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It's not often that people don't want to take your money, but I just tried to book the Kuga auto in for it's first service and they said that it's not due until 2020. Apparently it's every 2 years or 18000 miles.   We  also had a Kuga auto  before this one  and that service  was every year . Any other car service every 2 years?

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Exactly the same with Kay’s Mini. I tried to book it in at a year old last March, and was told it didn’t need a service until March this year.  

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Quite a few vehicles are now on extended service intervals. My mates transit is 2 years or 36000 I think he said.  

Compare that to another mates rx7 which should go in every 9 months! 

I know they are different vehicles with different engines but one stings & the other was pleasantly  surprised.  

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Extended servicing is due in part to the much longer working life of modern synthetic oils, however it seems to me that 2, or even 3 years is too long to leave without things like brake pads and air filters being checked. I think you'll probably find that most vehicles with extended service intervals "advise" that you have a visual check carried out more frequently.

 

Good marketing ploy?

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My Discovery Sport has a 20,000 service interval, but needs an oil service every 10,000 miles though!

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No matter what the Agent says you can choose your own service regime.   Modern oils or not, I wouldn't want my car to go two years without being looked at. ...

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I have just changed my air filter, oil and filter at the recommended  (or that is  what I thought) 12,500 miles. This is on a 2014 Kuga 2. 0l diesel.

I was informed though that the fuel filter is bi yearly.

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It’s true that oil technology has the ability to increase service intervals but I’m a fan of the old adage ‘oil is cheap, engines aren’t’ - at 2 year intervals I’d still have an oil and filter change each alternate year.

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I have 3 VAG vehicles that came on Variable servicing up to 20k miles/2 years.

 

Had them all changed to fixed 9. 5k miles/1 year.

 

The difference over two years is £85 at our local dealer so not a lot for peace of mind.

 

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2 years for a service, modern oils are great, but make sure you tell the dealer you’re towing. Towing adds strain so I suspect it come under the arduous service schedule.

on another note I drive a bmw 530e ( hybrid) it doesn’t even have a dip stick, but relies on that electrical trickery to check levels and tell when to service.  

7 months 21000 miles and first service has been done.  

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I found that the service time changed on the 2017 Ford cars, I expect we were told, I know we were offered the 3 year service plan for about £650 which we declined .   Things seem to be changing very quickly these days. I'm assuming that we get a reminder to tax the car now.  

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A lot of service intervals have been extended as long as possible to appeal to fleet buyers and make them a cheaper vehicle to lease. I am sure it will cause no issues during the warranty period but for cars on the second hand market it may be a different story. I know BMW had timing chain issues on the 2. 0 diesel for high mileage cars >100k and the recommendation from a lot of specialist was change the oil more regularly than BMW tell you to.

 

Point being if you are planning on keeping the car over the warranty and for years to come i would get it serviced more regularly even if its just an oil change, if its going to be chopped in in a few years for a newer model save your money and follow the manufacturers guidance.

 

 

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I have my oil and oil filter along with the air filter changed yearly with Ford genuine oil, these days I let National tyre do the oil change.

I do less then 10,000 a year but I feel happier if its changed, I hope the engine and turbo appreciate it :rolleyes:

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19 hours ago, Chasstreet said:

2 years for a service, modern oils are great, but make sure you tell the dealer you’re towing. Towing adds strain so I suspect it come under the arduous service schedule.

 

Good point this - most manufacturers have an arduous service schedule (in the case of VAG not using variable interval servicing so it’s every 10k/ 12 months)

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Wife's Alfa Giulietta has 2 yr intervals.

Quite a pleasant surprise. :)

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I am confused - as we have just collected a new (19 plate) Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCI and in the service book it just has a reference to note no. 1 against all the Diesel engines. Fast forward to Note 1 and it says “Refer to Dealer for Info”. That’s fine, but our dealer has hand-written “10,000 miles or 12 months”, which is what our previous Kuga was.  All other engines seem to be 12,500 miles. Guess we’ll need to enquire closer to the due time.

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17 hours ago, Glen and Les said:

Guess we’ll need to enquire closer to the due time.

Use http://www.etis.ford.com/ enter your reg or vin... click on <Ford Service> tab...  then <Service schedule> sub-tab and you can select / print the schedules for your exact vehicle.

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On 04/02/2019 at 20:43, logiclee said:

I have 3 VAG vehicles that came on Variable servicing up to 20k miles/2 years.

 

Had them all changed to fixed 9. 5k miles/1 year.

 

The difference over two years is £85 at our local dealer so not a lot for peace of mind.

 

 

Same here had the variable service changed to annual as I did not want to get caught out away on holiday or even out of the country . Now we have a annual service and no more issues .

 

 

Dave

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On 04/02/2019 at 17:46, PR1 said:

My Discovery Sport has a 20,000 service interval, but needs an oil service every 10,000 miles though!

Hi, I also have the DIsco Sport if its a 2.0 ingenium diesel car the service is 21K if you have an early oil service indicator (10K ish) this may be incorrect and your car needs a software update (and maybe a free oil change under warranty). I had the issue with the incorrect warning.

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On 04/02/2019 at 20:52, Chasstreet said:

on another note I drive a bmw 530e ( hybrid) it doesn’t even have a dip stick, but relies on that electrical trickery to check levels and tell when to service.  

7 months 21000 miles and first service has been done.  

 I used to drive a wagon, Volvo, which had a similar system, oil filler under the "bonnet" and a dipstick under the cab (had to be tilted to gain access). I decided to check the dipstick one day when i was bored and found that it was too short to reach the oil. My transport manager decided not to have the electric  system repaired but, instead, had a dipstick installed under the bonnet. One more thing for me to check every day :(

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4 hours ago, Rodders53 said:

Use http://www.etis.ford.com/ enter your reg or vin... click on <Ford Service> tab...  then <Service schedule> sub-tab and you can select / print the schedules for your exact vehicle.

Thanks for this, I will bookmark it for future reference. In the meantime I have found info on the web (from Ford) that confirms Joanie’s initial post, which is 2 years or 18,000 miles for the 2.0L Diesel.

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On ‎05‎/‎02‎/‎2019 at 10:57, joanie said:

I found that the service time changed on the 2017 Ford cars, I expect we were told, I know we were offered the 3 year service plan for about £650 which we declined .   Things seem to be changing very quickly these days. I'm assuming that we get a reminder to tax the car now.  

Our Kuga May 2017 is on the 12 months service.

Our Audi A4 diesel was on a 2 year services, in the handbooks small print towing or dusty conditions as far as I can remember 12 months

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