well ive had my cmax for about 2 weeks now and i thought id give you a quick comparison to my old passat.
my passat was a 2002 52 plate 1.8t sport.
it was a lovely car and very nice to drive, apart form the awkward drivers seat which didnt seem wide enough for my legs!!
the 1.8 t engine was 150bhp and plenty fast enough, but on a motorway run i was only getting 33ish mpg which was rubbish.
it was the sport model which had the lower/harder suspension as standard, cornered really well for a big old barge but was also really really quiet (not much wind/road nosie.)
to be honest i was sad to px her in as she had been a fantastic family car,but as id changed jobs and was doing an 80mile round trip to work it was killing me in pertol!!![img]smileys/smiley19.gif[/img][img]smileys/smiley19.gif[/img][img]smileys/smiley19.gif[/img][img]smileys/smiley19.gif[/img]
hence the move to a derv.
anyway i was originally looking a a mk4 golf gttdi at a garage , but he wanted 6 grand for a 2002 02 plate which was a joke., so anyway i noticed the derv cmax and thought id have a look as my sister loves her petrol model.
any way its a 2004 54 plate 2.0tdci zetec.
on the test drive it was raining so didnt really get a good feel for it but , it was nice and smooth and seemed ok so i bit the bullit and went for it!![img]smileys/smiley17.gif[/img][img]smileys/smiley17.gif[/img][img]smileys/smiley17.gif[/img]
i picked it up a week later and was quite happy with it intially.
it has a nice high driving position which gives you a good view of the traffic.
but its very noisy ( road noise mostly!) and i have to turn the stereo up quite loud to hear it.
not sure if its the tires(pirelli p7)
im also finding it quite rattly in the back , either the back seats or something in the boot is rattling so i need to look at that.
engine wise i was concerned to start with as the mpg readout was giving an average of 39mpg[img]smileys/smiley7.gif[/img][img]smileys/smiley7.gif[/img][img]smileys/smiley7.gif[/img][img]smileys/smiley7.gif[/img] which i wasn't happy about.
the garage i got it from didn't service it as they said it wasnt due yet , but this weekend just gone ive changed the air filter and the oil and oil filter and it seems to have made a **** of a difference!!! getting low 50's now on my run to work which is well impressive.
so to sum up ive got mixed feelings at the moment but its slowly growing on me