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Hi,

I am hopefully about to buy a Focus C-Max. Its the 1.6 petrol, 55 plate, 11k miles and full service history.

I wondered if people in the know could give me some advice as to anything I should check or be wary of? I've read that there have been some recalls and that I need to check the work has been carried out, but I'm not sure what work that should be. Are there any common faults that I need to check?

Thanks in advance,

Tom

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my advise going on my 1.8 petrol c max would be dont buy it. I based on my experience with my c max will never buy one again it is that simple. It has and continues to be the most unreliable car i have ever owned. peoplo on here will tell you how great the car is but for me the car is a nightmare and i cant wait toget rid of the thing.
 

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I have had the following problems.
Air con broke 3 times is now broke again , I have had new punp , new condensor, new pipes and now the air con clutch has gone.mpg gallon no were near the officalfigures given , squeeks , rattles , wont start at times , radio loses time , trim falling off , i can have a full tank of petrol and the fuel light still stays on , sometimes the car wont accelarate very dangerous infact i had a crash beacause of it. I have had endless software updates , wiring needing to bereplaced , keys reprogramming as they just stopped working . head light buld failed you have to take the whole headlight out ,new module due to an engine fault occuring. I can go on and on with this car infact i now have a folder full of receipts the car is a peice of junk in my opinion .
 

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Thanks for the post, it's very interesting reading...

My current car is a Fiat Stilo, so I'm was hoping to get a car that was reliable and wouldn't have a dozen plus problems with it (I won't go into detail as it'll take all day!).

Looking through the forum, it looks as though there are pretty mixed opinions...

I'm concerned about poor MPG and the reliability issues. I had assumed, as it had been built on the fairly reliable focus under pinnings that it would be too?

If anyone else has an opinion, I'd like to hear it...
 

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In about 15K miles in our 54 1.6TDCi we seem not yet to have had any problems but of course they'll start tomorrow

The 1.6 Petrol is perhaps very on the limit for this sized body and a lot of people don't get the quoted economy from the 2.0L TDCI (IN ANY FORD MODEL)

Ours is due an oil change when the weather gets just a little less inclement but I've done the air cleaner which was a little black in parts

It appears to give 45 MPG plus just about whatever we do and 3 of the original 4 dunlop / Goodyear NCT tyres are still well above the legal

It has had the fuel sender changed as it was reading low and the cable to operate the boot lock via the key doesn't at present

Other than that the only option I think is now a must is the heated screen which is available for all but doesn't come as std for an LX

One BIG NO NO don't really consider having the EPB option
 

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I have a Titanium 1.8 petrol/flexifuel model bought new 08 plate, owned since April. Ford got the build spec a little wrong but that's now ok. <?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" />

I've had no issues with reliability so far but it's only done 5.5k miles. I am hoping it will be as reliable as my previous car (focus) which only needed the passenger lock motor replacing under warranty. I had the focus for 7 years again from new.

Overall I am very happy with the car, it's a pleasure to drive and I look forward to driving it.

On the downside:the fuel consumption is poor on short trips but acceptable on a straight run. Auto wipers are rarely at the correct speed, auto lights not very auto and there's a very small amount of condensation in the rear lights.

Best bits: Panoramic roof (kids love it), front & rear parking sensors, cruise control, high seating position, comfy seats, gear stick position, auto mirror, sony 6 disc stereo & 8 speakers, ambient lighting, smart 17" wheels, heated screen & mirrors, bluetooth and voice control.

Some of the features above may be a factory option or on Titanium trim only. Don't jump in too quick, check it has the spec you want, if not there will be plenty of others to choose from.

I don't know if the newer models are more or less reliable than older models but I rate this car very highly.

Ste
 

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I entirely agree with Ste's opinion, got my 2008 Cmaxin August................. just a poverty model 1600 petrol , but .......... A LOVE THING, so comfortable and practical. Sspose its like everything , any cars going to be only as reliable as the way it has been looked after n treat in its lifetime.
 

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hmm mixed here as well if you asked me last week before the alternator went i would have said great car, handling and performance good. However i am now a little worried about the reliability mines a 2.0 tdci i gave it a service at the end of summer including all filters. But the alternator was a right bugger to do and i question what other jobs i would be able to do. One thing to consider, forums such as this are a magnet for people with problems with there cars to try and get help and as such it might be a slightly biased area.Good luck
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I have taken the plunge, so will let you know how i get on...

got a 2 year extended warranty just to cover my back!
 

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I have an 06 plate 20L Ghia which I've owned since December 2006 and to be honest I've hadno problems with it apart from the electronic park brake (fixed twice under warrenty) apart from that almost 40,000 trouble free miles.

Its going in for its third service on the 31st and I know the brakes will need doing, but I can't complain as the car is still on its first set.

I would say go for the highest spec you can find. I brought mine from the garage (ex management car) and saved £7,000 on list, but that's because it came fully loaded with extras (heated leather seats, privacy glass, Sony 6 disc autochanger, bluetooth hands free, parking sensors) and worth every penny.
 

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The epb take some getting use to but i quite lucky as I have auto so don't use it all through the day as park does the trick .I love my car I also got 2 years warrenty and seviceing and mot so coverd for 3 years all together .
 

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I would just like to say everyone has a downer on the e.p.b. I have to be very honest here I have had one issue with the e.p.b and after alot of software updates that I would like to add were not the problem with it at all.

When ford finally pulled there finger out and stopped just giving me the brush off andlooked at the car and found there was a fault with the actuater.

I would like to also add once ford fixed it I have had no problems with it at all infact in neally 17 months of owning the car I have had one problem . I have hadlots of solutions given to solve that problem but there was only one problem.

So I would say for those who are going to buy a cmax and have the money to buy a ghia option then go for it. I have had no problems with it really. My problem with it has beingthe people trying to fix it.

I can't comment on the newc max but based on mine the old shaped one the focus c max.

I will never buy another c max andnot because of the e.p.b but simpley because I feel it is a badly made car and those who are yet to have problems.I hope it stays that way because once you do they just dont stop.
 

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I have also taken the plunge and pick up mine on friday. having not considered a ford before was finally persuaded by the extras on the car which is a 1.8 tdci zetec ford direct vehicle (4000 m) with front and rear parking sensors and panoramic sunroof,not to mention a decent price compaired with other cars i looked at.

Idid notice a slow pick up when pulling away fron junctions/roundabouts whilst still moving slowly but am hoping its just a matter of adjusting my driving style slightly.
 

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Hi fritzjam, yes its only10 months old so engine might be still tight. on test drive took it up a quite steep incline on a bypass road and once moving i was quite impressed with the power. i am driving a scenic 1.9 tdi 130 bhp at present and didnt notice that much differance. cheers
 

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I have just bought a 2 ltr auto 57 plate (Feb ) with 5206 on the clock ex motobility , I know it`s early days but so far I am more than pleased .
 
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