Ford C-Max Forum - View Single Post - After three months ownership
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post #1 of Old 09-07-2011, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 46
My wife and I bought this 2008 2 litre auto C-Max about 3 months ago after 8 years of almost trouble-free Nissan ownership; two Primeras and a Tino.
I like this car; it feels taut and safe on our local narrow bumpy country roads.
This is our first Ford and when we bought it I assumed that, as Fords
have been making road vehicles for some time, it would be free of
little faults and irritations, just as the Nissans were, or even better.
It is laden down with complications and trickery that we could easily live without.
The seats are narrow and hard, but we don't seem to suffer on long journeys.
The boot lid badge is stained internally and the chrome on the steering wheel is lifting, forming sharp edges for the fingers to catch on.
The middle seat belt keeper in the roof had to be removed for the spring to be bent properly so that it holds the buckle.
The lack of a spare wheel is crazy, but fortunately there is a boot well to put one in, having bought it.
The daftest design that I have seen on a car for a long time is the C-Max bonnet lock. I can't open the bonnet without the ignition key. I have to turn the front badge which is at a very convenient height for any little villain to twist and pull; I then insert and turn the key one way and the other, then lift the bonnet and prop it. I have to remember that I have left the key down below and if the badge isn't returned to near horizonal before closing the bonnet, it gets crunched. Wonderful!
The front badge on my car doesn't sit flat and horizontal as it should, presumably because someone has fiddled for fun or dropped the bonnet without remembering, as above. The chrome on the badge has begun peeling away from the plastic backing and has punctured my finger nail.
Whatever was wrong with having a little pull-handle in the foot well with a bowden cable going to a get-at-able bonnet catch which might or might not need a drop of oil every 2 years?
So, anyone approaching my 2008 car from the front sees the proud maker's name on an ill-fitting badge with peeling chrome. Easily sorted; 90 per hour, plus parts.

2007 Auto 2.0 Titanium
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