Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Ford S-Max MPV?
Despite the generally durable nature of the Ford S-Max, it is still worthwhile checking the interior for any rips, tears or stains in the upholstery. These cars tend to be bought by families and private hire taxi firms, so it's possible that many different people have sat in its seats – possibly those who don’t care as much about the car as you do.
Check all the cubbies to make sure the lids covering them work as they should. The seats should slide backwards and forwards just as easily as they did when new. Then check the rear bumper, because suitcases may have been simply dragged out of the load area, dropping down onto the top of the bumper and potentially damaging it.
Also, check the alloy wheels for scrapes caused by drivers who parked, or indeed pulled up, too close to the kerb.
What are the most common problems with a used Ford S-Max MPV?
In 2016, a recall was issued that covered early Ford S-Maxes fitted with adaptive LED headlights. There could be a software error that means the headlights might switch off. The vehicles that could be affected should have received a software update to prevent this from happening. However, it is worth checking this with a Ford dealer to make sure this has been carried out.
Is a used Ford S-Max MPV reliable?
Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough data in our latest reliability survey to include many of the current crop of MPVs, including the S-Max. However, in previous surveys the S-Max, and its smaller siblings, the C-Max and the Grand C-Max, have scored highly in their class.
Ford as a brand ranked 14th out of the 31 manufacturers featured – a good performance, considering Ford's diverse model range and the number of customers it has to please, but not as strong as it had been in the years just before.
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