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Hello zev, try replacing your coolant reservoir cap before you do anything expensive. I had a similar-sounding problem with another car, no actual coolant leak but the level falling slowly and needing a top up every few weeks. Took off the old cap and I could see there was a deep groove in the rubber seal, so the coolant was probably evaporating from the bottle. Fitted a new cap and all was fine again, no loss of coolant after that (and the cap only cost about £3 or something from Halfords).
Hi, I'm new here too, having just bought an '08 car the same model as yours. Mine is just the same, and most pics of the engine bay around the net show the same thing, so I guess it's meant to be like that. I think earlier versions of this engine had a sort of decorative cover over the ignition leads etc which would have screwed into those brass screw holes (I used to have a Fiesta 1.25 whose engine was the same basic design and that had that cover) but I suppose Ford decided it wasn't needed.. I'm happy to be corrected if anyone knows better.