corroded due to age of car and salt on the roads”

Paul E., MA (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Considering the distance driven, I suspect tie rod and other steering mechanism issues are due to wear due to rough Canadian roads”

Anonymous, ON (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had continuing problems with both front and rear wheel bearings on this wagon. All have been replaced, some more than once”

Anonymous, ON (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Needed replacement”

Joseph M., MI (2002 Ford Focus LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“seized up”

Chris L., MN (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Just needed pads replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear caliper locked up”

Mark C., MI (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brakes had to be redone twice in 10000km”

Anonymous, BC (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

“This Trim used rear disk brakes and it was the only wagon trim to do so. As a result we have had great difficulty finding certain parts specific to the model and trim”

Anonymous, PA (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brake drums / bearing assemblies have been replaced twice in last 3-4 years”

Anonymous, MI (2002 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“caliper lockup destroyed rotor”

Mark C., MI (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“paint peeling”

Daniel C., AZ (2002 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Peeling paint under the hood”

Anonymous, MN (2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Body Rust has become so severe the car will soon require more $ to repair than it would cost to replace the whole vehicle. We have been patching, but this has NOT been a good vehicle for rust! Compared to other cars it rusted prematurely”

Anonymous, PA (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusting out pretty badly on the bottom”

Karl H., WI (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust on the frame, rear left wheel”

Anonymous, MN (2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“car is old and rusting”

David W., NY (2002 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It has rust everywhere”

Giovanni V., NJ (2002 Ford Focus LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“Parts were not available. Ford reworked the system since the car came out. A totally different part came in which needed to rewire the emission system. Very expensive repair”

Anonymous, HI (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light indicates lean condition with codes P0133 and P1131”

Anonymous, IL (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

“fuel gauge was improperly indicating fuel level in the tank because the pump was bad”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“failed fuel pump and faulty fuel pump control module”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced three fuel pumps since ownership 2002”

Anonymous, PA (2002 Ford Focus LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“check engine light came on, check by the service facility indicated the fuel pump was failing. $60 charge for the diagnosis. i had it replaced at a cost of $737. 10 days later the new pump failed. it was replaced at no cost to me”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“small leak in a freeze plug; location was difficult, behind timing belt and cam sprockets; procedure involved 4 X timing belt removal to isolate leak after initial water pump/housing diagnosis/replacement.work was DIY; would have been very $$$$ other”

Terry P., FL (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The Thermostat housing is made of PVC and was leaking sporadically and was hard to ID. Info from the Internet helped to ID the problem and the part was replaced which solved the problem”

Anonymous, BC (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Blown radiator hose. Serpentine belt replaced at the same time”

Matthew S., OR (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

“The thermostat wore out, & its housing cracked & leaked engine coolant. After replacement, leaks stopped & heater works properly”

Chips C., NC (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“For the past 100,00 miles, about 10 years no issues at all..Then for the past 3 years, we are are on 4th thermostat, no idea as to why??”

Anonymous, CO (2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Would not start as valves not seating; low cylinder compressions. Top end overhaul completed”

Malcolm C., MI (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“The engine just simply ceased to work one day after leaving a store. When I arrived at the store it was fine, when I left it sounded like a bag of hammers in the engine. This car was nothing but a money pit after about 160K”

Jennifer C., BC (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

“Would not start; codes indicated Cam position sensor but was in fact timing belt broken”

Malcolm C., MI (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Was driving down the road and my timing belt snapped mid exceleration. One of many times this car has left me stranded in the last couple of months”

Jennifer C., BC (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“Vehicle is old, but VERY LOW mileage. There was a problem with the DEXTRON coolant. It had never been changed out. This caused head gasket problem. Caused overheating. Caught the problem early and had it repaired before major damage could occur”

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

“Had to replace all engine mounts”

Anonymous, GA (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Required replacement”

Anonymous, VI (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Just normal wear and tear..No major problems”

Anonymous, CO (2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had an oil leak on bottom and top of the pan”

Elaine D., FL (2002 Ford Focus SVT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Valve cover gasket needs replacing”

Anonymous, BC (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“rough shifting prior to second gear”

William H., FL (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It didn't work properly and the car had no pickup. It had to be replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2002 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission needed replacement. Replacement transmission also needed to be replaced after six days”

Eric R., WA (2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“trans rebuild 2X!”

Anonymous, NY (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Bolt came loose inside transmission”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Has a hot engine smell and antifreeze leaks. Has been repaired by the local repair shop. Still smells”

Dennis B., WI (2002 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Uses coolant, or drips it out. We have to add more every couple months”

Anonymous, WA (2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“When braking, the car shimmee's”

Elaine D., FL (2002 Ford Focus SVT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Suspension rattles”

Matthew S., OR (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Heater fan noise”

Anonymous, OH (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“The passenger side rear door didn't latch. It wouldn't stay closed. The driver side rear door "knob" is hard to open”

Karen K., MA (2002 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

“I was in an accident and the seat belt ripped out of the frame of the car so that the shoulder harness didn't hold me back properly”

Karen K., MA (2002 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Three of four automatic windows broke”

Anonymous, NM (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“regulator broke”

Daniel C., AZ (2002 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Three of the four electric window openers have broken”

Anonymous, NM (2002 Ford Focus LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

“New alternator required”

Anonymous, VI (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“My car completely died on a freeway off-ramp. No warning -- just complete failure. No power of any kind. After having it towed to my mechanic, he found that the alternator had failed and he replaced it”

Cathy H., WA (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Alternator failed on expressway. Had to have car towed to dealership, where it sat for a few days before mechanics could work on it. Total bill for towing and repair was $1000”

Patrick B., IL (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“totally dead”

Anonymous, MD (2002 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

“simple R&R, DIY style. exemplifies most other repairs for this car as it is a true gem. VERY reliable with only minor and typical issues”

Terry P., FL (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Radio does not work. CD player does”

Anonymous, NE (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The radio could not pull in stations. I replaced the antenna to no avail. Had to replace the entire system. First time I ever had a radio go out in a car”

Anonymous, HI (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Has a removable anti-theft faceplate that does not work and has to be taped down or pushed in the center to work then goes off”

Bob S., IL (2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio volume control is erratic. Turning the knob to increase the volume may or may not produce the desired result. Sometime turning the knob to decrease the volume actually increases the volume. It is troublesome to use”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“The aftermarket cruise control system failed & caused a short to the brake lights. After disconnecting the unit, brake lights work properly. The cruise control system has not been reconnected”

Chips C., NC (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“reverse lights have had an electrical failure”

Anonymous, WI (2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Left rear turn signal quit working. Short circuit melted the plastic seat for the bulb. Had to replace the rear light assembly”

Donald P., AK (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“Dashboard lights don't always come on at night”

Anonymous, NE (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“I just did”

Anonymous, GA (2002 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I sound like an antique sewing machine going down the road”

Anonymous, GA (2002 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Fell off”

Joseph M., MI (2002 Ford Focus LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“even after 2nd rebulid --rough downshift!”

Anonymous, NY (2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“It would not shift into fourth gear or overdrive,”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The solenoid to the transmission went bad and lost overdrive. With a new solenoid, it works just fine. Saved the cost of a new or rebuilt transmission”

Carl N., PA (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Had to replace wheel bearings on one front and one rear wheel”

Carl N., PA (2002 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
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