Ford Focus - Service - Cotswolds

Hi all

Between us my wife and I have a Focus Zetec (FZ) and Focus Zetec Sport (FZS).

The FZ had 2K miles when bought and now has 21K miles - and the FZS had 8K when bought and now has 13K miles. Both were bought January 2011.

They both do regular journeys of less than 10 miles and are both due there first MOT at the end of December (great timing!).

We are careful drivers but are not 'car people' so we haven't had either serviced in the nearly 2 years since we bought them. No oil change either - eek!

I work for the local authority and had planned to use them for the MOT as I get a discount and it would be an independent assessment without incentive for repairs business if done by a local garage.

Clearly we have missed out on an interim service.

Whilst putting them through their MOT I wondered if we should also have them go through a major service.

I am also wary of using the loca Ford dealership for a service of any kind. I see these huge dealerships and figure they are more likely to be expensive but I could be guilty of fuzzy thinking here.

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Ford Focus - Service - Bobbin Threadbare

I would think that a service in is order - if you have warranties on them then it'll be a condition I should imagine. It's also a good idea to get the cars checked out because there are wearable parts and fluids that need freshening or changing periodically. Oil is mightily important! Even if you're not car people, you can still do the tyres, top up the fluids and so on yourself in the interim.

Try your Ford dealership - you never know. I use independents for mine but I've used national chain mechanics and my husband takes his Toyota to Toyota, since they're the most reasonable and they give him a courtesy car. Like anything car related, you can shop around for quotes.

Edited by Bobbin Threadbare on 18/12/2012 at 21:31

Ford Focus - Service - Avant

It should tell you in the cars' handbooks / service books what the intervals are. Most cars require a service (or at least an oil change) after 1 year or x thousand miles, whichever is the sooner, although Minis can go for two years before needing a service.

Bear in mind that the short journeys that you do can wear a car out more quickly than longer trips, espwecially the one that's done only 5,000 miles in nearly two years..

Ford Focus - Service - james120

Both cars will also need the brake fluid changing.

Ford Focus - Service - Happy Blue!

I think that as it has been two years without a service, a major one will be required and as the cars are probably about to expire their warranty, getting them done a Ford dealer may assist if any minor warranty related repairs are found.

Ford Focus - Service - Collos25

Both cars will also need the brake fluid changing.

Rubbish.

Edited by Collos25 on 31/12/2012 at 16:57

Ford Focus - Service - RT

Both cars will also need the brake fluid changing.

Rubbish.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic and should be replaced every 2/3 years - both these cars are due a MoT so are 3 years old.

Ford Focus - Service - FP

"Both cars will also need the brake fluid changing.

Rubbish.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic and should be replaced every 2/3 years - both these cars are due a MoT so are 3 years old."

I believe for the car in question it is (officially) a service item every two years.

Having said that, I have never had the brake fluid changed in any of the cars I've owned, and some of them I have driven to a very high mileage. I've had the fluid checked, for sure, but changing it was never deemed necessary.

Mind you, I've never had a new or nearly-new car and have never used main dealer servicing.

By the way, my understanding is that DOT-5 brake fluid, being silicone-based, is not hygroscopic anyway.

Edited by FP on 31/12/2012 at 18:28

Ford Focus - Service - Cyd

"By the way, my understanding is that DOT-5 brake fluid, being silicone-based, is"

these cars will be specified with DoT 4 fluid, in which case you should never never never never put DoT5 in them.

Nearly 20K without an oil change!!!!!!!!!! are you mad? Read HJs advice about oil change frequency.

You may use DoT 5.1 however, but not really necessary in UK climate.

Edited by Cyd{P} on 05/01/2013 at 00:59

Ford Focus - Service - mark193

Doesn't changing the brake 'look' after the seals etc ??

Ford Focus - Service - mark193

Sorry, should have read Brake Fluid

Ford Focus - Service - John F

'change brake fluid every 2yrs' is yet another motor trade scam.

If you are keen, get someone [SHMBO] to push a few mls out of the bleed nipple when you change the pads. Might just help to preserve the pistons and their seals. The ones on my 1980 TR7 are original at the front, and the ones in the rear drums were only renewed a couple of years ago.

Ford Focus - Service - Auristocrat

The warranty has probably been invalidated. One of the exclusions on the Ford new car warranty is: "Failure to properly maintain the vehicle in accordance with Ford maintenance schedules and service instructions."

A colleague was told by his Ford dealer the warranty was no longer valid when he was 3 months late booking his Focus in for its first service.

Ford Focus - Service - RT

The warranty has probably been invalidated. One of the exclusions on the Ford new car warranty is: "Failure to properly maintain the vehicle in accordance with Ford maintenance schedules and service instructions."

A colleague was told by his Ford dealer the warranty was no longer valid when he was 3 months late booking his Focus in for its first service.

Which also applies to every other brand, AFAIK - the owners handbook usually defines how many weeks/miles either side of a scheduled service date is acceptable.

Ford Focus - Service - Happy Blue!

I dont understand why someone would buy two nearly new cars and then not have them serviced? For the few pounds it costs compared to the purchase price the downside of not doing it is enormous.

Ford Focus - Service - TTToommy

You ofcourse realise you've probably lost more money not servicing the car (as it doesn't have a service history and will have a lower value on sale ) than If you had had it serviced?

Ford Focus - Service - Cyd

I dont understand why someone would buy two nearly new cars and then not have them serviced? For the few pounds it costs compared to the purchase price the downside of not doing it is enormous.

It beggars belief, but you know what? I'm in peoples homes every day and some people have some expensive kit that they seem intent on abusing. I know of people who've never had boilers and gas fires serviced in a decade or more !!! I'm not sure whether people are just ignorant of the money they are costing themselves and danger thay put themselves in, or just don't care.

Ford Focus - Service - Avant

Interesting point here, if I can be forgiven for straying for motoring for a moment!

We have our cars serviced per the schedule, and the boiler every other year - but we've never had a washing machine or dishwasher serviced. The washing machine is over 20 years old and we bought a new dishwasher last year to replace one which had soldiered on for 25 years (and was still working although it had started to leak).

Any professional advice?

 

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