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post #1 of 17 Old 01-25-2010, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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...well, you have to drive summat when the weather's too bad to ride.

Hi all, just came across your site and thought it couldn't hurt to stick my head in and say "room for another?"

Against my better judgement, we (when I say 'we' I primarily mean the missus) have just chopped in our '99 V reg 1.8 Focus Zetec for a more substantial and spacious '55 C-Max Zetec 1.6 in beautiful Silver. I say against my better judgement as having previous owned a few Fiestas in the past and then more recently the Focus, I've never been overly impressed with Fords on the whole, mainly minor points like plastic parts that seem to snap too easily and naff paintwork.

HOWEVER...

As we were in the market for a replacement family car, our original seek was a Vauxhall Meriva – albeit the interior styling left a lot to be desired and the price was less than the C-Max. My initial impressions of the Meriva weren't THAT impressed until I raised my budget and found the C-Max was an option. Quick search of Autotrader etc and came across a 1.8 C-Max. Oh dear! Quite obviously the front end HAD been involved in some kind of knock that the salesman 'knew little of its history...', ruled THAT one out, plus the colour (dark blue) wasn't as nice as the one we went for in the end. Ok so its a 1.6 not a 1.8, but it does only have 26k on the clock as opposed to the 1.8 carrying 39k, and as its going to be used by the little miss for work and ferrying the kids around, am hoping we won't see a massive decrease in the weight to power ratio and more an economical return for the investment.

We pick it up this weekend and am looking forward to hopefully many reliable years of C-Max'ing.

Any pointers, things to watch for or feedback on this will be greatly appreciated, or just nice improvements that many C-Maxers make.

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Welcome to the Club!
What Fuel does your car run on?, either way, both 1.6 Petrol and Diesel engines are pretty good, aside from the occasional Alternator failure, ( although I`d probably say the Diesel is a better engine in terms of power and driveability ) sorry if you have the petrol!!!
Good call over the Meriva!, although, may I ask why not a Ford Fusion which is the direct competitor?
A little Mod that is interior footwell illumination, a pair af Capless 501 bulbs`ll sort that out,the Post is somewhere on this site!
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The footwell lights depend on having the wiring allready installed and there is not any apparent fixed rule on this.




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post #5 of 17 Old 01-25-2010, 10:56 PM
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welcome bikething
i to have the same as you bike in shed and wife wanting a cmax which we have now got 2.0tdci seems ok. its a lot cheaper to run than the bikeis.

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welcome bikething
its a lot cheaper to run than the bikeis.
Bejeezus! What the **** you riding? Streethawk? lol

Does anyone have the link to this 'footwell mod' please?

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got a fireblade which i get only 1k miles to the back and only 2k to a front but they are soft plus have a rg500 which is a bit trick and it only does about 18mpg plus i have to use a 1litre bottle off 2 stroke oil per 1kwhich is only 18. have stopped trying to work out how much they cost per year. the rg only comes out on nice and hot sunny days as its a bit of a hand full.

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Hi, As stated, IF you have the bulb holders then this is the link for you ( and anyone else ).
http://www.cmaxownersclub.co.uk/foru...footwell+light
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Massive thanks for that Kevmond.
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Hi bikething and welcome (to the world of four wheels )

I'd go for the light mods in the footwell, again if the wiring/holders are there. If not I'm sure you get your "boss" (we all have one I think!) to hold a torch!
I would say switch all the internal lights to white LEDS, so much better and brighter at night.
If you need a link, let us know.
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