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post #1 of 3 Old 06-28-2011, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hi - first C Max owner here. Picked it up last Friday - it's a 1.8TDci Zetec 08 Reg. So far so good apart from a slight problem with the 1st and 2nd gear. I don't know if this is a known problem or a fault that needs rectifying but it seems pretty poor pulling away in 1st or 2nd - lack of power for a couple of seconds and then kicks in. Changing up from 1st to 2nd is the worst - get it every time. Changing up through all the other gears seems fine and changing down through the gears is fine also.

This makes urban driving a bit tedious at the moment - so not sure whether to take it back to the garage or not. I know it's a diesel and my old car is a diesel but I tried pulling away in 2nd (on a slight hill) and it took AGES to kick in! Maybe it's because my old diesel was 6 gears and this is only 5?

Any advice gratefully received.
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-29-2011, 01:06 AM
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On the flat our 1.6 Diesel will just about pull from stationary in 5th if you are very very gentle

there has been mention of similar concerns with the 1.8 Diesel if I remember correctly. Have a search through the past posts

54 Plate 1.6 TDCI LX ~aspiring to be something else
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-02-2011, 11:16 PM
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Hello Drekkkly,
Not sure if mine is the same as yours, yours does sound worse, but when I changed from a Nissan Tino I found the similar difficulty pulling away from a standstill, especially at roundabouts when joining into slow moving traffic. Unable to give it much “welly” I experienced a couple of stalls. Felt like a learner again. Anyway, I must have quickly picked up the new driving technique, as I have had no problems since the first few weeks of owning the car. I had forgotten about it until I read your letter.
Hope this offers some reassurance.

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