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View Poll Results: Best weight oil for a 2005 Escape 2.3litre in Florida
5W20 5 62.50%
5W30 1 12.50%
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:46   #1 (permalink)
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Best weight oil for 2005 Ford Escape

I have a 2005 Forsd Escape with the 2.3l, 2WD, automatic transmision, 24,000 miles. I change oil and filter every 3-4 months, never over 4,000 miles between changes. I use Motorcraft Synthetic Blend oil. I live in Florida and 90+ temperatures are normal. The coldest it ever gets is the upper 20's, and that is very rare. What is the best weight oil for my area?
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Old 02-14-2008, 22:54   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Best weight oil for 2005 Ford Escape

Stick to the manual's recomendations. Mobil 5w-20 and 5k is what I do.

Your wasting a lot of money on synthetic oil if your changing it less than 4k.

Oil and filters have come a long way since the early days of cars, the old change your oil every 3k is a thing of the past.

With a good filter like Wix or Napa Gold (Wix made) you should 10k on a synthetic oil change, or more.

The only real way to know for sure when to change your oil is with an oil analysis.

My wifes 2006 Cobalt tells you when to change the oil and it averages about 8k. The service manager told me the computer moniters driving habits, air temp and a host of other things to caculate when to change oil.
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Old 07-05-2008, 16:09   #3 (permalink)
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Definitely follow the manual. The lightest weight will protect better and use less fuel.
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Re: Best weight oil for 2005 Ford Escape

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Stick to the manual's recomendations. Mobil 5w-20 and 5k is what I do.

Your wasting a lot of money on synthetic oil if your changing it less than 4k.

Oil and filters have come a long way since the early days of cars, the old change your oil every 3k is a thing of the past.

With a good filter like Wix or Napa Gold (Wix made) you should 10k on a synthetic oil change, or more.

I use factory filters and to be honest I'm not sure what their micron filtering specs are, but I do know that the best Napa Gold/Wix only fiters down to 18-19 microns while an ACDelco Gold fiters 8-10 microns. I know the Wix filter has quality construction, but I just don't think they "filter" as well as some other quality filters.
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Re: Best weight oil for 2005 Ford Escape

Amsoil, Wix (also makes Mopar filters) and Purolator are the top brands for filter effectiveness and durability. The best bang for the buck is Purolator as you can get a synthetic filter for less than the other brands while getting some of the best filtration possible. I run Amsoil as I can't get purolator filters locally. Whatever grade of oil Ford recommends is the one to stick with. Running synthetic is the way to go for best warm and cold climate durability as it flows better and resists breakdown better than conventional oil.
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I have a 2005 Forsd Escape with the 2.3l, 2WD, automatic transmision, 24,000 miles. I change oil and filter every 3-4 months, never over 4,000 miles between changes. I use Motorcraft Synthetic Blend oil. ....
24k miles? Is that a typo.

There are plenty of anecdotes from folks in Arizona & New Mexico who have used the specified oil & have gotten well over 100k miles on their Escapes.

Having said that... It gets hot in Texas. During the Summer, I sometimes use 5W-30. The cold start number is the same as 5W-20 & the thicker oil isn't going to hurt anything when it's hot. I doubt the fuel economy claims can be proved on an individual vehicle... that's for Ford's benefit for EPA reasons. First generation Escapes sold overseas (UK & Australia) have 5W-30 as the recommended oil in the owner's manual (from contacting a number of UK & Aussie owners at various forums). 5W-20 wasn't really available when the Duratec was first used & is still hard to come by in some places in the world. None of this may be applicable to your 2.3L.
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Thanks for the reply. The 2005 Escape is at 79,000 miles now...my post was from November 2007. I have been using 5W20...but I have thought about 5W30 because of our hot weather.
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Even with the warm outside temps there's not much difference in burnoff between 5W20 and 5W30. As long as the engine cooling system maintains temperature there's no worry.

I've been running 5W30 Amsoil full synthetic in my 3.0L 2V Taurus for nearly a decade; change the oil once a year as I'm lucky to put on 16-17K a year and it runs like new. Even now, it's been 14K since last July holiday weekend and isn't due for an oil change until that time this year. The oil is still golden brown as of two days ago when I checked it last. I add about 1 full quart throughout the year for burn off. In 3 or 4K mile oil change intervals you won't notice any burn off.

Ford specified 5W20 for my '99 Taurus. As mentioned, it's primarily for fuel economy reasons so Ford can keep their CAFE low. However, that wasn't synthetic 5W20 oil. I get 28-30mpg highway in my Taurus at 65-70mph. It's EPA rated at 26mpg with the new (revised) EPA ratings of 2008. I can't complain.

With your 2.3L you could easily go a year on an oil change. The only time it's not good to use synthetic oil is if you go through more than a quart of oil in a standard oil change (every 3-4K miles) as the cost will add up when you factor in adding 4-5 quarts of full synthetic throughout that year. The added time of stopping to get the oil changed, even if you change it yourself, is well worth the added benefits of going synthetic. Better mileage is another bonus.
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Re: Best weight oil for 2005 Ford Escape

Had this Convo a while ago with my D23, and it came down to.

5w-20 is what is recommended, unless you putting a lot of performance parts on, then 5w-30 is uneccesary. I have a performance fly/clt kit, with a cai and exhaust. I don't even need to bump oil weight yet, not until I put a race header on with a tune. Then I will be running 5w-30.

And even then ill want to go back down to 5w-20 for winter

Edit: and synthetics is what I run all the time. For the focus, they strongly recommend that you stick to the synthetics.
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Thanks for the reply. The 2005 Escape is at 79,000 miles now...my post was from November 2007. I have been using 5W20...but I have thought about 5W30 because of our hot weather.
I didn't realize it was an old topic, since it was near the top .... doh.

I change mine twice a year & use synthetic... kind of as a safety thing in case of severe service type of driving or if the mileage piles up beyond my normal change schedule... the synthetic oil gives me a margin of error.
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