It’s worth shopping around before getting your Focus RS serviced
4 January 2017

The Ford Focus RS is already approaching 12,500 miles (and therefore its first service).

It has been accruing miles rapidly largely because a couple of colleagues have long-distance commutes but also because most of the office still wants a go. It seems to make no difference what they’re currently driving, what sort of cars they usually like or even what kind of journey they’re doing: people want a go in the Focus RS.

Same goes for the general public. Certainly, the Nitrous Blue paint helps, but there have already been plenty of occasions where people have pointed, waved or flashed their headlights. The inevitable petrol station conversations (the average dipped below 30mpg last time I looked) have happened, too, with fans keen to know every detail.

What to tell them? Broadly positive news, in fact. Without any autumnal showers, the four-wheel drive system hasn’t been tested yet, but on dry roads it shows great poise, grip and agility for something so heavy. This is on the standard Michelin Pilot Super Sports, too. It must feel staggering on the optional Cup 2s from the same maker. Maybe one to investigate soon.

The Focus is returning to Ford for its yearly (or 12,500-mile) check-up, but we decided to ring a few dealers to see what the work would cost. For what amounts to an oil and filter change with a vehicle inspection, the variance in price was incredible.

At the Guildford FordStore – one of the specialist dealers where you have to go to buy a Focus RS, a Vignale or a Mustang – the price was £423, including 12 months’ AA breakdown cover. But at the Ipswich FordStore, we were quoted £245 for exactly the same package. At a regular Ford dealer (Stoneacre Halifax), that dropped to £175 without the breakdown cover and Hatwell Ford Abingdon asked £190 for the same. So you don’t have to return to a FordStore for a service and it’s well worth shopping around.


Price new £31,000 Price as tested £35,135 Economy 28.7mpg Faults None Expenses Service from £175 (see text) Last seen 19.10.16

Read our first report on the Ford Focus RS here

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4 January 2017
Then why return it to Ford, where the manufacturer will spend the equivalent of about £10k going over the car with a fine toothcomb, checking and adjusting everything in sight? Who knows, the car may return with new tyres, brakes and dampers and a full suspension geometry check as well as the specified items. Autocar should have its long term test cars serviced normally at regular dealerships to truly test out the ownership experience.

4 January 2017
Those are the rules, otherwise Autocar wouldn't get one.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

4 January 2017
No mention of depreciation in the first 12,500 miles, especially when specc'd to £4,135 above list price.

4 January 2017
It will be heavy, very, very heavy....


4 January 2017
tonylathes wrote:

It will be heavy, very, very heavy....

Even at 12500 mile the depreciation will be low, you can't get them there is a massive waiting list, a few in hte classifies with 5000 miles at £34000. Focus RS's always hold their value well.

4 January 2017
I usually work on my own cars and also help out others. The most interesting thing is how often I see worn brake pads on a three or four year old car on which the wheels are stuck to the hubs (the tyres have been changed once but otherwise the wheels have never been off).

Clearly its possible to change the oil and filters and lift the car up in the air to have a squint at the brakes and dampers from below but on something this quick is that really enough?

That's why I started working on my own cars because I drove them hard and wanted to be sure it was all in good shape. Taking off all four wheels and looking carefully at every brake and suspension arm and damper takes time.

4 January 2017
Therein lies the problem when so many customers (including Autocar it seems) just shop around for the lowest price. What you end up with is the minimum amount of work being done, instead of getting a good job done at a fair price. Surely it should be possible for a conscientious owner to watch his or her car being serviced in the same way that that you can witness an MOT test being carried out?

4 January 2017
Depreciation on these would be minimal and I would guess far better than an Audi S3 or Golf R which are very common these days

7 January 2017
As these are all Ford dealer services they should all be done to the same standard for warranty purposes alone so the price difference is ridiculous, take away breakdown cover and the last 3 are similar so how can the first be justified?

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