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I called up to book my Kuga in for a 2 year service . Many attempts at up-selling which I politely declined, despite lots of "advice" about why I should pay an extra £100 or so on top of the £225 cost.

Anyway, while I rejected the £25 sanitiser option, as well as the £30? insurance against MOT failure next year, as well as something that I cannot remember, I decided to look at this in more detail.

Engine Flush | Fuel Treatment | Stoneacre

Any thoughts...? I'm currently averaging 43.1mpg, according to the car, over the last 2k miles, mixture of motorway and holiday in the dales (15 miles from A1).

I can't see it being any good but willing to hear from you guys :)
 

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Past experience…..I wouldn't touch Stoneacre with a barge pole
 
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Way back, and I'm damned if I can find it, there was a thread about Ford rejecting a warranty claim as traces of an engine flush chemical were found in the oil. For that reason alone I would steer well clear and spend the savings on the occasional tankful of premium fuel
 

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Thanks very much - didn't go for it but was wondering about different opinions :)

It generally runs on premium diesel anyway so I'll stick with that.
 

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Way back, and I'm damned if I can find it, there was a thread about Ford rejecting a warranty claim as traces of an engine flush chemical were found in the oil. For that reason alone I would steer well clear and spend the savings on the occasional tankful of premium fuel
Ow, that's worrying news
 

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They tried talking me into it at EH on our Mokka on year 2 service. I declined. Be interesting to hear @keithmac 's professional view.
 

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Personal I think if you have it serviced on time using good quality oils it will be fine.

I'd do extra oil changes rather than flushing the engine with detergents all day long.

Same with the Diesel "treatment", better off with more frequent fuel filter changes.

I wonder how many who pay for it actually get a flush at all..
 

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When I lived in London I had a Mondeo and changed oil every 6k miles or so due to the slow driving (pre-dpf days).

My last Mondeo was sold on 198k miles (and still going) with oil changed every 8/9k miles.
 

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That's why I like to do most of my own stuff @keithmac. I do use a local garage for my yearly servicing and MOT but both mine and the wife's car had a number plate bulb out which I hadn't noticed and then this year my wife's car has a thumb dent in the bonnet. I can't prove it was the garage but I had only cleaned it the evening before and it was getting dark but I saw it straight away the next day. Problem I have now when my Kuga goes in is do I tell them to close the bonnet correctly by dropping it.
 

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That's why I like to do most of my own stuff @keithmac. I do use a local garage for my yearly servicing and MOT but both mine and the wife's car had a number plate bulb out which I hadn't noticed and then this year my wife's car has a thumb dent in the bonnet. I can't prove it was the garage but I had only cleaned it the evening before and it was getting dark but I saw it straight away the next day. Problem I have now when my Kuga goes in is do I tell them to close the bonnet correctly by dropping it.
Or not putting their tea and biccies on the bonnet when it is Popmaster time.🤣🤣
 

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I've used engine flush on a friend's Megane that was 9 years old and hadn't been serviced for 7 years. The oil was like tar when it came out so I had to use the flush as well as some cheap oil to push the remainder through.

Interesting about the £30 mot insurance, I wonder if they would offer that on my 12 year old mondeo!
 

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Interesting about the £30 mot insurance, I wonder if they would offer that on my 12 year old mondeo!
Details are here:
You’re not covered for basic wear and tear...
No chance of getting a new set of tires then ☺

Most MOT failures are generally caused by wear and tear, I'd have thought.
 

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My local taxi man takes me and my wife regularly to and from destinations in a very comfortable 2.0 diesel Mondeo with around 270,000 miles on the clock (original engine) and he says it's only had regular services (less miles than recommended service intervals) and I can confirm it's as sweet as a nut, no smoke, no rattles ,still gets great MPG and pulls great . No special treatments necessary.
 

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My local taxi man takes me and my wife regularly to and from destinations in a very comfortable 2.0 diesel Mondeo with around 270,000 miles on the clock (original engine) and he says it's only had regular services (less miles than recommended service intervals) and I can confirm it's as sweet as a nut, no smoke, no rattles ,still gets great MPG and pulls great . No special treatments necessary.
Ive had mine for 11.5 years (bought it ex-demo from a dealer) and its been rock solid APART from a couple of weeks ago. It needed a new turbo at 115,000 miles. Apart from that its not needed much other than the usual consumables and fluids. Ive given it to the wife to use a few years ago, and my new company car Kuga thats on order, im intending on buying it after the 2 year contract is up to replace the mondeo.
 

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Personal I think if you have it serviced on time using good quality oils it will be fine.

I'd do extra oil changes rather than flushing the engine with detergents all day long.

Same with the Diesel "treatment", better off with more frequent fuel filter changes.

I wonder how many who pay for it actually get a flush at all..
I got talked into having my transit connect ‘Terracleaned’ , the engine flush by a very reputable engine specialist promising me this that and the other . I was quoted £150 but the bill came to near on double that and I have noticed nothing at all !
I won’t be having the Kuga flushed but I will get it ‘eco’ mapped , I miss the umph going uphill !
 

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That's why I like to do most of my own stuff @keithmac. I do use a local garage for my yearly servicing and MOT but both mine and the wife's car had a number plate bulb out which I hadn't noticed and then this year my wife's car has a thumb dent in the bonnet. I can't prove it was the garage but I had only cleaned it the evening before and it was getting dark but I saw it straight away the next day. Problem I have now when my Kuga goes in is do I tell them to close the bonnet correctly by dropping it.
I'd tell them when you drop it off and maybe take a picture of bonnet before you set off.

I have bonnet lifters on mine and it's difficult to shut, will have to mention it to MOT tester when I drop it off.

As a mechanic myself I don't mind customers mentioning things like these, makes my job a lot easier!.
 
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