Let me start by clarifying the topic. I *used* to love my SMax. 09 plate, had it from new. 2.0 TDI Titanium. Was perfect for our family needs. 3 full seats in the back (i.e. middle!) so room for the 2 kids in their isofix seats plus space for the dog in the middle. Massive boot (dont really use the back seats) so plenty of room for all the camping gear too. Reasonable fuel economy (the commute is about 50 miles round trip). And for 3 years or so its been a great car.
Now I like to think I'm a (reasonably!?) intelligent person so realise some things will go wrong when the warranty runs out (thats why it runs out) but the damn thing just seems to be falling to bits! So far I've had
- New bonnet catch cable
- New Drivers seat belt catch (fasten seat belt alarm continuously going off for 300 miles on holiday!) - passenger side looks like its starting to do it too.
- Drivers key fob remote doesn't work, unless I use my wife's first then its fine! (apparently its "wearing out". Its electronic not mechanical! And £100 quid for a key remote? REALLY!?!?)
- 2 tire valves literally falling out (one of which on outside lane of motorway with said kids, dog and camping gear in - not nice experience). The remaining 2 have also now all but disintegrated (at a nice £140 each too). Although I since discovered that you can replace the valve WITHOUT having to replace the whole sensor unit - of course Ford didn't give that as an option!).
- There's lots of other little things too like all the enamel falling off the rear badge (seen LOADS with similar problem).
- Keep finding various bits of plastic inside that have fallen off from "somewhere".
And then, the wear and tear? My god that thing EATS tires (and yes, I remortgage my house each time so I can buy Michelins). Then to top it all off, when the exhaust fell off (as that of course is also designed to last 3 years 1 month!) how much did Ford want for a replacement? £480!?!?! REALLY!??!? For another 3 years one made of bean tins!? (needless to say I got a custom made stainless steel one with a lifetime *transferable* warranty fitted for £240 all in - plus a bonus extra couple of miles per gallon!).
Seriously had enough of this car now. MOT tomorrow, dreading it! We're starting to look at replacing it now but I've been seriously put off Fords by this experience. Anyone else had issues like these or did I just luck-out with a bad one?