What is the average life of an Ford diesel engine (miles driven)?

The Dark Horse

Well-known Member
I'm looking to buy a second hand car and have seen a nice Ford Focus (diesel) for sale (2005 model). My only concern is its done very high mileage (90,000). Its only had one owner though and full Ford service history.

I assume due to it only being 3 years old those are mainly motorway motors, which I know are better than short, stop start city trips, so my feeling is the engine should be fine.

Does the average car engine have a life to it? I know if it were a BMW, VW, Merc etc .. the mileage wouldn't be such an issue but being a Ford Focus I'm slightly dubious about it.

Any ideas?
 

hillbilly1

Novice Member
Hi,
you have not said what size engine...the 1.6 & 2.0 are from the French (!) & are common rail, the 1.8 is an old ford engine...iron block/head! I should think the engines should do at least 150K...anyone else shed any light on these engines ?
 

Bilbob

Well-known Member
a modern, well serviced and proporly maintained diesel should run for easily 200k...
and being a 2005 model, it wont be the old one...
 

The Dark Horse

Well-known Member
Hi,
you have not said what size engine...the 1.6 & 2.0 are from the French (!) & are common rail, the 1.8 is an old ford engine...iron block/head! I should think the engines should do at least 150K...anyone else shed any light on these engines ?
Its a 2.0 litre diesel.
 

hillbilly1

Novice Member
I suppose you could say how long is a bit of string, as per billbob post, if you look after the engine (oil/filters etc etc) it will look after you..:thumbsup:
 

The Dark Horse

Well-known Member
I suppose you could say how long is a bit of string, as per billbob post, if you look after the engine (oil/filters etc etc) it will look after you..:thumbsup:
I suppose. Most people are put off from buying high mileage cars though, I wasn't sure if that was because they have a life before they go bang on you?

So assuming the engine has been loooked after and I get it regularly serviced and don't drive like a F1 driver there isn't really a limit to how long it should last?
 

Ian J

Banned
Don't forget that there are other car parts to consider not just the engine. Having said that - I'm no tecchie
 

Billo

Novice Member
Modern engines go on and on so much so that you could almost forget the millage and just concentrate on the condition of the car and it's service history. One thing to look out for is if it has only had one driver which is a good thing as different people ride and wear clutches differently. It may be coincidence but the only car I have had to replace a clutch in was a pool car in it's early life.
 

eric pisch

Novice Member
type of millage makes a huge difference

cruising at 50-60mph adds millage quickly but has very low wear on components

stop start town driving wears an engine and all the other bits alot more
 

un1eash

Distinguished Member
Depends what you plan to use it for also, if your going to be doing 30k a year and have it for 3 years your going to start running into problems when its on 150k+ i would imagine.

Considering some modern engines done even last 90k its very hard to tell but i always tend to go for lower milage examples as general wear and tear tends to be better also.
 

Adam Shaw

Novice Member
At 140k my mondeo went terminal. If it had been kept serviced, it would probably have lasted longer, so my experience is 140k if not looked after.
 

un1eash

Distinguished Member
From experience, some are good and some are bad, my brother in laws 2003 mondeo 2.0 TDI with 70k on the clock (FSH) went wrong less then a year of him having it, luckily it was under warrenty as they had to replace the injectors and turbo so wasnt cheap. Its since had a massive oil leak from around the power steering pump, needless to say its going in a few months.

But then a guy at work with a 2007 passat 2.0 TDI has just had to have the turbo replaced as it died, so much for german engineering.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
Until the end of July when prices of diesel will be so high all oil burners will be put into cold storage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Dom996

Novice Member
All of the cars I have basically run into the ground have made it to around 130k. My current 18 year old Audi is on 154k and still going strong. It's been well maintained mind you.
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Don't forget that there are other car parts to consider not just the engine. Having said that - I'm no tecchie
A citroen engineer once told me the main problem with deisel engines is that they put them into the same cars they put the petrol engines into...
 

hillbilly1

Novice Member
a modern, well serviced and proporly maintained diesel should run for easily 200k...
and being a 2005 model, it wont be the old one...

I picked up a Focus brochure from the local stealers the other day, only just had chance to flip though it. in the engine data page it says the 1.6 & 2.0 TDCI's are 16v, DOHC, alloy cylinder head & block.
for the 1.8 TDCI it states 8v, SOHC, cast iron head & block, so they still have the "old" ford engine in them...well I presume its an old design warmed up ?
 

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