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post #1 of 7 Old 05-30-2010, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

Just found this forum, seems great.

I have owned my 58 plate C-Max since September last year.

The car is great once you get it out on a run but around the doors and at slow speeds/pulling awayI find the clutch very unforgiving. When we first picked up the car it was like we had just learned to drive and would sometimes kangeroo or stall the car (very embarrasing). I mentioned this to the garage and they said it was just a trait of a modern diesel car and it would probably take time to get used to and we would have to adapt our driving style.

Well after several months with the problem persisting I went back to the garage and they still fed me the same line - ie your not driving it right!! I took it to another dealer who ran a diagnostic, they found that it was due an update and following thatthe car seemed marginally better.

If any other owners have had, are having a similar experience with their C-Max it would be great to hear from you.

p.s can anyone recommend any roofbars for the C-MAX other than the ford branded ones (they are extortionate).

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-30-2010, 02:07 AM
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Hi Wilso,welcome to the club.
What engine & spec have you got?.Modern diesels DO NOT have the trait the garage told,they have been fobbing you off.
How long have you had it & is it still under warrenty?
If it`s still under warrenty,take it back & say you are NOT happy & if they don`t want to repair it,you will be contacting Trading Standards.
That should put the fear of God into them.
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-30-2010, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Mike, thanks for the reply.

It's a 1.8 TDCi, I have had it since last September, only had 6k on the clock when I got it. I still have manufacturers warranty on the car.

After reading a few postings on the forum the concensus is that you have to keep the revs high when pulling away, which I would agree with, however the issue I have is as I said at low speeds it is very unforgiving, its not a good car at slow speeds at all.

The car has been driven by a Poilce driving instructor (shouldn't be anything wrong with his driving techique) and even he found it difficult, me thinks I have been fobbed of too long and as you suggested I will be going back to the dodgey dealer next week to see what other explanation they can give me. Wish me luck as they like most garages are adept at fobbing you off.

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-30-2010, 02:31 AM
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I had major probs with Toyota last November over an Aygo I got for my Mother.
We got onto trading standards & we eventually got the car back 2nd week in Jan,but at least it was fixed.Thing is,they still sell the car without the modification they put on ours & thet still deny there`s a problem?????
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Hi Wilso,welcome to the club.
What engine & spec have you got?.Modern diesels DO NOT have the trait the garage told,they have been fobbing you off.
How long have you had it & is it still under warrenty?
If it`s still under warrenty,take it back & say you are NOT happy & if they don`t want to repair it,you will be contacting Trading Standards.
That should put the fear of God into them.
MM
Unfortunately it IS a trait of both the 1.8 and 2.0 tdci's. This is due to the turbo stalling at low rpm, the reason for the stall is the turbo itself being tuned for optimum operation at high RPM to deliver Fords power figures.

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I`ve never had this problen at all in the 2 1/2 years I`ve had mine & it was not serviced properly at it`s two previous services before I got it.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-31-2010, 12:13 PM
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Welcome to the C-Max Owners Club forum.

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