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Old 04-30-2005, 10:04 AM   #1
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Focus oil consumption

Sorry if this is a duplicate, I just tried to post one and it disapeared.

I just got a new Ford Focus wagon, 2 litter engine with an auto transmission, my first Ford since 1994.
I am not sure what to expect from the car.

It has been using oil, so far I have only 2200 miles on it and it has used 2 1/2 quarts of oil. There are no pudles or wet areas. Also I am only getting 26 MPG mostly highway driving. The dealer say Ford considers 900 miles on a quart of oil as acceptable. I would expect a lot less oil useage and better mileage.
Considering my driving style, the fuel brand and the highways I drive haven't changed from my last car, I expected better out of the Focus. My last car was a 2000 full size Pontiac and it got 25 MPG and only used 1/2 quart of oil in 3500 miles.

Is what I have been seeing typical or is it a problem with my Focus?

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Old 04-30-2005, 12:25 PM   #2
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I've drove my car 4500 miles straight through (time for an oil change) and I havn't seen any of my oil getting burned up, hell it's not even black yet. There's something odd going on if your car burns up 2 1/2 quarts of oil.. but of course, there are only 2200 miles on it, the engine still needs to be broken in.
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I've never heard of a new car suffering that kind of oil consumption, broken in or not. I would definitely have the dealer check it out!

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Perhaps the valve gasket isn't tightened to specs...Man that is some serious oil chugging...sounds like a bmw engine...
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i have a contour with 192,000 that doesn't use 2 1/2 quarts in a 5000mi oil change.
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For sure, theres something not right. No way thats right. <-----but im just a rookie,what do i know. Get a second opinion form some one other than the Ford dealer. Get it in writing if something is wrong, and take it back to them. Ford dealers have been known to jerk people around.. good luck
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The standard is 800miles per QT. But each manufacturer is different. ALL cars consume/burn oil, of cousre the amount varies. It does not matter the age of the engine either. A dealer won't do anything until you break that 900mi mark, so until that happens NOTHING is wrong with your car. Most reputable shops will stick to factory specs too. It sucks cause there IS something causing it to be that much, but yet you are still in spec.
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