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Samsonator

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  • Gender* Male
  • Ford Model C-Max Titanium
  • Ford Year 2008
  • UK/Ireland Location London
  • Annual Mileage 5001 to 10,000
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  1. C- Max MPG

    Last year I had some work done under warranty and the garage upgraded the ECU for free while they were at it. This seemed to improve acceleration more than anything but I get about 60mpg on motorway journeys and 40mpg on 1 mile sub-30mph trips. This is an 08 1.8 tdci - I am more than happy with the economy. I do always use the premium diesel and I always used premium petrol on previous cars. My 1997 BMW 1.8 petrol averaged 40mpg running on high octane fuel, but maybe old petrols need it more... makes sense that better quality fuel will help in the long run.
  2. Sony Stereo

    To rectify this, I bought a bluetooth receiver which plugs into the 3.5mm jack inside the central storage box. This one is battery powered, but rechargeable and lasts for many hours - cost under a tenner. There are quite a few on Amazon. Very easy way to add this nice functionality, but does seem daft not to allow media output on the high spec stereo!
  3. Engine Malfunction Message

    Hello, I thought it was worth updating this thread as things have happened. My engine malfunction was caused by a split in the intake pipe for the intercooler. This was fixed, but not under warranty. They did fix the suspension under warranty and did an ECU upgrade for free too. I can say that the car is like a new car, more pick-up in 2nd gear, no stalling feeling, acceleration is strong and fuel economy is a world different - I did a 300 mile run and it returned 55mpg which was good considering I was stuck in traffic and a lot of the journey was on windy, hilly roads. This was all done at the Ford main dealer, so kudos to them - was happy to pay for pipe as it seemed fair game for wear and tear. The parts they paid for were more expensive overall. Cheers, S
  4. Engine Malfunction Message

    Hi, This is a diesel (1.8 Tdci). I had a quick look and could not see any damage although it is quite tight in there to see a great deal! The car is under warranty so obviously I should take it in, however it seems that other people who have had the "Engine Malfunction" warning with no fault codes, have not had much luck getting it sorted out. The car apparently had a full service when I bought it 4 months - I will have a look at the filter if I get a chance before taking it in (just to be curious). The dealer seems fairly honest as I had a couple of new tyres and when fitting them they noted that part of the suspension would need replacing within the next year or so - I asked them if they would do it there and then under warranty and they did. I suppose I am slightly worried that if/when the warning comes back it will have an effect on something. Most people say the car goes into limp mode when you get this - not sure why mine allowed me to carry on as normal... Thanks, S
  5. Engine Malfunction Message

    Hi there, Today my C-Max made the warning alarm sound and showed the message "Engine Malfunction" while I was accelerating along a slip road to join the motorway. Nothing seemed to actually stop working and the car continued to drive without a problem. I slowed for a while but got back up to 70 with no issues. I was not too far from home so figured it was best to get home while it was working ok. When I got home I ran the diagnostics test and it said there were no fault codes, the warning has disappeared since I turned the engine off. The only thing that looks wrong (but I am probably just paranoid), the red light between the temperature gauge and fuel gauge is permanently on when I turn the key - is this normal? I don't remember it being on, but then I never looked too hard at this! Other people seem to have had this unexplained issue and as I was accelerating when it happened I wonder if it is to do with air intake. A wild guess, but I have felt for a few weeks that the car makes loud air resistance noise when accelerating, something that I had not noticed before. Hard to explain but they are noises that were not there when I first got the car 4 months ago. Any ideas on what to check? I will book it into the garage hopefully this week, but it has taken away a lot of confidence in the car despite it being fine for 4 months... Thanks, Sam
  6. Not much luck on this I have not had time to keep taking the car in - some days it is fine and others it is not. The other day, the 2nd gear thing was crazy - it was getting stuck at about 5-10 mph with foot to the floor for 10 seconds (until I messed with the clutch and got it to kick into life). Some people say there is a feature where if the RPM are too low it will essentially ignore the accelerator peddle. This would fit with what happened, but the strangest part was that I went up a really steep hill in this state - no throttle but the car glided up on minimum revs, showing the engine is pretty strong. It did the same on the flat at a big motorway junction (not nice). Of course, now that I am watching RPM like a hawk it has not happened since...
  7. Ok, so took the car into the dealer today and they spent a long time on it, but could not find the fault. Today, the issue with 2nd gear was not so bad. Firstly that is annoying, but also it makes me wonder what can be an issue one day but not another. The power is certainly a bit lacking at first in 2nd, but kicks in within 2 seconds. On a bad day, the car almost stalls in 2nd. The dealer said they would carry on looking into it next week if I wanted... they didn't charge a penny despite taking it for 2 test drives. They don't think it's the DMF based on the fact that it drove fine today... Now I am none the wiser!
  8. Dpf, Egr And Such

    You blanked your EGR valve in 5 minutes? I'll pay you to do mine (with the 1cm hole to prevent warning lights)! I suppose I want to avoid voiding the warranty as I have a 3 year warranty. Taking the car in on Friday to have it looked at. I am concerned (for no particular reason) that if they do not find a fault they will charge me even though I have the warranty. I will show them the issue if they can't find it!
  9. Dpf, Egr And Such

    Not sure there is a DPF - it was a suggestion from others, but if there is not one, then it narrows down the issues! Would love to have the EGR with a hole done as long as it did not invalidate my 3 year warranty...
  10. Hi there, As a fairly new owner of a 2008 1.8 Tdci C-Max, my main complaint is the apparent loss of power at low revs, which is really only noticeable in 2nd gear - quite a big impact on drive-ability. It's a shame because when the engine wakes up it is quite a joy. The main problem is that I do a lot of very short journeys during the week as I drop my child off at the child-minder 5 days a week - this is only about 1 mile tops. This is probably not great for any engine really. I guess this is worsened by the dreaded DPF and maybe EGR (they both seem to be a pain in the butt). What I can do is take the car for a decent spin at least once or twice in the week and on the weekend. So what I would like to know if anyone knows anything about anything(!) - what would be the best thing to do, to keep the engine in decent condition given that I have to make 10 1 mile journeys during the week? Thanks, S
  11. Further info 1) The plastic catch seems be loose on the door that is not working, so I guess that bit needs replacing. 2) This is just for about a second or so when pulling away from stationary. It could be that a break is getting stuck? 3) This is a manual. I got the car from a Ford dealer with a 3 year warranty, so you would think it should be ok, but it could have been the person driving it before I guess. I have not had it long enough to fill up. Having said that, when the turbo kicks in it flies, so it accelerates nicely it is just the pick up in 2nd when rolling along very slowly. Unfortunately this is pretty much going to be the case when approaching a roundabout or other junctions - you put your foot down and it literally rolls along with no acceleration at all for a couple of seconds and then picks up. Almost like the throttle response is dodgy, but in 1st gear it picks up a bit too quickly in comparison and the two together are a bit strange - you have to be gentle in first or the car takes off like an aeroplane, but if you are too gentle, you will almost stall in 2nd. Currently the most annoy part of this car so far... I see many posts about having the EPG valve blanked which makes the car really responsive as this is the cause of lag in the low rev range. I hope that is not the only solution as I don't want to do anything that alters insurance...
  12. Hi, I just traded my Focus in for a C-Max and firstly I have to say that it feels completely different to a Focus to drive, despite what all the reviews and many people say! That being said, I like the higher seating position and I like all of the equipment it comes with. I have a warranty, so can take it in to be fixed and probably will, but wanted to know if there are any basic things I can check for the following: 1) Child lock does not seem to work - there is a white plastic key-hole and a diagram to turn it, but it does not work whichever position it is in. 2) Sometimes, when taking off, having been stationary for a little while, the car makes loud-ish mechanical creak/squeek and sounds like it comes from the left hand side. I noticed it more often when having a passenger... - this one definitely seems to need attention. 3) When slowing towards a junction and dropping into 2nd gear - there is no acceleration and the car nearly stalls - I've seen other people mentioning a similar problem. I find it less difficult after 1 day of driving it as I am aware of it, but it does seem a bit daft to have no power in 2nd and it does make you nervous at roundabouts and junctions. If everyone else has the same issue then that's a bit disappointing, but wondered if there are any causes or if that is how it should be?! The car is a 2008 C-Max Titanium 1.8 Tdci Thanks, S
  13. Car Suddenly Feels Different

    Well, the mystery was not solved as such, but as I had already started the process of looking for a C-Max, one came up and I have already traded in the Focus.
  14. Car Suddenly Feels Different

    In addition, we did have a heavy load of Christmas presents coming back on a 160 mile journey and had not driven the car much until the day it went funny. From looking at a few videos, it does seem like the swaying and rolling which never used to exist is to do with the shocks - I have had this on other cars in the past. It feels like there are a few things wrong now though! Do I pay for diagnostics, then pay for work or just trade it in and let them do all that in their own time and they can give me whatever price they see fit. To add to my paranoia, when I bought the car, it had just been traded in and they had not checked it - I test drove it and it felt ok - I had just arrived in our Nissan Micra which is supposed to be like a trampoline, so it was hard to tell if there was a problem with the Focus. When the Ford garage prepared the car for me (they were very thorough), the said that the wheels were buckled and they had to replace the wheels and tyres (free of charge of course). The car felt perfect when I picked it up though. I am just paranoid that there has always been a weakness from the previous owner... I was literally looking at C-Max models the day before the suspension went funny!
  15. Car Suddenly Feels Different

    It is strange - I can tell you that. We bought nothing at the garden centre, so left with the same load as we arrived. Of course there are always minor bumps on roads, so I guess if a weakness had developed it could have been the final straw on a little bump... I checked the suspension on each corner - nothing obvious. The front seems to firmly spring back with no bounce. The rear kind of bounces twice in comparison, but both corners seem the same - not sure if that's normal? Rear seems less rigid than front, but I guess that is pretty normal for most hatchbacks? One thing that I have noticed which may help further diagnosis - when I park the car on the drive and pull the handbrake - when I take my foot off the brake pedal, the car moves quite a lot forward (drive is a slight slope). This never used to happen, so it must be related. Feel like something or a number of things are loose! At the moment I am only driving it locally and the feeling when driving on a fairly straight, flat road is that the car is wobbling or drifting subtly. It just feels like a completely different car to the solid, stiffer ride it had last week. It really makes you feel weird as you keep thinking "did the car just move weirdly while I was going in a straight line?". Quite freaky. How can a quick change transform a decent car into something horrible to drive? Sorry about the ranting!