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.
An A/C Compressor pulley may become detached.
The driver's airbag may not deploy correctly.
A number of vehicles fitted with a 1.0 1.5 or 1.6 Ecoboost engine and six-speed manual transmission could suffer clutch pressure plate fracture. This results in clutch smell reduced vehicle speed and performance. In the unlikely event of clutch pressure plate fracture, a noise (thud/bang) could be heard from the vicinity of the transmission in extreme cases resulting in clutch/transmission fragments being released and striking underhood components creating a risk of smoke and fire from the underhood area.
A possible thermal incident can occur within the battery monitor sensor wiring.
The Rear Suspension Toe Link bolt is exposed to corrosion growth which over time leads to reduced material and load capacity and finally to a breakage of the bolt.