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#51 of 100 Re: New 08 Focus Owner Seeking Info [infocus]
May 04, 2008 (3:32 pm)
I took away engine harshness off my '98 Corolla 1.8 by using the Prolong engine additive & increased the oil-change interval by using synthetic (0W-40 Mobil-1). You can increase the viscosity safely w/ 5W-50 Castrol Syntec.
But you might want to wait till the break-in is over. Otherwise the Prolong is so slippery that you might never finish your break in!
By the way, I remember only the auto tranny in the Focus is made by Mazda. So it makes sense that the manual tranny is made in Germany, where the original Focus came from!
Mazda kept its trade secret -- variable valve timing -- to themselves. So the Ford version doesn't have it, & thus trailing behind the Mazda3 2.0 all these years in mpg.
#52 of 100 Re: New 08 Focus Owner Seeking Info [creakid1]
May 05, 2008 (8:51 am)
Prolong, Slick 50 and all the other snake oils are just an expensive ripoff! Don't waste your money and just do proper maintenance on your car.
#53 of 100 Re: New 08 Focus Owner Seeking Info [highmiler650]
May 05, 2008 (4:20 pm)
My '90 Mazda Protege's close-ratio 5-sp manual designed to run on ATF developed grinding when shifting into certain gears. I tried transmission additives from Slick 50, DuraLube & Prolong. Only the Prolong got rid of the grinding!
Then the Z-max, a newer engine additive, came out. I compared the engine/fuel additives & found out that the Prolong improves mpg more than the Z-max.
I could hear the engine smoothness improved in my '98 Corolla 1.8 LE when using the Prolong engine additive. But my '05 Focus 2.3 ST has a loud factory exhaust, so I could not hear the difference after adding Prolong.
#55 of 100 Faux vents on fender
May 06, 2008 (1:24 pm)
Can the faux vents on the 08 Focus be easily removed? I saw a Focus last night without the vents and the look was much more attractive, cleaner, and sleeker.
#56 of 100 Re: Faux vents on fender [moparbad]
May 09, 2008 (4:23 pm)
I agree; only the "S" trim comes without the shiny vents. Unfortunately, the S isn't available with the better options. I wonder if they're simply stuck on there by adhesive similar to the kind used on the emblems. If so, they should be removable without damage to the car.
#57 of 100 side vent
May 12, 2008 (12:24 pm)
The side vents can't be removed without damaging them and there will be holes left behind.
#58 of 100 Re: New 08 Focus Owner Seeking Info [infocus]
May 12, 2008 (4:07 pm)
while under warranty i would stick with the recommended 5w-20. motorcraft does have a full synthetic. i don't know if it will smooth out the engine to your liking.
May 13, 2008 (4:46 pm)
I like the looks of the 2008 Coupe. I don't care about the SYNC features.
With my current issues (possible transmission on an 05 with 19000 miles), I'm not sure I"d get another Focus.