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post #1 of 5 Old 05-10-2011, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hello folks!

I have just joined this site as we are considering becoming c-max owners.

We are looking at the automatic diesel variant, budget £5k. (my Mrs has a bad back and so prefers auto). We're looking at starting a family soon so the slighty larger car makes sense.

I'm looking for advice on what to look out for on this type of c-max. I have read a few horror reviews on the CVT transmission, and can't help noticing that ford don't offer this on the new c-max so I'm thinking to avoid this one. That leaves the auto with switchable option. What is this gearbox like for realiabilty? All the cars on line so far have been a 1.6 diesel with auto? Is there also a 2.0 option, and if sowhich is best? I seem to hear stories from both sides about ford diesel engines. Some saying how great they are, and some having loads of problems? Anyone know the truth? I'm an engineer by trade so not afraid if you have (relatively!) techincal responces. I have always serviced and repaired my own car (though they have been 10years old +) and am hoping I can continue, though I may have to get the laptop involved! I've never had to do this, am not afraid to try, but any guidance would be much appreciated!

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post #2 of 5 Old 05-10-2011, 09:59 PM
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Can't help with the auto box, but yes there is a 2.0 diesel. The 2.0 is a Peugeot engine as fitted to a number of different cars from Ford, Peugeot, Citroen and Volvo. As for which is better i can't help there either, but most french diesels go onforever if they're well looked after.
On a side note, the wife will love the seats. I too have a bad back and the seats are very supportive and have great lumbar adjustment.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-10-2011, 10:47 PM
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Our 1.6 Diesel is a manual g/box and I'm not certain after what manufacturing date there are unlikely to be any new CVT boxes being fitted




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post #4 of 5 Old 05-10-2011, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. We have been and sat in some, and yes the driving position looks much better for the back!

Been doing some more trawling online, and now have have one key question.

Are all c-max diesel autos, 03 - 06 (£5k budget)with the 1.6 diesel engine fitted with the CVT gearbox?

I've seen more horror stories, and spoken to some auto transmission specialists who say the CVT gearboxsare very prone to breakdown, and they have to be sent away for repair,with typical costs starting at£2500!!!

Thanks again

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According to here
http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/specs/...px?deriv=33999
They were made upto end of March 2007 and I think (wait to be corrected) that all the 1.6 Diesel Auto's were CVT
http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/specs/...spx?model=1151






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