In alt.autos.ford.focus Vic Dura <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> On Sun, 21 Aug 2005 14:39:30 GMT, Chris Whelan
> <email@example.com> wrote Re Re: 5w-30 oil:
>>Vic Dura wrote:
>>> On Sun, 21 recommendedd9:22:42 GMT, Chris Whelan
>>> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote Re Re: 5w-30 oil:
>>>>Vic Dura wrote:
>>>>> Is anybody using 5w-30 motor oil in their Focus?
>>>>Yes. (In UK)
>>>>> Any problems with it?
>>>>Why would there be?
>>> I was just wondering. I can't think of why there would be a problem,
>>> but I'm not expert on these matters. I'm in the U.S. with a new Focus
>>> (2005) and planning to use the 5w30 instead of the 5w20 because I
>>> can't find the 5w20 in gallon containers locally.
>>I see. In Europe, 5w30 semi- or fully-synthetic is the recommended grade.
>>The change interval is 12,500 miles, which is probably a bit higher than in
5w30 full-synthetic once a year or every 20000 km (~12500
miles) whatever comes first for petrol engines.
> That's interesting. In the U.S. the recommendations are 5w20 oil with
> a change interval ranging from 3,000 miles for mostly urban driving to
> 7,000 miles for mostly "highway" driving. I seem to recall the owner's
> manual mentioning a longer interval for the synthetic oils but don't
> recall off-hand what it is.
Curious, had a Ford Sierra turbo diesel before and it had smaller
interval as usual for a diesel engine 10000 km (~6250 miles)
oil+filter. Always went with the recommendation, it had done
about 240000km (~150000 miles) when I bought the Focus and the
engine was still running like new.
But then, any Ford owned by me was almost fallen apart from rust,
while the engine was still running like a charm. Don't expect the
Focus to behave any different. Had already fixed rust on the rear
door (Ghia wagon) by Ford through rust warranty. 12 years can be
pretty long, so we'll see what comes next?
Michael Heiming (X-PGP-Sig > GPG-Key ID: EDD27B94)
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