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by the book the three year service is the major service [oil,filter,plugs,air filter] So year four is an oil and filter change. But the reality most likely is, being a mobility motor being sold onto the trade end year three, no service would have been done. Best you could hope for is the third year "annual service" was an oil and filter change may be by the selling dealer. Was the third service same dealer stamp as years one and two?
If you want peace of mind, have the major service done this time around. That said, plugs are due year three 37,500 mile service. So your original plugs will have done less than half of that workload. What I'm saying is, if it's running right and your returning the mpg it normally does ....why change them? Same goes for the air filter that's down for changing every 37,500 miles also. Again it's only handled less than half that workload.
I'm like you, due to me and the wife's new fitness regime we will only do 4K per annum in the car. Cut out 90 percent of those 1 to 2 mile journeys, walk it or take a bus. Lost three and a half stone of blubber since last August
So I take a more open minded approach to servicing. Take the service I had done last, it was 18 months since the last one but had only covered 6,300 miles in that time. I took a spark plug out inspected it, brown in colour [ indicating perfect ignition] so they stay to work another 18 months. Air filter took it out it was fine, waved the airline at it and back in it went.
Both the above components, if not fit for purpose would be reflected in starting issues, declining mpg figures etc. No such problems so why renew them?
They were change when I bought the car from a Ford Main Dealer. At time of last service it was 30 months on from that dealer service, and has done 11,783 miles in that time. Good for 37,500 so again why change them.
Now even though it had been 18 months since the last oil and filter change, the car is inspected every 12 months by my mechanic when he does it's annual MOT. So no safety issue there.
Mind you as it's going onto an 18 month service schedule, I always use a decent oil, last service it was Castrol Magnatec Fully Synthetic.
Some people will argue, what about service history for selling? Look in my instance the car will be 7 years old in October. I'm running it at least another 2 years, if I have the cam belt done around that time, then it will be another set of new tyres and I'll run it another three years. So PX wise it's overall condition is what matters at that age and the miles on the clock. That will be in my case circa 53k in two years time and 65k if I run it another 3 years after that..
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Cheers Catch for all that info, as you suggest, the 3rd service was a annual service by the selling dealer so just the oil and filter change I guess.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]In a couple of weeks when I have picked the brains of forum members, I will get some quotes on the service my local independent garages recommend, including the used Ford specialist I got the car from as they did the last service 10 months ago, It will be interesting to see what they recommend as the age and mileage are way out of step. I will post up the outcome when it's sorted.[/font][/size][/color]
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[color=#0000FF][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Congrats on the blubber loss.
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