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#4757524 - 05/15/18 03:58 AM High strung 3 cyl
Joela237 Offline


Registered: 05/13/18
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Loc: Wisconsin
First post on here! So I recently bought my first brand new car. It's a 2018 focus with the 1.0 ecoboost 3 cyl and a 6 speed manual.
The dealership told me the interval for this engine is 5k using motorcraft synthetic blend 5w20. I am now at 3,020 miles and all seems well. Does anyone have any personal experience with this engine? Is It an oil burner later in life considering it's a 1.0 and getting 20+ psi crammed into it?

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#4757528 - 05/15/18 04:25 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Joela237]
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15,000 km service intervals in Oz

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#4757531 - 05/15/18 04:39 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Shannow]
dlundblad Offline


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Originally Posted By: Shannow
15,000 km service intervals in Oz


Perhaps because of a difference in fuel?
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#4757535 - 05/15/18 05:03 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Joela237]
Joela237 Offline


Registered: 05/13/18
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Loc: Wisconsin
Wow, that is a little over 9,300 miles.
I don't even run our Mercedes that long and that holds just shy of 9 quarts full synthetic.

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#4757537 - 05/15/18 05:13 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Shannow]
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Registered: 02/09/15
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Originally Posted By: Shannow
15,000 km service intervals in Oz


20.000kms here in EU...although I would not go that far smile

http://ford.si/Za_Lastnike_Vozil_Ford/Servis_In_Vzdrževanje_Vozila
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#4757539 - 05/15/18 05:24 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Joela237]
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They want 20,000km on Fords here, but most get 15,000km.
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#4757540 - 05/15/18 05:25 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Joela237]
E365 Offline


Registered: 12/16/07
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I just hit 50,000 miles on my 2015 Focus 1.0 6M. Car has been perfect.

I’ve gone as long as 8,500 miles on an oil change and never added a drop. No indication of any oil usage. Always at FULL.
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#4757544 - 05/15/18 05:34 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: E365]
Shannow Offline


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Originally Posted By: E365
I just hit 50,000 miles on my 2015 Focus 1.0 6M. Car has been perfect.

I’ve gone as long as 8,500 miles on an oil change and never added a drop. No indication of any oil usage. Always at FULL.


Probably fuel dilution...quite a few engines "make oil" these days.

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#4757547 - 05/15/18 05:42 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Joela237]
JC1 Offline


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Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
I would do as the dealer recommends. Are you going to do your own oil changes? If so, what's your preferred oil and filter choice?

It's probably wise to do a UOA after the second oil change to see how things are working.
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#4757559 - 05/15/18 06:23 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Joela237]
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Loc: New England
I'd be more interested in what Ford says about the OCI than what the dealership says.
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#4757577 - 05/15/18 06:52 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Joela237]
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Loc: Michigan
Highly pressurized DI turbo engine = full synthetic oil for me. 5000 mile oil change intervals may be pushing it. 4000 miles would be more like it. Do oil analysis to check viscosity and fuel dilution for the first couple of years. If the oil is falling out of the 20 viscosity range, maybe switch to 30 grade to assure the oil stays in the 20 grade to the end of the OCI.
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#4757617 - 05/15/18 08:01 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Virtus_Probi]
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Registered: 06/13/16
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Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: Virtus_Probi
I'd be more interested in what Ford says about the OCI than what the dealership says.

True that.

"Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor™ (Ford's iOLM)
Your vehicle is equipped with an Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor that determines when you should change the engine oil based on how your vehicle is used. By using several important factors in its calculations, the monitor helps reduce the cost of owning your vehicle and reduces environmental waste at the same time.
This means you do not have to remember to change the oil on a mileage-based schedule. Your vehicle lets you know when an oil change is due by displaying a message in the information display.
The following table provides examples of vehicle use and its impact on oil change intervals. It is a guideline only. Actual oil change intervals depend on several factors and generally decrease with severity of use."

http://www.fordservicecontent.com/Ford_C...;VIN=&div=f

Also, while Motorcraft oil is OK, you can do better. Recommend any full syn 0w20 oil meeting dexos1 Gen2 since it's a higher performance standard oil. Mobil1 Extended Performance 0w20 is a good one, for example, since it has a significant percentage of PAO too. from walmart or amazon or ebay in 5-quart jugs...

You don't 'have to' change out the oil at 1,000 miles, but I'd do it to get the new-engine extra wear metals out sooner, and then go by the iOLM after that.

Oil filter: Motorcraft oil filters have shown a propensity to get holes in them (made by Purolator is the problem....), so go with the best available: Fram Ultra XG3614 (walmart or amazon) cuz it does filter better than others (4548-12) and is wire-backed.

Magnetic oil drain plug: Dimple or GoldPlug brands are strong magnets and will catch some Fe fuzz.

Congrats on the Focus! I've got a 2016 hatchback Focus, but it has no engine, just 1 electric motor. The suspension and steering performance on these things is amazing (Control Blade rear suspension; all is tight). And, you got one of the very last ones they will make in the U.S., since production is shifting to China from now on.... Sad.

You'll get great MPG's. fuelly.com reports a fleet average of about 34 MPG in mixed (of course, since its fleet average) driving.
http://www.fuelly.com/car/ford/focus?engineconfig_id=105&bodytype_id=&submodel_id=

If you hear others saying the Focus is one to avoid, they are probably talking about the infamous dual-clutch automated manual in other Focuses, not yours. That thing was a disaster for Ford.


Edited by oil_film_movies (05/15/18 08:07 AM)

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#4757777 - 05/15/18 10:16 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Joela237]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6368
Loc: USA
Use a full synthetic 5w30 for the OCI suggested by the IOLM.

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#4757809 - 05/15/18 10:51 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Joela237]
E365 Offline


Registered: 12/16/07
Posts: 465
Loc: USA
My 2015 Focus 1.0 doesn’t have any form of oil life monitor. Be curious if they added it by 2018?
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#4757826 - 05/15/18 11:07 AM Re: High strung 3 cyl [Re: Joela237]
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Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 12162
Loc: NH
Just remembered: this is a timing belt, but it's in the oil, and it looks like a 150k replacement schedule. I wonder if that might make one want to change oil early?

But poking around, it also appears that this engine has been out for a few years. So I'm thinking general trends should have been established by now.
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