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Ecoboost 1.0 125Ps Engine Fragile?


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#1 purgeraptor

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 04:57 PM

Picking my new to me 1.0 Zetec 125PS up tomorrow.
It's an April 2015 registered car with 37K miles on the clock.

Always wanted one of these, the looks, handling are great, and the quirky engine mixing fuel efficiency and performance appeals.

BUT.....just been reading horror stories on the Facebook Ecoboom site about coolant failures causing engine over-heating and damage, with many reporting new engines having to be fitted.

Getting worried now if I've made the right choice, so asking you all how common these issues are, or whether this is mainly lack of maintenance etc.
Has the engine been improved by Ford on the 2015 models?

Any opinions gratefully received.

I really want this car, but tomorrow is my last chance to pull out of the deal :(

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 05:15 PM

Ask them if any recalls have been completed, or even required on it. There was one for the degas hose but that mainly affected older engine models, pre 2014 I think. Worth asking anyway.

I have a 2017 Fiesta ecoboost and absolutely love it.

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 05:30 PM

Thanks will do.....I checked on the VOSA MOT site and it said that there were no outstanding recalls on it, but I know that is not always the case.

Will quiz the dealer tomorrow, but he's an independent, so not sure I'll get much from that.

Cheers

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 03:21 PM

Just put it through a 37.5K mile major service and VHC at a Ford dealer.
No issues identified, and no outstanding recalls or field service notifications.

Must admit it's running well, so just going to enjoy driving it and try to forget it could blow up at any time :)

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 03:28 PM

Sounds like a plan mate. Happy motoring.

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Posted 22 September 2019 - 09:45 PM

I've looked into this a bit, having a 125ps Ecoboost registered in October 2015. They key point is not registration date but build date that determines which version you have. Mine is definitely the facelift model, sometimes called Mk3.5, and has a different pipe arrangement at the coolant reservoir. This replaces the very fragile degas pipe which was the typical cause of loss of coolant in the previous version. However, that was only part of the problem - the second part is that if the Ecoboost does lose coolant, for whatever reason, it very quickly overheats to the point of damage, without necessarily making the driver aware until it's too late. So keep an eye on the coolant level, keep a look out for damaged hoses or loose clamps. The consolation is that, from what I can gather, the number of cars affected, while large, is about 1% of those built, and most of those are pre-2015.

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 03:01 PM

Thanks Greybeard1.

Yes, mine's a facelift Mk3.5 and has the new coolant pipes.
So far so good, it's running very well and the coolant level is fine (measured cold, and un-changed from when I picked up the car.)

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 07:45 PM

Hope you have fixed your problem and have happy motoring from now on.