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Hi all

Just checked the oil level in my focus and was showing on the minimum mark on the dipstick. I'm a bit annoyed as I've only had the car a week but know I'll have to put some oil in ASAP.

My question is would it be ok just to add oil as per the manual or do I need to do a change?

I wonder if this low oil could explain my poor mpg!

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If its had a recent service and the correct oil has been used, you should be ok to just top it up. Doubt it will be the reason for poor mpg as they are designed to work between min and max on the dipstick without issue. If its not been serviced, I'd say give it one with new oil and filters, and this could improve your mpg figures.

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Thanks for your replies.

I have arranged for the garage that did the service to top up the oil. I have also asked them to do a diagnostic check due to the poor mpg. I have noted the recent service was only an interim service and the last service before that was in May 2010. As the car has only done 6k miles in this time it's probably not a problem but may be worth checking the spark plugs and air filter.

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