Hi all. I have just bought a 2004,1.8 petrol Zetec C-Max to upgrade the good lady's old 1.6 focus - but I think it may not have been a good choice. Is it me, or are they devilishly difficult to drive? I've been driving for 33 years and I stall this thing 10 times a day. The balance between acceleration and the clutch bite is a real tightrope act.
In the old Focus the clutch begins to bite as the pedal is about 1/3 of the way up and then bites more and more until my foot is off the pedal. I can pull away on tickover just by using clutch control. With the C-Max, it's impossible. The clutch starts to bite at about half way up - then suddenly it's at full bite and it lurches forward.
Couple that with the 'digital delay' from the accelerator and pulling away is more by luck than judgment. If i blip the accelerator, the pedal is back up before the revs even begin toincrease. I've just had it into my usual garage for a service and they said that both things are perfectly normal in a 'fly by wire' sense and there's nothing wrong.
In an ideal world, I would have the engine respond to the accelerator immediately and I would have the clutch begin to bite a bit lower down on the pedal. I think then that I (and therefore she)would have a chance. Is that too much to ask?
I'd be glad of any suggestions.
2004 1.8 Zetec (Petrol)