My Ford Focus needs a new engine because of a coolant leak - any advice?

I've got a 2013 Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost - it went in for a service and MoT but came back with the engine vibrating when turned on. After several trips to the garage they've worked out It's losing coolant. Ford have told us there is coolant getting into the cylinder so it needs a new engine, at a cost of £4500. Any suggestions?

Asked on 11 May 2017 by Luke

Answered by Honest John
A well known failure of this engine is melting of a plastic union on the 'degas' pipe from the turbo to the coolant expansion tank. If the engine loses coolant then it will very rapidly develop other problems such as the one you describe due to overheating. The dealer who supplied the car is liable because this is a fundamental fault of the engine that has not been corrected.
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