I was just checking to see if what I have been hearing and reading is
correct. I think are the victums of a scheme to sell more oil that is
between the car makers and the oil giants. I am going to change to Amsoil
synthetic and do a 10,000 oil change from now on.
Wasted enough money on useless oil and filter changes.
Thanks every one for you posts.
A co-worker with a 330i BMW had his oil light come on. We added some
oil (he uses synthetic, which is recommended. Ther dealer told him he
can go as long as 15K miles between changes. Anyway, the inside of the
engine was quite dirty with black deposits that looked like the
engines of the old $100 cars I had as a teen. Goven that he always
uses synthetic, I was very surprized. I opened the oil cap on my Focus
and he was a amazed at how clean it is inside...almost like new with
Perhaps these deposits will not hurt a thing, but I will continue with
3-4K mile oil changes. For me that is only 4 times/year and an extra
$10-20 over 2x/yr. Most of us actually do meet the severe use
maintenance schedule. I know that I do.
So I guess it is hard to prove either way but it is cheap insurance if
you err on the side of too often oil changes.
Today I did an oil change on my car. The oil (5W30) and filter was 21GBP
(approximately 35 dollars US). I could have paid a third more for a
'branded' oil so in the UK it's a bit more than an $20 for extra oil
changes. I do a lot of commuting in very slow traffic so I tend to
change oil at around 8k miles.
In the UK we have a temperate climate so we don't see the extremes of
temperature seen in countries with a large land mass. This may explain
why the oil change interval is longer than recommended in the US.
I have changed oil every 10,000 km (6,250 miles) instead of the European
recomended 20,000 km (12,500 miles) interval on my 2 litre Zetec engined
Focus '00. My car now has 90,000km on it and I just checked the inside of
the oil fill cap and the parts of the cam and lifters that can be seen in
there. It looks all clean with absolutely no sludge or deposits. The oil is
coloured all right, but then its due for the 9th change now. I have always
made the oil changes at the Ford garage with the 5W30 they have in the
barrel there. (Not 5W20) I believe it's a semi synthetic, probably refined
I don't believe in the 300 miles intervals the american oil companies want,
and I also find it hard to believe in the 30,000 or even 50,000 km intervals
some german car makers use as sales points for their cars too. (With
special, fully synthetic oil only, but still...)
In Spain, Ford recommends to change the oil of gasoline focus built since
year 2000, every 20.000 kms. Before it was 15.000 kms. When I bought my
Focus 2.0i the car dealer told me it was better to change the oil every
7.500 kms, like the cars from 80's, but when I told them that in the
brochure said it was 20.000 kms, they did not answer (of course it was
better, for them!)
I read a magazine some years ago, in which they sealed the engine of a
Citroen ZX (80's and middle 90's car) for more than 90.000 kms, no oil
changes, nothing done in the engine. They wanted to know if the car was
going to break down. When they opened the engine, it was in pretty good
So be sure when they say 20.000 kms, the oil can be used for at least 30.000
Carlos Focus [MLPEC #2]
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