Used Ford Focus C-MAX MPV 2003 - 2007 review

Category: MPV

Section: Advice for buyers

2003 - 2007 review
Ford Focus C-MAX MPV (03 - 07)
  • Ford Focus C-MAX MPV (03 - 07)
  • Ford Focus C-MAX MPV (03 - 07)
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Ford Focus C-Max MPV?

This isn't Ford's best-built car by a long way. Owners report problems with mechanical reliability, bodywork, interior trim and controls - and not just in JD Power customer satisfaction surveys. A read through the reader reviews on this website shows that you need to give the C-Max a close inspection before buying.

The electronic parking brake can give trouble and there has been a recall over this, so ensure that any remedial work has been done. Likewise, there was a recall on the wiper motor over concerns that it may overheat.

Watch for misfires on 2.0 diesels and 1.8 petrols - often caused by a faulty ECU. This is more common on early cars, although Ford sorted many under its three-year/60,000-mile warranty.

The instrument panel can fail completely and there are many reports of rattles and squeaks inside the cabin, so listen out for them on the test drive.

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