[quote name='catch' date='13 March 2010 - 06:29 PM' timestamp='1268504398' post='71138']
Well my experience of Zetec engines is at odds with your experiance.
I had a Mk1 1.8 Zetec T reg  I bought it 25th March 2005, with 57,405 on the clock I also bought a 5ltr container of the correct semi synthetic oil, it cost £12.99 back then. Now I got it serviced once a year until it was written off in a head on crash 30 Dec 2008 with circa 80K on the clock. And all the 3.75 years I had it, I never used more than half a liter out of that 4ltr container.
In fact about three weeks back one of the neighbours young offspring was outside our house with the bonnet up on his Corsa scratching his head [not long passed his test]. I said what's the problem? He said the oil light had come on the dash. He had been and bought a little can of oil from the garage but it did not even register on the dipstick. I said, look I have a container with 3.5 ltrs in it, but the "use before date" is Aug 2010, you can have it for nothing. Put that in and keep your eye on it, if it does not appear to be burning or losing oil, that's fine. But get your mechanic mate to do an oil change before to long. If on the other hand its drinking it, then you need it seeing to prior to paying for an oil change, or least was don't put expensive stuff in it. He said he had it serviced back in September, but never checked the oil ever, that's kids for ya.
My Mk2 1.6 Zetec was service mid October, and the oil is on the "fill to line" on the dipstick.
interesting one catch, you must have had a good one
haha now talking about kids of today, a friend of mine is a lorry mechanic and not so long ago he phoned me up and said can you help me, there is a symbol of an oil can flashing on my dashboard - what does this mean and can i still drive the car? (clio mk2 ph1)
i kid you not i almost fell over with laughter, the thought of a so called mechanic wanna be asking me that
then to make things worse, when i topped the oil up for him. he went to start the car and...nothing. now at the time i still had my clio mk2 and to be honest there wasnt much i didnt know about them as i think i had fixed every fault going on several of them. so i said i will bet you any money its either a bad connection or the starter is clogged with cr4p. so i checked the connections, done the old earth trick with the jump lead to no avail so i told him to put it in second and we would give it a push and shove...tried to start it and bingo! perfect! his reply to all this was, oh it must be the immobiliser! at that point i had to get in my car and run before it got any worse!
(sorry for going off topic)