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post #1 of 15 Old 07-23-2010, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everybody. I am new to this forum.
I am busy in the process in buying my first C Max. The reason for buying aC Max is to replace my thirsty Ford Transit van. My business is basically a specialised delivery company delivering customers toys all over the UK. Toys ranging from mowers to motorcycles and quads. I have brought a small tow a van typetrailer to transport customers goods instead of using a van. Up till recently business has become more and more difficult due to the increasing running costs with Diesel to insurances etc and in the end my profits have dwindled down to below the minimum wage.
My Ford Transit only manages 23mpg which is why I have sold it.
The C Max i am buying is a 2004 1.6 TDCI Ghia manual. After lots of research I have learned that the 1.6 C Max diesel is probably one of the most economicall decent sized vehicles available. Its got good reviews as well.
I choose the Ghia as I wanted all the extra toys like cruise control etc etc.
This one has done 77k miles and im paying 4500 for it.
I was quite difficult to find a 1.6 diesel Ghia manual but I found one in the end.
I hope I have made the right choice to continue my business with.
Here she is:

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-23-2010, 04:41 PM
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Welcome to the C-Max Owners Club.

Nice looking Focus C-Max.

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post #3 of 15 Old 07-23-2010, 07:17 PM
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Yep, lovely looking motor, matey[img]smileys/smiley32.gif[/img]. Wish my garage was as big as yours.Edited by: romseyraver

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post #4 of 15 Old 07-23-2010, 10:58 PM
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Hi, Welcome to the Club.
Nice looking car, looks cared for, given it has Front + Rear mudflaps.

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post #5 of 15 Old 07-23-2010, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Well that was worth it.


As I was in the process of buying the car and was going to pick the car up Monday morning I thought I should see how it got on with its new MOT and give the dealer a quick phone.I specified a new MOT if I was buying the car, as a MOT today is as good as any inspection.
Guess what? It failed. Nice of the dealer to phone me up and tell me. Typical!!
What did it fail on?

I wouldn't have minded if it was something simple like a bulb etc but the car failed on a damaged leaking fuel tank.


Oh great!


How can you have a 2004 car in this condition with a leaking broken fuel tank. Probably been down a ditch somewhere and was bodged up to sell to some poor unsuspecting chap like myself.Of course all my alarm bells starting ringing and I pulled out of the sale immediately. The bad news is that I lost my 200 deposit as well but id rather loose 200 that buy a pile of sh** like that.I did argue it out with the dealer but I was just weeing in the wind to get my deposit back. Good job it was just 200.


So that's it for me on here. Im not buying a C max now and im off to buy a nearly brand new Transit Connect van in the morning.


Ps that's not my garage that's a photo from the dealer's website. Don't photos lie?


Many thanks.
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Blimey. No deposit back??? Even after trying to sell you a defective and clearly dangerous vehicle[img]smileys/smiley26.gif[/img]. Straight down to the small claims court with you, me lad. Alternatively, one sniff of a solicitors letter and the dealer will give you back your money, no question[img]smileys/smiley17.gif[/img]. Alternatively, he can go spend six months in jail. Oh, and don't forget to claim for the cost of your MOT as well.
Best o' luck with the transit and your business.
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post #7 of 15 Old 07-24-2010, 05:10 AM
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What a bummer,it looked like it was a real nice car.
You might try Trading Standards too,usually one mention of them & you`ll be refunded.
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post #8 of 15 Old 07-24-2010, 08:28 AM
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Why not get another C-Max? Seems rather impulsive and irrational to write off all make of car because you've found one lemon - your research shows it to be a worthwhile investment.

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post #9 of 15 Old 08-03-2010, 10:08 PM
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This car is still on Ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Ford-Focus-C-M...item45f428453b
Looks in the various pics to have had paint as both front wings don't appear to be the same colour as the rest of the car.

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post #10 of 15 Old 08-03-2010, 10:33 PM
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I disagree.
They compare well to the doors and although slightly different to the front bumper this can be accounted for due to the difference in materials.

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