Right, now that I have a bit of time, here my review of the C-Maxes we test drove and outcome (this was posted on the forum I usual go on) :
The 1st C-max was a 1.8 petrol zetec and we went on a very short test
drive. Initial reaction was positive and really liking this as it was more family orintated in that it had privacy glass and sun
blinds built into the rear window, "airplane style" tables, rear mirror
thingy to keep eye on kids at the back etc, but the main advantage was
the price- 08/58 1.8 petrol for £9,988 and PX £8.5k again, but the
salesman said he can easily get slightly more- though he didnt specify
but I did reckon it was £9k.
Anyways, during the week, the salesman kept me updated
with other stock he had and then on the Wednesday, he informed me that
they just received an 08/08 1.8 tdci titanium with lots of toys; leather
interior, titanium x pack which includes 18" wheels, electric front
seats and some other bits and bobs and was only £9,988.
considered a diesel as I thought diesel only good if you drove lots of
miles, but we were
both keen on the car so asked them to bring it down (came from Scotland)
so we can check it out and go for an extended test drive which the
So we went out on Saturday morning first thing and I went out first.
impression- very nice! Just sat there in the leather seats (as I didnt
know where the seat adjustments are!) while he was talking away to my missus
about the spec and how nice the interior was (and it was!). when he
told me where the switches were, adjusting the seat was such a joy as
the whole operation was very smooth.
Turned the key and diesel
engine rumbled into life- as expected, it was louder than what I'm use
to but nothing out of the oridinary. Into first gear and setting off the
forecourt and thought the bite was a bit high and juddered a lot when i
got it going but think that was more me than the car. Out of the
forecourt and on the main road, I changed to second and when it hit 2k
rpm, felt the turbo kick in up to 4k rpm.
Out on the road, i was surprised
how well it handled bearing in mind it had 18" wheels and sport
suspension as I was worried it was going to be very "crashy" and bumpy
but it was none of that. went onto the motorway and was very nice and
not at all noisy at crusing speed (60-70) and picked up nicely for when I
wanted to overtake.
Back into town driving, i chucked it into a
few corners and wasnt much body roll which again i was surprised about
as its quite a big tall car (well for little old me it is lol).
then swapped over and my missus took over the test drive and went back on
the motorway and she was driving quite fast! went up to 90mph and when I
pointed that out to her, she was like- oh really, didnt feel that fast (
almface). Told her to take it off teh motorway and do more
test drive on town driving as that what she mainly be doing with our son.
Went over a couple of speed bumps and only here can you feel the 18" and
suspension as it was very hard indeed!
Needless to say, we were both very impressed with it and decided we would take it.
The salesman showed me the parking sensor demo with him driving when we got back to the dealership. Again, never had a
car with parking sensors and was pretty impressed. I then fine
toothcomb over the entire car and paintwork and that was spotless- there
wasnt even any swirls marks anywhere! The 18" alloys were also pretty
spotless bar the front passenger one that had a slight kerbing mark, but
litereaally only pea size up to 5p piece which he said they will touch
tbh, the saleman we had was very good and honest and probs
THE best car salesman I've come across, so pretty much paid the asking
price of £9,988 plus £80 for the private reg trasnfer so pending the
time for the reg transfer, we should pick up the car this weekend.
reckon the previous owner got £10k PX for the car and they were suppose
to add their mark up on this but he either didnt bother or jump the gun
and told me it was £10k before confirming with the boss and he did
mention on a few occasions that the car can easily be sold at £11-12k+.
as the car already had tax (til end April) mats and 1/2 tank of diesel,
it was such an easy sale for him in that he would give me a ful tank,
and we can get a refund on the remaining tax on the Mazda which was good