Ford kuga mk1 high mileage advise?

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Posted 20th Mar
I reluctantly bought a Ford kuga in 2016. I saw someone driving one when I was looking for a car and when I got to the car dealer they had the same car and I thought, providence!. So I bought a Ford kuga mk1 with 120k on the clock and it had full service history direct from Ford. I expected to keep it for at least 3 years.
Since having it I have serviced it only at Ford according to the service manual and its passed the mot every year. 2 weeks ago when it went for the mot, I had hoped that it would fail to give me an excuse to get rid of it, it passed without a hitch.
Now sitting at 193k and driving like it's always done since I first drove it I am unsure what to do with it. I called a friend with a car sales company and he offered me just under £2k for it in part exchange.
Part of me recognises that this car won't run forever but it feels and drives with so much life.
Part of me wants to drive it untill the very end but now worried about making sure that it gets the best possible service for the 193k miles of its life.
I am not technically capable myself, struggle to even change a light bulb so need some ideas.
What are your thoughts regarding my high mileage and if servicing this car at 193k what are the main things to consider as I think Ford will just do a basic service. I am aware of the timing belt etc it's just the other bits associated with high mileage I am worried about. Also does anyone else own a Ford kuga mk1? If so what's your mileage please and any tips on high mileage maintenance?
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If it still drives like a dream then I wouldn't get rid. Mileage is just a number. If it runs exactly how it should and is relatively maintenance free like it sounds it is I would keep it. You can still get plenty of problems with low mileage cars.
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If it still drives like a dream then I wouldn't get rid. Mileage is just a number. If it runs exactly how it should and is relatively maintenance free like it sounds it is I would keep it. You can still get plenty of problems with low mileage cars.
MonkeyMan9020/03/2020 20:00

If it still drives like a dream then I wouldn't get rid. Mileage is just a …If it still drives like a dream then I wouldn't get rid. Mileage is just a number. If it runs exactly how it should and is relatively maintenance free like it sounds it is I would keep it. You can still get plenty of problems with low mileage cars.


That's what freaks me out. The car has had some issues with the pdf sensor etc but apart from that it's been an amazing car to own. However at this mileage I really feel it needs to be serviced at least by someone more knowledgeable with high mileage cars, as I doubt Ford themselves can. I have tried looking around Essex where I live but can't really get someone to trust!
If serviced well and looked after the engines will do 400-500K without too many issues. Your clutch/Dual mass and DPF might need replacing in the near future though which are quite expensive fixes.
Edited by: ".MUFC." 20th Mar
vixmony20/03/2020 20:07

That's what freaks me out. The car has had some issues with the pdf sensor …That's what freaks me out. The car has had some issues with the pdf sensor etc but apart from that it's been an amazing car to own. However at this mileage I really feel it needs to be serviced at least by someone more knowledgeable with high mileage cars, as I doubt Ford themselves can. I have tried looking around Essex where I live but can't really get someone to trust!


Ask friends and family for reliable garages. 1 minor service each year and a major service every other year will be absolutely fine. You don't need a specialist garage just because it's high mileage
Edited by: "MonkeyMan90" 21st Mar
MonkeyMan9020/03/2020 20:42

Ask friends and family for reliable garages. 1 minor service each year and …Ask friends and family for reliable garages. 1 minor service each year and 2 major service every other year will be absolutely fine. You don't need a specialist garage just because it's high mileage


Thanks will look around. Am in Essex and if anyone knows a good reliable garage please give me a shout...
Your comment about ‘reluctantly buying’ your Kuga made me smile ... I was the same last summer when I bought my 18 reg with 14k mileage and now I love it! It’s good to know that yours is still going strong after so many miles, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!!
shelliebish20/03/2020 21:37

Your comment about ‘reluctantly buying’ your Kuga made me smile ... I was t …Your comment about ‘reluctantly buying’ your Kuga made me smile ... I was the same last summer when I bought my 18 reg with 14k mileage and now I love it! It’s good to know that yours is still going strong after so many miles, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!!


It's been great. The car has had some squeaks here and there but it's been so reliable "touch wood". Even drove it to Barcelona and back and it didn't skip a beat. I would definitely buy another one.
If its the 2 litre Duratorq TDCi engine then it has a timing chain. If you change the oil in line with the recommended service durations then it should last the life of the vehicle.
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