I bought a C-Max 2.0 diesel Ghia in July of 2005. It was an ex-Ford car fitted with lots of extras. The car is now 3 years old and has covered 45,000 miles.
This has been the best car I have ever owned. It is very economical. I never get less than 40 mpg. Driven gently 50 mpg is possible. Yet performance is very good. On B roads , particularly in 4th gear it is sports car quick. This car replaced a Civic Type R and although the Civic is much quicker against the clock the C-Max has much more accesable performance and is as fast as I want to go. Handling is excellent and the ride very good.
The car has been very reliable the only problem was failed washer motor when the car was 6 months old. This was replaced the same day as the dealer had one in stock! Otherwise nothing has gone wrong.
If this car was stolen or written off I would not bother to try anything else and would buy another C-Max.
Only criticism is that the door seals can creak in hot summer weather - which can be cured by applying silicon .
A wonderful car!
I owned and drove my C-Max 1.6 TDCI for three years. There was nothing wrong with this car, it drove well, it was comfortable and reliable, easy and pleasant to drive, but it was very dull inside. It was my first Ford, and really I can think of no reason not to own a Ford. Especially now that they have revamped the interiors, I may look at the C-Max again when the time comes to change my present car.
I certainly cannot fault the service I had from my Ford dealer.
Henry Ford must be turning in his grave if he knows about the number of his customers driving around in these.
I would not be surprised to hear that some of the cars previously mentioned for loss of power etc have been involved in accidents. Best place for them is the scrapyard! Most scary of all is the loss of brakes when 'Transmission malfunction' is displayed. As if losing power on the M25 surrounded by juggernauts isn't bad enough!
This is my fourth and last ever Ford! Tell your friends - I've told mine!
Recalling the model would cost Ford money but bad publicity and loss of loyal customers will cost them more.
This has been my wifes car for the past two and a half years covering nearly 30,000 mainly trouble free miles. Only real problems to date have been the appetite for tyres, the battery draining overnight on three occassions and noisy aircon. Other than that its been a pleasure to own. Cheap insurance and reasonable service costs combined with good MPG figures (over 41mpg fully laden with a roof box and bikerack) make it difficult to beat for our purposes. Will definately have another.
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