Well here is my story!
This I have to admit is the first Ford carwe have owned
Many times offered Ford cars but never the right time, though mylate Grandad loved them. Ford Cortinas a plenty
Anyway, what of the Focus C-Max?
As a family car, it is well designed for a family with small to medium children.
Plenty of storage spaces and the ride height is perfect as is the drive. So far she has done... 118,000 miles and is still got plenty of punch
Now to start with the bad bits that I have encountered.
Every 75,000 requires DPF additive (reduces emitions) and this is a dealer or very specialist garage job.
Ford servicing can be hit and miss and if anything out of the norm does go bang, then a dealer or again a very specialist garage with the right diagnostic eqipment will only be able to help.
Example being the our fuel pump died and took out one of the injectors. A major expense.
Our local garage had no problem in sorting the fuel pump but did not have access to the computer used by Fordhence the car was out of action far longer than it needed to be.
Need a spare key? That will cost in total £150+ (still yet to sort out)
Good bits time:
On ours we have 6 speed manual box, leather seats fronts being heated & drivers is electric, cruise control, quick clear windscreen & for the little ones a built in DVD player in the roof with sound transmitted to wireless headphones.
We have already done a family holiday last year to North Yorkshire with the need for roof rack. Not bad for a family with a 6 & 2 year old and all the stuff you could think of.
Relaxed driving and the knowledge the my family are safe makes the ownership worth while.
I think that if your local Ford outlet are ok and they do a great job, then you have no worries at all. I'm lucky that a quick blast down the M3 I can take the car to a true Ford indepndant that really know ther Fords inside and out as they specalise in performance tuning but have no problems servicing "normal" stock and pretty quick as well.
I think that sums up our ownership, but if I think of anything else, I'll edit this post.