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Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI #4719870
04/07/18 07:37 PM
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Hello all,
I asked a similar question a couple of weeks ago regarding how to break in the Nissan Altima. After going thru several Nissan dealerships they all gave me a piece of [censored] price summary and therefore I test drove the Ford cars and finally I took the decision to get the Ford Focus Titanium with the 2.0L GDI engine. Manual called for 5W20 but wouldn't it be too thin if shearing occurs? I feel like I should use a dexos 5W30 but I am not sure if I am right or not. I appreciate all your input. I will upload the photos of the Ford later. It is a really nice car and I plan to keep it for 5+ years.
Have a good one.

Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: Fulgore] #4719884
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You think you know more than the factory engineers? I'd do what the factory suggests. Ed


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Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: Fulgore] #4719890
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I would be worried less about the engine and more about the transmission if its anything like my fathers work car, 2014 Focus.


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Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: Fulgore] #4719901
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I bill out 5W20 on countless Foci without issue.


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Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #4719902
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Originally Posted By: FordBroncoVWJeta
I would be worried less about the engine and more about the transmission if its anything like my fathers work car, 2014 Focus.


This! Man, my wife had a Focus Titanium with the 2.0 GDI engine and everything about that car was nice...except that effing transmission. We traded it in and took a hit over it!


2015 F150 XLT SCrew 2.7 Eco-Boost
5w-30 Motorcraft Semi-Syn, FL2062

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5w-30 Motorcraft Semi-Syn, FL-910S




Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: Fulgore] #4719908
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You could put a bottle of Lucas in. That will definitly take care of any shearing.
JK, don't do that.
Just use a good synthetic 5W-20.


2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0T - Valvoline SynPower 5W-20, Motorcraft FL910S
1988 GMC K1500 4.3/700R4 - Supertech 15W-40, Fram TG3980
1986 Ford Ranger 2.0 - uhh
Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: Fulgore] #4719919
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Why wouldn't you do what the factory recommends? No reason not to here.

But man watch that transmission. I think they figured it out but those from the first half of this decade were god awful.


15 Hyundai Accent GS 1.6 GDi - Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5w20 + Mobis - Nokian WRG4
13 Kia Rio 5 EX 1.6 GDi - Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5w20 + Mobis - Nokian WRG3
Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4719921
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Originally Posted By: eyeofthetiger
You could put a bottle of Lucas in. That will definitly take care of any shearing.
JK, don't do that.
Just use a good synthetic 5W-20.


I was thinking if he wanted ULTIMATE non-shearability,SAE50 with a bottle of Lucas laugh

Definitely kidding too of course :P


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Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: Fulgore] #4719922
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POS dual clucth. Hopefully one clutch pack will last you more than 10k

Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: Fulgore] #4719927
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I had a rental Focus with the DCT, and I really liked how it drove after I got used to it. I could tell that it was very efficient. Durability is another thing, though.


2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0T - Valvoline SynPower 5W-20, Motorcraft FL910S
1988 GMC K1500 4.3/700R4 - Supertech 15W-40, Fram TG3980
1986 Ford Ranger 2.0 - uhh
Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: Fulgore] #4719929
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Originally Posted By: Fulgore
It is a really nice car and I plan to keep it for 5+ years.


5 years? 5 years!? Do whatever the eff you want! 5 years is nothing!


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Edge 0W-40 + FU filter (64,774 miles)
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Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: Fulgore] #4719962
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The land of USA-made Subies!
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The land of USA-made Subies!
Pennzoil Platinum 5W20. It scores great on the A_Harman index for very low VI, and is cheaply available especially with rebates. Stock up and enjoy!

Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: Fulgore] #4719990
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Having owned one of these, based on UOAs fuel dilution doesnít seem to be an issue and the engine seems to behave like itís port-injected. 5w-20will be just fine.

Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: Fulgore] #4720036
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I do hope the well-known transmission issues are in the past. Maybe the new ones are fine now.
A Focus is an awesome driving car. Tight steering and handling. I have the all-electric (no gas engine at all) one and it handles like a sports car.
You're right to pick a dexos1 oil since that is a higher spec than Ford's alone. You could use walmart's cheap Mobil1 AFE 0w30 in 5-quart jugs and it would give you a slight extra margin on viscosity. Of course a dexos1 5w20 would be fine too.

Re: Need advice for a new 2018 Ford Focus 2.0L DGI [Re: Fulgore] #4720102
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Thanks for your input folks. Gonna pick a jug of Supertech dexos1 5w20 tomorrow. I love my ford it was made in America. I will upload photos soon.

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