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post #1 of 9 Old 06-28-2010, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-28-2010, 11:02 PM
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Just takes abit of getting use to - you'll soon adapt.

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post #4 of 9 Old 06-29-2010, 12:07 AM
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I think the second poster summed things up.
I've had mine for a week now and it's the easiest car I've driven. I had drove the Wifes new Ford Ka and thought that was easy.
If you have any concerns after a while, have the car checked by your Ford dealer. Never know, there may be a fault somewhere.


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Hi & welcome.
When we got ours 3 years ago,my wife had trouble to start with (she had an escort 1.8 estate before) but after a few days she was fine.Now she says it`s the best car she has ever driven.
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Thanks for the replies.

I don't think it's just the'feel' of a new vehicle. I drove one of the works vans this afternoon (a 2005 Vauxhall 1.3 diesel) and even that was easier to pull away in.

Don't get me wrong, other than this, I like driving the car (apart from the need for a sixth gear) - it's just that she's a fairly new driver and if I let her try and drive it like it is, she'll give up on it straight away.

It can't be right that electronic accelerators are supposed to have that delay before the revs pick up, can it? And that we're at the mercy of hydraulic clutches with no option of adjustment available?


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Maybe you car is faulty then as it's barely noticeable on mine. I drove Pug 206 and the clutch was awful - love my C-Max as you can actually feel it.

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Our 1.6 Diesel will almost pull away at idle on the level in first
I pulled away in 2nd the other day with some balancing of clutch. I've not inadvertantly tried 4th but now I've mentioned I'm sure I will soon






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post #9 of 9 Old 06-29-2010, 11:24 PM
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I've hill started in 3rd on my old LX. I miss that engine......

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