20,000 Mile Service - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: 20,000 Mile Service

October 21, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST has an oil life monitoring system. It prompted the service light to come on at about 10,000 miles after our last oil change.

I took a quick look at the owner's manual to see what the recommendations were for 20,000 miles. It called for an oil change, tire rotation, air and cabin filter change and the usual host of inspections.

I requested exactly that from our local Ford dealership's service department. A few hours later, I received a call that the car was done.

Days out of service: Zero
Total Cost: $161.61

Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 20,555 miles


  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    That seems expensive. Could you break it down for us? A reasonable cost (in my mind) for oil change and tire rotation should be about $55 or so. Air filter for another $20 or so. Dunno about the cabin filter. $160 every year sounds pricy though.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @kirkhilles: Santa Monica prices. This is expensive no doubt, but if you read any of the other long term entries they're not that far off in price.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Oil is going to be $45 (synthetic - turbo), the oil filter will be $12, the air filter will be $20-25; the cabin filter the same...call it $100 for parts alone. Maybe $85 if you shop around. $161 ain't too bad. If you're worried about the $60 in labor, this is all stuff that can be done in the driveway. Unless you keep it to 10k miles a year, it's going to be required more often than that, though.

  • Did you verify the tires were rotated?

  • socal_eric socal_eric Posts:

    The owner's and shop manual only requires a minimum of Ford's semi-synthetic motor oil (or conventional oil if you have a Focus ST and live in Canada), and given the reluctance of Edmunds staff to use "suggested" premium fuel over "acceptable" standard or mid-grade in some other cars in their long-term fleet, I doubt they'd splurge for full synthetic when not required. Still for the area with $100-150 an hour labor rates it probably isn't too outrageous and those in other parts of the country would get away with a more reasonable cost. (Back to the oil, used oil analysis has shown the Motorcraft semi-synthetic 5w30 is pretty good and that is what the oil life monitor is calibrated to assume you're using, but a full synthetic might be better for those pushing the car hard or in extreme climates.)

  • empowah empowah Posts:

    Air filter is needed at 30,000 miles according to the manual. The Works Fuel Saver seems to include everything you need at 20,000 miles (rotation, oil/filter change, inspections) and costs $39.95 with a coupon at every Ford dealer: http://owner.ford.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Owner/Page/ServiceCouponsPage

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @socal_eric: I'll be honest, with high temps in SoCal I'd just run the synthetic oil (if considering DIY route). Pennzoil is offering something like a $10 discount off Platinum, and you can find this stuff at Wal-Mart for $25 to begin with.

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