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Is Buying An Old Very High Mileage S-Max A Massive Gamble?

20 April 2013 - 09:29 AM

Hi all, first post here, sorry in advance because it's probably going to be long!!  I've signed up because I'm really interested in looking at an S-Max or Galaxy.


We have three kids, one is in a baby seat and one in a booster so our Vx Vectra just isn't cutting it any more.  We're going for 7 seats so the kids can bring a friend along on days out etc.  We're planning on buying a big tent this year so boot space with the seats down has to be decent.


My problem with car buying is that I'm poor lol.  I've got £6k to spend and won't spend a penny more, I don't want to add finance so that's all I have to play with..... trouble is, I'm doubting that it's gonna be enough to see me in a Ford.  I'm being cautious because it's taken a while to save the cash and the car will need to last for a good 4 years.


After looking at a lot of other MPVs the only other option I'd go for is French, which I'd prefer not to tbh.  I personally think the best of the French is the the C4 Grand Picasso but it's let down a bit by only coming with a 110bhp 1.6HDi manual, the rest are semi auto crap.  Still a nice, functional family car that happily keeps up with traffic, even if it's a bit dull.


So, to the point!!  There are plenty of 06/07 S-Max's out there for £6k but they're all carrying a lot of miles.  There's one I'm considering taking a look at but it could be an epic mistake.  06 2.0tdci Tit 138k  :blink:  recent clutch and dmf, cam belt and water pump, recon turbo.  I don't know how it's gathered those miles, could be lots and lots of shopping!  Hopefully not.


Now, in my mind that car "could" turn out to be a better buy than a 90k car, a lot of the expensive jobs have come and gone so they should be good for another chunk of miles.  The concerning things are suspension/bushes, gearbox, electrics and general wear and tear.  I'm fortunate that I do all of my own work so labour costs are generally very few and very far between.


If anyone can offer some advice on buying old high mileage S-Max's or Galaxy's I've very much appreciated it.  


What would you do in my dire situation?  :D