|Yesterday 09:54 PM|
|Xx09xX||09 SE sedan 152k and counting.... bought new in 09 just handed down to me not a month ago bout to do my first oil change on her|
|12-18-2014 02:33 PM|
|Mr Orange SVT|
|12-18-2014 02:27 PM|
Everyone around me quoted me at $600. I got it done for $440
|12-14-2014 12:53 PM|
|12-14-2014 12:41 PM|
There comes a time to go newer for everyone, Dealer prices for maint. on an older car can make the costs just too high to be practical.
That $600 for a Clutch Master Cyl. seems quite high for example.
|12-14-2014 12:04 PM|
|Mr Orange SVT||
|12-14-2014 09:41 AM|
|12-13-2014 02:28 AM|
|Mr Orange SVT|
|12-12-2014 07:46 PM|
|A Focused Family||
|12-12-2014 02:38 AM|
I got about 206,900 ish on my '01 ZTS... I bought it in Oct. 2011 with 151,000-ish miles on it.. only one previous owner... a guy who took immaculate care of the car and got every receipt from when he bought the car new up to when he traded in at ford for a fusion in 2010...:O lol
I Got all amsoil products in my car.... Amsoil Full synthetic ATF ..... AMSOIL ATF *different grade than what i put in tranny* in the power steering... Amsoil dot-4 racing grade brake fluid..
And i currently run SAE 5W-20 Signature Series 100% Synthetic Motor Oil with their own filter.. Next oil change, im possibly going to use their SAE 0W-20 Signature Series 100% Synthetic Motor Oil instead, as ive been reading from other amsoil/focus people out there that switching to 0w-20 saw some marked increase in fuel economy. and fyi.. cringe if you might.. but im running it per AMSOIL's max drain interval.. been doing that since I owned the car in Oct. 2011.. I ran three changes of AMSOIL Engine flush through the car when i bought it right away and cheapo walmart brand 5w-20 over a period of a couple weeks.. would run the car with a new oil change.. then when i would change the oil... id put a bottle of engine flush in the oil fill port...(a 16 oz bottle) then start the car.. let it run about 15-20 min. idling
then shut off the car....
drain the oil.... then put in fresh oil and a cheapo oil filter.. did that oil flushing three times.. then had new oil pan gasket and engine gasket or whatever its called put in the engine.. a cheap 30 or 40 dollar part a piece....
then i put in amsoil's top grade 5w-20 and their in house made/designed oil filter.. and now since about December 2011 ive been changing my oil once every 18-25,000 miles.. cringe if you might... but right now im up to almost 21,000 miles since i last changed my oil.. and everytime i get gas i check the oil level to see how it looks.. and the dipstick looks almost just as clean as when i put the oil in and i periodically take off the engine oil cap on the block and see if there is any buildup and there is no buildup or "sludge" to be seen ... When i had my tranny flushed and had amsoil atf added.. i also noticed that my car's tranny seems to shift a bit smoother and seems a bit lighter on the foot and more responsive.. the auto tech even seemed to notice a difference after they took it for a test drive.. he said it felt like a mini race car... accelerates a bit faster.. I also have a FSWERKS Cold Air Intake and a KN pre filter.
Recently in the past couple months just finished replacing all of the suspension parts.. you name it...i replaced it..... bought most of my parts online and had a friend i know that i can trust and has his own shop do all the work.. all in spent about $1700-2000 plus a case of his favorite "adult beverages" and about 450 in labor..... on various parts and other things.... had him tear it all apart and basically replace everything with new parts... Ball joints... etc etc... reman. cv joints (a lil cheaper)....KYB shocks front and rear... tie rods... wheel bearings..sway bar..sway bar links.. .. brakes... and I also had a wierd rear end squak that took several months to solve... that involved having to replace both rear spindle stub shafts because they would keep on destroying the new bearings in the new brake drums within about 1-3 months after installing the drums..
The problem I had would be the wheel bearings kept failing almost right off the bat after a few weeks of driving with the new drums on the rear.. finally he suggested I replace the stub shafts after 3 times replacing the drum/wheel bearings in the rear on both sides. after replacing the stub shafts.. all has been well since.
Only thing i see now in the near term. is getting my timing belt done since I hear it making noise sometimes
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