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    Vic Dura
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    Is anybody using 5w-30 motor oil in their Focus? Any problems with it?

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    Vic Dura
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    >
    >> Is anybody using 5w-30 motor oil in their Focus?

    >
    >Yes. (In UK)
    >
    >> Any problems with it?

    >
    >Why would there be?[/color]

    I was just wondering. I can't think of why there would be a problem,
    but I'm not expert on these matters. I'm in the U.S. with a new Focus
    (2005) and planning to use the 5w30 instead of the 5w20 because I
    can't find the 5w20 in gallon containers locally.

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    Vic Dura
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    >>>
    >>>> Is anybody using 5w-30 motor oil in their Focus?
    >>>
    >>>Yes. (In UK)
    >>>
    >>>> Any problems with it?
    >>>
    >>>Why would there be?[/color]
    >>
    >> I was just wondering. I can't think of why there would be a problem,
    >> but I'm not expert on these matters. I'm in the U.S. with a new Focus
    >> (2005) and planning to use the 5w30 instead of the 5w20 because I
    >> can't find the 5w20 in gallon containers locally.[/color]
    >
    >I see. In Europe, 5w30 semi- or fully-synthetic is the recommended grade.
    >The change interval is 12,500 miles, which is probably a bit higher than in
    >the U.S.
    >[/color]

    That's interesting. In the U.S. the recommendations are 5w20 oil with
    a change interval ranging from 3,000 miles for mostly urban driving to
    7,000 miles for mostly "highway" driving. I seem to recall the owner's
    manual mentioning a longer interval for the synthetic oils but don't
    recall off-hand what it is.

    BTW, since you are in the U.K. I wonder if I might ask if Sunbeam and
    Truimph autos are still made there? I don't follow autos much any more
    but my first car was a 1961 Sunbeam Alpine I purchased in 1965 and my
    second car was a 1965 Triumph TR4 that I purchased in 1968.

    I loved both of those cars.

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    Henri
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    I have used ordinary 5W30 oil for the last 5 years in my 2001 Zetec Focus.
    With no problems.

    In hot climates 10W30 should be used.

    Ford specifies 5W20 so as to meet CAFE requirements as far a fuel
    efficiency, apparently you can get about .01% more miles to the gallon. Big
    deal. This is a no brainer on what to use 5W20 oil is at least double the
    price of regular 5W30, same protection..

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    Vic Dura
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    On Sun, 21 Aug 2005 21:04:01 GMT, "Henri" <henri_latour@...........m>
    wrote Re Re: 5w-30 oil OK:

    >I have used ordinary 5W30 oil for the last 5 years in my 2001 Zetec Focus.
    >With no problems.
    >
    >In hot climates 10W30 should be used.
    >
    >Ford specifies 5W20 so as to meet CAFE requirements as far a fuel
    >efficiency, apparently you can get about .01% more miles to the gallon. Big
    >deal. This is a no brainer on what to use 5W20 oil is at least double the
    >price of regular 5W30, same protection..


    That about what I would guess, but as I mentioned in a previous post I
    don't have any specific knowledge in the matter so I wanted to ask
    here.

    I guess when you are trying to make up of the big SUVs, every little
    bit helps (them) regardless of how it effects us.

    Thanks for the comments.

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    Ron Joiner
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    > On Sun, 21 Aug 2005 21:04:01 GMT, "Henri" <henri_latour@...........m>
    > wrote Re Re: 5w-30 oil OK:
    >
    >
    >>I have used ordinary 5W30 oil for the last 5 years in my 2001 Zetec Focus.
    >>With no problems.
    >>
    >>In hot climates 10W30 should be used.
    >>
    >>Ford specifies 5W20 so as to meet CAFE requirements as far a fuel
    >>efficiency, apparently you can get about .01% more miles to the gallon. Big
    >>deal. This is a no brainer on what to use 5W20 oil is at least double the
    >>price of regular 5W30, same protection..

    >
    >
    > That about what I would guess, but as I mentioned in a previous post I
    > don't have any specific knowledge in the matter so I wanted to ask
    > here.
    >
    > I guess when you are trying to make up of the big SUVs, every little
    > bit helps (them) regardless of how it effects us.
    >
    > Thanks for the comments.

    Doesn't anything other than 5W20 invaliate the drivetrain warranty? Just
    asking?

    Ron

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    > Vic Dura wrote:

    >> Thanks for the comments.

    > Doesn't anything other than 5W20 invaliate the drivetrain warranty? Just
    > asking?
    >


    If you were to go to your dealer for an oil change, they will more than
    likely use 5w30 unless you agree to pay a premium for 5w20.
    This happened to me and I asked the service manager and he said 5w30 is A-ok
    for the car.

    > Ron

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    :>> On Sun, 21 Aug 2005 21:04:01 GMT, "Henri" <henri_latour@...........m>
    :>> wrote Re Re: 5w-30 oil OK:
    :>>
    :>>
    :>>>I have used ordinary 5W30 oil for the last 5 years in my 2001 Zetec Focus.
    :>>>With no problems.
    :>>>
    :>>>In hot climates 10W30 should be used.
    :>>>
    :>>>Ford specifies 5W20 so as to meet CAFE requirements as far a fuel
    :>>>efficiency, apparently you can get about .01% more miles to the gallon. Big
    :>>>deal. This is a no brainer on what to use 5W20 oil is at least double the
    :>>>price of regular 5W30, same protection..
    :>>
    :>>
    :>> That about what I would guess, but as I mentioned in a previous post I
    :>> don't have any specific knowledge in the matter so I wanted to ask
    :>> here.
    :>>
    :>> I guess when you are trying to make up of the big SUVs, every little
    :>> bit helps (them) regardless of how it effects us.
    :>>
    :>> Thanks for the comments.
    :>Doesn't anything other than 5W20 invaliate the drivetrain warranty? Just
    :>asking?
    :>
    :>Ron

    Technically yes. BTW, SVT states to only use 5W30 on the SVTF engine.
    I don't know if this is also true for the European ST-170 but I
    understand if uses pretty much the same engine as the US SVTF.
    Unfortunately, at least on the SVTF, that information is in a
    supplement to the owner's manual and a lot of people have missed that
    requirement. BTW, I've had mine in for service twice now at 2
    different "SVT Dealers" and both of them would have put 5W20 in if I
    hadn't stopped them.

    me/2

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    "me/2" <null@127.0.0.1> wrote in message
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    > :>Doesn't anything other than 5W20 invaliate the drivetrain warranty? Just
    > :>asking?
    > :>
    > :>Ron
    >
    > Technically yes. BTW, SVT states to only use 5W30 on the SVTF engine.
    > I don't know if this is also true for the European ST-170 but I
    > understand if uses pretty much the same engine as the US SVTF.
    > Unfortunately, at least on the SVTF, that information is in a
    > supplement to the owner's manual and a lot of people have missed that
    > requirement. BTW, I've had mine in for service twice now at 2
    > different "SVT Dealers" and both of them would have put 5W20 in if I
    > hadn't stopped them.
    >
    > me/2


    Er..No.

    I have a 1.6LX (2001) (UK) - the manual specifically states 5w30...

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    Norbert Völkel
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    Here in germany you must use 5W30 in all focus motors
    Never heard from 5W20 ?

    "Vic Dura" <vpdura@CLUTTERhiwaay.net> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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    > Is anybody using 5w-30 motor oil in their Focus? Any problems with it?
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