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post #1 of 4 Old 12-19-2010, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone have recently became the proud owner of a 2008colorado red! 1.8 Zetec , car has done only 15000 miles and looks great with the black rear privacy glass and Y alloy wheels. Can anyone tell me if you take the plastic oil filler extension /tube off does the oil cap fit straight onto the rocker cover ? I have noticed a small amount of gunk in the cap which is probably from condensation developing in the oil inside the cap as it is more prone to the cold temperatures we have been having lately . I only do a couple of miles daily so engine is not really getting up to operating temp for that long, I've never owned a car with the oil cap not directly fitted to top of rocker cover. I have been really pleased with the drive and comfort of the c max , have noticed the mpg is quite a bit lower than fords stated figures but as its been not beenabove freezing in the 4 weeks I've owned the car i can't really get a true picture of the mpg . I think looking at other posts the 1.8 isn't the most economical engine out there!
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-19-2010, 11:09 PM
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WELCOME!!

I have the same engine in a 2004 Zetec, only mine now has 141,000 miles on it! The MPG is reasonable (40MPG)on a run if you stay below 70mph. 80mph+ or only town driving will see you struggling to get much above 26/27MPG. Change the oil every 6K and you will find the engine will go on forever. If you are getting sludging in the cap through short journeys, just change the oil more frequently. I do not know if the cap will fit but cannot see any reason for doing so really TBH. If you really want to , remove the filler tube and try it, but go carefully!

2004 C-Max Zetec 1.8 Duratec HE Petrol, 151,000 miles still going strong..
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Flamair that's good to hear, 147000 miles and still going strong, Hopefully i should get a few years reliable motoring, fingers crossed going on the amount of bad reviews i have read on the c max, didn't do any research before buying mine as i have owned many fords ( sierra, escort, fiesta,mondeo) with no problems so have always found fords reliable. Had a closer look at the oil filler tube/cap looks like putting the cap directly on the rocker cover would stop the plastic engine cover from going back on, as you say probably not worth the hassle.
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The plastic engine cover isn't necessary if you really want the cap directly on the top cover.

I've found that with Ford's you tend to get reliability but if things go wrong it's relatively cheap to fix.A lot ofpeople's grumbles on here are connected with issues you get with any car after a certain amout of time/mileage. People do lots and lots of short journeys during winter and moan when it kills the battery!! They assume low mileage= no problems and actually the reverse tends to be true.The more miles you do the less trouble you will have - my emissions and oil pressure is all exactly as it should be - with 141897 miles on it! The owner of the garage I use (and he's been a mechanic for 30 years) says the Duratec will do 200K miles easily if it has regular oil changes and is looked after. I have mine flushed with a forte flushing product too which cleans the crap out of the engine.

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