Well i thought I'd enlighten you all and any other Cmax owners or potential buyers with my experience so far.
Bought the car 31/10/09. It's a semi automatic, first non clutch based car my wife or I have ever owned so we though tit would take some getting used to.
Drove it around for the first week ok, no where too far just locally and we seem to notice that pulling off at junctions etc it seemed really slow and unresponsive. You had to really nail your put down to the floor to pull off and even then it would take good second to register and actually move anywhere.
Once you did pull off if you hadn't slammed your foot down and make the engine sounds like its Transitancestorthe change between 1st and 2nd was terrible, literally the revs would drop completely for a good second as if it had just died on us, even in manual as soon as you click into to second nothing for a second and then full power again.
We put this experience down to driver error maybe as we were both new to autos.
17/11/09 - 18 days of owning the car we had to venture up to leicestershire for a day out. It was fine all the way up until we got about half a mile from our destination, i turned a corner and went to pull off again and all of a sudden it seemed i couldn;t put any power down.
As i pressed harder on the throttle the rev screamed harder but the power going to the wheels was very little as we were doing around 20mph at full throttle. I pulled over to let traffic past and tried again, the same.
Then tried flicking into manual, same all through the gears plenty of revving but no power. Grrrrr.
When we got there i pulled up, drop off our passengers and booked in to the place we were going. I then went back out to the car to give it another try on our own before we ring for a tow truck to take us home (later) and well stone me, it was fine.
I tried everything reverse, drive, manual, ragging it, going slow everything and fine. As if there was never a problem.
Drove it home later, Fine.
Drove it next day, Fine.
The wife drive a few days later same syptoms kick in and then next time it starts, fine.
We thought as the car came with a 3 month warranty i'd just get it looked at by the garage just in case and its a good job we did. They had it since 18th November 2009 and we've just picked it up on 6th Jan.
Over £800 in parts, hundreds of miles in road tests and god knows how many hours of headaches. The garage we bought the car sent it to the local Ford dealership for its work where they first of all plugged it in etc.
They replaced a number of parts, the gear selector being on of them (i think this is in the ecu on this as its all auto). They then sent it back to our garage who road tested it, no good, still the same.
Another load of parts fitted, back to garage for a longer road test. They phoned us on 22nd December, after a 170 mile round trip it started playing up on the way home.
Back to fords. They have sinced replaced a relay, the EGR valve and a peice of wiring loom amongst other parts. The wiring loom seemd to be either causing a spark under the bonnet or causing overheating under the bonnet and this seemed to be causing problems, especially on long journeys.
As i say we have it back now and it all seems ok so far but we need to take it on a long spin to be sure. The garage have been brilliant and given us another 3 month warranty on the car as they have had it over 2 months of the original 3. With the wife being ready to drop we're trying not to venture to far from the local hospital so once the baby is born i think i'll take it out for a long spin.
On a nicer note we fitted our car seat into the car yesterday so we are all ready for the baby to arrive. The final piece in the jigsaw.