Our relationship with our S-Max was a love/hate relationship which has resulted in our seperation (we sold it). The car was suprisingly fun and rather sporty to drive (for an MPV) as we expected it to handle like a brick. It was well kitted out and was extremeley spacious which was the main attraction. Our family holidays with the five of us were easy as the boot is huge and the second row of seats is really spacious. The main problem we had was it just wouldn't start consistently. It suffered from what appears to be a common S-Max fault of an 'unknown battery drain.' We had replacement batteries, alternators to no avail and when this made no difference we were then faced with an absolutley shocking poor performance from our local Ford garage and the Ford Technical (read Ford Incompetent) Dept. We had weeks of time wasted to and fro'ing from garages and repetitive phone calls and Ford never managed to fix the fault. Other probelms we had included the door window disappearing into the door and not coming out, broken air conditioning system and also bits falling of the CD/audio system. In summary, a huge sporty MPV, it's just a shame it didn't start and the build quality was abysmal.
I love driving this car...i find it really comfortable and it doesnt seem large when you are driving it(although it is quite big to park as with all MPVs) The drive cannot be faulted in my view, however there are some internal quality issues.... interior compartment catches (on my SMax anyway....maybe unlucky!?!)are very poor quality and almost all stopped being able to open and close within a very short time from new! Also boot sensor mostly says that the boot compartment is open even when it is not! The front number plate coating has peeled off making it difficult to read and unsightly! Plenty of space is a bonus though!...lots of leg room!
rear seats are useless, not suitable for more than 2 baby seats, drives very poor, steering is good but backend tends to swing. mileage to next refill changes constantly, one min will say 109 miles to go then 24 m2g. the engine fault light comes on the sensors bleep constant when yr metres away.for a family car this is naff, as u can only use 2 seats safely for baby sats as u cant use the middle seat or the rear seats or the front passenger seat, mines going as i hate it
Had this car for 18 months now and absolutely love it. Had the convers+ console replaced under warranty by dealers and a couple of other minor niggles all sorted. Build quality is excellent inside and out. I still get a thrill when I get in the car and look around it. Even the piano black centre console has remained unmarked. Had to replace front tyres at 16500, rears are fine. Never manage more than 20mpg but I do tend to do a lot of school runs. All my kids, from 4 to 13 love sitting in the rear seats no matter how far we are travelling. Car very fast for size, leaves the boyracers standing. Its a sports car, a bus, a van, whatever you want! I could change it for one with better mpg and cheaper tax but to be honest I just love this car too much. It's a keeper!
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