quote:The Ford dealer serviced the car when they bought it at auction. It has fresh oil and Motorcraft filter. Looks like the car was based on the coast(Texas according to Carfax report.) There was sand on top of the valve cover before the dealer cleaned and detailed. The exhaust is rusty. Motorcraft shows very good performance and add pack in UOA reports but I can't really tell from that if it's a very good formulation.
Originally posted by CBDFrontier06: I can assure you that they did what was minimally necessary to protect their bottom line. Protecting these cars are not a priority to them, as they know they'll be rid of them around 36K or even less. They'll be using the cheapest bulk oil they can find, and may have even run the cars out to the 'normal' driving OCI, even though most of are actually driving in "Severe service" conditions. Change to a good oil asap.
quote:Based on that alone, I would tend to buy the Ford.
Originally posted by Winston: On the cars I rent from National there is a little homemade sticky in the door jam. It says something like this: Oil Change Interval GM 7000 miles Ford 5000 miles Chrysler 6000 miles
quote:Yeah but how much is a new one, with no careless users or questionable history??? $11k? JMH
Originally posted by John Hilmer 2: In April of '05 I bought an '03 Echo I don't think I could have done better for the $8,900.00 I spent for it. John