Thought as i was planning to keep this car for a while, i would keep a record of my time with, figuring it would be good for other people to see and may help somebody in someway. plus down the line it would be good to look back.
IN THE BEGINNING
Back in 2013 i started looking to replace my Honda Accord 1.8 V-tec Sport, as much as i enjoyed and loved the car, it wasn't the cheapest car to run and things was starting to go wrong and i began to lose my trust in the car, plus a growing family meant i had to find something a bit safer and "child friendly" as the misses put it.
Looked at various cars varying from Audi's, to Citroens, even looked at replacing the Honda with another Honda just a newer shape, but i kept coming back to Ford, i have owned a few fords in the past and they have all served me well, so i knew if i did choose a Ford i would be in safe hands, and i had a vague idea what to look out for.
At the beginning of 2014 my search for a new car had stopped for various reasons, but around April i started looking again, and had pretty much decided on getting a Focus, went to a few dealers and saw and test drove a few cars and was very close to impulse buying a Frozen White Focus
I was going round one dealership and my Girlfriend saw a C-max and said she really liked it, now i didn't really know much about the c-max just that it was based on the focus chassis (dunno if that still is true) and was smaller body shape S-Max, after a quick look round i found a local one for sale that i like the look of, so i phoned up and booked a test drive, if I am honest, i was kinda hoping i wouldn't like it, as i always related that car as a mummy-wagon, and a rather dull place to be.
Well the day of the test drive came along and what a surprise, it drove really well and you couldn't feel added mass like i thought i would, and the extra room was a bonus....i was sold and it scored fairly well with the misses.
unfortunately the car i drove sold shortly after, so the hunt was now on for a C-Max after about a week of searching auto trader religiously, i couldn't find a C-Max with a spec I liked, but one day i passed a Ford dealership and just decided to go in, and saw a black C-Max, i asked the salesman about and he just looked at me blankly (weekend staff ) finally i found somebody who knew what was going on and was told that it had only just arrived as part exchange this yesterday evening, it hadn't been cleaned nor a price confirmed on it. I asked if i could have a look around it, and i couldn't believe the spec on the thing. What first caught my eye was the panoramic roof, which is something i hadn't seen on another C-Max so far, on closer inspection i found Heated leather seats, Parallel Park assist, folding mirrors and electric boot opening and only 24k on the clock
If the price was right i was sold. After a bit of negotiating, we got to a price i was happy with and got a few extras thrown in as well. Only problem was i had to wait a week before i could collect it, so it gave them time to valet it and put a new tax and MOT on it.
Never thought i would be so excited to be driving a MPV
Here is what it looked like the day i bought it:
Not the most interesting photo's but they were the only ones that didn't turn out blurry.
The day of the pick up arrived and went very smoothly, and i would like to thank Birchwood Ford of Eastbourne for the fantastic service i received throughout, and would recommend them to anybody.
21-06 Gearbox Troubles
About 2 weeks and roughly 1000 miles together with the C-Max i started to notice that Reverse gear wouldn't always fully engage, it would go in and would move the car, but if it was on a hill it would pop out of gear and make a horrible crunching noise, so i booked the car back into ford as soon as i could, hoping i hadn't bought a lemon of a car and it was going to cost me, but when i dropped the car off the head technician at the garage spent 5 minutes with the car and came back to tell me the part of Fords "cost saving measures" there was no syncro in the reverse gear! Personally i think that is a crap idea and have no clue why ford think that was a good idea, but once the mechanic told me to basically make sure the car is stationary press the clutch down count to two, then engage reverse, it seems to slot in fine, and as long as i remember to do that I've had no troubles with it since, more importantly it hasn't cost me a penny.
21-6 Lost DAB
Its one of those bits of technologies that you never saw the point of when you haven't got it, but when you do, you wonder how did you ever do it before. and for me DAB was it, it made my long car journeys so much easier
I was gutted, at first i thought i just pressed a wrong button, but quick realized that something was wrong, tried looking at the fuses and checking the Ariel Connections ( Thank you FOC ) But still nothing, Haven't been able to book the car in yet as work has been hectic and i need my car for work but hopefully will be booking it in tomorrow at some point, hoping once again this will be an easy fix, but from looking around on the internet i got a feeling it wont be
But on a better note here is a better photo of the car
Will be updating this post as and when something post worthy occurs