Not personally, but in the early days of Zetec in Europe, many problems were
caused by using incorrect oils. BTW, I believe the correct spec is 5/*30*,
Your usage of your vehicle is ideal for a long life. It is lots of short
trips in low temperatures that kill modern engines. Just keep to the
service schedules and all will be fine.
We have had no problems in the hot weather(Low 30's). Her driving is much
like yours. It won't hurt to use 5w-30 in the summer if it makes you feel
I did read that in some States 5-20 is not available and Ford dealers use
The spec is printed on the oil fill cap, on my 2003 ZX3 (USA)
it reads "SAE 5W-20".
I have been using Pennzoil SAE 5W-20 Advanced Protection in
My 3003 ZX3 sense the first time I changed the oil in it. When
SAE 5W-20 was not available I used SAE 5W-30. The car has over
210,000 miles (337,963 km) on it.
John in the sand box of Marylands eastern shore.
The 2000 model of the Focus oil recommendation was 5W/30.
On the 2001 model the oil recommendation was 5W/20.
For about 9 months in 2001 the Ford dealers were unable to do an oil changes
with 5W/20 as the oil was not available, so they used 5W/30.
I contacted Ford on 2000 when I purchased my 2001 Focus and they told me
Exxon/Esso was the supplier of this oil grade. I contacted Exxon/Esso and
they said that they had no future plans to retail this oil grade.
The reason that Ford went to 5W/20 was to improve the CAFE requirements for
It was nothing to do with redesigned engines or new technology, it was to do
with Federal fuel efficiency requirements. Ford also recommended that most
models of their vehicles( Mustangs and high performance engines exempted)
from 1998 could use the lighter oil.
For your temperature requirements and road usage 10W/30 might give better
protection than the lighter grades..
I still have trouble finding 5W/20 in western Canada so I gave up using it
and went with 5W/30 as my standard. I can get 5W/20 from the local Esso
bulk dealer and I sometimes see it in Wal-Mart.\ but what the heck its too
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