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Hi, We have a focus C-Max 1.6tdci auto bought in 2004. It has done 48000 miles. 2 months ago it was stuck in park and firstly had the footbrake sensor replaced and then a housing to correct a cable fault. The fault "transmission malfunction" has now appeared and the ford garage tell us the gear box needs replacing. Has anyone else had or heard of this problem please?

Peter Woodward

 

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hi peter and welcome to the forum. I had an auto in a ford galaxy but now have a manual one thing i know is these modern cars have loads more sensors than the old ones. Do you know anybody who can put a diagnostic set on your car it might tell you lots more of info than just "needs a new box" I have recently put a new alternator on although the car says limited epb function its only when you check it on a diagnostic set that it tells you about having a low voltage below 11volts. Hopefully someone will be along to offer any other advise. I will check the tis disc and see what it says.
 

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Peter,

My thoughts go out to you - and the numerous other people who've experienced the same fault as you. Ford treat the CVT box as a sealed unit and won't do repairs to it. Their only solution is to replace the box. I've read elsewhere recently that replacement boxes take 3 months + to order and are about £4k fitted.

A Ford garage recenty did suggest to someone with a failed gearbox that the car be taken to an auto transmission secialist instead, who can do a repair for less, depending on what the problem is.

I have a theory that there are so few CVT's around, Ford don't care about upsetting the owners. They certainly know how to upset me. Mine's now been in the garage 15 times, £1,500 spent (most recovered on warranty), with the same hesitation problem. Every time they try a new fix, every time it comes back after a few days.
 

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I test drive one of these the other day at a car car supermarket. It drove fine (no hesitation) but it did have the 'stuck in park' problem and it took me ages to get the key out of the ignition! It only had 18,000 miles on the clock and I was tempted but reading up on here (and elsewhere) I'm not so keen. The stuck in park seems to need a need a new solenoid at £400! and someone on here was quoted £3.5K for a new cvt gearbox by ford! I do like the CMAX, want an automatic but cant afford to insure the 2L petrol (2 claims in 3 years!) so thought this model was the way to go. Dont think I can take the risk though as I need a reliable (safe) motor
 

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AFAIK the 1.6TDCi + CVT combo wasn't available for long and was withdrawn from the market, which probably tells you everything you need to know. I would steer clear. If you've already got one, I'd at least check with an auto transmission specialist for a 2nd opinion before getting an entire new gearbox.

If buying used, I would steer clear of any diesel earlier than a 55 (although in fairness my 54 2.0 TDCi has been pretty good), but there seemed to be more problems on the earlier cars and Ford seemed to struggle to fix.
 

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Hi,

Thank you for your comments. I had the gearbox repaired by AI Premier Transmissions 01767 601207. Also has a web site. They found it was he torque converter that had failed but had also contaminated the gearbox. They stripped and cleaned the gearbox and replaced the torque converter and give a 1 yaer warranty. The cost was £2133 including parts labour and VAT. They informed me the bought up a lot of stock of these parts soare a good bet if anyone else has problems.

Peter
 
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