Well after 20 years motoring I'm now 1 day into Ford ownership. 2008 Focus Est, 90bhp, no DPF (I hope). I'm aware of some of the issues around the PAS/Ford DV6 engine, namely injector seal probs and oil sludge. Its had 3 oil changes, by Ford at 15k and 32k with semi-syn, and now at 45k with fully syn low-ash oil. Obviously much shorter intervals would have been nice, but fingers crossed its going to be fine
I've only driven one other 1.6 TDCi so I don't really know what "normal" is, but just how noisy are these engines? From cold its like shaking a tin full of pebbles. Of course its a diesel, and a Focus Style doesn't have the best sound-deadening in the panels, so maybe its normal. There's a fair bit of drivebelt whirring, as well as some gearbox whine. I'm hoping these are all Ford "features", little noises to help you know everything's still working and that I haven't bought a heap of trouble!
Oh, and in terms of preventative maintenance, apart from using 5/30 fully synthetic every 8k miles, is there anything else I can do? Is replacing the turbo oil feed pipe(s) worthwhile, or even inspecting for sludge? Anything I can do to stay on top of injector seal issues?!
Oh, one other question- the engine doesn't have a big black plastic cover as you'd expect to see. The other 1.6 I looked at didn't either. Presumably it came with one, do they get thrown away for some reason??