Had our 2004 2.0L TDCi since Nov' 2008 and covered just over 20,000 miles.
First off, it is a great car to drive and pulls our caravan with no problem.
BUT life has been marred by various electrical problems.
First was the alternator at 38,000 miles 3 months after we bought the car.
No warning, just would not start after being parked on the beach.
RAC guy said they have a "smart" charging system that does not always say when the alternator is not charging!
He re-charged the battery and said we should be ok to travel the 100 miles back to home.
After arriving home took the car to Ford to replace the alternator. On the way lost all power to the steering, causing me to nearly kerb the car as fighting with very heavy steering. This is an absolutely c**p and dangerous design.
6 months later lost all servo assistance to the brakes after starting out. As this was after leaving the car over night there was no reservoir of servo left, could have been very nasty. After checking through the web found that some c-max/focus had been re-called for this fault ut not our particular model. Fault is caused by sticking valve on servo unit.
When starting will sometimes warn of power steering failure etc.
Now the airbag light stays on continually.
Also when starting off first thing in the morning it feels as though there is no turbo. Switch off and re-start and all is well!
After reading some of the comments/ideas on this forum, especially about how to disable the seat belt warning alarm, I can't help thinking that the wiring/programing of these cars has been carried out by people who used to write game programs or windows 95 with the infamous blue screen of death. I sometimes feel that if I put the handbrake on, turn the wheel to the 3 o'clock position and put the left indicator on I will disable the ABS system!
It reminded me of a posting about 10 years ago by a motor manufacturer after being criticised
by Bill Gates. The tale is a bit of urban mythbut why let the truth get in the way of a good story;
If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:
1. For no reason at all, your car would crash twice a day.
2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you would have to buy a new car.
3. Occasionally, executing a manoeuver such as a left-turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, and you would have to reinstall the engine.
4. When your car died on the freeway for no reason, you would just accept this, restart and drive on.
5. Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought 'Car95' or 'CarNT', and then added more seats.
6. Apple would make a car powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would run on only five per cent of the roads.
7. Oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single 'general car default' warning light.
8. New seats would force every-one to have the same size butt.
9. The airbag would say 'Are you sure?' before going off.
10. Occasionally, for no reason, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grabbed the radio antenna.
11. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of road maps from Rand-McNally (a subsidiary of GM), even though they neither need them nor want them. Trying to delete this option would immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50 per cent or more. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Department.
12. Every time GM introduced a new model, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
13. You would press the 'start' button to shut off the engine.
Can't help thinking that FORD as become more like microsoft was and makes even windows seem reliable!